Bhoj Jabyal’s claim to fame lie in its most famous dhani, Morni, after which the entire hill range is named. Morni can today be safely called a ‘town’ as it has a fair number of houses, the sub-tehsil, a police post, a bank branch, a bus station, a school, a government dispensary, a market, a couple of temples, the water works and some tiny guest houses. The 16th Century Stone-Masonry fort of the Meers sits atop Morni’s highest hill top. The hill also houses Haryana Wildlife Department’s Pheasant Breeding Centre. Haryana Tourism Department runs a motel by the name of ‘Mountain Quail’ quite close to the Morni fort. The bhoj also includes several dhanis that lie along the road from Morni to Badiyal. As per the data under MNREGA the dhanis that comprise Bhoj Jabyal include Bhallyon, Chaila, Chamkha, Kajar, Kavnkta, Kishanpura, Kol Katal, Kongta, Majholi, Mandi, Morni, Ramsar, Sanoi, Sherla and Tapda.*
Primary Health Centre, Morni
PNB, Morni hills
Dhani near Chhooyi, Bhoj Jabyal
Sherla is a hill-top dhani that sits on the southern extreme of the main NW-SE Morni ridge which fragments into finger-like spurs further south. Has a ‘pracheen’ Hanuman Temple, a lake and an institute of Haryana Forest Department for controlling forest fires.
Sherla. Bhoj Jabyal
Chaila is a small hamlet that overlooks the deep ravine formed by the Dangri nadi that separates the Morni-Sherla ridge from the Gajhan ridge to its south.
Chaila, Bhoj Jabyal from Gajhan
Majholi is another dhani that overlooks the Dangri.
Majholi from Gajhan
* As per the website of the District Administration of Panchkula Bhoj Jabyal includes the following dhanis- Bagh, Bhallyon, Bhoj Jabyal, Chaila, Chamkha चमंखा, Chhoi, Jabyal जबयाल, Kajar, Khunghtal, Kishanpura, Kol Katal, Kongta, Mandi, Manjali, Morni, Paplok Kayar, Ramsar रामसर, Sanoi, Sherla, Jakhron, Tapda तपड़ा.
PIN Code: 134205
Hadbast No. 324
Patwar Circle: Bhoj Jabyal
Qanugo Circle: Morni
Police Post: Morni
Police Station: Chandimandir (at Sector 23, Panchkula)
Panchayat: Bhoj Jabyal भौज जबयाल
Village Code: 57119
Assembly Constituency: Kalka (Code No.1)
Parliamentary Constituency: Ambala (Code No. 1)
Polling Station: Bhoj Jabyal (No. 130)
A cottage at Chhooyi, Bhoj Jabyal
Pre-fabricated huts at Chhooyi, Morni-Badiyal road, Bhoj Jabyal
Haryana Tourism Department’s Motel, Mountain Quail, is easily the cleanest and best managed tourist halt point in Morni. The food is fresh and the rooms are reasonably clean. A BSNL cell-tower located on the premises provides excellent phone connectivity and wireless internet access. The motel has power back up facility that is vital during the summer seasons that witness long power cuts. The access to regular water supply also gives this Government-run motel an edge over its privately-owned competitors as water is fairly scarce in Morni despite the reasonably wet climate.
Mountain Quail, Morni, Bhoj Jabyal
A ‘pracheen’ (ancient) Hanuman temple adorns a hill at Sherla.
Temple at Sherla, Bhoj Jabyal
A recently constructed Jwala Devi Temple on the Morni-Badiyal road witnessed the gruesome murder of its priest ( a retired employee of the forest department) by revellers irked by his having protested to their drinking on the temple steps. The people of Morni ilaqa have always been known to be a peaceful lot and the area has generally witnessed very low crime rates. The ugly episode violently jolted the peace of these sleepy hills.
Jwala Devi Temple, Morni-Badiyal road
Alternate Energy Sources:-
The Ramsar village is the site for the ambitious wind turbine-solar powered hybrid renewable energy project set up by Ananda. The wind turbines have fallen into disuse for lack of maintenance and availability of spares.
Wind turbine at Ramsar, Bhoj Jabyal
The bhoj has a fairly large ‘tal’ (lake) at Sherla that holds water all round the year and is probably the highest natural lake in the morni hills.
Sherla tal, Bhoj Jabyal (Photo courtesy ‘Zorawar’)