Perched at 1220m, and set amid monkey-filled forests on a spur running west from the Shivalik Hills, Morni Hills is Haryana’s only hill station. Here you’ll find a handful of rustic resorts, the village of Morni and, 8km downhill from the village, Tikkar Taal, a pair of pretty lakes with boats for rent (from ₹400) and the bucolic surrounds of farmland rising in terraces up the lower slopes.
With a gorgeous location on the shore of the second lake, Tikkar Taal Tourist Complex has clean, comfortable rooms with private bathrooms, and a great-value 16-bed dormitory, also with its own bathroom, and also with views of the lake. There’s a restaurant with terraced seating and gardens leading down to the lake. There’s nothing much to do here, but it’s a wonderfully peaceful place to stay if you want to escape the urban frenzy for a day or two, and hiking around the farmland is a joy.
There are frequent daily buses to Morni (₹35, 1½ hours) from Chandigarh’s ISBT Panchkulla bus station. From Morni village, there are three minibuses to Tikka Taal (₹20; 6.30am, 7.30am and 3.30pm). They return from outside Tikkar Taal Tourist Complex at 7.30am, 8.30am and 4.15pm. The 4.15pm connects with the last bus back to Chandigarh, which leaves Morni village at 5pm.
Private cars from Morni village to Tikka Taal cost about ₹700 return, including waiting time. Alternatively, it’s a lovely two-hour, 8km downhill walk along a quiet, largely forest-shaded road; hike back up the same road your Chandigarh bus came from, then turn left as the road bears sharp right (after about 700m).