Barot:- Barot is an entrancingly beautiful village located in the tranquil valley of Mandi district in Himachal Pradesh. It is a destination for tourists and is 67 k away from the Mandi. The charming landscape is captivating here. Barot is known for its trekking trails that pass through this beautiful village, this makes it the favorite place for trekkers. Very few tourists are aware of the Barot valley and it is an unexplored landscape. It came to notice when the Shanan hydroelectric project was proposed around 1920 in India. A beautiful village with mesmerizing yet treacherous landscape with unpolluted air-space offers impressive trekking and hiking trails. While at Barot you can visit quite a few places nearby to make the trip a remarkable one.
Best time to visit:-
April to June (However Barot is welcoming throughout the year)
This place is 1820 m above from the sea level.
Climate and temperature:-
The average annual temperature is 13 °C (55 °F).
Things to do
Nargu Wildlife Sanctuary: Located at the banks of Uhl River, you can see rare animals like Himalayan Black bear, Himalayan Goral, Monal, Barking Deer, Musk Deer, and Golden Eagle.
Uhl River: One of the most visited destinations in Barot, the river originates from the Thamsar glacier, and the river has the well-known Shanan Hydroelectric Project (The Barot Dam. Surrounded by the mountains, you can cross the river while beholding the majestic sight of the Himalayas. You can also camp on the Barot Valley.
Lambda Dug River: If you are looking for some quiet time, go to the Lamba Dug Bridge. It acts as the border between Mandi and Kangra districts. The serenity of the place with the gurgling sound of the river will give you the peace you have never experienced before.
Barot Temple: You have to do a short trek down the hill to reach the temple, which houses the local deity Dev Pashakot. Popular among the locals who offer their prayers for the safety of the valley and rain. The architecture of the temple makes it unique too.
Lohardi Village: 7 km drive from Barot Valley is well-known among campers and trekkers who like to reach the village by a hike. Often the starting point is Badagraan village of Barot.
Haulage Trolley: Experience the highest railway track of India at 2500 meters above sea level. Starting from Jogindernagar valley, the track is considered to be 20th century’s engineering marvels as you can see the entire track once you reach the top.
Winch Camp: If you want to see the Beas River, Mandi Hills, and Kangra Valley, visit Winch Camp, the highest point of Barot Valley. While trekking, you can enjoy Brah Ka Fool’s forest trails (Rhododendron) and the alpine meadows. You can trek to this point during the winter to enjoy the snowfall as the temperature dips to -10 degrees Celsius.
Rajgundha – Kukkargundha: The twin villages offer scenic beauty unlike any you have witnessed before. You can walk through these villages enjoying several trekking trails lined with cedar and oak plantations. It is a must-visit for trekking and hiking enthusiasts.
The Bongoru Waterfall: From the Tibetan Colony, it is 4.5 km that offers an easy hiking experience, and the milky white waterfall is a sight to behold. A lesser-known place among the tourists offers an ideal place for picnics.
Deer Park Institute: Reflects Tibetan culture and had a range of mesmerizing paintings and carvings related to Buddha across its walls. It offers various meditation sessions, yoga, healing arts, philosophy, Buddhist art, and culture. Without the visit to Deer Park Institute in Himachal’s Bir colony, your journey will be incomplete. Within it, you can also visit the Himalayan Film School.
Daina Sar Lake: Visiting this place would require you to undertake an advanced level trek, but once you reach the top, you will get a panoramic view of the lake. The legend has it Lord Hanuman killed an evil witch in this place. Hence it is also considered to be a holy destination among the locals.
Masroor Rock Temple: Well-known for the rock-cut temples constructed in the 8th century has statues of Sita, Ram, and Laxman. It is a bit far from Barot, 47.4 km but worth visiting the place if you have time to enjoy the spectacular terrain and the impressive figure of Lord Shiva at the center of the shrine.
Some Honorary Mentions:
• Chauhar Valley
• Hurang Narayan Temple
• Kareri lake
• Trout breeding farm
• Shanan Hydroelectic Project
• Polling Village, Luhardi Village
• Bada Gran
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