Delhi to Barot Village, Himachal – Travel Guide

50

A Tranquil river, an offbeat place, some lovely meadows, a 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.

Let me introduce all of you to Yashi Srivastava who has written this Guest Post for all of us here at DoW. She will help us out for making our trip to Barot Village in Himachal Pradesh a memorable experience by sharing all the required details in her article on comprehensive Travel Guide for Barot Yashi loves to explore new places and experiences while traveling and is an aspiring Travel Blogger. She will share with us few more such informative articles on traveling to Himalayas in coming months. But as of now, let’s come back to topic and enjoy this Barot Village Travel Guide in order to prepare ourselves for our next trip to Himalayas :)…

Barot Village has been named in the article: 5 Must Visit Off-beat Places in Himachal Pradesh and it has completely lived up to the standards and expectations so far. 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 travellers. Located in Mandi district of Himachal Pradesh and contoured by Uhl River, this offbeat place remains un-crowded most of the year barring the summer season. Hindi is the official language in Barot and few locals can also converse in decent English. So, there is no issues in communication aspects 🙂

Silky Waters of Uhl River near Barot Village
Silky Waters of Uhl River near Barot Village, Himachal

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 centre from where the fishes are released into the river. The travellers, however, can get involved in activities like angling / fishing, hiking, trekking, picnic, etc..

For those having a fondness for wildlife, Barot Village is also a portal to Nargu Wildlife Sanctuary A variety of animals including Monal, Black Bear, Wildcats, Monkeys, Deer, etc.. have found shelter under this sanctuary. One can also spend a night or two near the Sanctuary since there are two popular accommodation options, namely Thaltukhod and Silbadhwan Barot is also linked with Kullu through a trek route which is accessorized with thick forests. One interesting fact regarding this hamlet is that left bank of Uhl river is the village Barot that belongs to Mandi district while on the other side Kangra district is situated whereas the river belongs to Punjab (as per contract ;)) …

Location

Barot is located in 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 Nnagar, 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 kms 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. Use of haulage trolley shortens the distance by 12 km. Unfortunately, the trolley is not in use anymore.

Altitude

Barot is located in Chauhar/Chuhar Valley at an altitude of 1,830 Metres or 6,001 Feet.

Seasons for Travelling to Barot

This lovely village can be visited during all months except for rainy seasons because the condition of the roads may degrade due to heavy rains. Landslides can also contribute in blocking the roads for an uncertain period. During the months of November to February, climate is quite cold and heavy snowfall can be expected during January. However, the village looks pristine when covered under white carpet of snow. People having an affinity for whiteout can visit this place during winter but be prepared with couple of days buffer in case of heavy snowfall, as road might get closed due to it.

Himalayas the first good views welcome us…
Himalayas the first good views are here
How to Reach Barot from Delhi
By Road

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 KMs and 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 travellers these days. The roads leading to Barot are however steep and at places you cannot go above first gear. The condition of the roads require a little experience in driving on hills.

Public Transport

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 to 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 950 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 travelling in a bus. A car will take about 13-14 hours from Delhi to reach Barot.

By Train: The closest railway station is at Joginder Nagar and there is a narrow gauge railway line connecting Joginde Nagar to Pathankot. When travelling 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.

By Air: 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.

Suggested Itinerary

Although it is a matter of personal preference but to save you some time I will suggest you a 4 day itinerary for your perfect stay at Barot in case you are visiting from Delhi.

