Barog, a small peaceful hill station will take you back to the British era. The Kalka-Shimla toy train passes through Barog and earlier in the 20th century, the train used to halt here for an hour for the sahibs and memsahibs to enjoy their lunch in a picturesque setting.
Nature at its best
Barog’s picture postcard beauty is a treat for your eyes. Green pine and oak trees surround the hilly region and the Solan valley views are incredible when there is mist around. You can see colorful flora and fauna in Barog. The Choor Chandni, which poetically translates as the “mountain of the silver bangle” is clearly visible from Barog. When moonlight falls on the snow covered slopes, it seems as though thousands of icy, silver bangles are sliding down in the night.
Joy ride in a toy train
The Shimla-Kalka rail track was set up in 1903 by an engineer Colonel Barog and the place is named after him. Ride on the Shimla-Kalka toy train brings absolute joy to your senses with amazing views on your journey.
Pretty Barog Station
Barog Station is one of the prettiest stations you would ever see.The wooden buildings are painted in blue and white. Hanging baskets of pink geraniums and other yellow and orange colored flowers is a very pretty sight. You may spot beautiful butterflies and colorful birds sitting on these.
Other things to do
You could visit the Dolanji Bon Monastery which is around 5 km from the village. Around 120 monks reside in this Tibetan Buddhist center of learning. A nearby village, Jatoli is famous for the Shiv Temple. Karol Goofa which is a drive of 17 km from Barog is one of the longest caves in Himalayas and worth a visit.
Barog lies on your way from Chandigarh to Shimla and thus accessible from both these places. You could extend your trip to Chandigarh by a day to visit this small but beautiful hill station. Alternatively, a day trip from Shimla or Chandigarh is also a good idea to explore Barog. Hop onto a toy train to have maximum fun particularly if you have kids with you.
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