Situated in the lower reaches of the Shivalik range, Morni is ideal for a holiday with its cool clime, beautiful natural vistas and myriad opportunities for trekking, rock-climbing and other adventure sports.
Situated on the outskirts of Panchkula, Morni Hills is one of the most popular picnic destinations for locals and tourists alike. This is the only hill station in the state of Haryana and hence is a much sought-after place. The hills are 1220 metres and have some really stunning views to offer. In addition to being a vista point, Morni Hills is also a great place for bird watching and trekking enthusiasts. Popular birds which are sighted here include Wallcreeper, Crested Kingfisher, Bar-tailed Treecreeper, Blue Peafowl, Kalij Pheasant, Red Junglefowl, Grey Francolin, Quails, Himalayan Bulbul and Oriental Turtle Dove.
Situated at a mere distance of 45 kilometres from Chandigarh, the entire route from the city to these quaint hills have a beautiful journey. Forests and mighty pine trees line the way up to the foothills of the Shivaliks where you can finally make a stopover at the Morni Hills. There are two lakes here as well which are interconnected in spite of the existence of a hillock in between, such that the water level in both of them remains the same. The lake is believed to be auspicious by the locals and is a focal point during many celebrations.
A small temple dedicated to the Holy Trinity is also present near the banks of the lake and is believed to have been constructed around the 12th century AD. The remains of the Morni fort are present quite close to the hills as well. In addition to the landscape, a wide variety of flora and fauna is also present here which makes it a delight for every nature lover. A hidden haven of nature, Morni Hills is a must visit for anyone looking for a quick weekend getaway.
Wildlife at Morni Hills:
It has a great coverage of flora and a lot of wild animals can also be seen here. The animals that make this their home include jackals, langurs, hare, hyenas, neelgai, wild boars, barking deer, sambar and even leopards. Trees like neem, oak, pipal, jamun, amaltas and jacaranda cover the slopes, while a number of birds make an appearance here as well. Wallcreeper, Crested Kingfisher, Bar-tailed Treecreeper, Blue Peafowl, Kalij Pheasant, Red Junglefowl, Grey Francolin, Quails, Himalayan Bulbul, Oriental Turtle Dove, quails, sand grouse and common doves are some of the more frequently sighted birds here.