  • Day 1 – Take an overnight bus from Delhi. Reach Mandi next morning. From Mandi hop on another bus that drops you off at Ghatasni and from there you can finally take a bus or a shared cab and reach Barot. Check in your rest house or homestay and you can spend rest of the day relaxing near the Uhl River or a walk around the village is quite de-stressing.
  • Day 2 – After breakfast one can head straight for a few outdoor activities like angling, fishing, picnic, hiking, etc..
  • Day 3 – After breakfast you can gear yourself up for a trek through Barot. However, the trek isn’t small enough to be finished in a day. You will require at least a day more to finish it. Or else, you can drive towards Luhardi Village or Bada Gran village. From Luhardi, road ends at the project but you can walk to village by the name Poling from where snow clad peaks appear just in touching distance. In fact, at Luhardi there is primary school as well where you can execute DoW – Causes | A Step Towards Responsible Travel, in case you beieve in spreading smiles up there in Himalayas. You can even check one such event executed by Dheeraj at the link: DoW Cause | GYAAN 500 in action at Barot, Himachal
  • OR You can pay a visit to Nargu Wildlife Sanctuary which branches off at Barot. You can also visit Daina sar Lake along with the two reservoirs which take us back to 1924 due to its old machinery.
  • OR You can go to Bir – Billing which is famous for its Paragliding activities. You can learn more in detail about it at the link of DoW Community: Paragliding in Himalayas
  • Day 4 – Start your journey back from Barot or Bir – Billing. You shall board a bus till Ghatasani and then another for Mandi or Dharamshala and finally to Delhi or Chandigarh.
The Super Sunset on the way to Barot
The Super Sunset on the way to Barot
Accommodation options at Barot

Considering the fact that Barot is a hamlet, there are no hotels available as such. However, there are relaxing home stays in Barot. You can lodge here and the locals will graciously greet you. Two popular guest house run by government departments and a few privately owned rest houses will make your stay comfortable and relaxing. The average tariff of a single homestay ranges from Rs.300 to 600 per day. Contact information of these houses is given below.

Homestays at Barot
  • River View Homestay: You can check Dheeraj’s  Review in DoW Community at the link: River View Homestay at Barot | A Detailed Review
  • Shobhla Homestay can be contacted at 9418298556 & 01908267223
  • Barrage View Homestay can be contacted at 09736958568 & 09816863982

 

Guest Houses at Barot
  • Sachin Guest House 01908 – 267342, 09816807627
  • K.K Negi Guest House can be contacted at 01908 – 267312
  • Heera Guest House can be contacted at 09418260576
Govt. Rest Houses at Barot
  • PWD Rest House whose booking can be done at Paddhar Tehsil Office 01908 – 260665
  • Forest Rest house, whose booking can be done at Joginder Nagar Forest Department 01908 – 222079
  • For more details of the process and booking, you can check the link: How to Book HP PWD Rest Houses or FRHs
The Lovely PWD Rest House at Barot
The Lovely PWD Rest House at Barot
Attractions or Sightseeing around Barot

If and when, you get full of admiring the picturesque views and dazzling features of this valley then some other things to do at Barot are listed below:

  • Angling, fishing, trekking, picnic, camping, rock climbing, river crossing and other various outdoor activities.
  • Many trekking trails pass through Barot, including trek to Bada Bhangal, Manali and Kullu.
  • Barot is near Bir – Biling which is quite famous for Paragliding.
  • The place is famous for its Trout fishing. So if you love fishing, this place is your heaven!
  • Internet accounts also tells us about the Summer Palace of Mandi Kings in Jhatangiri. Also, Jhatingiri is a great vantage point to witness an amazing sunset.
  • There is also a high altitude panoramic lake at a height of 14000 (4150m) feet known as Daina sar Lake where holy journeys are started during August and September. Lord Hanuman is believed to have stopped over this place while killing an evil witch.The route to this lake requires a a bit of experience in trekking due to high / steep gradient at places.
  • There are two reservoirs at Barot under Shanan power project. They were built in the year 1924 by a British engineer Col. Betty. You can see old machinery used in project.
  • There are also some small scale industries and shops where shawls and woollen clothes are manufactured using a typical technology called ‘Khaddi’. One can visit these shops, if interested.
  • Barot is doorway to Nargu Wildlife Sanctuary which is situated across the Uhl river.
  • If you have a little extra time, you may want to take a tour of nearby villages like Luhardi village, Poling Village, Bada Gran which are as much awe-inspiring as Barot. You will find plenty of places where you can site besides the river and relax in the lap of nature.
The Uhl River at Barot Village
The Uhl River at Barot Village, Himachal
Food Joints

Food availability is not a problem at all in Barot. The rest house generally provide food three times but there are also a few dhabas that serve food too and you can also try the local Himachali Cuisines too. People have kitchen gardens outside their houses which is a rare sight in metropolitan cities. The vegetables grown in these gardens are used for cooking meals by the locals. Dal / Rrajma, sabzi, rice, chutney, salad, etc.. is the basic food of this area. Trout Fish and Pahari Aaloo are the special dishes of Barot.

Medical Facilities

Besides primary health centre, a 24×7 ambulance services can be reached at 108 telephone number. For any emergency situation, you need to go to Mandi or Jogindernagar for treatment. Hence, advise you to carry your medical kit along with you which is commonly required during any journey. Do keep extra woollen clothes with you. There are chances that you might get wet, so better have some option.

ATM Availability

There is a PNB ATM situated at a village named Tikkan, approximately 12 km away from Barot. Even so, it is advised that you carry cash. Mandi, on the other hand, offers excellent ATM Services. ICICI, Canara Bank, Axis Bank, HDFC Bank, Union Bank, SBI have their ATMs established in Mandi.

Mobile Connection/Signal

Almost all the service providers have their coverage at Barot but it is always best to have BSNL or Airtel connection as they generally provide excellent services in remote areas too. Besides one can find number of STD/ISD telephone booths around there at Barot.

Petrol Pumps

Mandi is the nearest place where petrol pump is available, so do top up in case it is required.

Barot Village
Views of Barot Village, Himachal
Other Tips an Suggestions from DoW
  • 1. GPS is quite successful in this area but cannot be always relied on. It is hence recommended to take help from shopkeepers and passer-by for directions whenever you are confused.
  • 2. Always carry some extra woollen clothes. They might come very handy in case you get your clothes wet, somehow.
  • 3. Bring along a few medicines that are often required during a journey. Medical ambulance and can be reached at the following telephone number 108, keep this number with yourself for any such case.
  • 4. You can also check our suggested list of things to carry on trip including medical kit
  • 5. Due to rains in monsoon and snow fall in winters, the area tends to encounter landslides and can be closed for any uncertain number of time during such period. So, plan your visit accordingly with required buffer days.
The woods around Barot… Can you spot the sheep?
The woods around Barot... Can you spot the sheep?
Conclusion

Barot is quite an unexplored and offbeat destination in Himachal Pradesh and has a lot of potential to entice travellers around the world due to its unrestricted outdoor activities and picturesque location. But again such places are better off without any commercialization or tourist activities which most certainly spoil the beauty of such unusually vivid places. So, when you travel then our request is that you travel responsibly. You can read our tips in DoW Community link: Responsible Travel in Himalayas

Barot is one of the very few places which can give you a break from the bustling city life and you will love to spend some quality time with your loved ones there in the lap of nature. It is a lovely place that takes you back in time. So step out and experience the magic of this place where nature is experienced at its best…

Feel free to post any queries here as comments or in Itinerary Advice Forum of DoW Community…

If you found above article useful, then PLEASE stay connected with us on Facebook or Twitter or Email Subscription for any himalayan travel queries or travel updates / tips / news / guides on Traveling to Ladakh, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Kashmir and other parts of Himalayas. Travel, off the road with us...


Share.

About Author

You can call me an Avid Traveler, a Day - Night Dreamer and a Passionate Lover of Himalayas who has a high zest for driving whilst exploring new places in Himalayas & sharing back those Himalayan Travel experiences with the other fellow Travelers... I am in love with Spreading Smiles in Himalayas through DoW Causes & currently enjoying life as Happy Traveling Soul at DoW Community. You can read more about me in detail at the link here ...

Ask Your Travel Question Below !!

Accept types: txt, jpg, jpeg, , pdf

Add another file


50 Comments

  1. Can you please tell me more about the trekk from barot to kullu or some other places to trek from barot???

  2. Hi Dheeraj,
    you are so nice that you reply on my query.
    i want to know i thing more that Fishing can be possible in Winter (December End) ??
    or fishing can be only in summer months.

    Thanks in Advance

  3. Hi Dheeraj,
    could you please be kind enough to suggest us is it safe (in terms of weather) to visit BAROT VALLEY in the last week of December ?
    *Visit will be made by 2 family around 6 adults and 3 childs, so can we get the booking easily or some hassle (in terms of accommodation) needs to be faced?

