The Time-Turner Series || Serene Barot Valley in Mandi region around Himalayan State of India

We visited Barot, a tiny town in Mandi District of Himachal Pradesh, in 2013. It was almost an impromptu visit and turned out to be absolutely worth the long drive. And this is the place that I am going to revisit today in this Time-Turner Post.   The Time-Turner series is my opportunity to relive some of my most memorable travels. In this series I reflect upon the lasting impression of a travel destination and talk about the memories that have persisted over the years. Barot is definitely the place that I would want to relive and revisit. The reasons, you will find out below.   The first thing I remember about this trip to Barot was that we went there in an old Maruti 800 with friends. And en route we stopped to have stuffed parathas that had stuffing I had never heard of. It was some Himachali specialty and tasted absolutely out of this world. Accompanying the parathas was galgal ka achaar and chai. What else could one ask for?   The drive after that was fairly long and when we reached Barot, we were shocked to find that our booking at the Government Guest House had been unceremoniously cancelled because some senior Government official had suddenly made plans to visit the town. We decided not to get into any arguments and search for another accommodation. Luckily there were several homestays close by and we were able to find one at a very reasonable price. By now, we were famished, so decided to freshen up and head for lunch.   I also remember that our balcony overlooked the River Uhl that flowed over a rocky bed and had waters as clear as glass. We could see fish swimming in the flow. Across the river was a small dhaba llike restaurant, and that is where we headed for our lunch. I remember having some really tasty chicken curry with tandoori roti. It was heavenly, really. After that we went for a walk along the river and soon found ourselves in lush green meadows where locals were happily passing by. I clearly remember an old lady, dressed in traditional Himachali attire walking with the support of a walking stick. She smiled at us as she crossed us.   We happened upon a trout farm and I do not remember much of it, but I do remember people talking about trout that is served whole in Barot and is really tasty. I didn't get an opportunity to taste it though. However, we did come across a local artisan weaving the traditional Mandi shawl. That was quite a fascinating process as well.   By the time we returned from our walk, the sun had set and the locals were preparing for the night. This was when we spotted our landlady chasing a hen and her chicks. Soon she had her under a wicker basket and it was then that we realized that she was putting them away for the night. The birds did make her chase them for quite some time though. It was a sight that one will never see in cities.   We only had a night in Barot and whenever I think of the place I feel that it is perfect for a writer to stay for a few months to finish off that difficult novel. You can find folklore, peace, and simplicity here, which are all quite conducive to writing. Go ahead, try it for yourself.

We visited Barot, a tiny town in Mandi District of Himachal Pradesh, in 2013. It was almost an impromptu visit and turned out to be absolutely worth the long drive. And this is the place that I am going to revisit today in this Time-Turner Post. 


We visited Barot, a tiny town in Mandi District of Himachal Pradesh, in 2013. It was almost an impromptu visit and turned out to be absolutely worth the long drive. And this is the place that I am going to revisit today in this Time-Turner Post.   The Time-Turner series is my opportunity to relive some of my most memorable travels. In this series I reflect upon the lasting impression of a travel destination and talk about the memories that have persisted over the years. Barot is definitely the place that I would want to relive and revisit. The reasons, you will find out below.   The first thing I remember about this trip to Barot was that we went there in an old Maruti 800 with friends. And en route we stopped to have stuffed parathas that had stuffing I had never heard of. It was some Himachali specialty and tasted absolutely out of this world. Accompanying the parathas was galgal ka achaar and chai. What else could one ask for?   The drive after that was fairly long and when we reached Barot, we were shocked to find that our booking at the Government Guest House had been unceremoniously cancelled because some senior Government official had suddenly made plans to visit the town. We decided not to get into any arguments and search for another accommodation. Luckily there were several homestays close by and we were able to find one at a very reasonable price. By now, we were famished, so decided to freshen up and head for lunch.   I also remember that our balcony overlooked the River Uhl that flowed over a rocky bed and had waters as clear as glass. We could see fish swimming in the flow. Across the river was a small dhaba llike restaurant, and that is where we headed for our lunch. I remember having some really tasty chicken curry with tandoori roti. It was heavenly, really. After that we went for a walk along the river and soon found ourselves in lush green meadows where locals were happily passing by. I clearly remember an old lady, dressed in traditional Himachali attire walking with the support of a walking stick. She smiled at us as she crossed us.   We happened upon a trout farm and I do not remember much of it, but I do remember people talking about trout that is served whole in Barot and is really tasty. I didn't get an opportunity to taste it though. However, we did come across a local artisan weaving the traditional Mandi shawl. That was quite a fascinating process as well.   By the time we returned from our walk, the sun had set and the locals were preparing for the night. This was when we spotted our landlady chasing a hen and her chicks. Soon she had her under a wicker basket and it was then that we realized that she was putting them away for the night. The birds did make her chase them for quite some time though. It was a sight that one will never see in cities.   We only had a night in Barot and whenever I think of the place I feel that it is perfect for a writer to stay for a few months to finish off that difficult novel. You can find folklore, peace, and simplicity here, which are all quite conducive to writing. Go ahead, try it for yourself.


