Mysterious mountains, picturesque landscapes, cool tingling climate and fascinating wildlife; all these describe the quintessence of Morni Hills. Branching off from the formidable Shivalik Range, Morni Hills is the only hill station situated in the state of Haryana. The only inhabited region of Morni Hills is the Bhoj Jabial village. This tiny hamlet is a paradise for nature lovers, young lovers and weary souls looking for peace and quiet on thier holidays in North India
Morni Hills is situated in Panchkula District in Haryana and is just 45km away from Chandigarh and is a 5 hour drive from Delhi. The hill station is accessible most conveniently by road. There are not too many buses and taxis plying towards Morni Hills, so taking your own vehicle is the most hassle-free option.
Best Time to Visit
As the village is situated at an altitude of 1220m above mean sea level, the summers are mild and the winters are pretty chilly. The temperature during summer hovers between 18-40°C while the winter temperatures can go down to 4°C. The ideal period to book Morni Hills holidays in Haryana
is during the months of March-September.
The Haryana Tourism Board has developed Morni Hills to attract adventure tourism. It runs a popular tourism complex called the Mountain Quail which is the best lodging facility in Morni. The other accommodation options are the Lal Munia Tourist Hut and PWD guesthouse maintained by Haryana Tourism.
Morni Hills is almost exclusively meant for undertaking daring trekking and rock climbing expeditions. The popular trekking routes here are the one across the river Ghaggar flowing past Morni Hills and the other along the ruins of an ancient fort situated near the Mountain Quail tourist complex. Nature lovers and bird watchers can feast their eyes upon the exciting flora and fauna dwelling in the evergreen forests of the hills. You can come across magnificent and rare bird species like Wall creeper, Bat-tailed Tree creeper, Crested Kingfisher, grey and black francolins, Oriental Turtle Dove and Himalayan Bulbul. The fascinating animal species found here are the Neelgai, Kakad (Barking Deer), Leopards and Sambar. The vegetation of the hills is dominated by pines while the slopes are covered by swathes of oak, neem, sal, pipal and jamun.
It is better to reach Morni Hills early in the morning and get started with trekking and rock climbing right away by taking up holiday tours from Chandigarh
. Then you can relieve yourself in the afternoon and engage yourself in bird-watching and sight-seeing during the evening.
Another interesting spot to visit in the Morni hills are the two lakes which adorn the heart of the forests. This place is also ideal for camping and relaxing after a tiring trek in the morning. A mysterious attribute to these lakes is that the water level always remains constant in both the water bodies even though they are separated by a hillock. This is because of a hidden underground channel connecting the two lakes. The serene and placid waters of the lakes are ideal for boating and bathing leisurely.
After basking in the salubrious environ of Morni Hills, you can descend down the hills and head straight to Pinjore before nightfall. Located just 15km away from Panchkula and 20km from Chandigarh, Pinjore is a major tourist attraction renowned for its magnificent gardens. You should definitely visit the much-famed Yadavindra Gardens on day two of your trip. Also don’t forget to gorge on sumptuous ‘fruit chaat’ sold in the eating outlets of Yadavindra Gardens.
You can spend quality time in Morni Hills in just 2 days. The total cost of the trip can sum upto 2000 INR per individual. So pack your bags, rev up your car and head to Morni – the Hill of Mystique.