Sarahan

The Blissful Abode of the Goddess

Bhimakali Temple at Night. Picture Credit @ Soul Safar
Bhimakali Temple at Night. Picture Credit @ Soul Safar

The scenery gradually changes as we leave the bustling capital of Shimla in Himachal Pradesh and proceed northwards on the NH-22 or Hindustan -Tibet road.The multi storeyed concrete buildings hanging precariously on both sides of the hill slopes vanish, the pine and deodar trees appear in cluster and the nature opens an enchanting vista to the travel lovers with the distant snow-capped Himalayan ranges.Driving around 176 kms from Shimla through the winding picturesque roads leaving behind places like Kufri,Theog,Narkanda and Rampur we have to take a detour from Jeori.A17 kms steep uphill drive from Jeori through green pastoral lands,apple orchards, medicinal herbal gardens and slate roofed houses will take us to a beautiful village called Sarahan, the abode of Goddess Bhimakali.Deep down the valley flows the river Sutlej on the backdrop of distant blue hills creating an artist’s canvas.
Perched at an altitude of 2165mts above the sea level on the border of Kinnaur valley, Sarahan is a place of pilgrimage, being one of the 55 Shakti Peeths,the base for numerous treks and a heaven for nature lovers.The intricately crafted wood and stone temple of Bhimakali is a blend of Hindu and Buddist architecture and is 800 years old.The Goddess Bhimakali was the primary deity of the rulers of the former Bushahr state and still today is being worshipped with utmost devotion.The sprawling temple complex itself attracts a large number of devotees and travel admirers.Dusshera is celebrated with huge pomp and gaiety here.

Bhimakali Temple at Sarahan. Picture Credit @ Soul Safar
Bhimakali Temple at Sarahan. Picture Credit @ Soul Safar

Mythology
Sarahan is identified with Sonitpur mentioned in Puranas.Sarahan has been the summer capital of Bushahr kingdom while Rampur being the winter capital.

Deserted King's Palace beside the Bhimakali Temple. Picture Credit @ Soul Safar
Deserted King’s Palace beside the Bhimakali Temple. Picture Credit @ Soul Safar

Where to stay

At Sarahan you can stay either in the Hptdc tourist resort located just beside the temple complex with a magnificent view of the Srikhand peak or in the temple guest house or in the limited number of private hotels available here.

The snow capped Srikhand peak visible from the Bhimakali Temple Complex. Picture Credit @ Soul Safar
The snow capped Srikhand peak visible from the Bhimakali Temple Complex. Picture Credit @ Soul Safar

Best time to visit
The ideal time to visit Sarahan is from April to October.Summers are pleasant while winters are very cold with snowfall.Autumn is the best time as the apple orchards will be in full bloom.

Idols from the faraway hills. Picture Credit @ Soul Safar
Idols from the faraway hills. Picture Credit @ Soul Safar

Places to visit
The Bhimakali temple is the major attraction of Sarahan.You can also visit the King’s palace, the bird park where you can see Monal, the state bird of Himachal¬† and also to Bhaba Valley.¬†
After a refreshing stay at Sarahan you can proceed towards the Kinnaur valley, one of the most beautiful places in Himachal Pradesh and soak in the natural splendour of Sangla, Chitkul and Kalpa.

For your Soul Safar to Sarahan feel free to contact us at indira@soulsafar.in. We will be happy to guide you.

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