Best Places to Visit in Barot Valley
Barot Valley is a new-found, super mesmerizingly beautiful village in the Mandi District of Himachal Pradesh. It is full of captivating landscapes and unpolluted air spaces. Barot Valley is famous for its treacherous yet interesting trekking trails, hiking paths and camping spots. This blog post lists the best places to visit in Barot Valley to make the trip most worthwhile and wholesome.
- Uhl river- The only natural water body of the valley originating from Thamsar glacier, Uhl river is one of the top tourist destinations of Barot Valley. The Barot dam (Shanan Hydroelectric project) which is built on the Uhl river is surrounded by pristine mountain views and pebble beds. This river is a place of tranquillity where river-crossing is one exciting adventure of Barot Valley along with being a unique and popular camping site too.
2. Nargu Wildlife Sanctuary– A popular tourist attraction of Barot valley- Nargu Wildlife Sanctuary is located on the banks of Uhl river and is home to rare animals like Monal, Himalayan black bear, barking deer, Himalayan Goral, Golden Eagle, and musk deer.
3. Barot Temple- The temple of Dev Pashakot is dedicated to the local deity of rains. The locals of Barot offer their prayers religiously for the safety of the valley. Folklore says that Dev Pashakot is the king of the valley and people to this day believes in his justice system. The architecture of this temple makes this one of the prominent places to visit in Barot valley and reaching here involves a short trek downhill as it is situated at the bottom of a hill.
4. Chauhar Valley- Situated in the Mandi district of Himachal Pradesh, Chauhar Valley includes Barot Valley and it a place with beautiful meadows that is most known for its Jhatingri Village and Hurang Narayan Temple.
5. Lohardi Village- Luhardi is a remote village 7km drive away from Barot valley. This village is famous for its distinct camping sites near Barot. Travellers prefer to reach this village by a hike that starts from Badagraan village of Barot.
6. Lambda Dug River- This river acts as a border between Mandi and Kangra districts of Himachal Pradesh. The Lamba Dug bridge is a peaceful and serene area with not many people or tourists around making it great for some quiet time.
7. Haulage Trolley- Haulage trolley is India’s highest railway carriage track that starts from Jogindernagar valley and takes a ride up to 2500 metres above sea level. The steep level of the track can be seen from the top. It is regarded as one of the engineering marvels of the 20th century.
8. Winch Camp- The highest point in Barot valley, Winch camp is one of the best camping options in Barot Valley where it is also the trek point of Jogindernagar valley with dense Brah Ka Fool forest (Rhododendron) and alpine meadows trails. The peak gives views of Beas River, Mandi Hills, and Kangra Valley. During winters the temperature dips to -10 degrees. Travellers trek to this point during winters to witness the snowfall.
9. Trout Breeding Farm- Barot valley is one of the few places in India that is home to the exotic Trout fish (a freshwater salmon). The department of Fisheries in Himachal Pradesh operates a Trout breeding farm and permits travellers to visit the Trout farm where one can find Trouts stored in well-maintained tanks and artificial ponds. This is also why fishing in Barot Valley is very popular.
10. Shanan Hydroelectric project: It is the first Hydro-electric power station of India with megawatt capacity. This project was commissioned in 1932 by the British in collaboration with the king of Jogindernagar to utilize the hydroelectric potential of the Uhl river. It is considered to be the main element in the prosperity of Barot Valley.
11. Twin-villages Rajgundha and Kukkargundha– these villages with an abundance of scenic beauty are full of cedar and oak plantations. Several trekking trails pass through them making them a must-visit for all trekkers and hikers out there.
12. Deer Park Institute- Bir is an hour and a half drive away from Barot Valley and the Deer Park Institute there is a hub for students wanting to study classical Indian wisdom which attracts thousands of students every year towards the plethora of courses it offers that range from experiential courses to short workshops. It offers affordable accommodation for registered participants. The duration is from 2 days to month-long courses so tourists can always register for the short ones to experience some unique divinity and knowledge.
13. Bangoru Waterfall– another attraction in the neighbouring area of Bir, Bangoru waterfall is a super nice and calm-feeling pit stop where everyone can rewind a little and take in the gorgeous landscapes around.
14. Daina Sar Lake- this is a high-altitude panoramic lake which is believed to be the place where Lord Hanuman stopped to kill an evil witch. Reaching this lake will involve a good, advanced level trek experience so that should be kept in mind. However, the reward would be unparalleled views from this amazing vantage point.
15. Polling Village and Bada Gran- if there is any extra time, then just like Luhardi Village, Polling Village and Bada Gran are worthy of visiting near Barot Valley because they offer similar awe-inspiring views of the Himachal Haven. You are bound to find several great spots for sitting beside the serene river and relax in the lap of nature.
Himachal Pradesh is a majestic State and Barot Valley lies in the heart of nature. Visiting it would mean laying in the lap of scenic beauty all around. For adventure-seeking travellers also it is a very engaging and intriguing destination with treacherous and stunning trekking trails, gorgeous meadows among more. If natural beauty and tranquil experience are what you would enjoy, Barot Valley is definitely your calling!