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 barot1 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.

There is also a high altitude panoramic lake at an height of 4280m (14050feet) known as Danasur lake where holy journeys are started in the month of August andbarot September.

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

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9 Responses to Barot

  1. Hi
    Can someone pl suggest reliable taxi operators for 3 day sightseeing in and around Palampur in 2nd week of June. I will travel with family. Pl share details urgently


    vineet mathur May 28, 2017 at 9:36 pm Reply
  2. Thanks for sharing this information.
    Our India has so many beautiful places and barot is one of them.
    Exploring a different Himachal through your superb writing and the usual awesome snaps.
    Looking forward for more wonderful blogs like this one.
    Searching best deals for holidays in himachal with himachal tour packages by ritual holidays.

    EDIT- Link Removed.

    myindiantour March 7, 2016 at 6:16 pm Reply
  3. Haulage trolly video that connects Joginder Nagar to Barot through hills  , built in about 1926 for carrying construction material of Shanan power project to Barot for making reservoir and tunnel at Uhl river , Barot

    Rakesh Kumar March 1, 2012 at 11:47 am Reply
  4. :)Very nice pics , Barot is really very nice place to visit . It just needs good infrastructure and publicity and it will surely become a tourist heaven. I also have made a blog about Barot and different parts of Himachal Pradesh I have visited . You can have a look at my blog  

    Rakesh Kumar February 12, 2012 at 11:51 pm Reply
    • where can i stay in barot as i am unable to find decent places there ???

      Nidhi April 21, 2016 at 1:44 pm Reply
  5. i visited Jogindernagar and Barot on weekend, both places are awsome. In Joginder nagar you can see the Shanan power project and from there around 6km is village Bashrot, a calm, scenic and beautiful place. There is water reservoir and two canals starts from it. Children can enjoy in the beautiful park. If you want to go on Haulage trolley which starts from Shanan, you need to make arrangements one day prior as you need to make pass from Punjab State Electricity Board office in Shanan, unfortunately we missed the chance siging authority was supposed to arrive after 9am and the trolley leaves at 8.30am.

    Then we decided to visit Barot by road, its an ultimate place with temperature of 17-19 degree in noon on 20th june.

    Sembhi June 22, 2011 at 8:50 am Reply
  6. Barot looks absolutely gorgeous. Sounds like it's a great destination for people wanting outdoor adventure in their travel experience.

    Kali December 21, 2009 at 7:34 am Reply
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  8. i have been this place several time but never use trolly so next time if i could have chance to visit this place defenitly i will go by trolly.thanx for nice regards

    kuldip singh October 3, 2009 at 7:47 pm Reply

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