The first time I had ever heard about Barot Valley in Himachal was in Bir Billing.
I still remembered that it was the end of November month. I was wondering that I had spent so many days at Bir Billing that I needed to head out nearby.
Upon researching & asking the locals, I found that Barot Valley sounds like a unique place. Never heard about it before.
I was also a bit worried that in reality what would be the place look like.
I know it must have happened with you as well that you begin daydreaming of a place that you had never heard of before. Instantly you started making the image in the mind & building the expectations around.
In my last post, I had mentioned the out of box things to do in Bir Billing. Where I had also summarized a little bit on the Barot Valley.
This post will be going to talk about making a Short yet Memorable trip to Barot Valley in Himachal.
You must be eagerly waiting to explore this side of the mountains as well ?.
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Where is Barot Valley in Himachal?
If you wanted to get an outside idea, that where is Barot Valley located in Himachal Pradesh?
Then the closest known place is Bir Billing. If you don’t have enough idea about Bir Billing then you should read the Bir Billing travel guide.
Apart, there are so many places close to Barot Valley but Bir Billing attracts a lot of tourist gatherings.
To further give an overview of the known places from farthest to the closest –
Delhi to Barot Valley distance is 500km approx.
Dharamshala to Barot Valley is 108 km approx.
Palampur to Barot Valley distance is 75km approx.
Mandi to Barot Valley distance is 64km approx.
Bir Billing to Barot Valley distance is 50km approx.
If you must have been nearer to any of these places before. I know that you were close ?.
You’ll get an idea that how far you were from exploring the jaw-dropping landscape of the Barot Valley in Himachal Pradesh.
But no worries, let’s do it this time.
How to Reach Barot Valley in Himachal from Delhi?
There’s no direct Delhi to Barot Valley bus.
You’ll need to board an overnight bus from Delhi to either Bir or Mandi district. Upon reaching either Bir or Mandi, frequent HRTC direct buses run towards Barot Valley.
The buses from Bir or Mandi will directly take you to Barot Valley.
If you’re traveling from Palampur to Barot, here’s the local bus route. If you hadn’t able to get a direct bus till Barot Valley, then you can take a bus to Joginder Nagar & afterward the bus to Barot Valley.
When getting the direct bus from Palampur to Barot.
Palampur ➡️ Barot Valley
When you will not get the direct bus. You can get a bus from Palampur to Jogindernagar. Afterward, Jogindernagar to Barot.
Palampur ➡️ Jogindernagar ➡️ Barot Valley
When you are looking to divide your journey.
Palampur ➡️ Bir ➡️ Jogindernagar ➡️ Barot Valley
How to Reach Barot from Jogindernagar in Himachal
If you’re not getting a direct bus to Barot Valley from any of the above-mentioned places then head to Jogindernagar.
The regular buses to Jogindernagar are available on the Barot route. It will be going to take around 1:30hrs -2hrs from Jogindernagar to reach Barot Valley.
How to Reach Barot from Bir Billing in Himachal
You will be going to get a bus from the Chowgan Chowk to Barot Valley directly. If not directly then, till Jogindernagar for sure.
Then, rest you can interchange & you’ll reach the location.
Note – Taxis are also available to make you reach Barot. The taxi fare to Barot Valley will be around Rs. 1000 – Rs.2000 for around visit.
How to Make a Short & Simple Yet Sweet Trip to Barot
Traveling by bus might be challenging for people who very often travel by bus & especially in the mountains.
Here’s a straight tip – Head out as early as possible to catch an early morning bus.
You will be getting more time to explore Barot Valley. I will also be explaining to you the reason for leaving early to Barot in the forthcoming lines.
OKAY, OKAY let me disclose.
You’ll not be finding any local buses departing from the Barot Valley after 4 p.m & especially during the Winters.
Let’s look at some of the points below that will help in making a memorable trip to Barot –
Explore the Barot Village on your foot. The footsteps will allow you to discover something more than otherwise, the four-wheeler would have missed. Walking on the narrow roads has its fun in exploration. The houses, locals, and the valley would make a perfect memorable shot.
You will be finding a Barot dam, hydroelectric project. I am sure that it will be going to remind you as if you’re in a foreign land. Because the surroundings of the dam are so eye-catching and magical. The crystal clear water would make you say “WOW”.
The place is more inclined towards serenity what I call complete peace in the mountains.
You can enjoy trout fishing in the UHL river but it also depends upon the season. Most probably April to October are considered as the months for trout fishing in the Barot Valley. Also, other places in Himachal like Tirthan Valley is an ideal destination for trout fishing.
The landscape of Barot is untouched, perfect for landscape photography. You can spend hours admiring the beauty of your surroundings.
But don’t forget that you’ll need to head back before the last bus leaves out. You’ll be getting a bus to Jogindernagar and then, you can interchange to reach your destination.
If somehow you’re planning to stay in Barot Valley then there’s no need to catch a bus. Plenty of options would be available to you.
Weather in the Valley
Since Barot is situated at a height of 1835 m, then there’s no doubt that winters are probably much colder than nearby places.
Bir is situated at a height of 1525 m, which depicts the vastness of the scene. Even I am feeling a bit colder after imagining this scene. OKAY, cool.
The Freezing Winters v/s Pleasing Summers.
Which season would you pick to go Barot?
Whether it’s about exploring a new city by car or getting involved like Barot on foot.
Life has its way of showing you the beauty around you. I think that we should be more responsible enough to leave a place like it was before our arrival. So the future generations can describe more enormously about their experiences & stories.
With this, the Short day to Barot Valley comes to an end.
I hope this would help you to plan your trip accordingly.