    • Rajesh, you should be OK with the bookings part. Rest it is mostly fine to travel to Barot during that time, we went there as a single family in winters only and had a wonderful time.

  4. Dheeraj Agrawal on

    Hi Dheeraj Sir, hope you are doing great as always ! Please help me understand how to go to Barot from Mcloedganj. The taxi options are very costly.
    Also if you can suggest options other than Barot to visit from Mcloedganj if i have 2 days in hand. (Already counted Triund trek in other 2 days)
    Also the guest number of Barot rest house 01905-222-151 does not connect only. Do you know any other way to get in tough with them or booking.

    Thanks in advance !

    • You will get a bus for Mandi from Dharamshala. Get down at Ghatasani and take the shared jeep or bus going to Barot from there. No bhai, dont have any other contact detail for barot guest house

  5. Hi,
    Does bahot have cellphone phone connecticity? I’m planning a trip for a week from Delhi. Could you please guide me regarding the budget and where to stay?
    Thanks!

  6. Hi Dheeraj,

    I am planning to travel to some less explored, quiet and destinations full of scenic beauty in Himachal..Please advise some nice places..I will begin my travel from Hoshiarpur Punjab in my own vehicle along with my wife and my travel plan is for 4 to 5 days..

    Regards
    Pankaj

  7. Chander Rajput on

    so nice info and thank you. I am also belongs to this valley currently working In IBM in Chandigarh. I can provide all info.. yes it is more safe than other parts of India..

  8. Vipul Sharma on

    Hi Dhiraj,

    Must say, you have done a commendable job by guiding/ updating us about BAROT VALLEY.

    *Though I myself am a HIMACHALI but just to be informed could you please be kind enough to suggest us is it safe (in terms of weather) to visit BAROT VALLEY in theb1st week of September?
    *Visit will be made by around 8 boys, so can we get the booking easily or some hassle (in terms of accommodation) needs to be faced?
    *Shall we carry some jackets?
    *What other precautionary actions shall be taken into consideration before leaving for BAROT VALLEY?

    Looking forward for your kind suggestions on the mentioned points.

    Warm regards,
    Vipul Sharma

    • 1. Yes Vipul, September will be quite pleasant time to visit BArot
      2. You will get the bookings easily.
      3. Carry some light jackets though it will be pleasant only

  9. Pingback: Top 12 Must Visit Offbeat Places in Himachal Near Delhi

  10. Talking Monkey on

    Hi Dheeraj,

    First read your article on Barot a few months back but we ended up going to Gushaini, another inspired post by the way.

    I was wondering if camping in small groups is safe and if there are any permits required?

    Planning a trip in a couple of weeks with my flat-mates. Do you have any info?

    Thanks!

    • Yes, camping will be safe and sound in Barot valley, do have some local with you. I am not aware any permit is required, may be in the forest yes, but in Barot not at all.

  11. kapil gupta on

    kapil this side i am planning to go to barot on 9th of july
    i wanted to know as u said landslides happen there during raining season
    so is this is the safe time to go there
    please do reply asap

    • Kapil, roads up to Ghatasani are perfectly fine to travel, so only very little distance left to Barot from there in which you might need to face some hassle that too in case it rains.

  12. Dr. Sanjiv Sharma on

    Hi Dheeraj ji,

    We are making a plan to visit Barot this end of june. Will you please guide us about Barot like :
    1. Is the hotel stay is heiginic?
    2. Is there any fear I mean if our’s family is the only family as a tourist in the whole barot?
    Becoz very less people know about barot.
    3. What are the places near barot to visit?
    4. What is the best way to reach barot, Bus, own vehicle, rented vehicle?
    5. How much costilier it is?

    • Hi Sanjiv,

      1. Yes Hotels were clean and dcent. In fact there are only home stays and guest houses else you can book PWD Guest House for more better facilities
      2. I went with family in winters and it was totally safe.
      3. Explained in article above
      4. I will prefer own vehicle
      5. It is not that costly.

