‘Villages’ in Morni area range from isolated hamlets hidden within dense forests in narrow valleys (like Kadiyani) to clusters of stone houses on a forested hill-tops (like Diyothi) to large town-sized villages (like Mandana and Jabyal). The contiguous clusters of houses typically comprise the numerous ‘Dhanis’ that are then organized into the ’14 Bhojs of Morni’.
The Bhoj was primarily a revenue collection unit under the Rajput Rajahs of Sirmaur that was retained as such by the later rulers, the Meers of Kotaha. It also served as a point for shared community activities like celebration of festivals, marriages etc and for pooling of resources like setting up of granaries etc by the hill people. The system of Bhojs eventually gave way to the Panchayats that are in some cases contiguous with the Bhojs. In other cases a single Bhoj subsumes several Panchayats and in other cases the Panchayat area is larger than that of the Bhoj.
The villages are, however, invariably scenic.