Known as the land of the Bhagvad Gita and the Mahabharata, Kurukshetra is a popular pilgrimage in the state of Haryana about
170 km north of Delhi. Believed to be the place where Krishna preached the theories of Karma to Arjuna, the city has been known by several names like Dharamkshetra (Holy City), Brahmadevi, Uttaradevi and Brahmakshetra (Land of Brahma).
Kurukshetra gets its name from King Kuru of the Kuru clan and is generally recognized as the site of the epic battle between the Pandavas and the Kauravas. Excavations in many parts of Kurukshetra prove that the city existed even before the time of the Harappan civilization. In ancient times, Kurukshetra covered a huge area that was part of the existing state of Punjab and north western part of Jind district.
It is believed that the Hindu doctrine, philosophies and the composition of the Rig Veda all took place in Kurukshetra. Ancient records state that the city was the center of Vedic Civilization and learning. The sacred tanks of Kurukshetra have been mentioned by Akbar’s court historian, Abul Fazl, in Akbarnama and as well as by the French traveler, Francois Bernier during Shahjahan’s era.
BEST PLACES TO STAY IN KURUKSHETRA
Most of the budget accommodation options in the city are near the railway station. Being a temple town, Kurukshetra has dharamsalas or hostels mostly near Brahmasarovar. There is no luxury accommodation available but the mid-range hotels near the Old Bus Stand and on Amin Road offer good facilities.
BEST PLACES TO EAT IN KURUKSHETRA
Restaurants within the city only serve vegetarian food and the best ones are located in Sector 17. After the civic authorities banned the sale and consumption of meat in 2012, non vegetarian food can only be found on the outskirts of the city.
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The average minimum and maximum temperature of Kurukshetra is as given below. The best time to visit Kurukshetra is also specified.