Barot is one of the hidden jewel of Himachal Pradesh. It is situated 40 km from Jogindernagar, on the Pathankot – Mandi highway. The road to Barot branches off from Ghatasni before Joginder Nagar while coming from Mandi leading to Jatingri. Further ahead of Jatingri lies Barot at a distance of 14 km. The adventurous can also make a part of this journey by the PSEB (Punjab State Electricity Board) run haulage trolley. This trolley was originally used to haul material upwards for the power houses but is now used to transport people. This trolley leaves at 8.30 am from Jogindernagar. One has to be present a little early and sign a small affidavit regarding the safety clause and pay the fees. This trolley takes you to a place called Headgear. From here Barot is still a good 8 km hike further.
Barot packs an enormous range of outdoor activities. Two reservoirs of the power project are located here. A trout breeding centre makes it a wonderful place for angling. Also from this trout breeding centre, fish are released into the Uhl making it an excellent spot for angling. Across the river Uhl is the Nargu Wild Life Sanctuary home to the ghoral, Himalayan black bear, leopard, Monal, kite, monkey, kasturi deer, wild cat, nilgai, kakkar and a variety of pheasants. A trek route through thick forests links Barot to Kullu. There are rest houses at Thaltukhod and Silbadhwani in the Nargu Wildlife Sanctuary. One can go trekking in the Nargu wildlife sanctuary.
Barot is surrounded by thick Deodar trees and summers are again the best times to travel. There are no proper hotels in Barot but one can stay at the homestays being run by the locals. There are two decent homestays available here, namely the Sachin Homestay and the Negi’s Homestay. Rooms are basic, decent and clean. Charges range from a nominal 300-500 per day. Apart from these one can also stay at the rest houses run by PSEB, PWD and the Forest deptt. nearby.
Day tour can also be arranged from Joigindernagar. HPTDC run Hotel Uhl is a decent property in Jogindernagar.
How to reach:
By road, route from Delhi will be Delhi – Chandigarh – Bilaspur – Mandi – Jogindernagar (500 km approx)
From Pathankot, the route will be Pathankot – Palampur – Jogindernagar (150 km approx)
By Train, Delhi – Pathankot and the narrow gauge track from Pathankot – Jogindernagar