Barot, district Mandi, Himachal Pradesh


Rest house- All wooden

View of the UHL river, sorrounded by thick forests!

Barot

(1,830 m) Just 40 km by road from Joginder Nagar and 12 km by the haulage trolley, Barot packs an enormous range of outdoor activities. The reservoir of the Joginder Nagar Hydel Power Project is located here. A trout breeding centre, makes it a wonderful place for angling. Across the River Uhl is the Nargu Wildlife Sanctuary – home to the ghoral, Himalayan black bear and a variety of pheasants. A trek route through thick forests links Barot to Kullu. There are rest houses at Thaltukhod and Silbadhwani in the Nargu Wildlife Sanctuary.

Day tours can be arranged from Palampur, which is around 36 km from Barot. Taragarh palace hotel which I have mentioned on a different post with complete information is best for overnight stay. Hotel UHL which is state tourism department hotel, offers excellent food and stay back in Joginder Nagar.

Jhatingiri and Luharidi are totally unspoiled by new world and are worth seeing. People are mostly nomads and their source of income is farming, livestock and jungles.

Barot is surrounded by thick Deodar trees and summers are again the best times to travel. As of now Barot does not have any hotels or motels but there are 3 government rest houses which can be booked for overnight stay. However locals also offer guest houses and are pretty nice people and they do take care of all the needs. Recently the new concept of living in people’s home is picking a lot in Himachal and Barot people do offer over night stays in their homes for a very nominal price with utmost care. They do offer all the amenities!

The water reservoirs for Joginder Nagar power station which is known as Bassi Power Station are in Barot and are built by British. The large hydro-electric project in Jogindernagar is a living tribute to man he has harnessed and tamed the wild and roaring river for his betterment.Here an electric trolley takes the visitor up the steep,rocky face of 2,500 metres-high(8,202 ft) mountain and drops sharply on the other side to Barot,where the reservoir is located.

The water rushing down from the reservoir at Barot in the Uhl river through penstock pipes going down nearly a thousand metres(3,280 ft). For tourists who go up to Barot by the trolley there is a comfortable rest house of the Electricity department. The roads extend beyond to Mandi and passes the Largi gorge to the Kullu valley.The railway line goes up to the power station, which is connected from Pathankot. Express service runs on this track and it is narrow gauge line.

An IT professional for 17 years, based in the US since the last 12 years. Founded NGO My Himachal and then Himachal Media Pvt. Ltd.. A Himachali forever. Always trying to bring together people whose hearts beat for the state.

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