Barot is located in the Mandi district of Himachal Pradesh. It is nearly 296 kilometres north of Chandigarh and 40 kilometres from the nearest town Jogindernagar. The journey is long despite the short distance, because the roads wind through the mountains. There are quite a few narrow stretches in between that allow only one vehicle to pass through at a time.
Barot is a frequent backpacker and tourist destination. Many trekking trails pass through Barot, including trails to Bada Bhangal, Manali and Kullu. Most of the day tourists are attracted by the serene surroundings and cheap availability of accommodation.
Of late, Barot is also developing into an angling destination. The Uhl River supports trout breeding and Barot has quite a few fish farms. Across the river Uhl is the Nargu Wildlife Sanctuary, home to goral, Himalayan black bear and a variety of pheasants. Three artificial lakes including one reservoir on Uhl river enhance the beauty of this magnificent hidden treasure as one enters the Barot village near Dhrangan.
An old fountain channelizing the waters of Uhl erupting at regular intervals is another source of attraction. Just opposite to the fountain, two centres of religious faith are situated. One is the temple of Dev Pashakot, the local deity of rain whereas the other is old temple which has been the witness to majority of couples of the valley getting tied in marital bonds. The Thandi Golai ground on the way to old Mayot road is the camp site for various trekkers organised by the trekking organisers. Rulling, the highest village in Mandi district is just an hour’s uphill trek falling in Lapas panchayat.
How to get to Barot?
By Air: There are daily flights from Delhi and Mumbai to the closest airport at Bhuntar, Kullu (110 km/4 hr south of Barot). From Kullu, you can either take a bus to Jogindernagar and then on to Barot, or hire a taxi for the journey. Another option is to fly to Gaggal Airport near Dharamsala (90 km/3 hr north of Barot), which is connected to Delhi, Kullu, and Chandigarh.
By Train: Jogindernagar is the closest railway station, and is connected to Pathankot via a narrow-gauge railway line. Pathankot is connected to most major cities in India.
By Road: Barot is 296 km/8 hr north of Chandigarh and the drive via Mandi is quite pleasant. It is possible to take a Himachal Road Transport Corporation bus to Jogindernagar (40 km/4 hours north), which is well connected with Chandigarh, Palampur, Ghatasni, and other nearby places. From Jogindernagar, there are buses every half hour to Barot.
Attractions near Barot:
- Mandi town: Mandi itself is a beautiful town with rich Pahari culture also known as chotti kashi.
- Prashar Lake: The Lake is situated at an average height of 2730m (8,960 ft) in the lap of the Himalayan Mountains. The deep blue lake lies in a saucer shaped valley and is surrounded by snow-capped peaks.
- Rewalsar Lake: which is also known as Tso Pema Lotus Lake, is located at 22.5 kilometres south-west from Mandi. It is held as a sacred spot for Hindus, Sikhs and Buddhists alike.
- Karsog: Situated at a distance of 125 km from Mandi and is also accessible from Shimla (100 km) via Tattapani. The place Tattapani is famous for hot water springs on the side of Satluj river. Karsog is famous for its temples, including the Mamleshwar Mahadev, Kamksha Devi and Mahunag temples. It is full of scenic beauty and abundance of apple orchards. The natural surroundings are regarded as beautiful, with green forests and a pollution-free environment.
- Kamru Nag Lake & Temple: Resting resort for trekkers at a height of 3,334 meteres above sea level on the Mandi–Karsog road. You can start trek from Rohanda which is 40 km from Sundernagar & 60 km from Mandi.