Barog, once just a brief stopover on the Kalka-Shimla highway, is perched high among the Shivalik hills offerring an almost unimaginable range of colors in its folds and creases. It is located in an idyllic setting surrounded by pine trees and oak trees. Apart from being a beautiful destination, the town is also known for its 1,143m tunnel, which is long enough for a train to take three minutes to cross.
Barog was settled in the early 20th century during the building of the narrow gauge Kalka-Shimla Railway. It is named after Barog, an engineer involved in building the railway track in 1903.
Barog, the engineer, was responsible for designing a tunnel near the railway station. He commenced digging the tunnel from both sides of the mountain, which is quite common as it speeds up construction. However, he made mistakes in his calculation and while constructing the tunnel, it was found that the two ends of the tunnel did not meet. Barog was fined an amount of 1 Rupee by the British government. Unable to withstand the humiliation, Barog committed suicide. He was buried near the incomplete tunnel. The area came to be known as Barog after him.
Barog does not have an airport of its own. If you are planning to come to the city by air, the nearest airports will be those of Chandigarh and Shimla. Both the airports have regular flights to city. Jagson and Deccan Airways cater to Shimla airport, while from Chandigarh; you can avail the services of Simplifly Deccan, and Indian Airlines.
Barog has a railway station of its own, which falls on the Kalka-Barog-Shimla narrow gauge. The next nearest railway station will be that of Chandigarh, which is connected with all the key cities of India. If you are thinking of traveling to Barog by train, it will better to come to Chandigarh and from there, take a bus or taxi to the city.
Barog has a good network of roads, which connects it with the major cities in and around Himachal Pradesh. The city is approximately 300 km from Delhi, 60 km from Chandigarh, 54 km from Chail, 21 km from Kasauli, 8 km from Solan and 58 km from Shimla. You will easily get buses as well as taxis for reaching Barog, from any of these destinations.
At Barog, Himachal Tourism runs the Hotel Pinewood and the hotel's growth has largely been responsible for Barog's increased popularity.
Himachal Tourism also runs a road side cafe with fast food service at Barog