The Shivalik range of the Himalayas has an offshoot
in Morni Hills in the Panchkula district, which is about 45 km from the City of
Gardens, Chandigarh. It is a hill resort famous for its view points, trekking
and rock-climbing activities. It is also a bird-watchers’ paradise. It can be conviently visited by taking up Chandigarh tour packages.
Morni Hills are easily reachable by road from
Chandigarh, and the best time of the year to visit is between the months of
September and March. This place is located at about 1220 m above sea level. According
to the local legend, the hill was named after Queen Morni, who is believed to
have ruled this area. The hills are a rich source of flora and fauna, which attracts
tourists from India and abroad. There is a temple on the hill, which is
dedicated to Trimurti and believed to be dating back to the 12th
century. The river Ghajjar flows down the slopes of Morni Hills, providing
respite on hot summer days. Morni Hill is among the less explored destinations and is a must place to visit when on youre holidays in Punjab.
As an offshoot of the mighty Himalayas, the Morni
Hills are covered in evergreen forests, mostly pine. In the spring, the
hillside is adorned by flowers blooming everywhere. Trees like pine, sal,
ritha, papal, mango and jamun flourish on the Morni Hills, providing plenty of
timber. The wildlife on the hills includes hyenas, langur, jackals, sambhal
deer, leopards and blue bulls. Birds such as Kalij pheasant, red jungle fowl
and Himalayan bulbul can also be found to the delight of bird watchers.
and Activities to Look Forward To
There are many activities to engage in like
trekking, rock climbing and bird-watching to keep you engaged. There are also a
couple of inter-connected lakes that delight the visitors as the connection is
an underground channel, but on the surface, they appear to be separated by a
hillock. Variety of tour packages from Delhi to Morni Hills are availble.
There are plenty of hotels and resorts to stay in
Morni Hills that cater to the tourists, ranging from luxury resorts to budget
hotels. There are guest bungalows that are run by the Haryana State Tourism
Department. From Chandigarh, it is hardly an hour’s drive to reach Morni Hills;
so, it is an ideal weekend getaway spot for people in and around Chandigarh.
As New Delhi is also not very
far, many people from Delhi try and escape to Morni Hills for the weekends,
especially on long weekends. The pine-covered hillside has many hotels and
resorts, and hence, it is ideal for a quick weekend getaway.