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 Barog (Himachal Pradesh)

Introduction: Barog is a small town in Solan district in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh.

 Situated on Shimla-Kala route,it is named after Barog, an engineer involved in building the railway track in 1903, who was responsible for designing a tunnel near the railway station. He commenced digging the tunnel from both sides of the mountain. He however made mistakes in his calculation and while constructing the tunnel, it was found that the two ends of the tunnel did not meet. Barog was fined an amount of 1 Rupee by the British government. Unable to withstand the humiliation, Barog committed suicide. He was buried near the incomplete tunnel. The area came to be known as Barog after him.

Soon, however, another tunnel was built by H.S. Harrington, Chief Engineer in Railways at that time. This tunnel, currently, is the longest of the 102 operational tunnels on the route of the Shimla-Kalka Railway. Trains take about 2.5 minutes to cross this tunnel, running at 25 kilometer per hour.

Description: The whole area is lush with a spirited green. The luxuriant mountain offers an almost unimaginable range of colour in it s folds. On the Kalka-Shimla highway, Barog has grown from a mere stopover to a full-fledged destination. Surrounded by pine and oak forests, Barog has a commanding setting. It is famous for its 1,143m long tunnel which is the longest among the 102 on the track. The train takes about three minutes to cross this tunnel. The Choor Chandni, which poetically translates as the "mountain of the silver bangle" is clearly visible from Barog and when moonlight washes down its snow covered slopes, it seems as though thousands of icy, silver bangles are sliding down in the night. The economy of Barog is primarily dependent upon tourists, who come here due to its cool climate and close vicinity from Chandigarh. Many hotels including a Himachal tourism resort operate in Barog.

Barog also serves as a fitness camp for the Indian National Hockey and other athletic teams.

Barog Quick facts

  • Barog Geography and Climate

    Geography: Barog is located at show location on an interactive map 31°7′38″N, 77°1′20″E at a distance of 60 kms from Chandigarh. Shimla, the capital city of Himachal Pradesh is another 65 km s from Barog.

    Till 2003, National Highway 22,connecting Chandigarh with Shimla passed through Barog. On December 6, 2003, the new section of the highway was inaugurated that would connect the village of Kamarhati directly to Solan, thus bypassing Barog. This was done to avoid the steep incline to Barog from Kamarhati.

    Climate: Barog is located at a height of 1560 ms above the mean sea level. Due to its height, temperatures here range between 23 to 10 °C during summers and between 15 to 5 °C during winters. The summers last from April to July. Winters set in during December and  last up to February.

  • Best time to visit Barog

    Best time to visit Barog is April to September.

  • Barog Near Getaways

    Kasauli: Built by the Britishers in 19th century, Kasauli is a small, beautiful hill station of Himachal Pradesh covered with pine forests, orchards and high hills of the Himalayas. Every year, large number of tourist travel to this beautiful destination of Himachal Pradesh to indulge in the adventure activities organized by the Travel and Tourism department of the state.

    Mandi: Situated on the banks of river Beas, Mandi is the historic town of Himachal Pradesh famous for the century old temples and beautiful carvings. Described as the 'Varanasi of the Hills' Mandi houses ruins of old palaces, notable for their colonial architecture and pattern.

    Paonta Sahib: Situated amidst lush green forests of Sal trees, the city of Paonta Sahib is a famous pilgrim center for the Sikh as well as Hindu community. A famous Paonta Sahib Gurudwara is located in the vicinity of Paonta sahib, dedicated to Guru Gobind Singh (10th Guru of Sikh). Apart from the Gurudwara, Paonta Sahib also houses a famous temple, dedicated to goddesses Yamuna and is located on the bank of river Yamuna.

    Renuka Lake: Located at a distance of 37 kms from Nahan and 60 kms from Paonta Sahib, Renuka Lake is considered as one of the largest lakes in Himachal Pradesh. Situated amidst lush green forests of Indian Himalayas, the surroundings of the Lake offer an excellent venue to tourists for the adventure sports.

