I do not hesitate to refer to myself as somebody who doesn’t find an ultimate and sheer happiness in wandering and exploring. Enter: my friend Jasjeet, who I’m sure must’ve been bitten by one the most hazardous of travel-bugs in the world sometime. She currently lives and studies in Chandigarh.
Jasjeet’s zest and love for travelling is one of the reasons I’m capable of writing about travel on my blog, because I’ll always have her fun and inspiring stories to tell. One afternoon, she suddenly made a plan with her college friends to take a day-trip to this unexplored hill station in Solan. I’ve never been there, but she painted the picture pretty well for me:
Set 60 kilometers away from Chandigarh, Barog is a town tucked between pencil-sharp mountain peaks.
To get there, you can simply take the city highway bus and get down at Solan and board the Kalka-Shimla toy train (Train number 52453) to get down at the Barog Railway Station. The train travels along a beautiful mountainous route. The Barog Railway Station has the perfect panoramic view of the Great Himalayas, and the Barog Railway Tunnel (Tunnel No. 33) is the longest tunnel in the Kalka – Shimla Railway.
Not half a kilometer upwards from the station, you see a downward village pathway. This is where Barog says ‘Hi’. Putter around and enjoy the fresh air, sunshine and views of the town.
The first major point that you come across is that of a viewpoint of the Barog Railway station. Moving on, you pass a local cemetery, which is one of the higher spots in the area and would surely make a beautiful and tranquil place to watch sunset later.
This pathway has little hamlets of tea stalls, mini-shops and houses.
The beauty of this trek lies in its simplicity — the road is not extremely slanting or dangerous. The staircases, some natural some man-made, are sharp and not rocky. After this, you might discover that it’s not always about the hardcore trekking and the tourism and the “must see vistas.”
Barog is also associated with local tales and legends of a British railway engineer who oversaw the construction of the Barog tunnel through a mountain in the Kalka – Shimla Railway. This railway engineer’s name was Colonel Barog.
The Colonel miscalculated some alignments of this tunnel and the people in the work crews became furious at him since their hard work had been all for nothing. The government was so angry with him for making such a mistake. He was publicly reprimanded.
A a result, Colonel Barog shot himself out of the humiliation. He was buried in front of the incomplete tunnel (about 1 km from Barog), and the area came to be known as Barog after him.
After his death, there have been rumors of his ghost being seen haunting in the adjacent areas. I really want to meet him.
Hoping to go soon.