One of the oldest cities in Haryana, Karnal is associated with Hindu myths and legends. According to Hindu mythology, Karnal has been named after King Karna, the son of Kunti in Mahabharata. The city is dotted with scenic lakes, lush gardens, old churches, temples and magnificent forts.
Karnal is known as the city of Daanvir Karna. The historically rich town has had many rulers who have left their footprints in the form of forts, temples, tombs and mosques. The Karnal Lake is the most famous tourist attraction in the town. Legend has it that Karna would bathe here and distribute alms to the poor and needy. The lake offers boating facilities and is a peaceful place to spend some quality time with family. It serves as a beautiful picnic spot.
The Karnal Fort built by Raja Gajpat Singh of Jind is a symbol of the city’s rich history. The fort was passed down to the British and used as a prison for some time. Karnal is also known as the Rice Bowl of India owing to its production of the finest Basmati rice.