A Secluded gem in the hills
While travelling on the NH-22 or the Kalka-Shimla route, a small hill station will surely draw your attention for its immense scenic beauty. This small yet significant hill post lying 60kms from Chandigarh, 55 kms before Shimla and 308 kms from New Delhi is Barog, a hidden, pristine spot in the Solan district of Himachal Pradesh. Nestled at an altitude of 5120 mts above the sea level, Barog boasts of high mountains, green valleys, thick wooded forests of Pine and Oak, beautiful, clean winding uphill roads and a pleasant cool weather. Summers are pleasant and winters are chilly.
Where to stay
There are a few deluxe hotels, cottages and resorts including a tourist resort of HPTDC at Barog with commanding views of the mountains and valleys. There are just a couple of shops and eateries with practically no specific market place which undoubtedly enhances the virgin beauty of Barog.
Tragic story of Mr. Barog and his tunnel
The most interesting and beautiful place of Barog is its railway station located deep down the road almost hidden by thick forests at a distance of 3 kms from Barog on the Kalka-Shimla Highway. You have to trek downhill through the jungle path to reach there. Built in Scottish style, Barog railway station is the most beautiful of all the stations in the Kalka-Shimla narrow gauge line. It has the longest tunnel of 1143.61 m in the 103 operational tunnels in the route. Barog station is immediately after the tunnel, the straightest tunnel in the world.
There is an interesting historical fact behind the construction of this famous Barog tunnel .Colonel Barog, an engineer was responsible for designing a tunnel near the railway station. He started digging the tunnel from both the sides of the mountain as it speeds up the construction. However, he made mistakes in the calculation and while constructing the tunnel it was found that the two ends of the tunnel did not meet. Col Barog was fined an amount of Rupee 1 by the British Government. Unable to withstand the humiliation,Col Barog committed suicide. He was buried near the incomplete tunnel. From then onwards the place came to be known as BAROG. Locals believe that the ghost of Barog still hovers around the place.
Places to visit
From Barog you can drive 8 kms through the picturesque forested roads to do some shopping at the district capital of Solan. You can walk towards the Choordhar Mountains to experience a captivating view of the unmarred Choor Chandi peak at a height of 3500 mts above the sea level. Next a drive to the sacred site of Dolanji Bon Monastery or Yungdrung Bon Monastery, just 5 kms away from Barog town will fill your heart with a spiritual bliss.
A drive to Dagshai cantonment, just 7 kms from Barog,at an altitude of 5968 ft is a must. Dagshai is the oldest cantonment in the Solan district of Himachal Pradesh built by the East India Company in 1847. Built by the British as a sanatorium for Tuberculosis patients; it has a British era graveyard overlooking the valley. At present there is a very small civilian town, an Army unit, one residential Army school, a private school, an old church and a jail in this hilltop place of Dagshai. From here it is a short drive to Dharampur, which leads to the beautiful hill town of Kasauli.
Either you spend the whole day strolling in the winding, picturesque roads of Pine, Oak and Deodars or trek to the enchanting Karol Tibba or simply imbibe in the essence of the nature doing nothing; Barog will rejuvenate your soul.
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