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Barog, a picturesque and tranquil hill station, lined with oak and pine trees, is located on Shimla-Kalka (Unesco heritage ) railway line and probably the most photogenic railway station in India with its hanging planters of pink flowers and pretty as a button station building. An idyllic holiday destination, known for its enthralling natural beauty and magnificent view of Choordhar Peak.

A small town in Solan district of Himachal Pradesh, Barog has an interesting and tragic tale behind its name which dates back to the early 20th century, when narrow gauge Kalka-Shimla Railway track was being constructed. An engineer, by the name of Barog was in charge for designing the tunnel near the railway station and initiated the construction, by digging the tunnel from both sides of the mountain. Due to some miscalculations, both the ends of the tunnel did not meet. As a result, a fine of Rupee 1 was slapped on Barog by the British government. Unable to bear this humiliation, Barog went for a walk in the woods with his dog, and shot himself( near the present Barog – Pinewood hotel).He was buried near the tunnel. After his name, the town came to be known as Barog.
The tunnel at Barog is the longest and straightest tunnel amidst nearly 102 tunnels on the route of the Shimla-Kalka Railway. The original tunnel remain unfinished about 1KM away. The tunnel currently in use was built under the supervision of H.S. Harrington between 1900 to 1903.
The spotlessly clean Barog station enthralls one with its Gothic influenced architecture, red tin roofs and the white and blue painted wooden station building .
Surrounded by lush green mountains the place is a natural retreat and an excellent relaxing place from the hustle- bustle of the cities.

Walk through the tunnel
Don’t forget to have a walk through the tunnel as it is a unique experience. The tunnel is in a straight line, so if you stand at one end, you would be able to see the other end. The tunnel from outside looks adequately lit but once you walk halfway into it, there will be complete darkness. There are maintenance cuts in the tunnel to enable one walking to stand by in case a train comes but trains are very few and far between. However still it is advisable to check with the station master before trying to walk the length of the tunnel.

Barog Camping Grounds
The camping grounds at Barog, are equipped with all modern facilities and has the credentials of being the only registered camping site at a hill station in the entire country. The camps here have all basic amenities, electricity, telephone, excellent natural trekking trails and bonfire facilities. Apart from this the motor-able, camping site boasts of an excellent view of Solan valley and Choor Chandni hill range.

Barog's Grave
The natural surroundings around the grave of the engineer Barog, is a poignant spot to enjoy the calmness and tranquillity. The area around the grave is maintained as a beautiful garden.
Railway Tunnel
Walk through the tunnel Don’t forget to have a walk through the tunnel as it is a unique experience. The tunnel is in a straight line, so if you stand at one end, you would be able to see the other end. The tunnel from outside looks adequately lit but once you walk halfway into it, there will be complete darkness. There are maintenance cuts in the tunnel to enable one walking to stand by in case a train comes but trains are very few and far between. However still it is advisable to check with the station master before trying to walk the length of the tunnel.
Choordhar Mountains
The Choordhar Mountains which are nearly 3,650 m high are also known as Choor Chandni Peak, they look breathtakingly beautiful under the moonlight. The mountain under the light of moon appears as if numerous silver bangles are sliding down its slope. Apart from this natural beauty, these mountains also provide a very good trekking experience with pine trees surrounding it.
Another tourist attraction of Barog is the Spencer Restaurant which dates back to the British era. You can try their vegetable cutlets; they’re supposed to be really good.
Nearby places Train stations Airports
CHANDIGARH 121 Km 01H 58m
Barog 68 Km 01H 01m
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