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The first time I had ever heard about Barot Valley in Himachal was in Bir Billing.

I still remember that it was the end of November month. I wondered why 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 as I had never heard about it before.

Furthermore, I also remained a bit worried about, in reality, what would be the place look like.

I know it must have happened to you that you begin daydreaming of a place that you have never heard of before. Instantly you started making the image in mind & building the expectations around it.

In my last post, I have mentioned the out of box things to do in Bir Billing, where I have also summarized a little bit on the Barot Valley.

This post will 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 ?.

Where is Barot Valley in Himachal?

Fog covering majority of the trees on an overcast day
Fog covering the majority of the trees on an overcast day at the Barot Valley

If you wanted to get an outside idea, 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, you should read the Bir Billing travel guide.

Apart from there being so many places close to Barot Valley, Bir Billing attracts a lot of tourist gatherings.

To further give an overview of the known places from farthest to the closest –

  1. Delhi to Barot Valley distance is 500km approx.
  2. Dharamshala to Barot Valley is 108 km approx.
  3. Palampur to Barot Valley distance is 75km approx.
  4. Mandi to Barot Valley distance is 64km approx.
  5. Bir Billing to Barot Valley distance is 50km approx.

Suppose you must have been nearer to any of these places before. I know that you were close ?.

You’ll get an idea of 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.

How to Reach Barot from Mandi Bus Stand

Here’s the mandi local route timetable if you’re traveling from Mandi to Barot Valley.

How to Reach Barot from Palampur

Here’s the local bus route if you’re traveling from Palampur to Barot. If you haven’t been able to get a direct bus to Barot Valley, you can take a bus to Joginder Nagar & afterward the bus to Barot Valley.

I Case

When getting the direct bus from Palampur to Barot;

Palampur ➡️ Barot Valley

II Case

When you do not get the direct bus, you can get from Palampur to Jogindernagar. Afterward, Jogindernagar to Barot.

Palampur ➡️ Jogindernagar ➡️ Barot Valley

III Case

When you are looking to divide your journey, you can consider the below route:

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 abovementioned places, head to Jogindernagar.

The regular buses to Jogindernagar are available on the Barot route. It will take around 1:30hrs -2hrs from Jogindernagar to reach Barot Valley.

How to Reach Barot from Bir Billing in Himachal

You will 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 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 explain why 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 winter.

Let’s look at some of the points below that will help in making a memorable trip to Barot –

  1. 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 narrow roads has its fun in exploration. The houses, locals, and the valley would make a perfect memorable shot.
  2. You will be finding a Barot dam, a hydroelectric project. I am sure that it will remind you 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.”
  3. The place is more inclined towards serenity, what I call complete peace in the mountains.
  4. You can enjoy trout fishing in the UHL river, but it depends on the season. For example, April to October is considered the months for trout fishing in the Barot Valley. Also, other places in Himachal, like Tirthan Valley, are ideal destinations for trout fishing.
  5. The landscape of Barot is untouched, perfect for landscape photography. You can spend hours admiring the beauty of your surroundings.
Hydro Electric Dam in Barot Valley will leave you awe-struck
Barot Hydro-Electric Dam

But don’t forget that you’ll need to head back before the last bus leaves out. After that, 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, there’s no need to catch a bus. Plenty of options would be available to you.

Weather in the Valley

Foggy Mornings in the Barot at the time of winter season
Foggy Mornings in the Barot at the time of the winter season

Since Barot exists at the height of 1835 m, there’s no doubt that winters are probably much colder than nearby places.

Bir exists at the 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 to Barot Valley?

Conclusion

Life has its way of showing you the beauty around you. 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 will help you to plan your trip accordingly.

Please don’t forget to share & follow the blog.

Until then, see you on the roads.

About Author

Vansh Tiwari is a passionate traveler who explores every corner. Then, he presents his vision in images and writing. Further, he loves long walks along the roadside!

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