Barog is a scenic hill town in the Solan district of Himachal Pradesh, located at a height of 5110 ft above the sea level. Settled in the early 20th century during the construction of narrow-gauge Kalka Shimla Highway by the Britishers, the small village has now taken shape of a quaint town with better homes and improved facilities. Barog’s proximity to cities like Chandigarh and the hill capital Shimla has also not been able to disturb its charm of a sleepy town. Fortunately, it remains unexploited by the large number of tourists who are visiting Himachal to enjoy its beauty and pleasant weather. Very few are aware of the historical significance of this town that holds many a secret of the colonial era.
Things to see and do in Barog
Fill your soul with nature and history
Barog derives its name from the British engineer, Col Barog, who was entrusted with the task of building one of the tunnels on Kalka Shimla Railway in early 1900. Unfortunately, he could not complete the task and was penalised by the British because of which he committed suicide in front of the unfinished tunnel. The tunnel was finally completed by engineer H.S. Harrington and this is the longest tunnel out of the 103 tunnels on Kalka Shimla Railway line which has now been declared as UNESCO heritage. Situated deep in the valley, Barog railway station is the most picturesque of all the stations on this entire route. It has also been featured in Anthony Bourdain’s show on CNN in 2014 and recently in Ranveer Brar’s show, Station Master’s Tiffin on Living Foods.
Barog Railway Station is 4 km away from Meraki Holiday Home and can be reached by car in just 10 minutes with a further 10 minute trek down the valley
Dagshai is a historical town on the opposite hill of Barog. Situated at a height of 5690 ft Dagshai was established as a cantonment by the British due to its strategic location. Time stands still in this town that has remained untouched by the onslaught of reckless tourism. Visiting the cemeteries and churches here one is transported back into colonial times. It also has India’s second cellular jail built by the British in 1849.
Daghshai is 10 km away from Meraki Holiday Home and takes nearly 20 minutes to climb up the steep hill by car.
Barog also offers some interesting nature trails in the village side and one feels overwhelmed with the untouched beauty of this small town.
Major nearby tourist places that can be covered in a day long trip individually from Meraki Holiday Home
Kasauli 18 km 45 minutes
Shimla 53 km 1 hr, 50 minutes
Kufri 68 km 2 hr, 30 minutes
Chail 52 km 1 hr, 50 minutes
Climate in Barog
Summers are pleasant at temperatures ranging between 23°C and 10°C and winters are slightly harsh ranging between 15°C and 5°C. Summers in Barog typically last from April till July. October to February is the Winter season in Barog. During the month of January, Barog becomes a visual delight with the snowfall arriving in. Barog witnesses heavy rainfall during the months of July, August and September. This monsoon season is the best time to visit the scenic hill station.
How to reach Barog
Barog is situated at about 20 km from Kasauli, about 55 km from Shimla, 60 km from Chandigarh and 305 km from Delhi. Barog has good road connectivity and links major cities. Regular buses and taxis ply from both Shimla and Kalka. Barog can be reached by road in six hours from Delhi via NH-22. The Shimla-Kalka highway is being constructed and would be ready by 2020, which would make the commute easier. There is a Shatabdi from New Delhi to Kalka which takes about four hours apart from many other trains. It takes about an hour to reach Barog from Kalka. Nearest airport is Chandigarh International airport and it takes about two hours to reach Barog from the airport.