  13. Rishi nagpal on

    Hi dheeraj
    we are planning a self drive trip to barot on 15 th june can you give us a little detail regarding road conditions …how bad is the road gonna be…we will be driving from ambala
    and also guide us on a 5 day iteneary
    for this trip regards
    DR RISHI NAGPAL

  14. Hi Dheeraj,
    This was a wonderful article, covering all aspects. Thank you for helping us all out.
    I’ve been planning a trip to Barot in the third week of May, do you think it’s a good time?
    Regards,
    Soumyaa.

    • It will be a very very good time to visit with pleasant weather snd cool river upfront. Do visit Luhardi village and spend some time near the water streams there too 🙂

  15. Hrshita Agrawal on

    Hi Dheeraj,
    Thank you for the valuable information.
    Could you please tell me if mid-Feb is a good time to visit?

  16. hi , where i can find snow and peace this time ..plannning 7 days off in coming weekend. kindly help.

    • Snow at this time of the year is difficult. Try to go over Rohtang Pass to stay for couple of days at Jispa. From Jispa you can pay a visit to Baralacha La Pass where there should be some snow presence.

  17. Hi Dheeraj,
    Thanks for sharing. It is very insightful.
    I have one question. If I take overnight volvo bus service (8 pm) from ISBT Delhi, I should reach Mandi around 6 in the morning. So what I want to know is, how frequent is the bus service from Mandi to Ghatasani?
    Especially in the morning time when I will be reaching Mandi.
    Awaiting your response.

    • Varun, you can reach Ghatasani in any bus going towards Kangra – Dharamshala from Mandi. However, going to Barot, you might need to wait for some time from Ghatasani. Please check HRTC website to know the bus time table.

  18. Hi Dheeraj,

    Great travelogues by you and very useful too.
    I am planning a trip to Tirthan, Kasol and Barot. Starting point is Delhi.
    Is it possible to combine the destinations and cover over 6-7 days? Also is 1st week of June a good time to visit?
    Thanks in advance
    Timiresh

    • Hello Timiresh,

      Yeah, all these can be clubbed in 6-7 days. You can reach Kasol, spend couple of nights and then head to Tirthan where again you can spend three nights and then head to Barot to spend couple of nights. 1st week of June should be a good time to travel.

      Regards
      Dheeraj

      • Thanks a lot for the reply.
        Actually I was thinking of the reverse route i.e. – Delhi – Barot – Tirthan – Kasol – Delhi.
        Is there any problem/ risk in this route that I should be aware of?
        And any special suggestions for vehicles? I am thinking of a Swift, will it be able to do it?
        Thanks again
        Timiresh

        • Yes, you can do so as well. I do not see any problem or risk in this route. Swift will be perfectly fine. As always drive with care and caution. Instead of taking the route from Kiratpur to Bilaspur rather go from Kiratpur – Anandpur Sahib – Nagal – Bhota – Jahu – Ner Chowk – Mandi. Because the earlier route is in very very pathetic conditions.

  19. Mudit mittal on

    I will be highly honoured if you can work out a 7 day car hiking and adventure trip for my friends and me(from ajmer to himachal).

  20. Mudit mittal on

    I want to go to himachal for a car hiking trip and adventure with my friends.please advice

  21. SAURABH DALAL on

    hi Dheeraj sorry to say say but tried getting in touch with you through email on 3/4/14 as well as registering on your website but got no response either for the email nor got registration email from your side so my id is still showing inactive.
    so if it is possible to give a reply it would be nice.
    thanks,
    Saurabh Dalal
    mumbai.

    • Hi Saurabh,

      Emails are flooded due to my absence of whole week when I was traveling to Spiti. However, I am not sure why you did not get the registration mail. You must check your Junk Box too. Once you register, you get an activation mail and you need to click the link to get the account activated. It is completely automated process with no manual steps apart from User clicking the activation link in the mail.

      I have activated your account.

      Regards
      Dheeraj

Leave A Reply

Love Traveling to Himalayas?

YES?? Then, Let's Stay Connected !!

Get FREE monthly travel updates, news, guides, tips, itineraries, stories, hotel & restaurant reviews, etc.. focused totally on travelling to Himalayas right in to your email inbox.

Don't worry, we will neither SPAM nor SELL your email :)

Send this to a friend