Best Places to Visit in Morni Hills

Morni is a hamlet located in the lower portions of the Shivalik range and is perfect for a vacation due to its mild climate and the beautiful sight of the Himalayas along with rich green vegetation and stunning sceneries. Morni Hills stand at an altitude of 4,000 feet above sea level and as per the tale attached to the place, it is named after a queen called Morni who ruled the area. As per the estimate of the Historians, Rajput Thakurs lived in the Morni Hills area in the 15th century. Following the Thakurs, the Mughals governed the region, although not for long, since the arrival of the British resulted in the downfall of most native monarchs. The hills were ignored throughout the British Raj, and it was only after India's independence that Morni Hills came to the fore and were promoted as a tourist destination by the Haryana state tourism department. Thereafter the place progressively became a favourite site for nature lovers and motorcyclists from all over the country. Morni is a beautiful area with wooded hills and slopes. It is a birdwatcher's delight and home to a variety of wild creatures. It is a quiet retreat for individuals seeking quiet and a little of outdoor adventure in the form of bird watching, trekking, rock climbing, and other adventure sports.

Tikkar Tal

Morni hills have a certain legend, enigma, and antiquity attached to them. There are two enormous lakes or tals called as The Tikkar Tal, that appear to be strangely connected even though they are divided by a mound; the water level in both tals remains constant. The lake is popularly believed by the locals, who assemble here for ceremonial purposes. A Trimurti (the Hindu Trinity) from the 12th century AD is housed in a modest temple on the riverbank. The ruins of a historic fort tell the narrative of the area's past. Morni has a variety of intriguing trekking opportunities. Treks to the two tals and the old fort are available, as are treks along the bank of the river Ghaggar, which runs past Morni. You also hire boats and enjoy the boating in the Tal bordered with thick lush green hills.

Haryana Tourism caters to tourists in Morni with its Mountain Quail tourist resort. This is a pleasant hotel on a hilltop overlooking a gorgeous valley. Tourists are drawn in by a wonderful restaurant and a pub with gorgeous green grass. The Morni Lakes provide excellent opportunities for camping and relaxing in the middle of nature.

The Cactus Garden

The Cactus Garden is one of the most distinctive and intriguing locations to visit in Panchkula near Morni Hills dedicated to planting cactus. Cactus are succulent plants endemic to the American region that thrive in desert conditions. Officially referred as National Cactus and Succulent Botanical Garden and Research Centre, It is Asia's largest garden sprawling in an area of 7 acres, devoted to rare and exotic plants, with an astonishing number of 3,500 varieties. Caralluma genus of Indian origin is found here with several other endangered species. The assortment of Indian succulents here is reputed to be the world's largest. It is well recognised that the majority of these cacti and shrubs contain therapeutic properties. Every year, a cactus show is held in this garden throughout the month of March. There is also an informative collection features various kinds of bonsai. Visitors can observe a collection of all known cactus genera in nine glass enclosures. The garden also showcases extensive collections of Haworthias, Aloes, and Gasterias. The idea behind building the cactus garden is to create an experience of the desert habitat in the midst of a region embedded in an urban environment. Besides the presence of a solar panel, the garden houses a nursery specialising in succulents and grafted cacti. Erosion control blankets have been installed to prevent soil erosion.  The best part is that you also buy Plants from here.

Mansa Devi Temple

This prominent religious temple in Panchkula, devoted to an incarnation of Shakti Goddess Mansa, was built in 1851 AD. The Mata Mansa Devi Temple represents Himalayan traditions and spirituality. The temple, nestled in the Shivalik foothills, embodies Northern India's age-old practise of 'Shakti' devotion. The Himalaya, as the home of Lord Shiva and his wife ‘Shakti,' became the stronghold of Shakti veneration and hence Maharaja Gopal Singh of Manimajra constructed this temple of Sri Mansa Devi. Worshippers come here to seek the Goddess' blessings since as per the popular belief if you pay to the Goddess earnestly; all your heart’s wishes come true. The number of these devotees during the Navratri mela, soars to lakhs on each of the nine special days.

Pinjore Garden

Pinjore Garden, a 17th-century Mughal garden built by Mughal ruler Aurangzeb, is a popular tourist destination in the state of Haryana. Spanning across an area of 100 acres, it stands at a distance of about 15 kilometres from Panchkula.. In the midst of the ever-growing modern metropolis, this is a lovely area to relax with the environment. The Pinjore Garden, also known as Yadvinder Garden, is well-known around the world for its well-kept foliage, cooling fountains, and fascinating ponds. As per a popular belief the Pandava brothers took refuge here during their period of banishment. The gardens are best explored in the evening as the beauty of the location is in its prime during the sunset. Visitors from all over the globe come to the Pinjore gardens to see this Mughal marvel, which India has proudly and meticulously preserved. Pinjore Gardens are an excellent example of rooftop gardens in India and it houses the following:

Little Zoo: A mini zoo with numerous types of animals and birds is kept within the 100-acre garden area. The zoo is free to both children and adults.

The nursery: at the garden has a multitude of flowering and other plants. You may also buy potted plants for your own yard here.

Japanese Park: A section of the garden has been built as a tranquil Japanese garden, complete with a lovely water body, a bridge, a gorgeous building with a tiered tower, and statues of Japanese legendary animals.

Street Cuisine: There are several sellers that serve sumptuous street food.

Camel rides: Camel rides are provided outside the garden area.

Festivals: As homage to the Mughal Gardens, the Pinjore Heritage Festival is held every December. The gardens are lit up at night, and nightly concerts are organised for the tourists' enjoyment. During the event, many competitions like as sketching, rangoli, folk dancing, and Mehendi are held. The location also offers a Food Bazaar where tourists can sample delectable local cuisine and a Craft Bazaar where lovely handicrafts may be acquired as mementos.

The Garden hosts the annual Mango Festival during Baisakhi, which takes place between April and June in which one gets to see a wide variety of mangoes brought in from various parts of India.

Nada Sahib Gurudwara

This holy gurudwara is place to sit and connect with your inner self. It is said that Guru Gobind Singh, the tenth Sikh Guru, spent some time sleeping at this location before travelling towards Anandpur. He was on his way to Anandpur after the victory at Bhangani in 1688 AD. Another remarkable thing is how the river Ghaggar-Hakra, that runs near the Gurudwara and generates a spiritual ambiance creating magical unison with God and nature. Even if you are not religious, you will enjoy the peace and cheerfulness that this location exudes.

Adventure Park

Morni Hills' adventure park features enjoyable and challenging yet safe activities such as zip-lining, climbing nets, and a Burma bridge. The Haryana government built this to increase tourist activities. Even though it is a great area for kids to play and a wonderful picnic site, this location still has a lot of room for development.

Morni Hills is great for a weekend getaway when you feel fatigued and bored from the daily routines. The days are lovely, but the evenings are much more peaceful, with faraway lights flickering gently.

Best Time to Visit in Morni Hills

October to April remains quite pleasant.  

How to Reach Morni Hills

Take the train. Morni Hills is the closest railway station to Chandigarh.

By Air: The nearest airport to reach Morni Hills is located 45 kilometres away in Chandigarh. The flight is also available from Delhi to Chandigarh.

By Road: Its 3-4 hours drive from Delhi and takes about 1.5 hours from Chandigarh

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