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Barot – Chindi Trip | Itinerary & Road Conditions


Last week I went on a family trip to couple of offbeat places in Himachal Pradesh, named Barot & Chindi, Karsog I have already mentioned them in my previous article 5 Must Visit Off-beat Places in Himachal Pradesh and no doubt they lived up to the expectations of peace as well as calm. While Barot was close to nature being with river, Chindi was extremely calm and peaceful with woods all around you. Though I am going to write a detailed Travel Tale and reviews of the guest houses I stayed, but just before that would like to share what itinerary I followed, route I took and the updates on road conditions for reaching these places.

A Lovely Sunset over the Hills near Barot…
A Lovely Sunset over the Hills near Barot, Himachal Pradesh

Itinerary for Barot – Chindi Trip

Well, I had 4 days in hand and followed the itinerary as below:

  • Day 1: Delhi – Ambala – Chandigarh – Ropar – Bilaspur – Sundernagar – Mandi – Ghatsani – Kikkan – Barot. Stayed at River View Homestay just in front of the River.
  • Day 2: Relaxing day at Barot, went to Luhardi village about 6 KMs and executed DoW Causes. Drive towards Bada Gaon, about 18 KMs from Barot, with lovely scenery though came back in between as Kiddo wanted to play with cocks and hens around there.
  • Day 3: Left Barot and reached Chindi via Sundernagar – Jaidevi – Rohanda route. Easy drive and enjoyed it. Stayed at HPTDC, Mamleshwar Hotel and spent the evening relaxing there.
  • Day 4: Morning left Chindi and followed the route as Tattapni – Naldhera – Shimla – Parwanoo – Ambala – Delhi to reach back home.

Over all it was quite a nice experience with first day drive being quite a bit long of 13.5 Hrs 🙂

Road Conditions for Delhi – Barot – Chindi – Delhi

Following is the breakdown of road conditions for the trip:

  • Delhi – Karnal – Ambala – Chandigarh – Ropar: Excellent, smooth sailing
  • Ropar – Swarghat: Very Poor roads with big pot holes
  • Swarghat – Bilaspur: Poor roads at most places with noisy and bumpy ride
  • Bilaspur – Sundernagar: Overall Average road conditions
  • Sundernagar – Mandi: Good
  • Mandi – Ghatsani (on Manali – Mandi – Pathankot Highway): Mostly Good but at places narrow roads
  • Ghatsani – Tikkan – Barot: Bad roads mostly. At places quite steep incline and decline forcing 1st gear only
  • Sundernagar – Jaidevi – Rohanda (SH – 13) – Chindi: Mix of average and good roads.
  • Chindi – Tattapani – Naldhera – Sunni – Mashorba: Mostly very good roads barring only few stretches. Very scenic too.
  • Mashorba – Shimla – Kandaghat – Solan – Parwanoo – Ambala: Mostly Excellent, smooth sailing
  • Ambala – Karnal – Panipat – Sonipat – Delhi: Excellent, smooth sailing barring few diversions on the way back only near Karnal which is kind of piss off at times.

Toll Amounts on the Route

  • Panipat Toll Plaza: Rs 30
  • Karnal Toll Plaza: Rs 105
  • Ambala Toll Plaza: Rs 34
  • Himalayan Expressway Toll Plaza: Rs 26
  • Green Tax Barrier at Himachal Pradesh border: Rs 60

I will start sharing the detailed Travel Tale and reviews of the properties I stayed, place I ate very soon 🙂

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  1. Hi Dheeraj,

    Very informative post.

    Could you please let me know if October mid/last is good time to visit Barot, also if you are aware of the cold conditions during those period?

    – Nishith

  2. hanks for sharing. I am also planing end of june n I have few queries. If you answered, it will be great help.
    1. Can we do Delhi-Barot in hatchback 🙂
    2. From Ambala, which route will be better
    Thanks in Advance.

