The district and largest and most important industrial city in Haryana, Faridabad, take its name from the famed Sufi saint Sheikh Farid, who lived in the 12th century. Faridabad has a variety of tourist attractions, from ancient monuments to picturesque lakes.
Even though there is plenty to do in Faridabad, visitors who are touring the National Capital Region frequently stick to the top attractions in Delhi and Gurgaon. The situation is altering, though, as more and more tourists are incorporating a sightseeing tour of Faridabad on their itineraries. If you’re thinking of visiting this industrial centre as well, be sure to check out the following renowned Faridabad tourist attractions.
The reservoir Surajkund, also known as Lake of the Sun, was built in the 10th century and is one of the most well-liked destinations in Faridabad. Suraj Pal, the founder of the Tomar dynasty, also erected a garden, a pool, and a Sun temple on the lake’s western bank, all of which are now in ruins. Suraj Pal was a devout follower of the Lord Sun.
This man-made reservoir has the tranquil Aravallis as its backdrop, and it features a semi-circular embankment that resembles an amphitheatre where you may picnic and take in the scenery. The famed Surajkund International Crafts Mela, which takes place during the first week of February, is held there. The best examples of Indian traditional handicraft, handloom, and folk art are on display.
Baba Farid’s Tomb
The city of Faridabad is thought to have been called in honour of Baba Farid, a prominent Sufi saint from the 12th century. The tomb, which was constructed by the Mughals in the 13th century, has two entrances: the Bahishthi Darwaza (Gate of Paradise) in the west and the Nuri Darwaza (Gate of Light) in the east.
The Sufi saint’s grave and his eldest son’s grave are both located here. Although admission for women is limited at this religious place, pilgrims from near and far travel there to pay their respects by placing flowers and chaddars on the graves. Also, there are a lot of people in attendance for Mehfil-e-Sama, a Qawwali musical programme that is held every Thursday night.
The Sri Radha Govind Temple, also known as the International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON), is devoted to the Hindu deities Krishna and Radha. The temple’s other principal deities include the gods’ Ram, Sita, Laxman, and Hanuman.
The temple is known for its magnificent architecture, which skillfully combines ancient and modern elements. All Hindu holidays are observed with considerable religious fervour, but Janmashtami is especially so. You can browse the stores after paying respects at the principal temple and purchase literature, idols, etc. Simple yet delicious vegetarian snacks are also available at the cafeteria located on the temple grounds.
CITM Lake is one of the best locations in Faridabad for nature enthusiasts and photographers due to its breathtaking scenery, tranquil ambience, and abundant flora and fauna. Rainwater that accumulated in the steep, rocky topography of the stone mines formed this tranquil lake with clear blue water. As a result, due to the rough edges, you must avoid swimming in the lake or even by the banks; yet, it is an excellent location for cycling.
Picnickers who want to spend quality time with their loved ones away from the hectic city population enjoy this location because it has not yet been commercialised. If you’d rather not deal with the inconvenience of cooking, there are a few food stands where you may enjoy the local cuisine.
As one of the best locations in the entire region for engaging in thrilling adventure sports like rock climbing and trekking, Dhauj Lake is highly popular with tourists, especially thrill seekers. The tranquil environment and endearing beauty of this naturally created lake nestled inside the picturesque Aravallis also endear it to those who appreciate the outdoors. Visitors come to this serene location for picnicking and camping, and nearby is the well-known Camp Dhauj, which offers a variety of eco-lodges and safari tents for those seeking an unusual leisure getaway.
To enjoy the appearance of the swollen waterbody, which unfortunately dries up during the hot season, it is preferable to visit the lake with a modest manmade dam during the rainy season or immediately after monsoons.
Raja Nahar Singh palace
A historic building called Raja Nahar Singh Palace, sometimes called Ballabhgarh Fort Palace, is named for the fabled Indian uprising of 1857. During the reign of the Jat ruler Bao Balram in the 18th century, work on this double-storeyed sandstone structure with Darbar-e-Aam, Rang Mahal, minarets, and cupolas began. It was completed in stages by the middle of the 19th century.
This old building has been transformed into a well-liked motel/restaurant after being restored by renowned architectural restorer Aman Nath and his French collaborator Francis Wacziarg, giving you a look into the illustrious past of this region. A major draw for tourists is the Kartik Cultural Festival, which is hosted at this fort palace in the fall.
Before visitors to Badkhal Lake could enjoy picnicking, boating, birdwatching, etc.; however, these activities are now only available during the monsoon season when the rainwater fills the dried-up lake. Ironically, the name Bedkhal, which means something that is far from intervention in Persian, is where the lake gets its name from. Nevertheless, owing to unrestrained mining, things degraded and the lake dried up.
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Yet, in addition to exploring the stunning Peacock Lake in the area, adjacent recreation options include camel and horse riding. You can also go to this location during the spring to see the eye-catching and colourful Flower Show.