The Time-Turner series is my opportunity to relive some of my most memorable travels. In this series I reflect upon the lasting impression of a travel destination and talk about the memories that have persisted over the years. Barot is definitely the place that I would want to relive and revisit. The reasons, you will find out below. 

We visited Barot, a tiny town in Mandi District of Himachal Pradesh, in 2013. It was almost an impromptu visit and turned out to be absolutely worth the long drive. And this is the place that I am going to revisit today in this Time-Turner Post.   The Time-Turner series is my opportunity to relive some of my most memorable travels. In this series I reflect upon the lasting impression of a travel destination and talk about the memories that have persisted over the years. Barot is definitely the place that I would want to relive and revisit. The reasons, you will find out below.   The first thing I remember about this trip to Barot was that we went there in an old Maruti 800 with friends. And en route we stopped to have stuffed parathas that had stuffing I had never heard of. It was some Himachali specialty and tasted absolutely out of this world. Accompanying the parathas was galgal ka achaar and chai. What else could one ask for?   The drive after that was fairly long and when we reached Barot, we were shocked to find that our booking at the Government Guest House had been unceremoniously cancelled because some senior Government official had suddenly made plans to visit the town. We decided not to get into any arguments and search for another accommodation. Luckily there were several homestays close by and we were able to find one at a very reasonable price. By now, we were famished, so decided to freshen up and head for lunch.   I also remember that our balcony overlooked the River Uhl that flowed over a rocky bed and had waters as clear as glass. We could see fish swimming in the flow. Across the river was a small dhaba llike restaurant, and that is where we headed for our lunch. I remember having some really tasty chicken curry with tandoori roti. It was heavenly, really. After that we went for a walk along the river and soon found ourselves in lush green meadows where locals were happily passing by. I clearly remember an old lady, dressed in traditional Himachali attire walking with the support of a walking stick. She smiled at us as she crossed us.   We happened upon a trout farm and I do not remember much of it, but I do remember people talking about trout that is served whole in Barot and is really tasty. I didn't get an opportunity to taste it though. However, we did come across a local artisan weaving the traditional Mandi shawl. That was quite a fascinating process as well.   By the time we returned from our walk, the sun had set and the locals were preparing for the night. This was when we spotted our landlady chasing a hen and her chicks. Soon she had her under a wicker basket and it was then that we realized that she was putting them away for the night. The birds did make her chase them for quite some time though. It was a sight that one will never see in cities.   We only had a night in Barot and whenever I think of the place I feel that it is perfect for a writer to stay for a few months to finish off that difficult novel. You can find folklore, peace, and simplicity here, which are all quite conducive to writing. Go ahead, try it for yourself.

The first thing I remember about this trip to Barot was that we went there in an old Maruti 800 with friends. And en route we stopped to have stuffed parathas that had stuffing I had never heard of. It was some Himachali specialty and tasted absolutely out of this world. Accompanying the parathas was galgal ka achaar and chai. What else could one ask for? 

