Barog, a small idyllic destination nestled cosily amongst pine and oak trees. It is perched on the Shivalik Hills at an altitude of 1680 m. Barog offers a panoramic view of lush green ranges & valleys. Barog can be included in the itinery for a day visit or a one night halt when you are visiting Shimla. Though of late, Barog is seen emerging as a popular weekend destination for city dwellers in search of some quite and solitude. Due to its vicinity to Chandigarh and Punjab, many tourists can be seen taking respite from the heat in its cool locales.
Like most hill stations, Barog too has a little story. It is named after the British Engineer, Colonel Barog, who was part of the team assigned to construct the railway track in 1900. As the story goes, Colonel Barog, in an effort to speed up construction, had the tunnel dug from both sides of the mountain at Barog. Unfortunately, the two ends of the tunnel did not meet. The British government fined him Rupee 1 for the disaster. The humiliation led him to shoot himself and commit suicide. He was buried near the fateful tunnel. Another tunnel was then reconstructed a km away in 1903 and is the longest and straightest of the 103 tunnels on the Kalka-Shimla toy train route. The toy train takes about 3 minutes to cross the tunnel. Barog station lies right after the tunnel.
Places to Visit in Barog:
Barog Railway Station (3 kms): A quaint little railway station on the Kalka – Shimla rail route. It has a cafeteria serving snacks and beverages. Read more
Dagshai (7 kms): This is small town is perched at an altitude of 1925m covered by pine trees. This previously was a British cantonment. There is an old church, a military public school and military barracks. It is 7kms from Barog. It can be reached via Dharampur or Kumarhatti.
Solan (8 kms): Solan, famous as the mushroom town, is located right on the NH22. One can visit the Shalooni Devi temple, Mohan Park, Jawahar Park, Central State Library, Mall road. The Shiva temple at Jatoli is located 7kms away on Solan – Rajgarh road. Solan also has many mushroom farms and a very old brewery and distillery which was established in 1855. Read More
Summer: 10 °C – 23 10 °C, April to July. Cottons and light woolen clothing.
Winter: 5 °C – 15 °C, December to February. Heavy woollens recommended.
Best Time to Visit: All through the year.
Hotels in Barog:
With the increase in tourist inflow a few hotels and resorts have come up in Barog.
Hotel Pinewood: This nice HPTDC run property is perfect for a quite holiday in the hills. Rooms are spacious and the ground floor rooms open up to a nice lawn. There are deluxe rooms and luxury suites to cater to all budgets. The hotel has all amenities including a nice restaurant and bar. Ample parking is available. They also have an open air cafe lined in the lower garden with tables and a swing. It is located right on the road and is easily accessible. Contact: 91-177-2652561, 2658302. Make Reservations at http://hptdc.gov.in
Barog Heights: This hotel is located at the top of a hill offering great views from the rooms and open air restaurant. It is located off the road with a narrow steep lane leading upto the hotel. Contact: 91-179-2238861, +91-179-2238862.
Camping in Barog: A few private companies and resorts provide camping facilities including tents, food, adventure activities, bonfire etc.
Route to Barog
Delhi-Barog: 300 kms, 6Hrs. via NH 1 – Ambala – Chandigarh – Zirakhpur – Panchkula – NH22 (Shimla Highway) – Kumarhatti – Barog.
Chandigarh-Barog: 62 kms, 3Hrs. via-Panchkula – NH22 – Kumarhatti (turn left) – Barog.
Shimla-Barog: 55 Kms, 2Hrs. via NH22 (Shimla-Chandigarh highway) – Dharampur (turn right) – Barog
Kalka-Barog: 23 kms, 45 minutes.
Nearest Airport: Chandigarh-62kms or Jubbar-Hatti (Shimla)-65 kms.
Nearest Railway Station: Barog station. Multiple trains run through the day from Kalka and Shimla.