Barot - A stunning Himalayan village with rich natural beauty, river with chilled water, star studded sky and lot of surprises

On the surface, Barot appears to be a sleepy village with women chasing hens and chicks to put them away for the night and folks dressed in traditional attire chatting away in the afternoon sun. But you just have to walk a few metres to come upon the Uhl Water Reservoir or the trout farm, which are not only symbols of progress but also underline the intertwining of a traditional way of life with modern thinking. Several homestays and guest houses offer affordable yet comfortable lodging and also provide you with a chance to interact with the ever-smiling and pleasant local people.

Tucked away in the remote recesses of the Mandi District of Himachal Pradesh, lies the tiny town of Barot. To a large extent untouched by tourism, the town offers a peaceful getaway to travellers, away from the hustle-bustle of daily life. Surrounded by century-old, tall deodars, Barot is a time capsule and visiting Barot is like taking a peek into the bygone era when human beings still knew how to live in peace with their surroundings and with nature. The river Uhl runs through the town twisting its way amongst boulders and polishing pebbles till they glitter like silver and gold, and birds of all colours and sizes sing their various songs while flitting in and out of sight.

Tucked away in the remote recesses of the Mandi District of Himachal Pradesh, lies the tiny town of Barot. To a large extent untouched by tourism, the town offers a peaceful getaway to travellers, away from the hustle-bustle of daily life. Surrounded by century-old, tall deodars, Barot is a time capsule and visiting Barot is like taking a peek into the bygone era when human beings still knew how to live in peace with their surroundings and with nature. The river Uhl runs through the town twisting its way amongst boulders and polishing pebbles till they glitter like silver and gold, and birds of all colours and sizes sing their various songs while flitting in and out of sight.


On the surface, Barot appears to be a sleepy village with women chasing hens and chicks to put them away for the night and folks dressed in traditional attire chatting away in the afternoon sun. But you just have to walk a few metres to come upon the Uhl Water Reservoir or the trout farm,
which are not only symbols of progress but also underline the intertwining of a traditional way of life with modern thinking. Several homestays and guest houses offer affordable yet comfortable lodging and also provide you with a chance to interact with the ever-smiling and pleasant local people.

The town experiences very cold winters and often receives snowfall during the winter months. Days in summers are cool while the nights can get very cold so carrying light woolens even during peak summers is advisable. The road that connects Barot and Jogindernagar is more-or-less in good condition with the exception of a few rough patches, but the route is very scenic, offering distraction from the bumpy ride. Even though Barot may not exactly be on the tourist circle or, for that matter, even easily accessible, but for those who want to let their hair down, the town is a good travel option.


The town experiences very cold winters and often receives snowfall during the winter months. Days in summers are cool while the nights can get very cold so carrying light woolens even during peak summers is advisable. The road that connects Barot and Jogindernagar is more-or-less in
good condition with the exception of a few rough patches, but the route is very scenic, offering distraction from the bumpy ride. Even though Barot may not exactly be on the tourist circle or, for that matter, even easily accessible, but for those who want to let their hair down, the town
is a good travel option.


