Haryana

Carved from the state of Punjab in 1966, Haryana shares its capital with Punjab in Chandigarh. The state also embraces the National Capital Delhi on three sides and many parts of it come under the National Capital Region or NCR. Proximity to Delhi have made these places (like Gurgaon) develop into satellite towns to absorb the expanding population and cater to demands of more residential, commercial as well as official areas.
Haryana is part of the fertile Northern plains and is a rich agrarian economy. Haryanvi and Hindi are the major languages spoken here. This land has many historical and legendary events associated with it. The most prominent being the preaching of Bhagwat Gita, the battle of Kurukshetra and the three battles of Panipat. Kurukshetra, Jyotisar, Thanesar, Panchkula and Pehowa are places of pilgrimage. Haryana provides opportunities for adventure tourism, bird watching and camping (Jungle Fowl Camp, Dhanchiri Camp). A walk through history could be experienced at Yadavindra Gardens that is a Heritage resort set amidst 17th century Mughal Gardens, Bhima Devi Temple (Pinjore) and Ballabgarh Fort. A unique Cactus Garden in Panchkula and the annual Suraj Kund Crafts Mela are visit worthy places.
The state has an excellent network of National and State highways and is well connected by railways too. Business Tourism is also being promoted in Haryana by providing conference halls and rooms for corporate get-togethers, at resorts and hotels on the many highways passing through the state. The climate gets very hot in summers and very cold in winters with an average monsoon.

प्रताप गढ़ फार्म , झज्झर

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आप का तो निश्चित है कि सुबह वाली गलती नही दोहराएंगे, मगर बच्चे तो अपने मन की मर्जी के मालिक ठहरे, अत: उन्होंने उस मेन्यु को चुना जो उत्तर भारतीय शादियो में बहु-प्रचलित भी है और हिट भी | चाऊमिन के भारतीय संस्करण से लेकर दाल मक्खनी और शाही पनीर तक, मगर अपने राम ने तो निश्चित किया है, हम तो आज जीमेंगे उस खाने पर, जिसका स्वाद हम शहरी जिन्दगी की इस अंधी भागदौड़ में कहीं पीछे छोड़ चुके हैं, और यदि चाहें भी तो हमारी आज की डिज़ाइनर रसोइयाँ में न तो देसी चूल्हे के लिये कहीं कोई प्रावधान हो
सकता है और न ही हमारी आज की शरीके-हयात उन्हें बना सकती हैं| सो, चूल्हे की हल्की आँच पर सिकी मकई और बाजरे की देसी घी में तरबतर रोटी, साथ में लहसुन की चटनी और बनाने वाली हमारे गाँव देहात की ही कोई ग्रहणी, न कि कोई व्यवसायिक कारीगर, जैसा कि आप आजकल की शादियों में या फ़ूड फेस्टिवल में पाते हैं | वहाँ आप ऐसा खाना पा तो सकते हैं पर वो होता रस विहीन ही है, ये हमारा व्यक्तिगत अनुभव है कि जब तक खाने में अन्नपूर्णा के हाथ न लगें हों आपको तृप्ति नही हो सकती | जी भर इसके रसावादन के बाद मीठे के शौकीनों के लिये बाजरे की खिचड़ी बूरा उकेर कर और साथ में गर्म गर्म ढूध जलेबी | ऐसा खाना वास्तव में आपके केवल पेट को नही वरन आत्मा तक को भी तृप्त कर देता है | भले ही इस जगह के आस-पास की महिलायें चार पैसे कमाने और अपने परिवार को कुछ आर्थिक सहयोग प्रदान करने के लिये इस फार्म में रोज़गार पा लेती हैं मगर इसका सबसे बड़ा सकारात्मक पक्ष ये है कि यूँ लगता है कोई आपकी परिचित ही आपको प्रेम से बैठा कर खिला रही है, आपके किसी भी गुण का उपयोग कहीं भी हो आखिर काम तो काम है और हमारे जैसे और भी जो इस देशी खाने के शौक़ीन हैं, पूरी मोहब्बत और खलूस के साथ खा रहे हैं | आप को सबसे अच्छा यह देख कर लगता है कि नौजवान पीढ़ी के जो लडके-लडकियाँ भी यहाँ आये वो इन महिलायों को पूरे सम्मान के साथ आँटी-आँटी कह कर बुलाते रहे और थैन्कू थैन्कू कर जाने से पहले फोटो खिंचवाना न भूलते…. आखिरकार परम्पराएँ भी कोई चीज़ हैं…. That is why I love my India!!!

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