    Bilaspur: Bilaspur, which is located on the bank of Gobindsagar lake is easily accessible through the Chandigarh - Manali national highway no 21. A newly established town of Himachal Pradesh, Bilaspur presents itself as a blend of traditional and modern lifestyle.

  • Barog Distance(s)

    • Kasauli - 21 km
    • Chail - 54 km
    • Shimla - 58 km
    • Kufri - 66 km
    • Naldera - 70 km

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  • How to reach Barog by Road

    Barog lies on Shimla-Kalka highway and regular buses and taxis ply from both of these places.

  • How to reach Barog by Rail

    Barog is connected with both Shimla and Kalka by mountain train and the experience can be memorable.

  • How to reach Barog by Air

    Barog is 60 kms from Chandigarh airport.

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    Barog Festivals and culture

  • Barog Festivals

    A famous 'Shoolini fair' is commemorated every year on State level in    2nd  week of Asads (June) at famous Thoda Ground.

  • Barog Religious Places

    The town has various cultural and recreational centres besides temples and churches. Durga Club, Central State Library, Lower and Upper Bazaar and Mall road are worth visiting. Ancient Durga Temple, Sanatan Dharm Mandir, Hari and Narsingh Mandir are also quite famous.

    Dagashai (7 km): A one time British contonment. This is small town surrounded by pine trees. It has an old Church.

    Solan (8 km): Located on the National High way-22 Solan derived its name from ‘Shoolini Devi’ a local deity whose temple is situated in Solan Graon which is in existence since ancient time. Solan also remained capital of erstwhile Bhagat State for many years.

    Jatoli (15 km): 7 km from Solan this small but beautiful village on Solan-Rajgarh road is famous for Vishal Shiva Temple.

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    Barog Entertainment and Night Life

  • Barog Adventure

    For the young and not so Young folks, Barog Mountains offer the following beautiful nature trails:
    • Visit to Bhuvneshwari Devi Temple - One hour gentle climb.
    • Panchmundi Temple track - three and a half hours one way through pines.
    • Mule track to Shamlech - a romantic, wide grassy 4 km Jungle trail that goes descending.
    • Visit to Barog railway station, a museum by itself with a 1.1 km long tunnel.
    Open-air discotheque, bon fire, Tambola on Sundays, nature trail treks & party games are arranged on request. Tourists can play a quiet game of chess or cards. Kids often play ring the pegs or enjoy swinging in the Hammocks.

    Contact Boparai at
    E-mail : info@barogcamps.com
    Snail Mail : H.No- 1534, Sector -33D, Chandigarh, India.
    Site Phone : 01792- 238686; Mobile: 0-98160-59004
    Land Phone: 0172- 2667001 (at Chandigarh)

  • Kidding around Barog

    Rajgarh: A pleasant area, dotted with several orchards and delightful picnic spots such as Habban and Nacchna.

    Solan Brewary (11km): This is in existence since 1855 AD. Formerly Dyer Meaking Brewary is not only known in the country but also in foreign countries for its products.

  • Barog Shopping

    Shopping in Barog will not be very enjoyable as there is not much to shop for. But, still tourists can go for woollen items and gift items (made of wood).

  • Gardens and Parks at Barog

    There are beautiful Parks such as Children Park, Mohan Park and Jawahar Park which have adequate arrangements for comfortable sitting and strolling. A mini zoo in the Park adds to the fascination of the environment.

  • Lake at Barog

    Renuka Lake: The largest lake in the state of Himachal Pradesh that is said to embody Goddess Renuka, the mother of Parshurama.

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    Barog Tips

  • Barog Tourist Offices

    H.P. Tourism Development Corporation Ltd.
    Ritz Annexe, Shimla,
    Himachal Pradesh - 171 001
    Tel: 0177- 2652704
    Fax: 0177- 2652019
    E-mail: hptdc@hptdc.in

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