A week in lesser known part of Himachal - Barot Valley
Today when places like Shimla, Nainital, Manali are more like commercialized cities rather than hill stations, Barot is a place that is away from chaos. In my travel experience, less I have heard about a place, more beautiful it is going to be.
So here is everything you need to know about Barot, Mandi district, Himachal Pradesh.
HOW TO REACH BAROT:
By Air There are daily flights from Delhi and Mumbai to the closest airport at Bhuntar, Kullu (110 km/4 hr south of Barot). From Kullu, you can either take a bus to Jogindernagar and then on to Barot, or hire a taxi for the journey. Another option is to fly to Gaggal Airport near Dharamsala (90 km/3 hr north of Barot), which is connected to Delhi, Kullu, and Chandigarh.
By Train Jogindernagar is the closest railway station and is connected to Pathankot via a narrow-gauge railway line. Pathankot is connected to most major cities in India.
By Road Barot is 296 km/8 hr north of Chandigarh and the drive via Mandi is pleasant. It is possible to take a Himachal Road Transport Corporation bus to Jogindernagar (40 km/4 hours north), which is well connected with Chandigarh, Palampur, Ghatasni, and other nearby places. From Jogindernagar, there are buses every half hour to Barot.
WHAT TO DO IN BAROT:
There are not many places or spots to hang out there but this small village in itself is the most scenic picnic spot you will ever see. From mountains to rivers to farms, it's like one beautiful painting on a big canvas. It is famous for its Dam reservoirs and river Uhl.
PLACES TO STAY IN BAROT:
You will not get any luxury hotel here as it a small valley but you will get decent places to stay. I stayed at Negi’s Homestay. It cost us some 1,200 INR per night. And also they have their own restaurant with decent food.
PS: Barot is also famous for Trout fishes. if you are a fish lover, just give a heads up to restaurant owner and they will catch fresh Trout fishes for you and make you a delicious meal!
BEST TIME TO VISIT BAROT:
Best time to visit this place is March – June. Because after that it is going to be rainy and snowy. Also to escape from horrendous city’s summers, this is the perfect time to visit mountains.
Just step out of your hotel and move in any direction, take any trek or just sit by river Uhl.
PS: you probably have heard about, “Leave only footsteps and take only memories”. Always carry an extra bag with you to throw your garbage. Let us not trash the mother nature, please.