Archive for October, 2011

Morni Hill Resorts: Green Park, Mandana

October 28, 20115 Comments

GREEN PARK, TARA HILL, MORNI Morni  is about an hour’s drive from the tri-junction (Morni T-point) on the Panchkula-Ramgarh road. Midway to Morni lies the Mandana valley at an altitude of about 600 metres. The bend before the final descent to the valley has the prominent signboard of the ‘Green Park Restaurant’. The restaurant is […]

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Mountain Biking in Morni Hills

October 28, 20110 Comments

Morni Hills are increasingly becoming a popular destination for mountain biking. The serene atmosphere, the challenging gradients with sharp bends and low motorised traffic make the hill track ideal for cycling enthusiasts. Trainees from the ITBP Training Centre at Bhanu and the Indian Army from the Chandimandir Cantonment are frequently seen sweating it out on this challenging track.     […]

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Morni Fort: The Golden Bastions

October 27, 20111 Comment

The Fort: The Morni Fort is a modest stone masonry structure built sometime in the 17th Century atop the Morni hill at a height of about 1200 metres. The fort is strategically located and dominates the road to Badiyal towards Sarahan in Himachal, the road to Trilokpur, the ridge road towards Thapli/ Mandana and the […]

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Glimpses of History: Ruins of Kotaha

October 25, 20114 Comments

Kotaha Fort: Kotaha or Garhi-Kotaha, 20 miles north of  Umballa, was the seat of power under the Rule of the Mirs that started with the coming of Hakim General Qasim-ul-Khan in early 17th century. The Mirs ruled the Hills of Morni and the ilaqa of Kotaha and Naraingarh from their formidable fort at Kotaha.  Major William Lloyd  and […]

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Tals of Morni

October 19, 20110 Comments

The Morni hills are off-shoots of the Shivalik range and run in two-parallel ranges from south-east to the north-west. The ranges are divided by the Ghaggar river. To the south-east of the Morni range, the ground is broken by projecting spurs that nestle two-ancient natural lakes, Bhim Tal and Draupti Tal. The lakes are located […]

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Morni Wildlife

October 16, 20110 Comments

Morni hills were a popular location for hunting in the 18th and 19th centuries. Ahmad Shah Abdali, the Afghan invader is said to have camped at Pinjore for tiger hunting in the Morni hills in 1765. Col. R .R. Gillespie the legendary braveheart of the British Indian Army, is said to have camped at the […]

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The Morni Forest

October 16, 20110 Comments

The forest of Morni was granted as a jagir to Mir Jafar Ali of Kotaha by the British in 1816 in recognition of the services rendered during the war against the Gurkhas. Thereafter, the Morni ‘ilaqa’ continued to be owned by the descendants of Mir Jafar Ali till 1968 when the Haryana Government started the acquisition of […]

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People and Customs of Morni

October 15, 20110 Comments

There are interesting accounts about the nature, character and customs of the hill people of Morni in the 19th and early 20th century British Gazetteers, books and newspapers. Some of these accounts are reproduced for the readers: ‘The Morni cultivators: The cultivators in the Morni hills are chiefly Gujars,  Kanets and Brahmans in the lower hills […]

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‘Windmills’ of Morni: Generating Clean Power

October 11, 20110 Comments

Solar Technologies set up a 10.2 KW hybrid renewable electric power system at Chakli and Ramsar villages in Morni in partnership with the Government of India. The system consists of two wind turbines that provide 6.6 KW of wind power and solar panels that generate 3.6 kw of solar power. The project was completed in […]

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Glimpses of History: Secret Letters during Gurkha War 1814-1816

October 10, 20110 Comments

Interesting insights are offered by a reading of the ‘Secret Letters’ that formed a part of the ‘Papers regarding the Administration of the Marquiz of Hastings in India’ that were tabled at a General Court of the ‘United Company of Merchants of England Trading to the East Indies’ on 3rd March 1824. A secret letter […]

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