When you work Monday to Friday 8-9 hours a day, the exhaustion of everyday life inevitably catches up to you. Life in 21st century is a fast pace race. There are more luxuries and comforts available to us than have ever been to humans in any period of history. But nothing ever comes free. So you work endlessly, tirelessly perhaps in a tiny office or a big one to earn money which you need to pay to live on planet earth. But is that all to existence? If that is the kind of attitude you live with, then not only will it leave you physically exhausted, but also mentally drained. Just like our bodies need sleep to recharge, so does our mind and our spirit to overcome the mundane routine of life. According to Bible, even God rested on the seventh day after making everything in creation. We’re only humans. We too need a little break once in a while. Weekend getaways are a perfect example of such breaks to recharge our energies and prepare us to face another busy week. If you live near any hill station, then there can be no better place to get away from the business of city life and just relax.
Morni Hills are a tourist attraction present in the Panchkula district which is a satellite city of Chandigarh, located in the state of Haryana. About 45 kilometres from Chandigarh, or approximately 35 km from Panchkula Morni Hills are offshoots of the Shivalik range of the Himalayas and covered in pine trees.
Since the inception of the planned city of Chandigarh, Morni Hills have emerged as one of the most popular tourist destinations in the Tricity – a collective of Panchkula, Chandigarh and Mohali. Morni village in the Morni hills is at a height of 1,220 meters from the sea level. It has plenty of infrastructures developed by the state of Haryana for tourists who come here attracted by the lush greenery and the peaceful environment. It is said that Morni Hills gets its name from a famous Queen who ruled over this region a long time ago.
The hill station is surrounded by pristine scenery of exotic flora and fauna. Add to it the picturesque settlement of Morni village; you get a prime vacation spot.
Adding to the charm of Morni hills are its various manmade lakes that are wonderful for a quiet time with your family or even by yourself.
For adventure lovers, Morni hills offer many good trails for trekking, camping and even rock climbing! One can trek to the two tals, or lakes, the old fort which is now in ruins and there are even trails to the bank of the river Ghaggar, which flows past Morni settlement. It has a thriving bird population with many exotic species of birds dwelling here so it a perfect place for some bird watching and relaxing. Whether you are a resident of the Tricity or in Chandigarh for a while, be sure to take out a day or two out of your schedule to visit this gorgeous hill station. You’d be hard pressed to find a better or wholesome hill station so close to the City Beautiful.
There are many ways to reach Morni Hills. Haryana state has build and maintains a motorable road that connects Morni hills with Panchkula via Haryana State Highway near it. Since the roads are well developed, you can take your car or your bike as the journey from Chandigarh to Morni Hills through Panchkula wouldn’t take you more than an hour or so. You can also hire a private taxi for a one or two days vacation from any taxi stand in Chandigarh or Panchkula. Government run buses as well as private buses also travel to Morni hills at regular intervals. Morni Hills offers a perfect weekend getaway filled with adventure and fun with the high rising mountains of Himachal Pradesh as backdrop.
The journey from Chandigarh or Panchkula is filled with mesmerizingly beautiful scenes of hills covered in abundant forests and you will come across a few settlements along the way as well. You might have to stop time to time because you will not be able to resist yourself from clicking plenty of pictures of the beautiful scenery offered by Morni Hills. You might even be able to click pictures of fauna of Morni Hills as it is also home to many exotic birds like Himalayan Bulbul, Wallcreeper, Crested Kingfisher, Blue Peafowl, Kalij Pheasant, Grey Francolin, Bar-tailed Treecreeper, Red Junglefowl, Black Francolin, Quails,and Oriental Turtle Dove as well as animals like Monkeys, Jackals, Langur, Hyenas, Neelgai, Wild Boar, Barking Deer, Sambar and even Leopards! If you go during the night time, then it is better to go in closed vehicle such as car or via bus because as mentioned above, Morni Hills are surrounded by forests which are home to a variety of animal life. You will mostly come across monkeys during your journey, so you can take snacks to feed them along the way.
The major attractions of Morni Hills are its three man-made lakes Tikkar Taal, Bada Tikkar and Chota Tikkar. Among the spurs of the hills lie two tals or lakes, the larger of these being about 550 meters long and 460 meters broad, and the smaller around 365 meters either way. A mysterious phenomenon about these lakes it that the water level in them remains roughly the same. Even though it has been theorized that there must be a hidden canal linking these tals, this oddity has lead to many myths being spurned up around them. The locals consider the lakes to be sacred and have many gatherings here to celebrate festivities. A small temple on the banks contains a Trimurti which dates back to the 12th century AD and is an important place for worship for many people. At Tikkar Tal, one can find dormitory accommodation facilitated by Haryana Tourism. Indian Forest Department has developed a rest house called “Lal Munia” to accommodate tourists and trekkers. You can find resorts near this lake which offers many conveniences like small playgrounds for children, along with a roller skating rink and a swimming pool. Mountain Quail tourist resort is a comfortable motel that is sited idyllically on the hill top overlooking a stunning valley giving you a wonderful view of Morni hills. It has restaurant and a bar with lush green lawns which is a great place to relax and feel the tranquility of the Morni hills.
These lakes are a great for spending two days vacations or a one day picnic with friends and family. They are ideal for boating, canoeing, angling and Kayaking.
There are many stops for sightseeing which appeal to the history of Mori Hills. Surajkund is an ancient village which dates back to the 10th century! It is said to be built by the Tomar Rajput chieftain, Raja Suraj Pal, and hosts the famous Surajkund crafts festival. Popular with golfers is a 12-hole Aravalli golf course which is spread over 67 acres. Sultanpur Bird Sanctuary is home to migratory birds ranging from egrets to cormorants and storks as well as local bird fauna.
Morni hills are a perfect getaway spot to enjoy a relaxing time with your loved ones. The climate here is same as that of Chandigarh. So don’t expect it to be pleasantly chilly during summer seasons. It is better to visit this place during winter or autumn season. Don’t forget your camera because you will definitely want to click pictures of the breathtaking beauty of Morni hills.