Kurukshetra is a renowned tourist destination attracting pilgrims from all over India and abroad due to its historical and religious significance. It is located 160 kilometers north of Delhi in the state of Haryana on National Highway-44. It is easily accessible from Delhi by rail or road. The importance of the place is attributed to the fact that the famous battle of Mahabharata was fought on this land as mentioned in the epic called Mahabharata.
Kurukshetra is also known as Dharmakshetra (“Realm of Duty”) since it is renowned as the birth place of the Bhagvad Gita which is the divine sermon delivered by Lord Krishna to the mighty Arjuna when, on the eve of the Great War, He found Arjuna wavering from his duty to fight the evil forces since they happened to be his kith and kin. It is because of this divine preaching by Lord Krishna that the old town, which is part of the larger Kurukshetra, is called Sthaneshwar (the Place of God).
Kurukshetra is also famous as an educational hub of Haryana. Some of the reputed educational institutions located here are Kurukshetra University, National Institute of Technology (NIT), National Institute of Design (NSD), Shri Krishna Ayush University and many other reputed colleges and schools. It is also a famous tourism destination having a number of tourist places of interest like Brahma Sarovar, Sannhit Sarovar, Jyotisar, Kurukshetra Panorama and Science Centre, Shri Krishna Museum, Sheikh Chilli Tomb, Kalpna Chawla Planetarium etc.