Haryana developing Morni as tourist spot

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Panchkula, Mar 26 (UNI) Minister of State for Tourism Kiran Choudhry today inaugurated the newly-constructed Log Huts at Tikkar Taal, near picturesque hill resort of Morni in this district.

The Minister also laid the foundation stone for construction of four Log Huts and Interpretation Center-cum-Kiosk in a new block, expected to be completed by the end of this year.

Speaking to the press, the Minister stated that the existing facilities available at Tikkar Taal are the cafeteria, kitchen, dining hall, two dormitories and adventure center with facility of camping etc.

The Minister stated that the construction of a new block consisting of a restaurant, committee room, two suites, 6 deluxe rooms, lobby, office, kitchen, pantry, store and dormitory for the drivers was at advanced stage of completion at Morni and the work was likely to be completed by the year end.

She informed that the union Ministry of Tourism has provided funds amounting to Rs 3.29 crore for eco-tourism in Morni, Pinjore and Sultanpur National Park, Rs. 3.19 crore have been provided for development of eco-tourism at Kalesar and Rs 4.75 crore have been provided for development of Morni, at an altitude of about 4000 feet above sea level and Tikkar Taal as a tourist destination.

Regarding promotion of Eco-tourism, additional facilities are being provided at Morni Fort, Lal Munia Forest Rest House, Tikkar and Bara Taal, Watch towers, Nature Walking path and Thapati Nature Camps.

Commissioner and Secretary Tourism, Keshni Anand Arora, while speaking to the press informed that the Tikkar Taal has lately become very popular with the corporates and for adventure groups.

The construction of additional Log Huts would further increase the tourist inflow, she said.

Managing Director, Haryana Tourism Corporation Satwanti Ahlawat, stated that Baisakhi would be organised at Pinjore on April 12-13.

The work for the restoration and conservation of the Fort wall, Rangmahal and the old motel at Pinjore was also in progress.

The hill resort, about 50 km from Chandigarh and is an ideal site for trekking and spending a quiet holiday. With growing number of domestic tourists and the general over crowding in hill stations like Shimla and Manali, Morni is now coming into its own as a Hill Station.

Many new Hotels and Resorts are coming up in the area. Morni is specially enjoyable in the months of February-April and September-November. This area is attractive due to the presence of natural serene environment, pine trees and two water bodies called Tikkar Taals.

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