The Himalayas have a timeless appeal about them, an appeal that strikes a chord with anyone and everyone regardless of their age, race or gender. While the young and the restless see the mountain range as an enormous challenge and a source of adventure, the frail, the old and the pious find the calm surroundings fit for spiritual awakening. This makes the region an ideal place for the family to visit, for it satisfies the needs of both the young and the old and does not compromise on anyone’s expectations.
A Picturesque Paradise
In the line of such timeless landmarks comes Sarahan, a place bestowed with all that is good about the Himalayas. Located at an altitude of 2165 meters and surrounded by almost a dozen streams and orchards, Sarahan is your picturesque paradise, the kind that we all dream of when faced with an idea of heaven included in most of Himachal tours
. Not only is the region rich in all types of flora and fauna, it also has a number of medicinal herbs and huge oak trees. Due to its altitude and biting winter breeze, the place can be visited only in the summer months, even when it would be advisable for you to carry light woolen garments. This is the best time to travel to Sarahan, where a day or two can be wholly spent trying to take in every little detail of the beautiful scenery.
Sarahan is really famous for its Bhimakali temple, which has been recognized as one of the Shakthi-peeths. Give this temple a definite visit on the first day of your trip. Designed in the Indo-Tibetan style, this famous temple has a lot of unusual carvings and a rather curious architecture that draws tourists from near and far. The temple has been constructed under a fusion of Indian and Tibetan architecture, with a towering tall structure and an unusual roof. There are two parts to this temple; and the old and original temple has been closed for hundreds of years now. The newer portion of the temple, however, is open and depicts the Goddess Bhimakali as a maiden. There is a breeding center for birds right near the Bhimakali temple, and it is one place where you can catch a glimpse of the rare bird Monal. You can enjoy the sights here during the evening, taking a little stroll with your loved one.
Pack your bags and head to the Bhabha valley on the second day. The Bhabha valley, located at a distance of roughly 50 kilometers from Sarahan, is yet another valley with breathtaking views and scenery, and is a local tourist favorite. Sarahan is also the base for trekking, for all you adventure buffs out there. It serves as a gateway for Kinnaur, which is also a place of pilgrimage. This is why Sarahan is so attractive to people spanning across all ages, because at Sarahan, nature meets people ranging from spiritualists to adrenaline charged individuals. Also include a trip to Shimla Kullu Manali
, when holidaying in Sarahan.
Sarahan can be reached by road easily, being a six hour drive from Shimla. Taxis and cars are available for inner region travel. The nearest railway station for narrow gauge is at Shimla too, and so is the airport. So include an exclusive Shimla tour when planning a holiday in North India
Quality accommodation can be availed in the Srikhand Guest House, which is the only deluxe hotel in the region giving out rooms for moderate and reasonable prices. The rooms are spacious and airy with satellite television and all types of cuisines; hence the stay is worth every penny. In all, the entire trip would cost around 5000-6000 INR for a couple spending 2 days reveling in the mountain breeze. Don’t ever wait, just book your tickets and get going to enjoy some peaceful mountain air!