Ghatasani-Barot Road – Enchanting drive to Barot and Beyond

Barot is a mesmerizingly beautiful village located in the serene valleys of Mandi District in the north Indian state of Himachal Pradesh. The Rising Hub Of Adventure, Barot a village, originally developed in 1920s for Shanan Hydel Project is now a tourist location … Pre Independence, Barot was also on the mule trail connecting Kullu valley to Kangra valley. Also known as, “a trekker’s paradise”.

Barot Valley situated in Himachal Pradesh. It is situated 40 km from Jogindernagar and 66 km from Mandi. Barot is connected by public buses to Mandi, Jogindernagar, and Palampur. Buses plying to Kothikodh, Bada Gran and Luhardi also pass through Barot. Barot is located in Chauhar/Chuhar Valley at an altitude of 1,830 Metres or 6,001 Feet.

The route to Ghatasani was good as it was not a narrow road but after crossing Ghatasani, the roads are not that wide.. only 2 cars can pass each other that’s too not in a high speed, if a bus or truck came in between, then the other vehicle has to take back or stop somewhere from where they can cross each other.

Sunder Nagar – Famous for Lake

Sunder Nagar lake is in Main Sunder nagar region which is a place in Mandi City and a municipal council in Mandi district in the Indian state of Himachal. Sunder Nagar was formerly a Princely state known as Suket. The town is famous for the man-made lake which was formed due to the water of the Beas River being diverted from Pandoh.

The town is famous for its temples with the Mahamaya Temple being the prominent among them. Perched at an altitude of 1,174 meters, Sundernagar is noted for its shady walks amid towering trees. Sukhdev Vatika is a beautiful garden here. It is also home to Asia’s biggest Hydel Project – the Beas-Stulej hydro-electric project, irrigating nearly one-fourth of the northern plains of India,has brought unprecedented prosperity to Sudernagar. The Beas-Sutlej link colony is the biggest colony in Himachal Pradesh.

As per legend, the state was founded in 765 by Bira Sen, who was from the Sena dynasty of Bengal. The early years of the newly formed state were filled with constant warfare, especially with the kingdom of Kullu. However, the Raja of Suket, Raja Bikram Sen managed to subdue Kullu and would extract a regular tribute from Kullu. Due to the Raja’s diplomatic skills, the state of Suket successfully managed to ally with the British, and upon independence, it joined the Union of India on April 15, 1948.

Pandoh Dam: Hydroelectric Dam on The Beas River

The magnificent Pandoh Dam was built in 1977 with the primary purpose of generating hydroelectric power. Managed by the Bhakra Beas Management Board (BBMB), this dam, measuring 76 m in height, diverts the water of the river through a 38 km long system of canals and tunnels. The water from here is used for electricity generation at the Dehar Power House and finally released into the Sutlej River.The power house has an installed capacity of 990 megawatts.

The major source of lake water is Pandoh dam which helps in diverting the river for power generation. Pandon Lake acts as a basin for Pandoh dam and comes under the administration of Bhakra Beas Management Board (BBMB). Pandoh Lake is a major attraction for nature lovers and adventure enthusiasts.

The dam is set amidst the picturesque hills, dotted with dense woods and the place offers a wonderful opportunity to capture some breath-taking scenes. Swimming and boating are not allowed here due to security reasons. The site is one of the best places for camping and picnic in the region. 

Kamaksha Devi Temple – Quaint Old Temple

Kamaksha Devi Temple is situated in Kao village, 7 Km from Karsog valley in Mandi district. It is at 20 kms from Chindi, a small village & 100 km from Shimla , Mandi is famous for its temple of Goddess Durga in her incarnation as Kamakshya Devi. Sacred to Goddess Durga, this vividly wooden temple is perched on a hilltop. As per the legends, this place has witnessed the war between Manhishasur and Goddess Durga.

Manhishasur (the king of devils) who was cursed to be the water buffalo was killed at the same spot where the temple is located. The demon was in the form of a buffalo and hence, numerous buffaloes sacrifice at this temple on the eve of Navratri.

Karsog Valley

The temple looks very attarctive and beautiful having some great pieces of wooden art which is rarely found build by local villagers. It has astonishing woodcarvings of Pagoda style structural design and there is also beautiful sights around the temple. Around the temple you will see some of the ancient time things which are really beautiful.