When it comes to Hill Stations in Himachal Pradesh you will quickly list down Shimla, Dalhousie, Mcleodganj, Dharmshala, Spiti etc, but places like Barot will not come in that list. It's good in one way, but bad for people who like True Natural Beauty with least commercialization and quite peaceful. Nature Lovers want such places to be isolated from tourists more interested in commercial hill-stations with hustle-busstle all around. Let's check out some of the landscapes from Barot Town, which is in Mandi District of Himachal Pradesh (India).Barot is a small town and a popular picnic spot along with a famous tourist location in Mandi district in Himalayan State of India. It is situated 40 km from Jogindernagar, which is one of the big towns in Mandi having historical importance and 66 km from Mandi, which is district headquarters. The road to Barot branches off at Jogindernagar-Mandi highway... The road to Barot branches off from Ghatasni before JoginderNagar while coming from Mandi leading to Jatingri. Further ahead of Jatingri lies Barot at a distance of 14 km. (Info Courtsey - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barot_%28Himachal_Pradesh%29)It is sometimes possible to use the trolley from Jogindernagar which reduces the distance to 13 kilometers, but we were going via car and during that time Trolley was not working due to some technical problem. The route includes terraced fields and thick cedar(Deodar) forests, rising to Jhatingri at the hilltop. The remains of the summer palace of the former rulers of Mandi are located at this place. Through the little village of Tikkan, the road carries on to Barot Town with some hydro plants with beautiful dams under high security. The town has a range of outdoor activities, including a trout breeding center from where fish are released into the Uhl.One can have license to do fishing in this water stream by paying 100 Rs for one day. Tourt Fish of Barot is very popular and there are various places you can get it. There is a Trout Farm and some local folks also sale it in small market of Barot. There are some decent Home-Stay options who have different cooking styles of Trout and we tried some of them during two days stay. Trout Fish of Patli-Kuhl/Preeni in Kullu is also very popular where former Prime Minister Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee used to go for enjoying fish with wonderful weather all around. It seems Mr. Atal Bihari Vajpayee is staying around Manali onlyBarot Town 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 this are forest rest houses at Thaltuckhod and Silbandhwari. One Guest House is controlled by DFO Jogindernagar and other by DFO Hamirpur, but be cautious about bookings there. Because high Political pressure may lead to cancellation any time, which happened with us as well :) . Through woods of cedar and pine a trek route cuts across the sanctuary to KulluHistorically Barot region formed part of the Mandi riyasat before and during British times & was governed by the King of Mandi. Pre-Independence, Barot was also on the mule trail connecting Kullu valley to Kangra valley. The importance of this route declined once Kullu was connected to a road from Mandi. There is decent habitat now, but it seems some part of Barot comes in Mandi and other in Kangra.Barot Town is a frequent backpacker and day tourist destination now. Many trekking trails pass through Barot town, including trails to Bada Bhangal, Manali and Kullu etc. Most of the day tourists are attracted by the serene surroundings and cheap availability of accommodation. Although the place can be boring for some folks who also want to do some shopping..The Uhl river, which flows through Barot Town, supports Trout breeding and Barot has a few fish farms as well. Across the river Uhl is the Nargu Wildlife Sanctuary, home to Ghoral, Himalayan Black Bear and a variety of pheasants. While coming back many of pheasants crossed our car from hill-side towards water streams on rightHere is a photograph of HPPWD Guest House of Barot, which is quite decent with 5 rooms in good conditionThe adventurous can also make a part of this journey by the PSEB (Punjab State Electricity Board) run haulage trolley, which may not be functioning all the times. So ensure that you have prior information about it for better planning.  This trolley was originally used to haul material upwards for the power houses but is now used to transport peopleIf you planning one day trip to Barot, there is a better option to stay in Jogindernagar town. It's a HPTDC Hotel on main highway - UHL. if you plan to stay at Barot only, there are few decent Homestay at nominal charges apart from three government guest houses - HPPWD & 2 Forest Guest Houses.

Surrounded by lush green mountain ranges, the high altitude Barot valley is Himachal Pradesh's least explored tourist destination. Everyone is flocking towards Manali and Shimla pressurising the local ecosystem, neglecting much more beautiful destinations in Himachal Pradesh like Barot, Jibhi, and Tirthan. Barot is located at a distance of 38km from Jogindernagar (nearest railway station) and is home to scenic mountains, old villages, and lush green deodar trees. So if you are planning the next trip to Himachal Pradesh then Barot valley should always be on your wish list.

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When it comes to Hill Stations in Himachal Pradesh you will quickly list down Shimla, Dalhousie, Mcleodganj, Dharmshala, Spiti etc, but places like Barot will not come in that list. It's good in one way, but bad for people who like True Natural Beauty with least commercialization and quite peaceful. Nature Lovers want such places to be isolated from tourists more interested in commercial hill-stations with hustle-busstle all around. Let's check out some of the landscapes from Barot Town, which is in Mandi District of Himachal Pradesh (India).Barot is a small town and a popular picnic spot along with a famous tourist location in Mandi district in Himalayan State of India. It is situated 40 km from Jogindernagar, which is one of the big towns in Mandi having historical importance and 66 km from Mandi, which is district headquarters. The road to Barot branches off at Jogindernagar-Mandi highway... The road to Barot branches off from Ghatasni before JoginderNagar while coming from Mandi leading to Jatingri. Further ahead of Jatingri lies Barot at a distance of 14 km. (Info Courtsey - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barot_%28Himachal_Pradesh%29)It is sometimes possible to use the trolley from Jogindernagar which reduces the distance to 13 kilometers, but we were going via car and during that time Trolley was not working due to some technical problem. The route includes terraced fields and thick cedar(Deodar) forests, rising to Jhatingri at the hilltop. The remains of the summer palace of the former rulers of Mandi are located at this place. Through the little village of Tikkan, the road carries on to Barot Town with some hydro plants with beautiful dams under high security. The town has a range of outdoor activities, including a trout breeding center from where fish are released into the Uhl.One can have license to do fishing in this water stream by paying 100 Rs for one day. Tourt Fish of Barot is very popular and there are various places you can get it. There is a Trout Farm and some local folks also sale it in small market of Barot. There are some decent Home-Stay options who have different cooking styles of Trout and we tried some of them during two days stay. Trout Fish of Patli-Kuhl/Preeni in Kullu is also very popular where former Prime Minister Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee used to go for enjoying fish with wonderful weather all around. It seems Mr. Atal Bihari Vajpayee is staying around Manali onlyBarot Town 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 this are forest rest houses at Thaltuckhod and Silbandhwari. One Guest House is controlled by DFO Jogindernagar and other by DFO Hamirpur, but be cautious about bookings there. Because high Political pressure may lead to cancellation any time, which happened with us as well :) . Through woods of cedar and pine a trek route cuts across the sanctuary to KulluHistorically Barot region formed part of the Mandi riyasat before and during British times & was governed by the King of Mandi. Pre-Independence, Barot was also on the mule trail connecting Kullu valley to Kangra valley. The importance of this route declined once Kullu was connected to a road from Mandi. There is decent habitat now, but it seems some part of Barot comes in Mandi and other in Kangra.Barot Town is a frequent backpacker and day tourist destination now. Many trekking trails pass through Barot town, including trails to Bada Bhangal, Manali and Kullu etc. Most of the day tourists are attracted by the serene surroundings and cheap availability of accommodation. Although the place can be boring for some folks who also want to do some shopping..The Uhl river, which flows through Barot Town, supports Trout breeding and Barot has a few fish farms as well. Across the river Uhl is the Nargu Wildlife Sanctuary, home to Ghoral, Himalayan Black Bear and a variety of pheasants. While coming back many of pheasants crossed our car from hill-side towards water streams on rightHere is a photograph of HPPWD Guest House of Barot, which is quite decent with 5 rooms in good conditionThe adventurous can also make a part of this journey by the PSEB (Punjab State Electricity Board) run haulage trolley, which may not be functioning all the times. So ensure that you have prior information about it for better planning.  This trolley was originally used to haul material upwards for the power houses but is now used to transport peopleIf you planning one day trip to Barot, there is a better option to stay in Jogindernagar town. It's a HPTDC Hotel on main highway - UHL. if you plan to stay at Barot only, there are few decent Homestay at nominal charges apart from three government guest houses - HPPWD & 2 Forest Guest Houses.

