Barog hill station of UNESCO Heritage Site
Just imagine, you have decided to tour Himachal Pradesh, booked your transport and booked your room at a resort in Himachal
, have also picked a few activities you would like to do and places you would like to explore. But you would not want to only visit the obvious places that tourists always go to, would you?
Well, let us help you explore the real Himachal Pradesh, here focusing on a quaint village around 60 kilometres from Chandigarh that is not just known for its views like every other town in the region but a lot more. Let us introduce you to this serene little place called Barog, which will not only provide mesmerising views of nature but also solitude for your mind. Barog is a stopover turned tourist destination that lies in Solan district and on the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Kalka-Shimla Railway. It is a village located at an altitude of 5,023 feet and surrounded by pine and oak forests. Barog was a settlement established in the early 20th century when Kalka-Shimla narrow gauge was being built. A lunch stop in the colonial era for the travellers of the Kalka-Shimla rail route. One of the best parts about Barog is that it is only about 300 kilometres away from the national capital Delhi, so if you are ever visiting or live in the city, a short getaway once in a while, would not be considered too odd. Also, several resorts in Himachal
maintain proximity to this region because of the infamous rail route and tunnel.
A few places you can explore in Barog are:
Railway Station of Barog:
This small Scottish-style railway station lies on the UNESCO World Heritage Kalka-Shimla Railway which originally began working in 1903. And it is the destination instead of the start of your journey. Red-tiled buildings with blue and white walls and windows give this railway station an aesthetic straight out of a children’s fantasy book. The best way to explore is to hop on the toy train and cross the Barog tunnel which is considered the straightest tunnel in the world. Have a cup of tea and chat about the ghost stories associated with the tunnel, listen to the life experiences of the locals or learn about the history of the region.
Dolanji Bon Monastery: