Located at a height of 6000 ft, Barog is a small village in Solan District of Himachal Pradesh. Settlement in the region started in early 20th century, during the time of construction of the narrow gauge Kalka-Shimla Railway. The village was named after the engineer, Barog, who was involved in construction of this railway track.
He ordered the digging of the tunnel from both sides of the mountain in order to speed up the construction. Soon, it was found that the ends of tunnel did not meet. Due to his wrong calculations, he was fined by the British government and the humiliation forced him to commit suicide. His dead body was buried near the same tunnel and the village was named after him.
Later, the tunnel was completed by H.S. Harrington, who was the Chief Engineer in Railways. The length of the tunnel is around 1143.61metres, which makes it the longest tunnel, out of the 103 operational tunnels on the route of Kalka-Shimla Railway. Barog tunnel is also renowned as one of the straightest tunnels in the World.
Located 60 km away from Chandigarh on the Kalka-Shimla highway, Barog is a popular stopover for the tourists on the way to Shimla. The main attraction among the tourists visiting Barog is the Choor Chandni, which is popularly known as the mountain of the silver bangle. Other tourist attractions in the destination are ancient church at Dagshai, Vishal Shiva Temple at Jatoli, Dolanji Bon Monastery and Renuka Lake.
Tourists visiting the destination can also visit Solan, which is renowned for attractions like Shoolini Devi temple, Children park, Mohan park, Jawahar Park and a mini zoo. Other major attractions in Solan are Central State Library, Lower and Upper Bazaar, Mall road, Durga Temple, Sanatan Dharm Mandir, Hari and Narsingh Mandir.
Barog is the only hill station in India, which has a registered camping site, where tourists can camp overnight. Chandigarh and Shimla airports are the nearest airports that can be used to reach the destination. Shimla Airport is connected to Delhi and Kulu by flights, whereas the Chandigarh airport serves flights from Indian cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Pune and Bangalore.
By train, tourists can reach Barog from Barog Railway Station, which is situated on the Kalka-Barog-Shimla narrow gauge. Barog can easily be accessed by buses from Delhi, Chandigarh, Chail, Kasauli, Solan and Shimla. The best time to visit the destination is from April through September.