Located in the state of Haryana, Karnal is one of the 21 districts of the state. The city is midway between New Delhi and Chandigarh and is 123 Kms from Delhi in north and 136 Kms from Chandigarh in south, connected through National Highway NH-1.
Karnal City Guide is incomplete without a mention of its rich cultural heritage and industrial significance. The city is home to several world class Research and Development Institutes such as Indian Agricultural Research Institute (IARI), National Bureau of Animal Genetic Resources (NBAGR), Central Soil Salinity Research Institute (CSSRI), National Dairy Research Institute (NDRI), and Directorate of Wheat Research (DWR). Some of the prominent attractions of the city are Karnal Fort, Pukka Pul and Karnal Lake.
The original name of the city was Karnalaya and later it changed to Karnal and is named after Karna, the eldest son of Kunti. Hence, the city is also acknowledged as ‘The city of Daanvir Karna’. The city is believed to have been established by the Kauravas for the king Karna who was the mythological hero and a central figure during the Mahabharata era. This city is the birthplace of Kalpana Chawla.