Morni Hill Resorts: Mandana Resort

A popular roadside ‘dhaba’ for tea and snacks, the ‘resort’ is located just short of the Mandana valley. Tables are laid out on the terraces along the slope with rather basic polythene sheet canopies to provide cover from the sun. The terraces offer good views of the rolling plains of the Mandana and the ghaggar and Pinjore dun that lies beyond. Its a popular stopover for people driving onto Morni and is brighter and more cheerful than the Green Park resort located on the adjacent hill.

Terraces, Mandana Resort

 

Morni Resort

A three star resort located on the morni ridge. The garden is nicely landscaped and offers views of the tipra hills that lie beyond ghaggar. Food is decent but house-keeping is average. A nice property that has seen better times.

Morni Resort

Garden, Morni Resort

 

Morni Hill Resorts: Golden Tulip

A four star resort that has come up on the Morni road mid-way between the Tri-junction at NH-73 and Berwala. Its a part of an international chain of hotels, inns and resorts and is located against the backdrop of the scenic hills. A seasonal rivulet passes close to the resort. Landscaping and tree plantation would make the site more scenic and green in the years to come. A large solar water heating structure has been built separately and is tucked away to the rear of the hotel.

Golden Tulip Resort, Morni Road

Golden Tulip Resort

 

The International Chain

 

Haryana Tourism Resort at Tikkar Tal

Haryana Tourism runs a restaurant and a motel by the side of the shimmering waters of Bhim Tal, the larger of the Tikkar Lakes. The resort is located at a distance of about 10 KM from Mountain Quail, the Haryana Tourism Resort at Morni. The road descends sharply from 1200 metres to 600 metres and the drive back can test one’s driving skills.The road to Tikkar tal continues to the plains that lie to the south of the lake valley to join the Raipur Rani-Trilokpur Road.

View of Bhim tal from Thalapur Cliff

View of Bhim tal from Thalapur Cliff

Haryana forest department has done heavy plantation around the resort area including avenue planting along the last stretch of the road leading to the resort. The stately avenue of Silver Oaks near the resort unfortunately got badly burnt in a forest fire.

Rooms have been given a ‘cottage’ look, complete with the sloping red roofs and they offer a beautiful view of the lake and the meadows beyond.There is a heavy rush at the restaurant on weekends (barring the peak summer season when it gets warm). Tourists from Chandigarh region can be seen picnicing on the lush green lawns. Sunsets offer beautiful opportunities for photography enthusiasts.

Haryana Tourism's Restaurant and Cottages at Tikkar Tal,Morni Hills

Haryana Tourism’s Restaurant and Cottages at Tikkar Tal, Morni Hills

The tourism department also offers ‘camping’ facilities and a part of the large grassy bank has been neatly fenced up to enclose the synthetic tents. This boutique campsite does not seem to attract too many takers.

Haryana Tourism Campsite at Tikkar Tal,Morni Hills

Haryana Tourism Campsite at Tikkar Tal, Morni Hills

Boating facilities are erratic and the lakes have witnessed swimming accidents in the past.

Boating at Bhim tal, Morni Hills

Boating at Bhim tal, Morni Hills

The road to the Tikkar tal invariably suffers damage during the monsoons. The rains of 2010 wreaked havoc and took away large sections of the road.The resort itself narrowly missed being swept away by a massive landslide from the fragile hills to the rear of the resort.

Disaster waiting to happen, Valley of Tikkar, Morni Hills

Disaster waiting to happen, Valley of Tikkar, Morni Hills

The road has been since been extensively repaired by the PWD. Some areas around the lakes have been acquired by the Haryana Government and forest department has undertaken heavy plantation to check soil erosion. Much needs to be done, however, to secure the sharp slopes of the clay hills to protect the beautiful lakes that date back to antiquity.

Note: Also see ‘Tals of Morni’ under Morni Hills

Haryana Tourism Resort at Tikkar Tal

Tals of Morni

Tal as seen from the South

Morni Hill Resorts: Anglers Parc Resort

The resort is set on the low hills to the south of the Tikkar tal and affords a pleasant view of the lake. The metalled road from Morni to the Haryana tourism resort at the rim of the Tikkar tal snakes on further through the low hills that ensconse the lakes to the south and breaks out in the plains beyond. The resort lies at the point where the metalled road leaves the lake valley and begins the climb to reenter the hills. The resort consists of six ‘ethnic’ style huts with thatched bamboo roofs that appear quaint against the scenic backdrop of the hills.

Anglers Parc Resort

 

Morni Hill Resorts: Green Park, Mandana

GREEN PARK, TARA HILL, MORNI

Morni  is about an hour’s drive from the tri-junction (Morni T-point) on the Panchkula-Ramgarh road. Midway to Morni lies the Mandana valley at an altitude of about 600 metres. The bend before the final descent to the valley has the prominent signboard of the ‘Green Park Restaurant’. The restaurant is located on the ‘Tara Hill’ as per the signboard. A kutcha track leads up from the road by a prominent banyan tree to the restaurant which is little more than a roadside dhaba.  The atmosphere inside the ‘restaurant’ is somewhat murky. The garden terrace outside is, however, quite pleasant and the tea is good.  The dhaba is frequented by bikers on way to Morni. In the late hours, one can frequently see revelers dancing in the small clearing alongside the signboard to the music of the blaring car stereo.

Green-Park-Dhaba

Sign Board, Green Park

Banyan at Green Park

 

The level top of the ‘Tara Hill is occupied by a private cottage (an uninspiring two room accomodation). The owner has created a number of beautiful green terraces and has planted a variety of trees – the ornamental Araucarias as well as different types of fruit trees. An artificial water tank provides water to the plants and the plentiful birds in the area.

Tank atop Tara hill, Mandana

A walk further up the kutcha track takes one to a flat hill top with a small white temple. A small pit has been dug for rain water harvesting but is generally dry barring the rainy season. The stillness of the air is, however, unnerving and one can easily conjure the picture of a lurking leopard inside the deep, impenetrable scrub that covers the hills. The site has a commanding view of the hills around as well as that of the Mandana valley.  The valley looks picturesque in winters under the golden cover of the mustard fields.  The entire area is rich in bird life with barbets, tree-pies, shikras, kites and flamebacks being sighted routinely.

Hill top adjoining Green Park with view of Mandana

View from cliff-side viewpoint at Mandana