Barot valley, Himachal Pradesh – photo essay

A journey out of frustration from big city Delhi Life with no planning or itinerary. Turns out to be the best one so far and the love for mountains and mountain villages continues.

The liquid sound of cold river water hitting the stone rocks. Bright sunshine playing hide and seek with cotton candy clouds. The feeling of quietness, being silent and feeling the union with the surroundings. Majestic deodhar trees standing tall surrounding you from all directions giving you comfort.

This is not a fable but a reality sketched by nature itself in a small place known as Barot in the northern state of Himachal Pradesh.

The Barot valley photo essay is divided into three categories, namely landscapes, people, and lifestyle. I have tried my best to provide an overview of the magnificent Barot valley


Landscapes of Barot Valley

Water is the driver of nature. Sit near a river stream and experience live music from nature.

river Uhl in Barot valley




The day when there was nothing around but rain clouds embracing tall, majestic deodhars. It was as if a white carpet has been laid out to welcome the Gods. Soul remains in the mountains. The mind wanders in the mountains.

rain clouds embracing the deodhars



river stream in Barot valley

Cotton candy clouds playing hide and seek with the sunlight. River Uhl is like a necklace flowing through the Barot Valley. The valley looks colorful in the bright sunshine with clouds providing texture to the environment

river Uhl


A normal evening scene up in the mountains. When normal is so fascinating, mind-blowing you would want to experience it every day.

sunset in the mountains





People of Barot Valley


This kid is enjoying the best comfort in the whole world.

mountain woman





On a trek to a remote village, I encountered these hard-working women sorting out cauliflowers from the crates. Can you notice the big size of these cauliflowers (all organic)?

women with cauliflower




Far from the worry of the urban life, relaxed mountain village life

relaxed life




Slow life at it’s best. Local villagers transport vegetables through cables in the mountains.

local villagers transport vegetables through the trolley




The lifestyle of Barot Valley

Modern design scheme can now easily be seen on the mountain homes. Traditional wooden houses with authentic designs are fighting for survival amidst the attack of modern development.

mountain wooden home



The good old charm of decorations in the traditional Indian households. Women used to create these amazing designs and place them. Women used to create these amazing designs and place them over empty bottles and voila showpiece was ready. While urban households have gone drastic makeover, village homes are still holding it together.


traditional home decoration




Mountain Gods (devta) are an integral part of the local culture in the mountains. They enjoy a unique position in the life of mountain people. Almost every village has their own devta.  Entrance to the temple high up on the hill.

temple entrance


Feeling hungry? Care for some organic kidney beans straight from the field? As fresh as it can get.

red kidney beans

I hope you went on a journey with me through these photos. I enjoyed reproducing them here on the blog as much as I enjoyed making these images.

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