There are times when you want to just escape from the monotony of your life and transport yourself to a more peaceful place. That’s exactly what we did last week. We packed our bags and left for one of the nearest hill stations from Delhi – Morni Hills. It isn’t the most popular hill station we hear people talking about but it definitely makes for a spectacular weekend getaway.
It took us just six hours to reach Morni Hills as it isn’t at a very high altitude and that’s exactly why an acrophobic person like me chose this place. Covered with thick vegetation, the hills were a respite from the scorching heat and pollution of Delhi. It was an idyllic place for us to spend our weekend. After unwinding at our hotel, we set out to explore the place.
It took us just 30 minutes from our hotel to reach the captivating lake. It is surrounded by small hills on all four sides. There is a big open ground next to the lake for travellers to rejuvenate and frolic by the lakeside. It was a heartwarming sight to see dozens of families sitting and spending quality time with each other. After eating to our heart’s delight at a nearby restaurant, we headed to the lake for boating.
Covered with thick vegetation, the hills were a respite from the scorching heat and pollution of Delhi. It was an idyllic place for us to spend our weekend.
The paddle boats reminded me of my trip to Nainital but the only difference was that the lake here was quieter and less crowded. We were in the boat for about 45 minutes singing songs and poking fun at each other’s paddling skills. It started drizzling after some time and I couldn’t be happier.
We stayed there for some time interacting with the locals and were quite intrigued by their simple lifestyles. Living close to nature, they fathomed its importance well and lived in communion with it.
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If you want to sensitise yourself about the environmental issues that trouble our planet, you must visit Morni Fort. We walked our way to the entrance of the Fort. After reading the historical description of the place, we stepped in and were stunned to see not so fort-like stuff there.
Interestingly, the Forest Department has put up some catchy eco-friendly messages with 3-D models of animals explaining how the humans evolved through the ages and what is the present scenario. I was quite impressed by seeing how well the whole structure was maintained.
If you want to sensitise yourself about the environmental issues that trouble our planet, you must visit Morni Fort.
This was another spectacle to behold on our way to Delhi. Touted as one of the most beautiful gardens of our country, I was really excited to see the famous Rock Garden of Chandigarh. Don’t expect grass here. It is completely built of industrial and waste items like bottles, glasses, bangles, tiles, ceramic pots, sinks, electrical waste, broken pipes, etc. Walking through the complex interlinked courtyards filled with hundreds of pottery-covered concrete sculptures of dancers, musicians, and animals was fun. If you want to know about the marvels you can build of waste, you must visit this garden.
I must mention that our short vacation seemed more like a monsoon getaway because it rained incessantly during the two days. I also realised that India is replete with beautiful destinations waiting to be explored.
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The views expressed are the author’s own.