Mrs. Kiran Choudhry, Minister of State for Tourism, Haryana inaugurated the newly constructed 4 No. Log Huts at Tikkar Taal, near Morni Hills in district Panchkula. The Minister also laid the foundation stone for construction of four Log Huts and Interpretation Center-cum- Kiosk of Phase II. The construction of
new block is expected to be completed by the end of this year. An amount of Rs. 38.50 lacs have been spent on the construction of 4 No. Log Huts and the cost for the 2nd Block would be Rs. 91.32 lacs.
Speaking to the press, the Minister stated that the existing facilities available at Tikkar Taal are the cafeteria, kitchen, dinning hall, two dormitories with 32 bedded accommodation, 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 is at advanced stage of completion at Morni and the work is likely to be completed by the year end. It was also intimated that the Ministry of Tourism, G.O.I. has provided funds amounting to Rs. 3.29 crores for eco-tourism in Morni, Pinjore and Sultanpur National Park, Rs. 3.19 crores have been provided for development of eco-tourism at Kalesar and Rs. 4.75 crores have been provided for development of Morni & Tikkar Taal as a tourist destination. Regarding promotion of Eco-tourism., additional facilities are being provided at Morni Fort, Lal Minia Forest Rest House, Tikkar & Bara Taal, Watch towers, Nature Walking path and Thapati Nature Camps.
Mrs. Keshni Anand Arora, Commissioner & Secretary Tourism, Haryana 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 4 No. Log Huts would further increase the tourist inflow.Mrs. Satwanti Ahlawat, Managing Director, Haryana Tourism Corporation stated that Baisakhi would be organized at Pinjore on 12th & 13th April,2008. The work for the restoration and conservation of the Fort wall, Rangmahal and the old motel at Pinjore is in progress.
Morni is a picturesque hill resort located at an altitude of about 4000 feet above sea level. It lies at about 50 km’s 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.