We visited Barot, a tiny town in Mandi District of Himachal Pradesh, in 2013. It was almost an impromptu visit and turned out to be absolutely worth the long drive. And this is the place that I am going to revisit today in this Time-Turner Post.   The Time-Turner series is my opportunity to relive some of my most memorable travels. In this series I reflect upon the lasting impression of a travel destination and talk about the memories that have persisted over the years. Barot is definitely the place that I would want to relive and revisit. The reasons, you will find out below.   The first thing I remember about this trip to Barot was that we went there in an old Maruti 800 with friends. And en route we stopped to have stuffed parathas that had stuffing I had never heard of. It was some Himachali specialty and tasted absolutely out of this world. Accompanying the parathas was galgal ka achaar and chai. What else could one ask for?   The drive after that was fairly long and when we reached Barot, we were shocked to find that our booking at the Government Guest House had been unceremoniously cancelled because some senior Government official had suddenly made plans to visit the town. We decided not to get into any arguments and search for another accommodation. Luckily there were several homestays close by and we were able to find one at a very reasonable price. By now, we were famished, so decided to freshen up and head for lunch.   I also remember that our balcony overlooked the River Uhl that flowed over a rocky bed and had waters as clear as glass. We could see fish swimming in the flow. Across the river was a small dhaba llike restaurant, and that is where we headed for our lunch. I remember having some really tasty chicken curry with tandoori roti. It was heavenly, really. After that we went for a walk along the river and soon found ourselves in lush green meadows where locals were happily passing by. I clearly remember an old lady, dressed in traditional Himachali attire walking with the support of a walking stick. She smiled at us as she crossed us.   We happened upon a trout farm and I do not remember much of it, but I do remember people talking about trout that is served whole in Barot and is really tasty. I didn't get an opportunity to taste it though. However, we did come across a local artisan weaving the traditional Mandi shawl. That was quite a fascinating process as well.   By the time we returned from our walk, the sun had set and the locals were preparing for the night. This was when we spotted our landlady chasing a hen and her chicks. Soon she had her under a wicker basket and it was then that we realized that she was putting them away for the night. The birds did make her chase them for quite some time though. It was a sight that one will never see in cities.   We only had a night in Barot and whenever I think of the place I feel that it is perfect for a writer to stay for a few months to finish off that difficult novel. You can find folklore, peace, and simplicity here, which are all quite conducive to writing. Go ahead, try it for yourself.

The drive after that was fairly long and when we reached Barot, we were shocked to find that our booking at the Government Guest House had been unceremoniously cancelled because some senior Government official had suddenly made plans to visit the town. We decided not to get into any arguments and search for another accommodation. Luckily there were several homestays close by and we were able to find one at a very reasonable price. By now, we were famished, so decided to freshen up and head for lunch. 

We visited Barot, a tiny town in Mandi District of Himachal Pradesh, in 2013. It was almost an impromptu visit and turned out to be absolutely worth the long drive. And this is the place that I am going to revisit today in this Time-Turner Post.   The Time-Turner series is my opportunity to relive some of my most memorable travels. In this series I reflect upon the lasting impression of a travel destination and talk about the memories that have persisted over the years. Barot is definitely the place that I would want to relive and revisit. The reasons, you will find out below.   The first thing I remember about this trip to Barot was that we went there in an old Maruti 800 with friends. And en route we stopped to have stuffed parathas that had stuffing I had never heard of. It was some Himachali specialty and tasted absolutely out of this world. Accompanying the parathas was galgal ka achaar and chai. What else could one ask for?   The drive after that was fairly long and when we reached Barot, we were shocked to find that our booking at the Government Guest House had been unceremoniously cancelled because some senior Government official had suddenly made plans to visit the town. We decided not to get into any arguments and search for another accommodation. Luckily there were several homestays close by and we were able to find one at a very reasonable price. By now, we were famished, so decided to freshen up and head for lunch.   I also remember that our balcony overlooked the River Uhl that flowed over a rocky bed and had waters as clear as glass. We could see fish swimming in the flow. Across the river was a small dhaba llike restaurant, and that is where we headed for our lunch. I remember having some really tasty chicken curry with tandoori roti. It was heavenly, really. After that we went for a walk along the river and soon found ourselves in lush green meadows where locals were happily passing by. I clearly remember an old lady, dressed in traditional Himachali attire walking with the support of a walking stick. She smiled at us as she crossed us.   We happened upon a trout farm and I do not remember much of it, but I do remember people talking about trout that is served whole in Barot and is really tasty. I didn't get an opportunity to taste it though. However, we did come across a local artisan weaving the traditional Mandi shawl. That was quite a fascinating process as well.   By the time we returned from our walk, the sun had set and the locals were preparing for the night. This was when we spotted our landlady chasing a hen and her chicks. Soon she had her under a wicker basket and it was then that we realized that she was putting them away for the night. The birds did make her chase them for quite some time though. It was a sight that one will never see in cities.   We only had a night in Barot and whenever I think of the place I feel that it is perfect for a writer to stay for a few months to finish off that difficult novel. You can find folklore, peace, and simplicity here, which are all quite conducive to writing. Go ahead, try it for yourself.