How to reach Barot from Chandigarh or Delhi 

Reaching Barot totally depends upon your starting location. If you are coming from Chandigarh or Delhi then you need to follow the steps mentioned below To reach Barot you need to know the basic geography of your traveling route. 

Delhi > Chandigarh > Bilaspur > Sundernagar > Mandi. From Mandi, one route will go towards Manali and the other towards Pathankot. You have to take Mandi- Pathankot national highway and at a distance of 58km from Mandi place called Ghatasni will come from where one way will go towards Jogindernagar and other will go towards Barot via Jhatingiri>Tikkan. The distance from Ghatasni to Barot is around 28km.

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When it comes to Hill Stations in Himachal Pradesh you will quickly list down Shimla, Dalhousie, Mcleodganj, Dharmshala, Spiti etc, but places like Barot will not come in that list. It's good in one way, but bad for people who like True Natural Beauty with least commercialization and quite peaceful. Nature Lovers want such places to be isolated from tourists more interested in commercial hill-stations with hustle-busstle all around. Let's check out some of the landscapes from Barot Town, which is in Mandi District of Himachal Pradesh (India).Barot is a small town and a popular picnic spot along with a famous tourist location in Mandi district in Himalayan State of India. It is situated 40 km from Jogindernagar, which is one of the big towns in Mandi having historical importance and 66 km from Mandi, which is district headquarters. The road to Barot branches off at Jogindernagar-Mandi highway... The road to Barot branches off from Ghatasni before JoginderNagar while coming from Mandi leading to Jatingri. Further ahead of Jatingri lies Barot at a distance of 14 km. (Info Courtsey - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barot_%28Himachal_Pradesh%29)It is sometimes possible to use the trolley from Jogindernagar which reduces the distance to 13 kilometers, but we were going via car and during that time Trolley was not working due to some technical problem. The route includes terraced fields and thick cedar(Deodar) forests, rising to Jhatingri at the hilltop. The remains of the summer palace of the former rulers of Mandi are located at this place. Through the little village of Tikkan, the road carries on to Barot Town with some hydro plants with beautiful dams under high security. The town has a range of outdoor activities, including a trout breeding center from where fish are released into the Uhl.One can have license to do fishing in this water stream by paying 100 Rs for one day. Tourt Fish of Barot is very popular and there are various places you can get it. There is a Trout Farm and some local folks also sale it in small market of Barot. There are some decent Home-Stay options who have different cooking styles of Trout and we tried some of them during two days stay. Trout Fish of Patli-Kuhl/Preeni in Kullu is also very popular where former Prime Minister Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee used to go for enjoying fish with wonderful weather all around. It seems Mr. Atal Bihari Vajpayee is staying around Manali onlyBarot Town 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 this are forest rest houses at Thaltuckhod and Silbandhwari. One Guest House is controlled by DFO Jogindernagar and other by DFO Hamirpur, but be cautious about bookings there. Because high Political pressure may lead to cancellation any time, which happened with us as well :) . Through woods of cedar and pine a trek route cuts across the sanctuary to KulluHistorically Barot region formed part of the Mandi riyasat before and during British times & was governed by the King of Mandi. Pre-Independence, Barot was also on the mule trail connecting Kullu valley to Kangra valley. The importance of this route declined once Kullu was connected to a road from Mandi. There is decent habitat now, but it seems some part of Barot comes in Mandi and other in Kangra.Barot Town is a frequent backpacker and day tourist destination now. Many trekking trails pass through Barot town, including trails to Bada Bhangal, Manali and Kullu etc. Most of the day tourists are attracted by the serene surroundings and cheap availability of accommodation. Although the place can be boring for some folks who also want to do some shopping..The Uhl river, which flows through Barot Town, supports Trout breeding and Barot has a few fish farms as well. Across the river Uhl is the Nargu Wildlife Sanctuary, home to Ghoral, Himalayan Black Bear and a variety of pheasants. While coming back many of pheasants crossed our car from hill-side towards water streams on rightHere is a photograph of HPPWD Guest House of Barot, which is quite decent with 5 rooms in good conditionThe adventurous can also make a part of this journey by the PSEB (Punjab State Electricity Board) run haulage trolley, which may not be functioning all the times. So ensure that you have prior information about it for better planning.  This trolley was originally used to haul material upwards for the power houses but is now used to transport peopleIf you planning one day trip to Barot, there is a better option to stay in Jogindernagar town. It's a HPTDC Hotel on main highway - UHL. if you plan to stay at Barot only, there are few decent Homestay at nominal charges apart from three government guest houses - HPPWD & 2 Forest Guest Houses.

