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 early 20th century during the construction of the narrow gauge Kalka-Shimla Railway. The place is named after Colonel Barog, an engineer involved in the construction of the railway track in 1903. Surrounded by pine woods and with beautiful views of the valley, Barog makes a conveniently accessible destination from the nearby states and also acts as a stopover to or from Shimla.
Height: 1680 m
Climate: Summer is pleasant and cottons and light woollens are suggested. In winter, sunny days are pleasant though the nights are chilly and fairly heavy woollen clothes are required. Through the rest of the year, light woollens/cottons are suggested.
Getting There & Away: How to reach Barog
Road: Chandigarh is 56 kms away, Delhi is at a distance of 320 kms, Kalka is 36 kms and Shimla is at a distance of 56 kms.
Rail: Kalka railway station is at a distance of 36 kms. If you are travelling on the Kalka Shimla Railway, Solan at 8 kms away, is the nearest station with vehicle accessibility. Barog station (4 kms) on this narrow gauge railway line has only a pedestrian access.
Air: Chandigarh airport is 59 kms away and Shimla airport is at a distance of 56 kms.
Tourist Attractions in Barog
The Barog Railway station (4 kms) is the most attractive one on the Kalka Shimla Railway line. This also has the longest tunnel which is over a kilometre long. You may also hike to the old abandoned tunnel that lies at some distance above the station.
Dagshai (7 kms) is a tiny, old cantonment town where troops of the Indian Army are now stationed. Under colonial rule, prisoners in its infamous jail included Indian and Irish freedom fighters; four members of the ship, Kamaghata Maru and the Irish soldier, James Daly were executed here. The prison now has a museum. A substantial portion of Dagshai is occupied by school premises and this picturesque place has an old cemetery and two churches.
Solan town (8 kms) is the district headquarters. It has the temples of Shalooni Devi, Devi Durga, Hari, Narasingh and the Sanatan Dharam Ashram. Solan also has the Chindren’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 Jalianwala Bagh Massacre in Amritsar in 1919.
Jatoli village (15 kms) and the temple of Lord Shiva may be visited.
The Buddhist Dolanji Bon Monastery (18 kms) lies on the Solan – Rajgarh road.
The Forestry and Horticulture University at Nauni (16 kms) has an attractive campus.
The thickly forested Karol Tibba and the Karol cave (drive 17 kms and then hike for 7 kms).