Morni is a village and tourist attraction in the Morni Hills at the height of 1267 meters in the Panchkula district of the Indian state of Haryana. It is located around 45 kilometres (28 mi) from Chandigarh,35 km 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. At Tikkar Taal, dormitory accommodation for campers has been made available by Haryana Tourism. An 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 small playgrounds for children, along with a roller skating rink and a swimming pool. Morni Hill Fort: 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. Tikkar Taal: A hill divides the two lakes, the larger one is callled Tikkar Taal which is 550 meter wide and 460 meter long and the smaller one is called Chota Tikkar Taal (meaning the little tikkar lake) is 365 meter wide and long, as the legend goes there is be 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 Water Fall: A hill divides the two lakes, the larger one is callled Tikkar Taal and the smaller one is called Chota Tikkar Taal (meaning the little tikkar lake), as the legend goes there is be 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 Archaeological Temple Site: A 12th century temple exists near the tikkar taal and an archaeological dig uncovered 12th century artifacts which are kept there in the open.




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