How to Reach Barot from Pathankot 

In order to reach Barot from Pathankot, you need to follow the steps mentioned below From Pathankot you need to travel via Shahpur>Palampur>Jogindernagar>Ghatasni>Tikkan>Barot From Kangra one route will lead towards Hamirpur and other toward Palampur, you have traveled on Pathankot-Mandi national highway. So above was the basic idea of how you can reach Barot from Pathankot or Chandigarh.

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When it comes to Hill Stations in Himachal Pradesh you will quickly list down Shimla, Dalhousie, Mcleodganj, Dharmshala, Spiti etc, but places like Barot will not come in that list. It's good in one way, but bad for people who like True Natural Beauty with least commercialization and quite peaceful. Nature Lovers want such places to be isolated from tourists more interested in commercial hill-stations with hustle-busstle all around. Let's check out some of the landscapes from Barot Town, which is in Mandi District of Himachal Pradesh (India).Barot is a small town and a popular picnic spot along with a famous tourist location in Mandi district in Himalayan State of India. It is situated 40 km from Jogindernagar, which is one of the big towns in Mandi having historical importance and 66 km from Mandi, which is district headquarters. The road to Barot branches off at Jogindernagar-Mandi highway... The road to Barot branches off from Ghatasni before JoginderNagar while coming from Mandi leading to Jatingri. Further ahead of Jatingri lies Barot at a distance of 14 km. (Info Courtsey - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barot_%28Himachal_Pradesh%29)It is sometimes possible to use the trolley from Jogindernagar which reduces the distance to 13 kilometers, but we were going via car and during that time Trolley was not working due to some technical problem. The route includes terraced fields and thick cedar(Deodar) forests, rising to Jhatingri at the hilltop. The remains of the summer palace of the former rulers of Mandi are located at this place. Through the little village of Tikkan, the road carries on to Barot Town with some hydro plants with beautiful dams under high security. The town has a range of outdoor activities, including a trout breeding center from where fish are released into the Uhl.One can have license to do fishing in this water stream by paying 100 Rs for one day. Tourt Fish of Barot is very popular and there are various places you can get it. There is a Trout Farm and some local folks also sale it in small market of Barot. There are some decent Home-Stay options who have different cooking styles of Trout and we tried some of them during two days stay. Trout Fish of Patli-Kuhl/Preeni in Kullu is also very popular where former Prime Minister Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee used to go for enjoying fish with wonderful weather all around. It seems Mr. Atal Bihari Vajpayee is staying around Manali onlyBarot Town 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 this are forest rest houses at Thaltuckhod and Silbandhwari. One Guest House is controlled by DFO Jogindernagar and other by DFO Hamirpur, but be cautious about bookings there. Because high Political pressure may lead to cancellation any time, which happened with us as well :) . Through woods of cedar and pine a trek route cuts across the sanctuary to KulluHistorically Barot region formed part of the Mandi riyasat before and during British times & was governed by the King of Mandi. Pre-Independence, Barot was also on the mule trail connecting Kullu valley to Kangra valley. The importance of this route declined once Kullu was connected to a road from Mandi. There is decent habitat now, but it seems some part of Barot comes in Mandi and other in Kangra.Barot Town is a frequent backpacker and day tourist destination now. Many trekking trails pass through Barot town, including trails to Bada Bhangal, Manali and Kullu etc. Most of the day tourists are attracted by the serene surroundings and cheap availability of accommodation. Although the place can be boring for some folks who also want to do some shopping..The Uhl river, which flows through Barot Town, supports Trout breeding and Barot has a few fish farms as well. Across the river Uhl is the Nargu Wildlife Sanctuary, home to Ghoral, Himalayan Black Bear and a variety of pheasants. While coming back many of pheasants crossed our car from hill-side towards water streams on rightHere is a photograph of HPPWD Guest House of Barot, which is quite decent with 5 rooms in good conditionThe adventurous can also make a part of this journey by the PSEB (Punjab State Electricity Board) run haulage trolley, which may not be functioning all the times. So ensure that you have prior information about it for better planning.  This trolley was originally used to haul material upwards for the power houses but is now used to transport peopleIf you planning one day trip to Barot, there is a better option to stay in Jogindernagar town. It's a HPTDC Hotel on main highway - UHL. if you plan to stay at Barot only, there are few decent Homestay at nominal charges apart from three government guest houses - HPPWD & 2 Forest Guest Houses.

