Barot, a small village situated in Mandi, Himachal Pradesh is one of the best places to go for a rewind up in the hills.
Oh, and it's also known as a trekker's paradise.
Good...! Keep reading. First, let's see how to reach Barot Valley?
The best part about this location is that it is easily accessible from most major cities in north India. You can come by road driving your own vehicle or board a train to the nearest airport at Kullu.
If you are coming by train, Jogindernagar railway station is the nearest railway station. From here, you can hire a cab or take the bus to Barot.
Now, you have an idea of how to reach the place. But what about when to visit?
The weather in Barot valley is pleasant all round the year. It's neither too hot during summers and neither too cold during winters, so you can visit this place any time of the year and the average temperature is just around 16°C.
Being situated in a valley, it receives heavy rainfall and you might want to avoid this place if you are not fond of rains. If you love rains, you're welcome here.
The ideal duration to stay here is 3 days and can be completed within an extended weekend. However, if you wish, you can also stay here for longer.
Apart from being a trekker/backpacker's paradise, it is also suited for families, couples, and friends.
Just make sure you take care of the environment when you are visiting. The mountains are pristine and are not suitable for waste plastic bags and bottles.
Awesome…! Now that we have a fair understanding of how to reach Barot, let's see some interesting locations here. This way, you'll have an idea of what to do once you visit here.
Uhl river is the only natural water body of the valley. This river originates at the Thamsar Glacier in the Dhauladhar ranges. The whole village is situated in the banks of this river and provides ample opportunities for outdoor activities like camping, fishing and many more.
Nargu Wildlife Sanctuary:
This is another paradise for nature lovers and is situated on the opposite bank of the Uhl River. The trekking route to Kullu passes through this forest. If you are visiting this place, just be careful as it's the habitat of various animal species like the Himalayan Monal, Black bear, and Ghoral.
Locally known as Dev Pashakot temple. This is situated on the banks of Uhl river and one has to complete a downhill trek of around 15 minutes to reach the bottom of the hill to visit the temple.
Shanan Hydel Project:
This project is the primary reason for the development of Barot Valley. As a matter of fact, it was the first-ever hydro project in India whose capacity is rated in Megawatts. It was created by the Britishers in collaboration with the king of Jogindernagar. This entire project is now under the control of the Punjab State Electricity Board.
Activities that you shouldn't miss while you are in Barot.
One of the most popular activities you can take part in Barot Valley. And the taste and aroma of the fish are worth the energy and time you spend on angling.
Remember, you need to take prior permission from the Trout farm office for taking part in this activity.
As mentioned at the start of the post, this place is also known as a trekkers' paradise. This is because a number of trekking routes pass through the valley and this location serves as the resting spot for the trekkers. The trekking trails passing through Barot are the treks to Manali, Billing, Kullu, Bada Bhangal, and Kothi.
Barot to Kothi trek is a 13 km trek that passes through the pine and cedar forests combined with such serene surroundings that the travelers can witness the true beauty of nature.
If you are visiting Barot and are a bit adventure loving person, make sure to camp a night in the wilderness here. Thandi Golai camping site is situated just 1.5 km away from the main market, yet proving the most tranquil and undisturbed place one can find in nature.
Important points to remember while visiting Barot valley:
Book your hotel, tickets well in advance to prevent any booking issues and also to save money.
Even if you are traveling in the summer, it is advised to carry some woolen clothes as it is a hilly area and temperatures may dip at night.
Carry medicines that you may require.
If you are going for a trek, it is advised to hire a local guide as they'll have a better knowledge of the route.
There are no ATMs in Barot Valley, so, it is always suggested to carry cash whenever possible.
If you are opting for fishing, make sure to get a license. You can enquire at the fishing equipment rental company or the hotel you are staying for it.
A single day license costs somewhere around INR 100 – 200.
Carry a trash bag when you are visiting and don't litter the place. Bring back your own trash. The greenery of the mountains and the plastic doesn't go together.
As usual, do let me know if you have visited Barot or if you are planning to visit. I'd love to hear from you.
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