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door neighbour Haryana makes up for lack of natural beauty and tourist destinations by
man made innovations and picnic spots around lakes, some of them again man made. Most
of the places described below are picnic destinations though you can stay
overnite if you so desire.
If you have just one day and still
want to enjoy to enjoy the feel of the highway on your outing, head for this
small hamlet with a lake to boot.
Distance 60 km from
Peera Garhi Chowk
The place is best suited for
residents of west and North Delhi as you don't have to cross the city traffic to
get here. Reach Peera Garhi crossing and take the Rohtak Road. You will cross
the Delhi border in about 20 km. You can have a look at the Azad Hind Gram at
Tikri, which is a memorial to Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose with promise of
developing into another Delhi Haat. Go straight after crossing Bahadurgarh and
you will have to take a left turn down the road about 10 km, better to ask some
locals as there is no landmark at the turning. The highway is a two way with
some speed breakers (nasty ones) too near villages but the surface is all
right. The dhabas dotting the road give you a 'out of city feel' and serve the
usual stuff. Just after crossing Bahadurgarh you can stop at the Parle biscuit
factory and have a look at their assembly line for biscuits, the smell of fresh
biscuits is really great.
The place has spacious lawns with
lots of trees where one can picnic around, have lunch play games or just lie
down and relax. There are some swings for the children along with some joy
rides. There is also maze made of tall hedges and is fun to go around
and reach the center. Along with this there is a large lake where one can feed
the ducks, just stroll around the periphery of the lake or go for a boat ride.
There is an island at the center of the lake which can be reached by the boat.
The lake attracts a lot of birds including some migratory birds which can be
seen on the trees around the lake and at the island. One can also enjoy a mini
zoo which has some birds and animals to see. For those who will not like to
carry their own food there is a Haryana Tourism restaurant and bar along with a
hotel if you want to stay overnite
Resort near Taliyar - Stay
at Fun Town, Asauda, 20 k
from Taliyar Lake
Damdama has come up in a big way in
the last few years with a lot of help from the state government.
Distance 45 km from Dhaula
From Dhaula Kuan take the Jaipur
highway to reach Gurgaon and take
a left turn at Rajiv Gandhi Chowk crossing for the Sohna road. About 10 km before
Sohna look for a small left turn to reach Damdama. You can
stop at the sprawling
Haldiram complex for some snacks if you like by the highway near Gurgaon.
Nestled among the Aravalis the
place presents a picturesque view with
the surrounding low lying hills. There is
a small lake where one can go for boating in paddle boats or one driven by a
water sports facilities are also available. There are two or three
different lawns for various activities. One can also enjoy camel rides near the
and stay at Damdama
How to reach
Altitude :1200 m
5 hours of driving time by road. Take NH 1 till Ambala and turn right for
Panchkula at Ambala. On reaching Panchkula take the highway going to Nahan NH 73
for about 4 km and then take the hill road to Morni by turning left. It is 32 km
of hill drive taking about one hour. The road is patchy in between but still
tolerable. There is possibility of road blockage especially during Monsoons.
The only hill
station of Haryana and a hit with Chandigarh wallas for picnics and overnight
stay all the year around, the place is ideal for us Delhites too for a quiet
holiday. The place is still unexplored and very picturesque and green with a
mixture of hill and plain vegetation in mountainous surroundings. There are two
tals about 9 km from Morni, Tikkar Tal, which can be reached by car or foot and
present a very nice
setting for a
What to do
A very nice place
to completely relax and detoxify your mind and body in a pollution free
environment. One can also trek to the Tikkar tal and surrounding areas. Boating
facilities are also available at the tals.
Where to stay
Distance 15km from South Delhi, on
Built around a perennial lake
surrounded by rock cut steps the place is named after a Tomar sun
worshipper Raja Surajpal who constructed a sun temple and sun pool here in
1000 AD. The remains of the temple can still be seen around the place. Basking
in the glory of sun sitting on these rock steps around the pool takes you
back in history by many years. Boating facility is available at the lake. Horse
and camel rides are very popular with the children. Spacious greens make it a
nice picnic spot. A hotel and restaurant with bar is on hand.
Come February and the place
is transformed into a rendezvous for artisans from all there country exhibiting
hand made stuff with all their proficiency on display. There are
also a lot of performers right from Kashmir to Kanyakumari to entertain the
crowds who throng the place in thousands. One can also taste all the Indian
delicacies at one place.
How to reach
40km from Dhaula Kuan
Take the NH8 to
Gurgaon and take the right turn at R. Gandhi Chowk crossing to enter the city.
Immediately after this road there is a fork - take the left road. Carry on
straight till you see a Green Mosque on your right, take the left here. After
200 m there is again a fork with a temple in the middle - take the right road
until you come to the crossroads. Here again go straight and this road finally
leads to Sultanpur.
Once the favourite
hangout of legendry ornithologist Salim Ali, this wetland is a stopover for many
migratory birds in winter. The ponds had dried up till sometime back when water
was pumped artificially to
place back to life. One can do some serious bird watching here as there are lot
of birds like egrets, storks, bar headed geese et
c. which can be
seen here. The non-birdies can have a stroll around in these peaceful
environs. For bird lists see www.delhibird.org
. Some wild animals like neel gai etc can also be seen. Rooms and restaurant is
available. Camping facilities are also there.