By Air : 

The nearest airport to Barot is the Bhuntar airport which lies at a distance of 125km. One can either take a taxi or can rent a bike from Bhuntar. The other airport which lies at close proximity is the Gagal airport which lies at a distance of 142km from Barot Valley.

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By Train 

The nearest railway station to Barot is in Jogindernagar which lies 38km from Barot. One can take a train from Delhi to Pathankot and then change for a train to Jogindernagar from Pathankot. This would be the only method of reaching Barot through rail route.

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When it comes to Hill Stations in Himachal Pradesh you will quickly list down Shimla, Dalhousie, Mcleodganj, Dharmshala, Spiti etc, but places like Barot will not come in that list. It's good in one way, but bad for people who like True Natural Beauty with least commercialization and quite peaceful. Nature Lovers want such places to be isolated from tourists more interested in commercial hill-stations with hustle-busstle all around. Let's check out some of the landscapes from Barot Town, which is in Mandi District of Himachal Pradesh (India).Barot is a small town and a popular picnic spot along with a famous tourist location in Mandi district in Himalayan State of India. It is situated 40 km from Jogindernagar, which is one of the big towns in Mandi having historical importance and 66 km from Mandi, which is district headquarters. The road to Barot branches off at Jogindernagar-Mandi highway... The road to Barot branches off from Ghatasni before JoginderNagar while coming from Mandi leading to Jatingri. Further ahead of Jatingri lies Barot at a distance of 14 km. (Info Courtsey - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barot_%28Himachal_Pradesh%29)It is sometimes possible to use the trolley from Jogindernagar which reduces the distance to 13 kilometers, but we were going via car and during that time Trolley was not working due to some technical problem. The route includes terraced fields and thick cedar(Deodar) forests, rising to Jhatingri at the hilltop. The remains of the summer palace of the former rulers of Mandi are located at this place. Through the little village of Tikkan, the road carries on to Barot Town with some hydro plants with beautiful dams under high security. The town has a range of outdoor activities, including a trout breeding center from where fish are released into the Uhl.One can have license to do fishing in this water stream by paying 100 Rs for one day. Tourt Fish of Barot is very popular and there are various places you can get it. There is a Trout Farm and some local folks also sale it in small market of Barot. There are some decent Home-Stay options who have different cooking styles of Trout and we tried some of them during two days stay. Trout Fish of Patli-Kuhl/Preeni in Kullu is also very popular where former Prime Minister Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee used to go for enjoying fish with wonderful weather all around. It seems Mr. Atal Bihari Vajpayee is staying around Manali onlyBarot Town 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 this are forest rest houses at Thaltuckhod and Silbandhwari. One Guest House is controlled by DFO Jogindernagar and other by DFO Hamirpur, but be cautious about bookings there. Because high Political pressure may lead to cancellation any time, which happened with us as well :) . Through woods of cedar and pine a trek route cuts across the sanctuary to KulluHistorically Barot region formed part of the Mandi riyasat before and during British times & was governed by the King of Mandi. Pre-Independence, Barot was also on the mule trail connecting Kullu valley to Kangra valley. The importance of this route declined once Kullu was connected to a road from Mandi. There is decent habitat now, but it seems some part of Barot comes in Mandi and other in Kangra.Barot Town is a frequent backpacker and day tourist destination now. Many trekking trails pass through Barot town, including trails to Bada Bhangal, Manali and Kullu etc. Most of the day tourists are attracted by the serene surroundings and cheap availability of accommodation. Although the place can be boring for some folks who also want to do some shopping..The Uhl river, which flows through Barot Town, supports Trout breeding and Barot has a few fish farms as well. Across the river Uhl is the Nargu Wildlife Sanctuary, home to Ghoral, Himalayan Black Bear and a variety of pheasants. While coming back many of pheasants crossed our car from hill-side towards water streams on rightHere is a photograph of HPPWD Guest House of Barot, which is quite decent with 5 rooms in good conditionThe adventurous can also make a part of this journey by the PSEB (Punjab State Electricity Board) run haulage trolley, which may not be functioning all the times. So ensure that you have prior information about it for better planning.  This trolley was originally used to haul material upwards for the power houses but is now used to transport peopleIf you planning one day trip to Barot, there is a better option to stay in Jogindernagar town. It's a HPTDC Hotel on main highway - UHL. if you plan to stay at Barot only, there are few decent Homestay at nominal charges apart from three government guest houses - HPPWD & 2 Forest Guest Houses.

