Morni Fort: The Golden Bastions

Panchkula, Haryana

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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 road to the Tals. The fort also overlooks the Morni town or Bhoj Jabial.

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 road to the Tals. The fort also overlooks the Morni town or Bhoj Jabial.

The fort has a gate  to the East. It has four towers. The accomodation inside the fort was modest and was augmented in 1814 when the Raja of Sirmur sought refuge in the fort following his ouster from Nahan by the Gurkha invaders. There was a well/reservoir in the centre of the fort (now filled up).The air circulates through the wends in the domes to keep the atmosphere cool during summer months.

Shiv Temple: A brightly painted Shiv temple stands outside the Eastern Gate and breaks the gloom presented by the quiet, deserted fort and the shade of the Eucalyptus trees.

The Green Curtain: The fort is completely obscured from view from the roadside by the thick canopy of tall Eucalyptus trees that have been planted all along the hill top on all sides of the fort.

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