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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.

Morni and Tikkar Tal. Situated in the lower reaches of the Shivalik range, Morni is ideal for a holiday with its cool clime, beautiful natural vistas and myriad opportunities for trekking, ... The trees wereintroduced in the hills as an experimental venture, even though the climate was not really cold enough for the trees to flourish.

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.

Tikkartaal Waterfall Waterfall, access via a track in the forest, is active in the rainy season.

Tikkartaal Archaeological Temple Site

Bhuri Singh Deota temple, dedicated to the folk deity Buri Singh, is the cliff-temple at Pejarli village at a height of 1870 metres with unbroken scenic view of Ghaggar river(Sarasvati)

Nada Sahib

The Gurudwara Nada Sahib is situated in Panchkula on the bank of Ghaggar river in Shivalik foothills. It is a famous religious place of the Sikhs. Guru Gobind Singh - the the tenth guru halted here while travelling from Paonta Sahib to Anandpur Sahib after the Battle of Bhangani in 1688. Nadu Shah Lubana of the adjoining village served him and his followers with food and milk. The place remained obscure until Bhai Motha Singh, who belonged to a village nearby, discovered the sacred spot and raised a platform to perpetuate the memory of the Guru's visit. Nothing more is known of the devout Motha Singh nor of the date of the establishment of the Manji Sahib, except that the shrine was under the Dharmarth Board of Patiala and East Punjab States Union in 1948 and was taken over by the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee after the merger of the state with the Punjab in 1956.

Cactus Garden

A visit to Panchkula is incomplete without making a trip to the Cactus Garden. Officially known as National Cactus and Succulent Botanical Garden and Research Centre, the garden is Asia’s biggest garden devoted to rare and endangered species having more than 3,500 species. Genus Caralluma of Indian origin are seen here with some of the endangered species. Collection of Indian succulents here is considered the largest in the world. Botanists and cactus lovers get attracted to this unique garden, which covers over 2,500 species of cacti and succulents. It is known fact that most of these cacti and succulents have medicinal values. Cactus show also is organised at this garden during the month of March every year. The garden has 272 species of genus Mammillaria and 160 species have been naturalised outdoor. There are other beautiful plants of Aloe Speciosa, Aloe Ferox & other exotic species. In low growing cacti such as Mamillarias, Astrophytum, Notocacti and several other species have been grown here.

Panchkula Golf Courses

Set up in 2003, over 135-acreage and playing to a par of 72, the 18-hole PGC matured over the years with its trees and roughs gaining in stature. Set to a linear layout, the PGC is a public sports facility run by the Haryana Government and designed as part of a larger sports complex. The PGC is affiliated to the Indian Golf Union (IGU). There is a distinctly Scottish touch to the Panchkula Golf Course with its undulating fairways and wind gusting in from the Ghaghar river valley. A rambling course flanked by the Shivalik hills and the Ghaghar, golfers sample both its beauty and its tricky nature. Wind blowing in hard from the Ghaghar river can mean the best of golfers can perish by hitting it out-of-bounds. Yet, in their anxiety to avoid hitting it right into the Ghaghar, golfers can easily hook the ball into punishing roughs flanking the fairway's left. A straight drive, on the other hand, yields plenty of dividends, as average golfers may need no more than 100-125 yards to approach the flag.

Bhima Devi Temple

Alexander Cunningham, during his explorations in 1878-79, found in 27-line inscription of 10th century AD mentioning Panchapura from which modern name Pinjore is derived. The mention of Panchpura in the Handi stone inscriptions (1167 AD) also seem to refer to this place. The name Pinjore also appears to be based on the myth that the Pandavas had stayed here during the course of their exile. Later on, this place also came to be known as Bhima Nagar-- after a much revered local temple that came to be created at this ancient site. These evidences suggest that the ancient site of Panchapura and Bhima Nagar must have been a place of considerable importance between 9th to 12th century AD. Evidences further suggest that the ancient temple site of Bhima Devi was systematically demolished repeatedly possibly by the contemporary Muslim invaders with the last blow coming when Aurangzeb reigned. The adjoining Mughal Garden was possibly built using the rubble of the temple.

Nahan Kothi

A significant and only remnant representing the British architecture of 19th century AD in the modern city of Panchkula is popularly known as Nahan Kothi. This monument was built by Prince Surjan Singh and Bir Singh, the sons of Raja Fateh Singh (1857-63 AD), the ruler of Sirmour State. This region including Morni and other adjoining hilly areas of Haryana was then under the jurisdiction of Sirmour State, the capital of this state was Nahan (Himachal Pradesh), hence the name Nahan Kothi was given to this building. It was generally used by the rulers to keep watch on the activities of their territory. Sometimes it was also used for overnight stay during hunting expedition. This monument had a garden and servant quarters in the beginning, the original architecture of this monument has been marred by the renovations and alterations at various times, even then, its original characteristics of architectural style are still intact.

Red Bishop Convention Centre

Haryana Tourism has opened an all-new centrally air-conditioned Convention Centre at its Red Bishop Tourist Resort in Panchkula, located on NH-22. Built in modern style, the Convention Centre can accommodate 900 persons. Its lush green lawns are ideally suited for hosting outdoor parties. The Convention Centre is equipped with kitchen/pantry services along with an outdoor kitchen for lawn parties. For the convenience of guests, there are four elegant bedrooms. Uninterrupted power supply and adequate parking area make it just the perfect choice for all events!

Mata Mansa Devi Temple

Mata Mansa Devi Temple at Panchkula is a symbol of Himalayan culture and faith. The shrine located on the foothills of Shivalik is an epitome of age old tradition of ‘Shakti’ worship in Northern India. Himalaya being the abode of Shiva and his consort 'shakti' became centre of Shakti worship. In the vicinity of Panchkula, there are numerous Shakti worshipping centers known by their names such as Chandi, Kalika, Mansa, Bhima, etc.