We’ve been stuck at homes for the longest time, all thanks to this ongoing pandemic. Although travelling to exotic national and international destinations may not be easy right now, there’s never a dearth of beautiful hyper-local places to visit.
Here’s a list of places you can visit with your family, friends or even that special someone in Faridabad. Yes, you read that right, Faridabad!
This lake is a 10th Century reservoir Surajkund, which means the ‘Lake of the Sun’. Tomar dynasty ruler Suraj Pal built this lake. He was an ardent devotee of the Sun God who later constructed the Sun temple in Faridabad.
The lake offers a backdrop of the composed Aravallis with a semi-circular embankment, built for sitting and enjoying the beautiful views. This is an ideal picnic spot for families and friends. It is also the designated venue for the Surajkund International Crafts Mela, held on February 14 every year.
Baba Farid’s Tomb
In the 12th century, Baba Farid was a Sufi saint. This tomb was built by the Mughals in the 13th century. There are two gateways in the tomb – Nuri Darwaza (Gate of Light) in the east and Bahishthi Darwaza (Gate of Paradise) in the west.
There are two graves – one of the Sufi saint and the other of his elder son. Pilgrims visit this religious place to offer chaddars and flowers on the graves. However, entry of women is restricted here.
This location is a treat for nature lovers and photographers because of its scenic landscape and rich flora and fauna. The lake is best known for its sparkling blue water. It is also a great spot for cycling. Few food stalls provide visitors with lip-smacking street food.
Adventure junkies flock to this spot for rock climbing and trekking. The Dhauj Lake is naturally formed and has a certain charm to it, which nature lovers describe best. One can either picnic or even camp at the beautiful lake side.
A dam controls the heavy flow of water during heavy monsoons. Unfortunately, the lake dries up during the summer season.
Raja Nahar Singh Palace
Also known as the Ballabgarh Fort Palace, it is a legacy property named after the revolt of 1857. The development of this double-storeyed sandstone structure, including Darbar-e-Aam, Rang Mahal, minarets, and vaults, started during the reign of the Jat ruler Bao Balram in the 18th century and proceeded in stages till the mid-19th century.
During the autumn season, Kartik Cultural festival is held at the palace. This historical palace has been converted into a motel-cum-restaurant.