Where is Barot Valley?
The perfect guide for first time visitors,
Barot is located in district Mandi of State of Himachal Pradesh. If you guys are planning a trip to Manali and Kullu, I would recommend you to visit Barot too. It would not take more than 2 days to enjoy the panoramic view and activities in Barot Valley to the fullest.
If you are a fan of hill resorts and deeply in love with nature, this is the place for you guys. While you roam around the valley you see the remains of the summer palace of the famous rulers of Mandi. Barot Valley is situated along the National Highway 20 so you really need not to worry about the way to road trip.
Though the details are available on Wikipedia already but I would still like to brief you about it- umm… No let’s talk about it in the section how to reach there. The valley is surrounded on both sides by segments of the Dhauladhar range of the Himalayas. The village is settled on the banks of UHL river. You get the view of river all the time while roaming in the village.
Why is Barot Valley Famous For?
Well first of all there is a waterfall which is a must visit. An age-old fountain channelizing the waters of Uhl erupting at regular intervals is yet the source of attraction.
- Two centers of different faith are also there- one is Dev Pashakot (the local deity of rain) and the another has been the witness of marital bonds. The place also contains step farming locations and reaching to the waterfall is a way through these which is a breathtaking walk within the surroundings of nature.
- The place is famous for trout fishing. If you visit the place ever don’t forget to go to trout fishing in the river trail. You can simply catch the fish with the permissions of respective authorities and then try the fish fry. You can get the permission or rather a license from the govt. department near the Barot Dam.
- Yeah, and this reminds me of another attraction Barot Dam. Make sure to include this in your list and you won’t regret it as the view worth it all the time and travel. You can enjoy the fish from the farm if you do not get your catch.
- The site is perfect for camping and star gazing. Let’s talk about it in detail in Nightlife section. The hiking is always on the list when you travel to hill resorts so yes of course HIKING is a must. The wonderful place is covered with thick Deodar forest.
- The valley simply provides the glimpse into traditional life of villagers, local heritage culture and snow-covered mountain range. UHL river just makes the place even more beautiful- compliments the place’s serene and tranquil life. The river originates from THAMSAR GLACIER in Dhauladhar range.
- The place also reflects the colonial traits as it has funicular trolley which is also a mode of transportation but as far as my knowledge this is under a non repairable condition for now.
Well, if you are looking for the famous things like other tourist places sorry you will have to be disappointed. The place does not offer anything special except the serene and tranquil view of the village and simple people living their normal life at ease and peace. Barot Valley is the place when you need a rest or a break from the routine destination travels. It is free from traffic and crowd – indeed a hidden treasure in the valley.
IS BAROT VALLEY SAFE FOR TRAVEL?
Well, the place includes the snow-covered mountain range and trekking.
What do you think about the safety? If you are planning a family trip then the place might not be a good option but if you are backpacker or solo traveler and even if you are couple – honeymoon couple especially you must try the place. The place is totally safe for people as the villagers live a simple life over there, you need not to worry about robbery or theft. The people are unsurprisingly welcoming and heartwarming. You can talk to the people about the history and culture of the place and they would happily tell you about the stories they have heard from their ancestors.
If you are set with trekking shoes and all the hiking and trekking safety precautions with some warm clothes congratulations you have a safe and fun trip. The road’s condition is a bit bad to the last 7-8 km so be prepared to have a safe journey.
BAROT VALLEY NIGHTLIFE
This is my favorite part. The nightlife of the village is the thing you are going to enjoy the most. This is the time of the trip when your soul breathes fresh air into a completely starry location. Yeah, you get it right I am talking about STAR GAZING.
Imagine you are with your partner or with your best of friends or even alone at a place crowded not with people but with forests and the rhythm of river is just flowing by and when you look up into amaze there are stars gazing at you back. Isn’t it dreamy? To me it was.
And this reminds me of another activity you can enjoy at place which is camping. In my travelling journey I have been to many camping sites but trust me it was the best as the calm and tranquil factors of the place compliments it best. This is going to be the night you are never going to forget and I am never going to forget it too like Kasol In December. I mean you can’t believe your ears when it hears no busier routine life hectic.
