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Kunjpura is a village in Karnal district, Haryana (prior to 1966 Punjab state), India, about 10 km northeast of Karnal city and about 130 km north of the national capitl, Delhi. It is on the right bank (west bank) of the Yamuna River, off the Grand Trunk Road that runs from Amritsar to Delhi and further on to Calcutta.
Kunjpura village has a fort with a long history. It was a major halting point for those who traveled from Khyber Pass to Delhi before modern metalled roads came to be. In 1739, a Pashtun adventurer, Najabat Khan, was granted a chiefdom by Nadir Shah as nawab at Kunjpura, which was held for generations by his descendants.
Sainik School, Kunjpura
The Sainik School situated west of Kunjpura village was started in 1961 on the large property that originally belonged to the last Nawab of Kunjpura, Ibrahim Ali Khan. The property passed into the hands of the Defence Ministry as the nawab migrated to Pakistan after the independence of India and died in Lahore in 1952. The alumni of the school have done well in the Military establishments as well as in the civilian life. The old boys of the school are called Kunjeans.
People and economy
The landowners of the village are of different religions and castes. The economy of the village is booming compared to many villages in the state of Haryana. The market is large relative to normal villages and the traders are quite prosperous. This could be attributed to the large buying power of the residents of the Sainik School situated nearby. The soil is alluvial in nature and the Yamuna river is not too far. Thus, irrigation is not an issue for the farmers and they are easily able to harvest more than two crops a year.