Your Guide to Quaint Hill Station 5 Hours from Delhi
Whether it’s any time of the year, hill lovers are always on the lookout for scenic destinations for their next vacation. If you are also a mountain lover and live in Delhi-NCR or Chandigarh, Morni Hills is a great quick getaway. Here is your complete guide to traveling to Morni Hills and making the most of your time at the hill station. By Anouchka Goel
About Morni Hills
Morni Hills is located on the outskirts of Panchkula and is an excellent picnic or overnight spot for locals as well as tourists, especially those looking for weekend trips from Delhi. At just 1,220 meters above sea level, the hill station is quite low, making it an easy destination to get to and stay at. It allows you the comfort of a hill station without the many winding roads and nausea, making it an easily accessible place for young and old.
That’s not all – Morni Hills is also an important archaeological site, thanks to the Thakur Dwar Temple, where carvings dating back to the 7th century have been found. Plus, its location allows birdwatchers as well as beginners to explore rare and popular birds, including the Wallcreeper, Crested Kingfisher, Indian Peafowl, European Turtle Dove, and many more.
The hill station is located at the foot of the Shivalik Range and is said to have been named after a queen who ruled the area around 2,000 years ago. The road to the hill station is filled with pine trees and as you climb the air becomes fresh and clean – flora and fauna filling it with their fragrance.
Places to visit around Morni Hills
Morni Hills is a great place to relax on weekends and spend time surrounded by nature (and escape polluted cities). Along long walks, you will come across several small farms owned by locals and entirely organic. You will also discover closed areas where medicinal plants are grown on a large scale, maintained by companies specializing in Ayurvedic products for use in their factories.
There are also some great destinations one can visit in and around Morni Hills. Among them is the Morni Fort, which is currently maintained by art students. The small fort is a beautiful ruin surrounded by lush greenery and makes for a great one-hour visit. Also nearby are the Garhi Kotaha Fort and the Masoompur Fort. Tikkar Tal, a lake about half an hour from Morni, makes a pleasant picnic spot. Also, don’t forget to visit the Thakur Dwar temple and get a glimpse of history.
Weather in the mountain station
The temperature here is lower than Chandigarh, but the difference is only about four to five degrees. So tours during the rainy season and the months of August-November and February-April are great because they provide just the right temperature difference to make you feel comfortable and not sweat because of it. heat (or that you are too cold).
How to get to the place
Morni Hills is well served by roads from Delhi-NCR, Chandigarh and even other neighboring cities such as Jaipur. You can reach Chandigarh by air and then hire a taxi to the hill station or take a train to Chandigarh. Another option is to arrive by bus to Panchkula and hire a taxi from there.
Distance from Delhi: 254 kilometers
Distance from Chandīgarh: 41 kilometers
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