By Road : 

I have described every possible method of reaching Barot by road from Delhi as well as from Pathankot in a detailed manner. But I will give you a few more ideas related to buses and Taxis in order to access Barot by road. You can take a bus from Delhi to Manali and get down at the place called Mandi From Mandi, one can take a bus to Pathankot and get down at Ghatasni from where one can either take a local bus to Barot or can hire a taxi. If you ask me I would suggest that hiring a taxi is a better Idea than taking a local bus as the buses in Barot valley are very few and run after fixed Interval.

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When it comes to Hill Stations in Himachal Pradesh you will quickly list down Shimla, Dalhousie, Mcleodganj, Dharmshala, Spiti etc, but places like Barot will not come in that list. It's good in one way, but bad for people who like True Natural Beauty with least commercialization and quite peaceful. Nature Lovers want such places to be isolated from tourists more interested in commercial hill-stations with hustle-busstle all around. Let's check out some of the landscapes from Barot Town, which is in Mandi District of Himachal Pradesh (India).Barot is a small town and a popular picnic spot along with a famous tourist location in Mandi district in Himalayan State of India. It is situated 40 km from Jogindernagar, which is one of the big towns in Mandi having historical importance and 66 km from Mandi, which is district headquarters. The road to Barot branches off at Jogindernagar-Mandi highway... The road to Barot branches off from Ghatasni before JoginderNagar while coming from Mandi leading to Jatingri. Further ahead of Jatingri lies Barot at a distance of 14 km. (Info Courtsey - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barot_%28Himachal_Pradesh%29)It is sometimes possible to use the trolley from Jogindernagar which reduces the distance to 13 kilometers, but we were going via car and during that time Trolley was not working due to some technical problem. The route includes terraced fields and thick cedar(Deodar) forests, rising to Jhatingri at the hilltop. The remains of the summer palace of the former rulers of Mandi are located at this place. Through the little village of Tikkan, the road carries on to Barot Town with some hydro plants with beautiful dams under high security. The town has a range of outdoor activities, including a trout breeding center from where fish are released into the Uhl.One can have license to do fishing in this water stream by paying 100 Rs for one day. Tourt Fish of Barot is very popular and there are various places you can get it. There is a Trout Farm and some local folks also sale it in small market of Barot. There are some decent Home-Stay options who have different cooking styles of Trout and we tried some of them during two days stay. Trout Fish of Patli-Kuhl/Preeni in Kullu is also very popular where former Prime Minister Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee used to go for enjoying fish with wonderful weather all around. It seems Mr. Atal Bihari Vajpayee is staying around Manali onlyBarot Town 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 this are forest rest houses at Thaltuckhod and Silbandhwari. One Guest House is controlled by DFO Jogindernagar and other by DFO Hamirpur, but be cautious about bookings there. Because high Political pressure may lead to cancellation any time, which happened with us as well :) . Through woods of cedar and pine a trek route cuts across the sanctuary to KulluHistorically Barot region formed part of the Mandi riyasat before and during British times & was governed by the King of Mandi. Pre-Independence, Barot was also on the mule trail connecting Kullu valley to Kangra valley. The importance of this route declined once Kullu was connected to a road from Mandi. There is decent habitat now, but it seems some part of Barot comes in Mandi and other in Kangra.Barot Town is a frequent backpacker and day tourist destination now. Many trekking trails pass through Barot town, including trails to Bada Bhangal, Manali and Kullu etc. Most of the day tourists are attracted by the serene surroundings and cheap availability of accommodation. Although the place can be boring for some folks who also want to do some shopping..The Uhl river, which flows through Barot Town, supports Trout breeding and Barot has a few fish farms as well. Across the river Uhl is the Nargu Wildlife Sanctuary, home to Ghoral, Himalayan Black Bear and a variety of pheasants. While coming back many of pheasants crossed our car from hill-side towards water streams on rightHere is a photograph of HPPWD Guest House of Barot, which is quite decent with 5 rooms in good conditionThe adventurous can also make a part of this journey by the PSEB (Punjab State Electricity Board) run haulage trolley, which may not be functioning all the times. So ensure that you have prior information about it for better planning.  This trolley was originally used to haul material upwards for the power houses but is now used to transport peopleIf you planning one day trip to Barot, there is a better option to stay in Jogindernagar town. It's a HPTDC Hotel on main highway - UHL. if you plan to stay at Barot only, there are few decent Homestay at nominal charges apart from three government guest houses - HPPWD & 2 Forest Guest Houses.

