Barot Valley


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Distance (From Mandi): 63 Kms

Trip Duration (Including Travel): Half Day to Full Day

Place Location: At Barot Village

Transportation Options: Bus / Cab

Travel Tips: None

At a distance of 37 km from Joginder Nagar, and 63 km from Mandi, Barot Valley is a beautiful river valley situated at Barot village in Mandi district of Himachal Pradesh. It is one of the most peaceful valleys in Himachal and among the top tourist places to visit in Mandi.

Situated at an altitude of 6,000 feet, Barot Valley was initially developed for a hydel project over the Uhl river that has now become a rising tourist spot for travelers who have a craving for mountains. The valley offers great opportunities to travelers who want to quench their thirst for adventure. Barot is also referred to as a resting point of Kullu - Joginder Nagar trekking route and a starting point of trails like Bara Bangal, Palampur, and Bir-Billing. These all treks pass through dense forests of tall Deodar and Chile trees and were once the busiest shepherd routes of local people around Kangra Valley.

Another major attraction of the valley is Nargu Wildlife Sanctuary. Situated on the other side of the Uhl river, it is a habitat of various animal species like the Himalayan Monal, Black Bear, and Ghoral. The route for the trek to Kullu passes through the dense forests of this wildlife sanctuary. Barot is also called as the heaven for anglers in Himachal Pradesh. Trout fishing is one of the common activities performed by the people in clear blue water of Uhl River.

Barot is connected by public buses to Mandi, Joginder Nagar, and Palampur. Regular taxi services are also available at a reasonable cost. Buses plying to Kothikodh, Bada Gran, and Luhardi also pass through Barot. Barot has good availability of hotels, rest houses, and guest houses to stay. The best time to visit Barot is around May-June due to the pleasant climate and temperature.