Sarahan is steeped in legend, hill architecture and remarkable natural beauty. Far below in the valley tumbles the river Satluj. Across lie the snow-covered Shrikhand peaks and a host of other mountains that divide the Satluj and Beas valleys. This is an area closely connected with the epic ‘Mahabharata ‘and the exile of the ‘Pandavas’. Sarahan itself is surrounded by fields and orchards, and small villages with remarkable examples of local architecture. Sarahan is revered as one of the fifty-one ‘Shaktipeeths’ and the temple of Bhimakali is a resplendent example of indigenous building skills. For several centuries this was also the capital of the former princely state of Bushair.
Height: 2165 m
Climate: Mild and pleasant in summer when cottons and light woollens are suggested. Cold in winter and heavy clothing is required.
Getting There & Away: How to reach Sarahan
Road: Shimla is 180 kms away and Chandigarh is at a distance of 310 kms.
Rail: Kalka is at a distance of 270 kms. On the narrow-gauge Kalka Shimla railway line, Shimla station is at a distance of 180 kms.
Air: Shimla is 197 kms away and Chandigarh is at a distance of 315 kms.
Tourist Attractions in Sarahan
Shri Bhimakali temple complex is the primary attraction of Sarahan and is perhaps the most resplendent example of local architecture. The complex covers about an acre of buildings and courtyards. With horizontally placed interlocking beams of wood, the older temple of Bhimakali has a weathered and distinguished look and is now used as a repository. This has undergone a recent renovation in keeping with its age-old character. Completed in 1943, the new temple follows a similar architectural design and along with a host of other deities houses two images of the goddess Bhimakali. The complex also holds the temples of Narasingh, Raghunath and that of Lankra Bir.
At a little distance from the temple, a Bird Park houses rare high altitude birds like the Monal and Snow Cork. The Sarahan bird park has the distinction of having successfully bred and reared the highly endangered pheasant specie of ‘Western Tragopan’ in captivity.
Several mild to strenuous trekking routes abound in and around Sarahan. A trek to Bashal peak is a rewarding experience.
Bhaba Valley (50 kms) is one of the most beautiful valleys in Himachal and a trek passing through this leads to the Pin valley of Spiti.