Things to do around Barot 

Walk by Uhl River 

Nice stroll down the Uhl River is one of the best things to do in Barot. The looming pine trees and the lush green meadows are something that will surely make your heart pound widely. Walking is probably the best method to explore this small Himalayan village.

Related Post : Landscapes from Barot Town of Himalyan State of India - Himachal Pradesh || Barot - A Picnic Spot for True Nature Lovers

When it comes to Hill Stations in Himachal Pradesh you will quickly list down Shimla, Dalhousie, Mcleodganj, Dharmshala, Spiti etc, but places like Barot will not come in that list. It's good in one way, but bad for people who like True Natural Beauty with least commercialization and quite peaceful. Nature Lovers want such places to be isolated from tourists more interested in commercial hill-stations with hustle-busstle all around. Let's check out some of the landscapes from Barot Town, which is in Mandi District of Himachal Pradesh (India).Barot is a small town and a popular picnic spot along with a famous tourist location in Mandi district in Himalayan State of India. It is situated 40 km from Jogindernagar, which is one of the big towns in Mandi having historical importance and 66 km from Mandi, which is district headquarters. The road to Barot branches off at Jogindernagar-Mandi highway... The road to Barot branches off from Ghatasni before JoginderNagar while coming from Mandi leading to Jatingri. Further ahead of Jatingri lies Barot at a distance of 14 km. (Info Courtsey - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barot_%28Himachal_Pradesh%29)It is sometimes possible to use the trolley from Jogindernagar which reduces the distance to 13 kilometers, but we were going via car and during that time Trolley was not working due to some technical problem. The route includes terraced fields and thick cedar(Deodar) forests, rising to Jhatingri at the hilltop. The remains of the summer palace of the former rulers of Mandi are located at this place. Through the little village of Tikkan, the road carries on to Barot Town with some hydro plants with beautiful dams under high security. The town has a range of outdoor activities, including a trout breeding center from where fish are released into the Uhl.One can have license to do fishing in this water stream by paying 100 Rs for one day. Tourt Fish of Barot is very popular and there are various places you can get it. There is a Trout Farm and some local folks also sale it in small market of Barot. There are some decent Home-Stay options who have different cooking styles of Trout and we tried some of them during two days stay. Trout Fish of Patli-Kuhl/Preeni in Kullu is also very popular where former Prime Minister Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee used to go for enjoying fish with wonderful weather all around. It seems Mr. Atal Bihari Vajpayee is staying around Manali onlyBarot Town 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 this are forest rest houses at Thaltuckhod and Silbandhwari. One Guest House is controlled by DFO Jogindernagar and other by DFO Hamirpur, but be cautious about bookings there. Because high Political pressure may lead to cancellation any time, which happened with us as well :) . Through woods of cedar and pine a trek route cuts across the sanctuary to KulluHistorically Barot region formed part of the Mandi riyasat before and during British times & was governed by the King of Mandi. Pre-Independence, Barot was also on the mule trail connecting Kullu valley to Kangra valley. The importance of this route declined once Kullu was connected to a road from Mandi. There is decent habitat now, but it seems some part of Barot comes in Mandi and other in Kangra.Barot Town is a frequent backpacker and day tourist destination now. Many trekking trails pass through Barot town, including trails to Bada Bhangal, Manali and Kullu etc. Most of the day tourists are attracted by the serene surroundings and cheap availability of accommodation. Although the place can be boring for some folks who also want to do some shopping..The Uhl river, which flows through Barot Town, supports Trout breeding and Barot has a few fish farms as well. Across the river Uhl is the Nargu Wildlife Sanctuary, home to Ghoral, Himalayan Black Bear and a variety of pheasants. While coming back many of pheasants crossed our car from hill-side towards water streams on rightHere is a photograph of HPPWD Guest House of Barot, which is quite decent with 5 rooms in good conditionThe adventurous can also make a part of this journey by the PSEB (Punjab State Electricity Board) run haulage trolley, which may not be functioning all the times. So ensure that you have prior information about it for better planning.  This trolley was originally used to haul material upwards for the power houses but is now used to transport peopleIf you planning one day trip to Barot, there is a better option to stay in Jogindernagar town. It's a HPTDC Hotel on main highway - UHL. if you plan to stay at Barot only, there are few decent Homestay at nominal charges apart from three government guest houses - HPPWD & 2 Forest Guest Houses.

Trekking 

Barot is famous for its trekking routes and is also referred to as starting point for the trails like Billing, Bara Bengal, and Kullu etc. If you are trek lover and looking for some unexplored treks around Himachal then Barot is probably the best option to go for. Routes from Barot to Billing and Kullu are among the old shepherd routes and were once among the busiest shepherd routes in Himachal Pradesh. 

