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 BAROT 

Barot Village
Barot Village

 ABOUT 
Barot is a small village in Mandi district of Himachal Pradesh. It is situated at an elevation of 1829 m above sea level, and the village was developed for the Shanan Power Project in 1920s. Barot is located at a distance of 66 km from Mandi and 40 km from Jogindarnagar. 

The Shanan Power Project is situated at 2 km from Jogindarnagar in Himachal Pradesh. It is the second Hydro-electric power station of India. The water of Uhl river at Barot is diverted through a tunnel towards the Shanan Hydro-electric power station at Jogindarnagar.

Barot is a hidden gem the offers great views of Uhl river valley offers and nature lovers come for trekking, fishing and other fun activities.

  CLIMATE 

Barot climate is pleasant through out the year. It is neither too hot in summers nor too cold in winters and the yearly average temperature is around 16 degree Celsius. July and August is the monsoon season in Barot, and it receives heavy rainfall in monsoon season. The average yearly precipitation is about 2040 mm. Because of heavy rainfall there is a high risk of land slides, and its not advisory to visit the place during monsoon.

 PLACES TO VISIT 

Barot is a small village which is not spoiled by tourists. It has lot to offer including  sightseeing, trekking, fishing and camping. The place is preferred by friends, family and couples. 
It is the way for many treks that connects Barot to Mandi and some trails will take you to Kullu. Also the Bara Bhangal trek passes through Barot Valley.

Uhl River 
Uhl River Barot
Uhl River Barot

Barot is untouched by most of the tourist and that's why the natural beauty is preserved. You can enjoy camping near the Uhl river. The soothing sound of flowing water along with the peaceful nature will totally blow your mind. You can also do trout fishing and angling in the river.




Nargu Wildlife Sanctuary

Barot forest
Barot forest
Nargu Wildlife Sanctuary is located at the other side of the Uhl river to Barot village. The sanctuary is covered with dense Alpine forest and can be accessed through Barot village. It is a home to many animals including including monal, Himalayan black bear, musk deer, serow, barking deer, black-bear, ghoral, and pheasants. 

Spread over an area of 27,837 hectares the Nargu Wildlife Sanctuary is Situated at an elevation of 970 m to 4034 m above sea level. It was established in the year of 1962. The best season to visit the sanctuary is in the months of May to June and September to October.


Chuhar Valley

Chuhar Valley
Chuhar Valley
The Chuhar valley is situated in the Mandi district of Himachal Pradesh. The Chuhar Valley connects the Mandi to Kullu. Chuhar  to  Kullu is 4 hour trek. The main attraction of Chuhar Valley is Jhatingri Village and Hurang Narayan Temple. 


Shanan Hydel Power Project

Shanan Hydel Power Plant
Shanan Hydel Power Plant
The Shanan Power Project is situated at 2 km from Jogindarnagar in Himachal Pradesh. It is the second Hydro-electric power station of India. The water of Uhl river at Barot is diverted through a tunnel towards the Shanan Hydro-electric power station at Jogindarnagar. It was constructed by Britishers in collaboration with the King of Jogindarnagar.


Bir Billing Paragliding

Bir Billing is 55 km from Barot and is the world's second longest pargliding site in the world. You can reach Bir Billing by 3 hour drive or 5 hour of trek. It is heaven for paragliding lovers. You can enjoy the paragliding along with a pilot for your safety.

Activities

Fishing

Fishing is a common activity in Uhl river and one needs prior permission for fishing. You will be charged for fishing license (₹100 for license ) and they will provide you with equipment. The most suitable time for fishing would be mornings and evenings.


Camping

Barot Camps
Barot Camps
Camping beside the Uhl river is one of the most common activities of tourists. Camping in nature with a wide view of mountains is very peaceful and blissful. The wonderful sound of the river flowing by and the view of lush green mountains will feel like you are in the arms of nature. You can also do activities such as river crossing, trekking and fishing.
A big playground is also near the campsite where you can play cricket, volleyball and badminton. You can also enjoy playing carom board in camps.

 ITINERARY 

Day 1: Reach Barot by the afternoon and check-in to your camps. Relax and have lunch. By evening you can also do fishing/trekking/river crossing activities. You can enjoy the the bonfire with your friends and family.  

Day 2: Wake up early in the morning, have your breakfast and check-out the camp. Go for trekking. By afternoon you can proceed to for your next destination or go back to your home with lots of memories.


 TRANSPORT 

Barot is not directly connected to major cities and this is the main reason it is still unexplored by tourists. 

By Air: Bhuntar is the nearest airport in Kullu district which is about 105 km from Barot. Bhuntar is connected to major cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore and Chandigarh.
You can hire a cab to Barot which takes approximately 4 hours.

By Train: Chandigarh Railway Station is one of the nearest broad gauge railway station to Barot. It is around 265 km from Barot. You can take a bus to Mandi. These buses frequently run from sector 43 in Chandigarh. Mandi is 80 km from Barot and you can take any local bus or can hire cab to Barot.

You can also take a train to Pathankot which is 190 km from Barot. From Pathankot take narrow gauge train to Jogindernagar. Jogindernagar is around 40 km from Barot and you can hire a taxi to Barot.

By Bus: Take an overnight bus from Delhi to Mandi. Hire a cab or take a local bus to Barot.

By Self driven Vehicle: Drive to Mandi which is nearly 430 km from Delhi and approximately 200 km from Chandigarh. From Mandi take the road towards Jogindernagar. From Jogindernagar to Barot the road conditions are not good.


 THINGS TO CARRY 

  • Woolen clothes: Although you are going in summer but it is still advisory to keep some woolen clothes as nights are chilly.
  • Sunscreen: You must have a good sunscreen lotion of at least SPF 20. Because direct exposure to sun rays at high altitude will tan your skin.
  • Sun glasses: You must take sun glasses with you in order to protect your eyes. Bright light reflecting from snow can temporarily cause pain to your eyes this phenomenon is known as photokeratitis.
  • Medicines: You must take your medicines you. Medicines for stomachache, headache diarrhea and first-aid kit.
  • Water Bottle: You must keep yourself hydrated, so you must have water bottle.
  • Flash Light: If you are trekking and sun goes down Flash lights can be life savers.

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