Barot: Himalayan Paradise, Beautiful landscape and Trekker’s Heaven !!!
Barot is a picnic spot and tourist location in Mandi district of Himachal Pradesh. It is situated 40 km from Jogindernagar and 66 km from Mandi, the district headquarters. Barot is one of the finest place to visit in Himachal Pradesh at an height of approximately 1875 meter above sea level @coordinates 32°2’11″N 76°50’51″E.
Surrounded by high mountains of Dhauladhar range of Himalayas and thick forest of Pine. Barot is world famous for trout fish. Barot has one Himachal govt. run trout fish Farm and also have lots of private fishing farms.
Barot is a frequent backpacker and day tourist destination. Many trekking trails pass through Barot, including trails to Bada Bhangal, Manali and Kullu. Most of the day tourists as attracted by the serene surroundings and cheap availability of accommodation. Barot is also developing into an angling destination. The Uhl river supports trout breeding and Barot has a few fish farms.
Three artificial lakes including one reservoir on Uhl river enhance the beauty of this magnificent hidden treasure as one enters the Barot village near Dhrangan. An old fountain channelizing the waters of Uhl erupting at regular intervals is another source of attraction. Just opposite the fountain, two centers of religious faith are situated. One is the temple of Dev Pashakot, the local deity of rain whereas the other is old temple which have been the witness to majority of couples of valley getting tied in marital bonds. The Thandi Golai ground on the way to old Mayot road is the camp site for trekkers. Rulling, the highest village in Mandi district is just an hour’s uphill trek falling in Lapas panchayat.
Barot also forms the gateway to the Nargu Wildlife Sanctuary which lies across the Uhl. The sanctuary is home to the monal, black bear and ghoral. Within it are forest rest house s at Thaltuckhod and Silbandhwari. Through woods of cedar and pine a trek route cuts across the sanctuary to Kullu.
In nutshell Barot is must visit hill station, specially for trekking, angling and camping
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Barot location on google Map
Barot is very pleasant weather all over the year specially summer which is cool, winter is very cold and heavy woolen clothes are required, temperature varies from -5 degree to 30 degree over the year. there are moderate to heavy snow fall in winter, summer is the best time to visit and explore Barot, please avoid Rainy season as there might be land slides and cloud bursts in the region.
Barot has good availability of hotels, rest houses and guest houses. Accommodation can also be look at nearby Multan (Kangra District) at a distance of merely 2 KM.
Food: Indian, Chinese and other foods are readily available at Various Dhabas and restaurant, don’t miss dishes made of trout fish if you are in Barot (only for non vegetarian).
Barot has very good potentials for adventure activities specially angling, camping and trekking.
Camping: there are various famous camping sites at and nearby Barot.
Angling: Angling for trout fish in Uhl river and its tributary are often seen there and one of the most famous adventure activity of Barot.
Trekking: There are various Trekking routes and en-route from Barot, one of the famous trek route is Thamsar Lake(Max height: 4750 M) trek from Barot(Barot to Palachak to Panihartoo to Thamsar lake).
Barot is well connected via road from all major cities. Barot is situated 25 km off NH 20. The diversion to Barot is at a village, Ghatasani, 14 km from Joginder Nagar and 35 km from Mandi. This by-road passes through Jhatingri and Tikkan. From Tikkan, the road runs along the Uhl river till Barot. A major portion of this road is single lane, though not one way.
Barot is connected by public buses to Mandi, Jogindernagar and Palampur. Regular taxi services are also available at reasonable cost. Buses plying to Kothikodh, Bada Gran and Luhardi also pass through Barot.
The closest railway station is at Jogindernagar (narrow Gauge) and Pathankot (Broad Gauge).
A haulage trolley of the British times connects Barot to Jogindernagar. This trolley link was set up to facilitate transport of construction material to Barot for a reservoir on Uhl river for Shanan Power House.
By air from Delhi to Bhunter(Kullu) or Gaggal(Kangra) airport and then by Taxi to Barot, you can easily reach the Barot.
Distance from Major Places:
- Delhi To Barot: 455Km
- Chandigarh To Barot: 266 Km
- Manali To Barot: 176 Km
- Shimla To Barot: 230 Km
- Mandi To Barot: 66 KM
- Jogindernagar to Barot: 40 Km
- Palampur To Barot: 114 KM
- Pathankot to Barot: 192 Km
Mandi town: Mandi itself is a beautiful town with rich Pahari culture also known as chotti kashi. See details here.
Saroa: Saroa is a beautiful place near Chail Chowk at a distance of 15 KM from here and 45 KM from Mandi at an altitude of 2230 meter above sea level on mountain ridge.
Devidarh: Devidarh is a small village and the beautiful place in the dense pine forest in the Jauni valley above Chailchowk.
Prashar Lake: The lake is situated at an avg. height of 2730m (8,960 ft) in the lap of mountains. The deep blue lake lies in a saucer shaped valley and is surrounded by snow-capped peaks.
Janjehli: Janjehli is surrounded by pine forest and mountains, one of the best place for adventure activities like, night safari, hiking, trekking and mountaineering.
Rewalsar Lake: Also known as Tso Pema Lotus Lake, is located @ 22.5 km south-west from Mandi. It is held as a sacred spot for Hindus, Sikhs and Buddhists alike.
Kamru Nag Lake & Temple : Resting resort for trekkers at a height of 3,334 meters above sea level on the Mandi–Karsog road. You can start trek from Rohanda which is 40 km from Sundernagar & 60 km from Mandi.
- Book the hotel/guest houses on prior basis from the above mentioned numbers as the room might not be available due to many visitors or peak season (Apr – Aug approx).
- In winters there might be scarcity of water due to broken water pipes owing to freezing temperature, so carry some potable water bottles along with you.
- Fill your fuel tanks with enough petrol @ NH, as there is no petrol pump in the hilly region.
- You might enjoy local festival in june.
- While visiting the hilly areas, please pack warm clothes & carry the first aid kit.
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A request- Please do not litter at this place and let others enjoy the Mother Nature as you did.