Morni Hills (India)
|Elevation||1,220 m (4,000 ft)|
|Listing||List of Indian states and territories by highest point|
|Coordinates||30°42′N 77°05′E / 30.700°N 77.083°ECoordinates: 30°42′N 77°05′E / 30.700°N 77.083°E|
|Location||Panchkula district, Haryana|
|Parent range||Shivalik Hills of Himalayas|
|Easiest route||Hike / scramble|
Morni is a village and tourist attraction in the Morni Hills at the height of 1,267 metres (4,157 ft) in the Panchkula district of the Indian state of Haryana. It is located around 45 kilometres (28 mi) from Chandigarh, 35 kilometres (22 mi) from Panchkula city and is known for its Himalayan views, flora, and lakes. The name of Morni is believed to derive from a queen who once ruled the area.
The Morni Hills are offshoots of the Shivalik range of the Himalayas, which run in two parallel ranges. The village of Morni lies on the mountainside, at 1,220 metres (4,000 ft) above mean sea level. Among the spurs of the hills lie two lakes, the larger of these being about 550 metres (1,800 ft) long and 460 metres (1,510 ft) broad, and the smaller around 365 metres (1,198 ft) either way.
The Haryana Government has constructed the Mountain Quail Resort for tourists, along with a motorable road to connect the Morni Hills with the Haryana State Highway near Panchkula. Three further roads connect Morni to Chandigarh and other nearby towns.
Haryana Tourism runs the Mountain Quail tourist resort at Tikkar Taal, grounds of which also have dormitory style camping accommodation for campers. Indian Forest Department rest house named Lal Munia and a PWD rest house have also been constructed to accommodate tourists and trackers. The resort includes playgrounds for children, along with a roller skating rink and a swimming pool. Tikker taal itself has large camping and picnic ground with outdoor seats, cobbled paths, a very high fountain, picnic facilities, boating, paragola, cafe, adventure park for kids built in 2013.
Morni Hill Fort and museum
There is an old fort in the Morni area, which is now in ruins. The hills are covered by pine trees, and are popular trekking locations. The fort also has a museum built in fy 2017-18. There were two other smaller forts at Garhi Kotaha and further 5 km at Massompur village hillock (both in Raipur Rani tehsil of Panchkula district), which now lie in ruins after these were partially demolished by the British Raj after the Indian Rebellion of 1857.
Twin lakes of Tikkar Taal: Bhim Taal and Draupdi Taal
A hill divides the two lakes, the larger one is called Bhim Taal or just Tikkar Taal which is 550 meter wide and 460 meter long and the smaller one is called Draupdi Taal or Chota Tikkar Taal (meaning the little tikkar lake) is 365 meter wide and long, as the legend goes there is a hidden channel linking them, as the water level of two lakes remains roughly the same. Morni locals look upon the lakes as sacred.
Morni Hill Waterfall
Morni Pheasant Breeding Center
Morni Pheasant Breeding Center focuses on the breeding of red junglefowls and kalij pheasants, and regularly releases birds raised in captivity into the wild every year. Red junglefowl had become extinct from most of its range and there are concerns of loss of its genetic purity due to breeding with other related species of fowls. Consequently, in 1991-92 a pheasant breeding center at Morni Hills was established with 6 aviaries and a walk-in a aviary to preserve the wild breed.
Morni Hill Archaeological Temple Site
Thakur Dwar temple, dedicated to lord Krishna, at the banks of Tikkar Taal is built on the site of 10th Century temple. Excavations in 1970 found Hindu sculptures dating back to Pratihara era (7th to 11th century CE), some of which are housed at Government Museum and Art Gallery, Chandigarh and some remain in-situ at the Thakur Dwara temple at Morni Hills.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Morni Hills and Tikkar Taal.|
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- Tikker lake
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