Relaxing and Exploring Barot by the Uhl River, with many trout fish in the River.
A tranquil river, an offbeat place, some lovely meadows, thick cedar forests, some terraced fields, and a relaxing homestay – seems like your perfect holiday destination, right? Well, then Barot Village near Mandi in Himachal is one place you MUST visit without thinking any further. If you are planning a trip to Barot village, this travel guide will help you with everything.
Prospering in the lap of the great Himalayas, Barot Village, a small, hilly village with a population of approximately 2000 people, imbibes a sense of calmness among the travelers.
A major geographical feature of the Barot Village is the two reservoirs under Shanan Power Project. The gushing water of Uhl River, apart from adding all the charm to this hamlet, also allow locals for trout breeding.
In fact, there is a trout breeding center from where the fishes are released into the river. The travelers, however, can get involved in activities like angling/fishing, hiking, trekking, picnic, etc.
We are Twin Brothers, who are running the camp site. Hence, don't get confused. We are locals from Barot which is located in the Mandi district of Himachal Pradesh (about 66 km from Mandi, the district headquarters). It is situated at a distance of about 40 odd km from Joginder Nagar, nearest railhead, on the Mandi – Pathankot Highway.
The road to this little-known yet astonishing village expands from Ghatasni, a place on Mandi – Pathankot Highway and Barot lies at a distance of about 25 km from Ghatasani. One could also manage to swing by the haulage trolley run by Punjab State Electricity Board (PSEB). The haulage trolley connects Joginderagar with Barot. The use of a haulage trolley shortens the distance by 12 km. Unfortunately, the trolley is not in use anymore.
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Stay for two people in one swiss tent
Wash rooms are common - 2 english style, 2 shavers and 1 sink
First Aid Kit
Barot is situated about 25 km off the National Highway 20 (NH-20), also known as Mandi – Pathankot Highway. The road to Barot cuts from Ghatasni. and goes through Jhatingiri – Tikkan Villages.
If your travel starts from Delhi, the distance is about 530 km and the travel time will be approximately 14 hours if the climate and road conditions are seemingly fair.
One of the most comfortable and direct route to reach Barot from Delhi is given below Delhi –> Ambala –> Chandigarh –> Kiratpur Sahib –> Swarghat –> Bilaspur –> Mandi –> Ghatasni –> Jhatingiri –> Tikkan –> Barot
The Mandi-Pathankot Highway (NH-20) stretching from Mandi to Ghatasni is in vogue with travelers these days. The roads leading to Barot are however steep, and at places, you cannot go above first gear. The condition of the roads requires a little experience in driving on hills.
By Bus: Mandi is well connected with all the major cities of Himachal Pradesh and in fact Delhi as well. One can board a bus from Delhi or Chandigarh and reach Mandi in about 10 hours. We recommend you take an overnight bus which will drop you off at Mandi in the morning.
From there, you can hop on another bus and get off at Ghatasni. Again, you can get on a bus and finally reach Barot. The average fare is around 1200 INR. You can find all the necessary information about ticket booking at the link: http://hp.gov.in/hrtctickets/
By Taxi/ Cab: You can easily hire a cab or a taxi from Delhi or Chandigarh and reach Barot directly which is clearly not the case while traveling in a bus. A car will take about 13-14 hours from Delhi to reach Barot.
The closest railway station is at Joginder Nagar and there is a narrow-gauge railway line connecting Joginder Nagar to Pathankot. When traveling from Delhi, here’s the route: Delhi – Pathankot (480KM) and the narrow gauge track from Pathankot – Joginder Nagar (153KM). From Joginder Nagar to Ghatasni (35 KM) and then to Barot (25 KMs), shall be covered by road.
Barot is 127 km from Bhuntar Airport near Kullu. You can also reach Barot from Gaggal airport near Kangra, approximate distance is 97 km. It is suggested to keep a check on flights on the websites from time to time as the frequency of flights is really low due to unpredictable climatic conditions at these places.