I also remember that our balcony overlooked the River Uhl that flowed over a rocky bed and had waters as clear as glass. We could see fish swimming in the flow. Across the river was a small dhaba llike restaurant, and that is where we headed for our lunch. I remember having some really tasty chicken curry with tandoori roti. It was heavenly, really. After that we went for a walk along the river and soon found ourselves in lush green meadows where locals were happily passing by. I clearly remember an old lady, dressed in traditional Himachali attire walking with the support of a walking stick. She smiled at us as she crossed us. 

We visited Barot, a tiny town in Mandi District of Himachal Pradesh, in 2013. It was almost an impromptu visit and turned out to be absolutely worth the long drive. And this is the place that I am going to revisit today in this Time-Turner Post.   The Time-Turner series is my opportunity to relive some of my most memorable travels. In this series I reflect upon the lasting impression of a travel destination and talk about the memories that have persisted over the years. Barot is definitely the place that I would want to relive and revisit. The reasons, you will find out below.   The first thing I remember about this trip to Barot was that we went there in an old Maruti 800 with friends. And en route we stopped to have stuffed parathas that had stuffing I had never heard of. It was some Himachali specialty and tasted absolutely out of this world. Accompanying the parathas was galgal ka achaar and chai. What else could one ask for?   The drive after that was fairly long and when we reached Barot, we were shocked to find that our booking at the Government Guest House had been unceremoniously cancelled because some senior Government official had suddenly made plans to visit the town. We decided not to get into any arguments and search for another accommodation. Luckily there were several homestays close by and we were able to find one at a very reasonable price. By now, we were famished, so decided to freshen up and head for lunch.   I also remember that our balcony overlooked the River Uhl that flowed over a rocky bed and had waters as clear as glass. We could see fish swimming in the flow. Across the river was a small dhaba llike restaurant, and that is where we headed for our lunch. I remember having some really tasty chicken curry with tandoori roti. It was heavenly, really. After that we went for a walk along the river and soon found ourselves in lush green meadows where locals were happily passing by. I clearly remember an old lady, dressed in traditional Himachali attire walking with the support of a walking stick. She smiled at us as she crossed us.   We happened upon a trout farm and I do not remember much of it, but I do remember people talking about trout that is served whole in Barot and is really tasty. I didn't get an opportunity to taste it though. However, we did come across a local artisan weaving the traditional Mandi shawl. That was quite a fascinating process as well.   By the time we returned from our walk, the sun had set and the locals were preparing for the night. This was when we spotted our landlady chasing a hen and her chicks. Soon she had her under a wicker basket and it was then that we realized that she was putting them away for the night. The birds did make her chase them for quite some time though. It was a sight that one will never see in cities.   We only had a night in Barot and whenever I think of the place I feel that it is perfect for a writer to stay for a few months to finish off that difficult novel. You can find folklore, peace, and simplicity here, which are all quite conducive to writing. Go ahead, try it for yourself.

We happened upon a trout farm and I do not remember much of it, but I do remember people talking about trout that is served whole in Barot and is really tasty. I didn't get an opportunity to taste it though. However, we did come across a local artisan weaving the traditional Mandi shawl. That was quite a fascinating process as well. 

