Barog

Barog 

Height 1680 m. On the Kalka-Shimla highway, Barog has grown from a mere stopover to a full-fledged destination. Surrounded by pine and oak forests, Barog has a commanding setting. The Choor Chandni-which poetically translates as the ‘mountain of the silver bangle‘ is clearly visible from Barog-and when moonlight washes down its snow covered slopes, it seems as though thousands of icy, silver bangles are sliding down in the night. Barog was settled in the early 20th century during the building of the narrow gauge Kalka-Shimla Railway. lt is named after Colonel Barog, an engineer involved in building the railway track in 1903. Surrounded by pine woods and views of the valley, Barog makes a conveniently accessible destination from the Delhi-Punjab-Harayana region or as a travel stopover to or from Shimla. lt is also a convenient weekend getaway.

GETTING THERE:

  • By Road: Chandigarh, Shimla and Delhi are at distance of 56 km, 320 km and 56 km away respectively.
  • By Rail : Kalka railway station is at a distance of 36 kms, and Chandigarh is 56 kms away.
  • By Air : Chandigarh airport is 59 kms away Shimla(Jubbarhatti) is at a distance of 61 kms.

CLIMATE :

Summers are pleasant and cottons and light woolens are suggested. In winter, the sunny days are pleasant – though the nights are chilly and fairly heavy woolens clothes are required. Through the rest of the year, light woolens and cottons are
suggested.

ATTRACTIONS :

  • Barog railway station (4 kms ) is the most attractive one on the Kalka Shimla Railway line. This also has 1 km long railway tunnel. You may also hike to an old abandoned tunnel nearby.
  • The thickly forested Karol Tibba and the Karol cave (drive 17 kms and then hike for 7 kms ).
  • Dagshai is a tiny, old cantonment town where tropps of lndian army are now stationed. Under colonial rule, its infamous jail included Indian freedom fighters; four members of the ship, Kamaghata Maru and one Irish soldier, James Daly were executed here. The prison now has a museum. A portion of Dagshai is occupied by school premises and this picturesque place has an old cemetery and two churches.
  • The Buddhist Dolanji Bon Monastery (18 kms ) lies on the Solan – Rajgarh Road.
  • Solan Town (8 kms ) is the district headquarter. It has the temples uf Shalooni Devi, Devi Durga, Hari, Narasingh arc the Sanatam Dharam one. Solan also has the
    Children’s Park. the Mohan Park and the Jawahar Park. The Library and the old Church at Chambaghat may be visited.
  • Solan Brewery (11 kms) was once owned by the family of the infamous General Dyer who was responsible for the Jallianwala Bagh Massacre in Amritsar in 1919.
  • Jatoli village ( 15 kms ) and the temple of Lord Shiva may be visited.
  • The Forestry and Horticulture University at Nauni (16 kms) has an attractive campus.

HOTELS:

THE PINEWOOD BAROG – Deluxe Hotel
The Pinewood Hotel is located just off the highway and is surrounded by a pine forest and is a self-contained leisure destination. This serves as a convenient stopover
between Shimla and Chandigarh/Kalka. The Hotel complex has the open air Cafe Pinewood .
ADDRESS: Hotel Pinewood, Barog -173 212 (HP)
Tel. : 01792-238825-27 Fax: 238881
E-mail:pinewood@hptdc.in