We toured Sarahan in April, this year. We hired a car from Shimla for our entire tour to Kinnaur. The car was “Swift’ and it was brand new. After taking breakfast with Aloo-paratha, at about 10 o’clock, we started from Shimla for Sarahan. Rajesh was our driver. The distance was 175 Kms(approx). We wished to reach before evening, so that we can see Sarahan in the afternoon.
On the way, we crossed Fagu, Theog, Kumarsen, Kingal, Rampur. River Sutlej(Shatadru) became companion from Kingal up to Jeori, via Rampur. Road was good except a few portions. When we reached Sarahan, weather was heavy though there was bright daylight.
We had booking in Hotel ‘The Shrikhand’ of HPTDC (Himachal Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation), named after the local main peak of The Himalayas. The hotel is facing Shrikhand peak. The Himalayas are gorgeous here. Some of the snow-clad peaks were glimmering in the afternoon sunshine. Really marvelous!
But rain came at about 17.00 hours. Restaurant was big and overlooking Himalayan range. We took coffee and enjoyed scenic beauty through the window. At night, we took dinner at the restaurant. As it was not peak season, there were fewer tourists. But we could not forget the behavior of one staff(I am really sorry, I forgot his name). This gentleman treated us like his own guests and served us with such care, that we could not forget him in near future.
In Sarahan, there was a bird Sanctuary nearby for breeding of pheasants including state bird Munal.
Beds and linens were upto the mark. Bathroom was clean and modern.
In the early morning, I got up from the bed and walked away from the hotel to stroll here and there. We took breakfast. At about 9 O’clock, we left for Sangla after seeing Bhimkali Temple. Bhimkali Temple is one of the 51 sacred Saktipeeths. Beautiful architecture and carvings made the temple more attractive.
At about 9 o’clock, we took our breakfast and started for Sangla. Bye Bye Sarahan.
We had no idea about Sarahan, but we found it extremely splendid, particularly in the backdrop of the majestic Himalayas. We hope you will come and enjoy (if already, you came here, you will be unison with me).
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- Himachal Tourism's Hotel Shrikhand is named after the majestic mountain that faces the hotel and 5,536m high Shrikhand peak. The building's architecture has drawn inspiration from the fascinating forms of the famous Bhimakali Temple. The rooms of the Shrikhand hotel over looks the majestic view of the Shrikhand peak and apple orchards. ... more less