PERFECT TIME TO VISIT BAROT VALLEY
Keeping the view of the village in mind all the seasons would be just perfect to visit the place. But if you go the place between June to September you get a different feel of the cold breeze and the greenery of the site through the monsoon (as it would have done its job by then to make the site even more majestic).
SOME FACTS ABOUT BAROT VALLEY
when you are going to visit a place, I would advise you to get your hands on some of the most important facts of it. Let’s have a look on them
- The village is located about 1700 to 1800 meters of sea-level which of course makes it even colder better to pack your warm clothes in case.
The place is known as a “TREKKER’S PARADISE” so trekkers pack your bags with all the essentials like Kasol to Kheerganga Trek.
- Barot Valley is a green valley surrounded by not only just one but two rivers which are UHl as mentioned earlier and Lambadag.
- The village is a 3-hour drive from PALAMPUR.
- The village is easily accessible by all the modes of transportation whether be it by air, bus or road.
- The UHL river supports trout breeding.
- Barot is the point that diverts river water of UHL to SHANAN POWER HOUSE in Jogindernagar.
- The town also has a dam that was commissioned in 1922.
- Historically the Barot valley was a part of Mandi Riyasat.
MY EXPERIENCE AT BAROT VALLEY
What to say about experience? The perfect place to a peaceful stay. It was one of the best decisions of my life that I decided to go for a tour to Barot in the night. I packed the bags and left for it. The time I would prefer you to go is in the daylight as in the night the calm place lose all its activities except for camping where the tourists enjoy their night almost same like Jibhi Himachal Pradesh.
While trekking up to the point when you actually get to dip your feet into nerve chilling water – that is the point where you know where you have come at last – in the lap of nature where you forget all your routine life worries and tensions and pour out all your feelings within those treks enjoying nature.
The paragliding experience of the place was unforgettable to me. The flight lasts to 15 minutes at the maximum under the supervision of experts. So, you don’t really need to afraid of the activity. The team provides you with all the equipment and safety tips before launching you into the air. What can be more beautiful than swirling into the air above the mesmerizing valley and mountain range view (can’t forget).
The nightlife was the thing I am never going to forget (as mentioned above) the stars and chill breezes and the sleep under those very stars in a camp is something which is worth of all your trekking and hiking and traveling to the place.
HOW TO REACH BAROT VALLEY HIMACHAL PRADESH
Himachal Pradeshis easily accessible from major Indian cities as Chandigarh, Delhi, etc. Via all means of transport be it by air, road, or railway.
The Barot Valley lies at the distance of 40km from the town of Jogindernagar and around 66 km from Mandi District Headquarters. Public buses are easily available to the place. Barot is connected by bus to Mandi, Jogindernagar, and Palampur. The railway station suitable for the place as it is at the nearest is at Jogindernagar.
The nearest airport is Bhunter or Gaggal airport better known as Kullu and Kangra airport respectively and therefrom by taking bus to Barot is the only option.
NEARBY ATTRACTIONS AT BAROT BALEY
Let’s talk about nearby tourist attractions.
- First of all is Jogindernagar. It is named after King Joginder Sen as usual to the historical places in India. Its original name was Sukrahatti. The interesting fact about the city is that it is the only city in Asia with Hydro-electronic power stations, it also has a nickname “The Powerhouse City”. The name of the Hydro-electric plant is SHANAM POWER HOUSE. You can explore the trails to Bada Bhangal.
- Nargu Wildlife Sanctuary is a nearby destination you can include into your list. It is the home to species like Goral, Himalayan Black Bear and a variety of other species.
- The place also has three artificial lakes nearby which can enhance your experience to the place and it also includes one reservoir.
The Thandi Golai on the way to Mayot road is one of the best camp sites for trekkers. You cannot really miss it. Have a try. Rulling is another village you can visit which is just an hour journey.
- The trekking trail to Bada Bhangal – you can also pay a visit there. The village bifurcates at the bridge- the left goes to Rajgundha and the right goes to the mysterious path across Thamsar Pass like Jogini Waterfall Trek Manali.
- Lahordi village is 6 km away from Barot and the bus takes around 20 minutes to reach there. I liked the village when I passed it on the way to Swad and had a fantastic stay there. You should try it. It is also called Luhardi.
Well, that is all for now. I hope I have not bored you and the guide would help you to enjoy the place even more. Good luck! Keep traveling.