We visited Barot, a tiny town in Mandi District of Himachal Pradesh, in 2013. It was almost an impromptu visit and turned out to be absolutely worth the long drive. And this is the place that I am going to revisit today in this Time-Turner Post.   The Time-Turner series is my opportunity to relive some of my most memorable travels. In this series I reflect upon the lasting impression of a travel destination and talk about the memories that have persisted over the years. Barot is definitely the place that I would want to relive and revisit. The reasons, you will find out below.   The first thing I remember about this trip to Barot was that we went there in an old Maruti 800 with friends. And en route we stopped to have stuffed parathas that had stuffing I had never heard of. It was some Himachali specialty and tasted absolutely out of this world. Accompanying the parathas was galgal ka achaar and chai. What else could one ask for?   The drive after that was fairly long and when we reached Barot, we were shocked to find that our booking at the Government Guest House had been unceremoniously cancelled because some senior Government official had suddenly made plans to visit the town. We decided not to get into any arguments and search for another accommodation. Luckily there were several homestays close by and we were able to find one at a very reasonable price. By now, we were famished, so decided to freshen up and head for lunch.   I also remember that our balcony overlooked the River Uhl that flowed over a rocky bed and had waters as clear as glass. We could see fish swimming in the flow. Across the river was a small dhaba llike restaurant, and that is where we headed for our lunch. I remember having some really tasty chicken curry with tandoori roti. It was heavenly, really. After that we went for a walk along the river and soon found ourselves in lush green meadows where locals were happily passing by. I clearly remember an old lady, dressed in traditional Himachali attire walking with the support of a walking stick. She smiled at us as she crossed us.   We happened upon a trout farm and I do not remember much of it, but I do remember people talking about trout that is served whole in Barot and is really tasty. I didn't get an opportunity to taste it though. However, we did come across a local artisan weaving the traditional Mandi shawl. That was quite a fascinating process as well.   By the time we returned from our walk, the sun had set and the locals were preparing for the night. This was when we spotted our landlady chasing a hen and her chicks. Soon she had her under a wicker basket and it was then that we realized that she was putting them away for the night. The birds did make her chase them for quite some time though. It was a sight that one will never see in cities.   We only had a night in Barot and whenever I think of the place I feel that it is perfect for a writer to stay for a few months to finish off that difficult novel. You can find folklore, peace, and simplicity here, which are all quite conducive to writing. Go ahead, try it for yourself.

By the time we returned from our walk, the sun had set and the locals were preparing for the night. This was when we spotted our landlady chasing a hen and her chicks. Soon she had her under a wicker basket and it was then that we realized that she was putting them away for the night. The birds did make her chase them for quite some time though. It was a sight that one will never see in cities. 

We visited Barot, a tiny town in Mandi District of Himachal Pradesh, in 2013. It was almost an impromptu visit and turned out to be absolutely worth the long drive. And this is the place that I am going to revisit today in this Time-Turner Post.   The Time-Turner series is my opportunity to relive some of my most memorable travels. In this series I reflect upon the lasting impression of a travel destination and talk about the memories that have persisted over the years. Barot is definitely the place that I would want to relive and revisit. The reasons, you will find out below.   The first thing I remember about this trip to Barot was that we went there in an old Maruti 800 with friends. And en route we stopped to have stuffed parathas that had stuffing I had never heard of. It was some Himachali specialty and tasted absolutely out of this world. Accompanying the parathas was galgal ka achaar and chai. What else could one ask for?   The drive after that was fairly long and when we reached Barot, we were shocked to find that our booking at the Government Guest House had been unceremoniously cancelled because some senior Government official had suddenly made plans to visit the town. We decided not to get into any arguments and search for another accommodation. Luckily there were several homestays close by and we were able to find one at a very reasonable price. By now, we were famished, so decided to freshen up and head for lunch.   I also remember that our balcony overlooked the River Uhl that flowed over a rocky bed and had waters as clear as glass. We could see fish swimming in the flow. Across the river was a small dhaba llike restaurant, and that is where we headed for our lunch. I remember having some really tasty chicken curry with tandoori roti. It was heavenly, really. After that we went for a walk along the river and soon found ourselves in lush green meadows where locals were happily passing by. I clearly remember an old lady, dressed in traditional Himachali attire walking with the support of a walking stick. She smiled at us as she crossed us.   We happened upon a trout farm and I do not remember much of it, but I do remember people talking about trout that is served whole in Barot and is really tasty. I didn't get an opportunity to taste it though. However, we did come across a local artisan weaving the traditional Mandi shawl. That was quite a fascinating process as well.   By the time we returned from our walk, the sun had set and the locals were preparing for the night. This was when we spotted our landlady chasing a hen and her chicks. Soon she had her under a wicker basket and it was then that we realized that she was putting them away for the night. The birds did make her chase them for quite some time though. It was a sight that one will never see in cities.   We only had a night in Barot and whenever I think of the place I feel that it is perfect for a writer to stay for a few months to finish off that difficult novel. You can find folklore, peace, and simplicity here, which are all quite conducive to writing. Go ahead, try it for yourself.



We only had a night in Barot and whenever I think of the place I feel that it is perfect for a writer to stay for a few months to finish off that difficult novel. You can find folklore, peace, and simplicity here, which are all quite conducive to writing. Go ahead, try it for yourself. 

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