ECAS Travel: A Weekend Gateway to The Majestic Hills Of Barog - ECAS India - EveryCornerAStory.com | Puneet Bawa

Solan, India: The Majestic Hill Station of Barog is well heard for the tunnel just before the railway station situated on UNESCO World Heritage Site Kalka–Shimla Railway. The tunnel before the Barog Station is 1143.61m long and is the longest of the 103 operational tunnels on the route of the Shimla-Kalka. Moreover, the tunnel is the straightest tunnel of the world where the avarge timetaken by train to cross this tunnel is  2.5 minutes.

Why the place is called Barog? 

The majestic hill station was named after the engineer named Barog who 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 and was buried near the incomplete tunnel. The area came to be known as Barog after him.Later it was constructed under Chief Engineer H.S. Harrington's supervision, guided by a local sage, Bhalku (On his name there’s a museum in Shimla near old bud stand), from July 1900 to September 1903, at a cost of Rs 840,000 rupees. Work of the tunnel however was carried on at a different site after him under. The tunnel that Barog was digging was abandoned and Harrington dug up a new tunnel that is operational today as Tunnel 33. If you start walking from Kalka towards Shimla on foot, following the tracks, crossing all the 104 tunnels on the way including abandoned tunnel 46 and that would also give you a chance to find the other 4 long discarded tunnels. The abandoned tunnels have been sealed from both the ends because of the fear of wild animals residing in them and attacking the locals at night.

Barog Heights: 

One of only a handful not many things that the individuals think about Kasauli is a little cantonment and the home to the highest brewery and distillery on the planet. Subsequent to having a successful excursion around the Kasauli Hills, I chose to investigate the most heard hotel, Barog Heights, built on the highest point of slope in the nature laps of the contiguous city of Barog. The spot is beautiful for the individuals who might need to unwind for a solitary day and for me it is by all accounts a home away from home.


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