Fishing 

Fishing is one of the most common and lovable activities done in Barot. Here one can find brown as well as rainbow trout in the stream of Uhl. The fishing season usually ranges from March to October and is also considered as the best time for fishing. The tourist season in Barot lies around May, June which is also a good month for fishing. 

Camping 

I have always considered that camping is one of the must-do activities when traveling in the Himalayas. Some people often relate camping to be harsh with no place to get food, staying in the jungle and the absence of light. But in today's world, one can experience all the luxury of hotels inside an Alpine camp. Alpine camps or Swiss tents is a concept in which one can get charging slots, attached washrooms and good food to eat along with king size bed to sleep. You can get these Alpine tents in Barot as well adding little more charm to your trip. 

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. 

When it comes to Hill Stations in Himachal Pradesh you will quickly list down Shimla, Dalhousie, Mcleodganj, Dharmshala, Spiti etc, but places like Barot will not come in that list. It's good in one way, but bad for people who like True Natural Beauty with least commercialization and quite peaceful. Nature Lovers want such places to be isolated from tourists more interested in commercial hill-stations with hustle-busstle all around. Let's check out some of the landscapes from Barot Town, which is in Mandi District of Himachal Pradesh (India).Barot is a small town and a popular picnic spot along with a famous tourist location in Mandi district in Himalayan State of India. It is situated 40 km from Jogindernagar, which is one of the big towns in Mandi having historical importance and 66 km from Mandi, which is district headquarters. The road to Barot branches off at Jogindernagar-Mandi highway... The road to Barot branches off from Ghatasni before JoginderNagar while coming from Mandi leading to Jatingri. Further ahead of Jatingri lies Barot at a distance of 14 km. (Info Courtsey - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Barot_%28Himachal_Pradesh%29)It is sometimes possible to use the trolley from Jogindernagar which reduces the distance to 13 kilometers, but we were going via car and during that time Trolley was not working due to some technical problem. The route includes terraced fields and thick cedar(Deodar) forests, rising to Jhatingri at the hilltop. The remains of the summer palace of the former rulers of Mandi are located at this place. Through the little village of Tikkan, the road carries on to Barot Town with some hydro plants with beautiful dams under high security. The town has a range of outdoor activities, including a trout breeding center from where fish are released into the Uhl.One can have license to do fishing in this water stream by paying 100 Rs for one day. Tourt Fish of Barot is very popular and there are various places you can get it. There is a Trout Farm and some local folks also sale it in small market of Barot. There are some decent Home-Stay options who have different cooking styles of Trout and we tried some of them during two days stay. Trout Fish of Patli-Kuhl/Preeni in Kullu is also very popular where former Prime Minister Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee used to go for enjoying fish with wonderful weather all around. It seems Mr. Atal Bihari Vajpayee is staying around Manali onlyBarot Town 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 this are forest rest houses at Thaltuckhod and Silbandhwari. One Guest House is controlled by DFO Jogindernagar and other by DFO Hamirpur, but be cautious about bookings there. Because high Political pressure may lead to cancellation any time, which happened with us as well :) . Through woods of cedar and pine a trek route cuts across the sanctuary to KulluHistorically Barot region formed part of the Mandi riyasat before and during British times & was governed by the King of Mandi. Pre-Independence, Barot was also on the mule trail connecting Kullu valley to Kangra valley. The importance of this route declined once Kullu was connected to a road from Mandi. There is decent habitat now, but it seems some part of Barot comes in Mandi and other in Kangra.Barot Town is a frequent backpacker and day tourist destination now. Many trekking trails pass through Barot town, including trails to Bada Bhangal, Manali and Kullu etc. Most of the day tourists are attracted by the serene surroundings and cheap availability of accommodation. Although the place can be boring for some folks who also want to do some shopping..The Uhl river, which flows through Barot Town, supports Trout breeding and Barot has a few fish farms as well. Across the river Uhl is the Nargu Wildlife Sanctuary, home to Ghoral, Himalayan Black Bear and a variety of pheasants. While coming back many of pheasants crossed our car from hill-side towards water streams on rightHere is a photograph of HPPWD Guest House of Barot, which is quite decent with 5 rooms in good conditionThe adventurous can also make a part of this journey by the PSEB (Punjab State Electricity Board) run haulage trolley, which may not be functioning all the times. So ensure that you have prior information about it for better planning.  This trolley was originally used to haul material upwards for the power houses but is now used to transport peopleIf you planning one day trip to Barot, there is a better option to stay in Jogindernagar town. It's a HPTDC Hotel on main highway - UHL. if you plan to stay at Barot only, there are few decent Homestay at nominal charges apart from three government guest houses - HPPWD & 2 Forest Guest Houses.

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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rupam sarma said…
Amazing place. Beautiful pics.

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