Want to take a short break away from the chaos of your daily life but wondering where to go this time so that you can enjoy your vacation in quietude? Well, don’t worry as India has plenty of such amazing gems and the pretty, little Barog is one of them.
Home to one of the most beautiful railway stations in the country, this quiet hill town is one of the most favourite weekend getaways for people living in Delhi and Chandigarh. Even though you can reach here by taking a private cab or state transport bus, the best way would be opting for the toy train ride from Kalka (Barog lies on the Kalka-Shimla rail route). You can book a train for Barog on the toy trains such as Shivalik Deluxe Express, Himalayan Queen, Kalka Shimla Express and Shivalik Queen. However, as most of these trains remain packed with tourists, you have to check for seat availability and book seat accordingly. Also, track where is my train, station, platform number etc via ixigo train app and website.
If you wish to travel through Shivalik Queen, details like train enquiry and railway reservation can be obtained from IRCTC Chandigarh office.
Barog welcomes you with vast stretches of deodar and pine forests, offering you some ME time amidst scenic natural beauty. Even though it can be visited all year round, the summer and monsoon months are said to be the best with lush greenery all over the place. The station itself looks very appealing during the rains.
Once just a stop over on the Kalka-Shimla toy train route, Barog is now a full-fledged destination in itself with lush greenery, slow-paced life and hill markets where you can shop for the quintessential items such as fruit squash, snuggly woolens and other artefacts. Some not to miss attractions of Barog are Dolanji Bon Monastery, Choor Chandni Peak and Grave of Barog, the engineer after whom the hill station is named. As the story goes, the engineer, Colonel Barog, committed suicide after he was humiliated in front of his workers.
As for accommodation, Barog has some nice stay options including Barog Heights and the Pinewood. It is recommended to have prior hotel booking to avoid last minute hassles as you have limited choices. However, you can check and book a room at the railway guest house near the Barog station and enjoy the sights of various toy trains passing by from your window. Even though Barog can’t be termed as a foodies’ paradise in its true sense, it still has its share of restaurants and local eateries where you can enjoy good food. The hotels here have in-house restaurants which are also open for walk-in guests. Dig into some local dishes as you won’t find the taste anywhere else. Don’t forget to enjoy piping hot maggie with the kulhad chai when you are here for that complete hill experience.