Barog Tunnel – The Story And The Myth


Haunted stories are liked for their eeriness and ability to bring goose bumps. Today, I have a haunted story about a dark, dungy tunnel, known as Barog Tunnel that symbolizes an unfinished work.

The story starts with a British engineer, Colonel Barog, in charge of carving a tunnel through a mountain for the Kalka-Shimla Railway. He ordered the tunnel to be built from both sides in hest to finish the work before time. In return for his excellent work delivered on time, he was expecting glorious accolades from not only the British Government but also the people.

But human has little hand in works of fate. The task of cutting the tunnel was not only gruelling because of sold rocks; it was akin to striving to get something in pitch dark. The labour was unable to see where they were digging, so Colonel Barog ordered them to follow his calculation. Under his supervision, based on his numbers, the tunnels was dug from both ends which were to meet at the centre and become one making way for train to pass through.

However, the labour was left in hot waters when they reached the middle and the two tunnels could not meet. No matter how much they dug or blasted – the two tunnels didn’t meet. After scurrying through his work and number it became clear to Colonel Barog that he had committed a mistake in his calculation and in a huge way. The result was a life shattering, publicly humiliating miscalculation that cost him his life.

The government were furious at this colossal mistake. They not only fined him but publically embarrassed him. The labour and people too were angry at this mistake and futile hard work they did for many days.

Not wanting to bear the shame anymore, Colonel Barog decided to take his life. He rode his horse into the tunnel and killed himself, never to return back. What was supposed to be his masterpiece became his grave.

Since then people have been seeing the ghost spirit of colonel Barog trying to ride the horse through the tunnel in frustration. Many who have dared to visit the tunnel have felt creepy paranormal things inside it, few have seen the spirit of Colonel Barog appearing inside tunnel and yet few have also mentioned about the spirit trying to talk with them.

The tunnel was later completed by a new engineer hired by British Government with the help of local shaman known as Baba Bhalku. And as the legend says you have to visit the tunnel, if you are daring enough to find the truth!

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2 Comments

  • mountainbytes
    mountainbytes
    February 23, 2018 at 6:15 am

    Hey, Barog is on the way to Shimla and just few kms before Solan. All the Buses routing to Shimla will go via Barog. The best way to reach Barog is either to take any bus routing to Shimla or take Shatabdi Train from Delhi till Kalka and then from Kalka, board the Kalka-Shimla Toy Train.

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