Barot Valley, also known as “a trekker’s paradise” is situated in the Mandi district of Himachal Pradesh at an altitude of 6,000 feet above sea level. It is easily accessible from major Indian cities such as Delhi and Chandigarh via all means of transport such as road, railway and air. Barot Valley is a great weekend getaway for not only backpacker’s but also families and couples. It’s about 40km by road from Jogindernagar.
Though Barot Valley is a quaint town, it has a lot to offer when it comes to local sightseeing. Uhl river is the most important attraction here; because it allows travellers to indulge in various outdoor activities such as camping and fishing. Situated on the other side of the Uhl river is Nargu Wildlife Sanctuary, where you can spot various animal species like the Himalayan monal, black bear, and ghoral. If you’re trekking to Kullu, the route will take you through the dense forests of this wildlife sanctuary.
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Trout fishing is an activity most people like to indulge in here. However, you have to take prior permission from the Trout Farm Office before you can participate. Also, travellers can visit the trout farm just to see numerous trouts kept in storage tanks and artificial fish ponds. Then there’s a number of trekking trails passing through this valley; including ones to Bada Bhangal, Kullu, Manali, Billing, and Kothi. The best trek trail is from Barot to Kothi – it is a 13km trek through cedar and pine forests with such serene surroundings that the travellers keep coming back for more.
The best thing to do in Barot is nature camping. No matter you’re alone or with a group of people. The camping site at Thandi Golai is a popular one, situated 1.5 kilometres away from the main market of Barot. It is the most tranquil and undisturbed place where you feel like you’re literally resting in the arms of nature.
The nearest airport to Barot is the Kullu Airport while Jogindernagar Railway Station is the nearest rail connection to this place. Barot Valley has a fairly moderate weather; neither too hot in summers nor too cold in winters. Barot valley can be visited at any time of the year except for monsoons because the area receives heavy rainfall.