Barog Tunnel: Mysterious Haunted Secrets of Tunnel 33, 46 & 23 Shimla Holds Since 1816!

Barog Tunnel: Mysterious Haunted Secrets of Tunnel 33, 46 & 23 Shimla Holds Since 1816!

Sometimes the stories of so-called haunted places get mixed up so much that it sounds like a fairy tale. With the passing of words from one person to another and from one generation to the next, people keep adding their spices to it that fictional ghost stories sound more childish. One such legend is of the famous Barog Tunnel on the Kalka-Shimla railway.


An early morning train journey from Kalka to the erstwhile summer capital Shimla is one of the best things that most tourists enjoy. Located at a height of 2200m, famed by the name of the queen of hills, Shimla is the capital and largest city of the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh.

Set amidst the beautiful hills and mystical woods, the destination has been one of the most popular hill stations among Indian families for the last 50 years. The British loved them so much that shortly after the Anglo-Gurkha War in 1816 they came to settle here.

The city, by 1830 developed as a major base for the British, and by 1864, they declared Shimla as the summer capital. For making transportation easy, the British government laid the foundation of Kalka-Shimla narrow gauge railway in 1898.

The construction started in 1900 and completed within three years. Lord Curzon, the then Viceroy of India inaugurated the railway on November 9, 1903. After 100 years, the Indian government declares it as a heritage property. In 2008, the railway was included in the UNESCO World Heritage List.

The railway covers a distance of about 100 km from Kalka and Shimla, passing mostly through the mountainous routes covering 18 stations, 864 bridges, and 102 tunnels. When it was built, the trains needed to pass through 20 stations and 107 operational tunnels.

Later two stations and five tunnels were discarded. It is these 102 tunnels, that are related to the ghost stories. But the funniest part is no one knows which tunnel for sure.

Barog, a small village, and 8th station on the way to Shimla from Kalka. It was named after an engineer, Colonel Barog, who was involved in laying the tracks of the railway. The famous haunted Tunnel 33 of the railway is just before Barog and it is said that Colonel was in charge of building the tunnel as well.

The fact that the railroad was built in three years, while the technology was still in its diapers, proves that it was completed in much hurry.

Spirit of Barog:

People have spread the rumours of the sightings of the spirit Colonel Barog lingering in the adjacent areas. People are sure about the tunnel to disguise some mysterious secrets and eerie in its silence. They claim the tunnel being very scary with its damp walls.

The 140 yards long tunnel has water dripping from its ceiling and after just a few steps, the tunnel gets very dark. The Indian government has tried its best in blocking the entrance of the tunnel with a metal door. However, the lock is broken for a long time and anyone can open the old creepy door and feel the eeriness. Why do people have sightings of Colonel Barog?