  3. Dr Chatterjee on

    sir jalori pass road is tarred or kutcha? just anxious as i am driving alone with wife nd kid. or else i could go via bilaspur shimla… one query sir, can i get hotel in narkanda without booking or better to have a halt at shimla and proceed to sarahan from there

    • Jalori is Kutcha road for about 4-5 KMs on each side. No No, don’t go towards Bilaspur, rather after crossing Ner Chowk, take the route towards Karsog and stay at Chindi – HPTDC for night. Next morning reach Shimla covering Tattapani and Naldhera. Very very nice and scenic route.

  4. Dr Chatterjee on

    Sir going from Ambala to manali by self drive. which will be better. via swarghat or Una? u said road from jahu to ner chowk is not good. hope it is not too narrow or steep….pl reply if u can. i m starting tomorrow(20th may) morning…Thanks Dr Chatterjee

    • Best is to go by Una route. The route is Ambala – Kiratpur – Anandpur Sahib – Nangal – Una – Bhota – Jahu – Ner Chowk – Mandi. Very good conditions of roads while the bilaspur road is hell pathetic. Jahu to NEr Chowk is just 25 odd KMs and it is average mountain road a bit narrow. However, Kiratpur to Bilaspur is just like a hell 🙁 🙁

    • Dr Chatterjee on

      Thanks Dheerajbhai for your help. reached manali via una, bhota, ner chowk… road was excellent till jahu. one very narrow stretch of about 3 to 4 km from jahu town where construction has closed the main road. and narrow near ner chowk, but as you said manageable….thanks again…

      • Dr Chatterjee on

        sir planning for manali to narkanda via shimla. which will be best route? also i m driving a sedan so can i try for kalpa as already raining at manali at present.can we see snow covered himalayas from narkanda?

        • Narkanda will not have any snow. You can take the route from Kullu – Banjar – Jalori Pass – Kingal – Narkanda. Roads around Jalori Pass are a bit adventurous and better drive with care up there and in first gear only when required for both ascend and descend, specially. Otherwise, you can take the route from NEr Chowk – Chail Chowk – Rohanda – Chindi as pit stop and then further to Tattapani – Mashorba – Narkanda.

      • Yeah, just that is the stretch which is a bit OK but manageable and glad that you loved that route. Usual NH-21 is in horrible state and more risky amongst those truck beelines.

  5. Alok Sharma on

    Hi Dheeraj,

    How would you describe the road conditions for the last bit ( 25 odd kms)of stretch, considering the recent rain and thunderstorms, Do you think it’s still drive-able in an hatchback with low ground clearance. Do you have any kuccha roads as well in the way. or do you think it would still be drive-able with recent odd showers.

    I am quite famalier with the Road till Mandi , but am really unsure after that

    That is my last concern before heading out

    • Alok, not really. There wasn’t much of dirt road, all tarred but broken. Don’t really think that roads will be that bad. Also, till Mandi especially from Kiratpur to Bilaspur, EXTREMELY HORRIBLE… just returned this weekend form Tirthan. Rather we took Kiratpur – Anandpur Sahib – Una – Bhota – Jahu – Ner Chowk – Mandi route which was super smooth and in excellent conditions. You can cruise through it except last 25 odd KMs after Jahu to Ner Chowk which is also manageable. It is long route but less strenuous 🙂

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  7. deepak chadha on

    Which River View Homestay did you stay? I believe there are some home stays in Barot but they do not provide breakfast and dinner , correct me if I am wrong…

    • Hi Deepak,

      I stayed with River View Home Stay. Here is the complete review of it: River View Homestay at Barot

      We did get all three meals there though I am not sure if other homestays provide or not. However, these guys have their own dhabha below which does provide all three meals.

      Dheeraj Sharma

  8. Sunil Arora on

    Nice, simple, clear writeup. A little suggestion, please replace “Kikkan’ with ‘Tikkan’!

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