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