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When it comes to Himachal Pradesh, we all know that there’s Kullu, Shimla, Mandi, Chamba, Spiti and many more, which are home to scenic towns and snow-capped mountains. Why not traverse through the unexplored and unexploited landscapes of the place? I am talking about the magnificent village situated in the soothing valleys of Mandi. Barot Valley, known by a few has now become a rising tourist spot for those who have this special place for mountains in their heart. For those who don’t know that already, Barot Valley is definitely one of the best hidden gems of Himachal and I’ll be taking you on a tour of this attractive valley and tell you everything about the place. Here we go.

Barot Valley

How to reach Barot Valley?

Barot is situated in the beautiful valley of Uhl at a distance of 40 km from the town of Jogindernagar and about 66 km from Mandi. Reaching Barot, Himachal Pradesh is easily approachable from both Delhi and Chandigarh and you can take any means of transport, be it railway, road, or air. You can even have access to public buses from Jogindernagar, Palampur, and Mandi in order to reach Barot, and for a more adventurous moment must try KheerGanga trek if you are in Himachal Pradesh.

Jogindernagar railway station is of course, the nearest railway station and will take around 2 hours to reach the mesmerizing green valley of Barot. Kullu Manali Airport is the nearest airport from Barot and is around 3.5 hours away from your destination. Whereas, some people even prefer to go by public transport or rented cabs via the picturesque NH154 and NH3.

Best time to visit Barot?

Well, whether in Barot Valley usually remains fairly moderate that means not very hot in summers and not extremely cold in winters. If you’re planning to pay a visit to Barot in summers, choose any month in between April and June. If winter is the season you’ve decided to be a guest of this beautiful valley then make it between November to February for exploring and sightseeing this engaging place. Also, try not to be there during monsoons because the place receives heavy rainfall because of the nearby dense forests. All in all, Barot is one of the best weekend getaways and the right duration to experience this beauty and staying in there can be 3 days.

Barot Valley In Summer

What to do when in Barot?

Fishing in Uhl:

Uhl River is the one and only natural water body of the valley and is one of the amazing attraction of the place since it allows its tourists to enjoy different outdoor activities and fishing is considered the most enjoyable activities out there. Also, trout fishing is the most famous activity in the valley and the favorite place for the anglers. You need to permission in advance from the Trout Farm Office if you really want to perform this activity.

Nargu Wildlife Sanctuary:

This heavenly wildlife sanctuary is situated on the other side of the Uhl River and yet another attraction of the valley. The sanctuary is the ideal place for a wide range of flora and fauna. One gets to see various animal species here like Ghoral, Black Bear, and the Himalayan Monal. Also, the way for the trek to Kullu passes through the dense parts of the sanctuary and one can have the best experience exploring the area away from the wild animals.

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Trekking:

Trekking is definitely one of the best parts you can do when in Barot because there are a number of trails around the valley that are preferred for trekking like Bada Bhangal, Kullu, Manali, Kothi, and Billing. Barot to Kothi trek is considered the best trail, which is a 13km trek that passes through gorgeous cedar and pine woods with such divine surroundings and allows you to eyewitness the real beauty of nature.

Nature Camping:

Another attraction and outdoor activity in Barot valley is nature camping. You can go for the Thandi Golai camping site, which is mere 1.5km away from the Barot’s main market. The place is the best peaceful and undisturbed area where you can just enjoy lying in the lap of nature.

So, before you leave for this beauteous valley make sure you have done the booking prior to leaving and confirm the stay. Ensure that you trekking and camping in groups. You should be readily available with your important trekking and camping gears like water, snacks, first-aid, and warm clothes.

Step into your trekking shoes, put on your jacket, and get your trekking pole because we are going to keep ourselves away from the monotonous and chaotic city life for a few days. Yes, you heard that right. There’s nothing better than be in the lap of Mother Earth’s best landscapes and Kasol is definitely one of the best getaways that work as an amazing stress-buster. Parvati Valley is undoubtedly the best place in Himachal and right there come to the most popular trek of the country, KheerGanga Trek. This fabled hash land is known for its scenic beauty, hypnotic mountains, and overnight camping with your loved ones.  

Well, wandering around in Himachal is quite easy and you’ll even find everything well-organized but the real test starts when it comes to reaching KheerGanga. One needs to do a little preparation and planning prior leaving for the trek and I’ll be helping you out in the same. To make things simpler, let’s break down the venture into two phases:

Make it to Bhuntar: For reaching Bhuntar one can have access to the Volvo Bus Services from Majnu ka Tila or R.K. Ashram Metro Station in Delhi. All the buses leave from Delhi post 6 pm and will help you reach Buntar at around 5 or 7 am in the morning. Nearest railhead, Pathankot is 150 km. If possible, make sure you travel by the Delhi-Chandigarh-Mandi-Bhuntar route.

Make it to Barshaini: This one is a small town with limited staying options, a taxi stand, wine shop, and basic dhabas. Though one can have access to the local bus from Bhuntar but you can even hire a private taxi that might cost you around Rs. 900-1,000.

If you’re not short of time, try to avoid a cab and take a bus from Bhuntar to Manikaran, which is 36 km in total and will take 90 minutes to reach. From Manikaran to Barshaini it is 18 km that will take another 40 minutes to reach. Well, you can even opt for a shared cab from Manikaran that might cost you from Rs.75-100/per person in case, you don’t have much time. Do not forget that last bus from Barshaini to Bhuntar is at 5 pm.

Trekking Routes to KheerGanga

There are 3 different routes from Barshaini to KheerGanga and the trekking distance from any of the route is around 9-10 km.

First: You can walk to the bridge after Barshaini and then make a left turn. Check out or ask any local the way to Nakthan Village and KheerGanga. This one is the easiest and most considerable route that will take around 3-4 hours for a person with average trekking speed. The most famous route falls on the left side of the Parvati River.

 Second: This one is known as the Kalga route. From the bridge, you need to take a right to hike up and reach the Kalga village. Though it is somewhat a different route to your destination but don’t worry it joins the key route halfway on the trek. The best part about this route is that it passes through the dense forests and a few trekkers opt for this route.

Third: The last trekking route for KheerGanga is from Tosh Village. An interesting thing about this path is that it joins the first route near the village of Nakthan. Usually, the route is preferred by those who wish to stay in Tosh village for the night and start trekking the next morning. Also, the Tosh River flows by near Tosh Village, which later joins the Parvati River near Pulga.

Hey, I took the second route while trekking to KheerGanga and believe me I had the best experience there. So, forget about everything and let your camera do the talking.