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The Srikhand (HPTDC)
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Sarahan
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed November 21, 2013

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).

Room Tip: Though a bit costly, the upper floor rooms have a better view of the Himalayas
  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with family
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Reviewed November 1, 2013

This hotel is brilliantly located at 5 mins walking distance from the main Bhimkali Temple. You can see the hotel from the road from a distance of 30mins (5kms), a must take picture. The hotel restaurant offers superb north indian food, do not try other cuisines like chinese, it will be horrible. They have a nice sit out area near a well-stocked bar. Food cost is reasonable, as per HPTDC. The architecture of hotel is stunning, similar to the temple, where you get a feeling of reverse pyramid, where top floors seem hanging in air. Most rooms offer stunning view of mountains from the balcony, of course higher the floor, the better it is. Note: like many other HP hotels, the highest floor is the ground floor, other floors are constructed below the ground floor :)

Room Tip: There are some other cheaper options to stay near the temple. This hotel is excellent no doubt, BUT...
  • Stayed: August 2013, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed October 3, 2013

this is my favourite HPTDC hotel....although i haven't visited all.
the rooms were nice , cozy and comfortable....
Although room service is bit slow.
but the hotel is very pretty.....
They have a restuarant which is surrounded by glass windows and has a breathtaking view....
All HP lover please do visit this place..... this is a small , serene and lovely town...
and the srikhand is the right place to make your trip better......
We went there in the month of april and were told september, oct is the right time as apple trees bloom during that time.
plan your trip accordingly.....

  • Stayed: April 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed September 13, 2013

The location= Awesome
Service = very good
Food = good
Rates = Average

The view from the hotel room is amazing. The restaurant is also good, from where you can have a wonderful view of the sunset. Bhimkali temple is also just 5 mins walk from this hotel.
Staffs are very helpful and courteous.

Double bed rooms with view point were offered at around 1200. for Non View rooms its about 600-700. Washrooms/ bathrooms are all clean.

If you go to Sarahan YOU SHOULD STAY IN THIS HOTEL.. :)

Room Tip: Take a room with west facing. Then you can enjoy an amazing sunset over the mountains from you hotel...
  • Stayed: September 2013, traveled with family
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Thank Debrup M
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Reviewed August 19, 2013

I stayed at Hotel Srikhand in June, 2013, This is the best option in Sarahan ( anybody who has visited sarahan -knows this fact) Food is above average ( as compared to other Hptdc Hotels), service was excellent (Thanks Nitu -The man who provided Service).
This Property has nice views of Srikhand Mahadev Peak, Kartik Peak, and Gissu Pissu Peak.
Mr. Negi ( General Manager) is very learned person guides the tourists about places near by.

However I have one complaint, The Toilets does not have any ventillation.

Room Tip: as other reviewer has already mentioned, Deluxe rooms with balcony, facing snow covered peaks
  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with friends
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Reviewed August 12, 2013

For people like me who always have interest to explore unexplored indian tourist places tend to visit places like Sarahan. Since most of tourists keen on visiting Shimla hills don't go past Shimla even though the real hill charm only starts after Shimal onwards...As I started driving my car with my family past Shimla last year, I was really mesmerized with the beautiful deodar trees on both sides of national highway (very well maintained road being of strategic importance since act as supply route for China border)...till Narkanda it was uphill journey then is started going downhill till Rampur (commercial town after Shimla and famous for being old capital of erstwhile Raja) and situated in banks of Satluj...Afterwards road is bit narrow compared to NH and you can easily self-drive if you have good experience in driving on hill roads.

Then again you start driving uphill towards Sarahan which can be said as end point of Shimla and before entering kinnaur. Sarahan was also summer capital of erstwhile Raja so well maintained from old times. And then there is famous Bhimakali temple which is still revered by Raja Virbhadra SIngh (CM of Himachal Pradesh).

It is one of the most famous, most well maintained temple within Himachal and you can see the grand edifice from any sides of Sarahan and hear aarti in morning/evening time and feel blessed.

Hotel Srikhand (whose name has been coined after Srikhand peak which can be seen from Sarahan) is best located hotel there and you can go go to temple just by walk anytime of day. Also you can visit summer palace of erstwhile Raja (best time to visit this place is during Dusherra since Sarahan Dusherra is second most important fair after kulla dusshera) and you have daily cultural programme in evening running for 3 days and at daytime "Devta" processions being taken on roads....

Hotel Srikhand is well maintained and has been nice building widening up towards top and has beautifful lawn with roses and other flowers blooming if you go on right weather.
The manager and staff was very helpful seems they really understand the importance of tourists and always helpful to guide you anytime. The food was also good and you will feel always more hungry with nice climate out there.

Room Tip: Choose rooms on upper floors as gives very good view of Srikhand peak and also of Sarahan town.
  • Stayed: September 2012, traveled with family
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Thank Devinder_THAKUR
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Reviewed August 3, 2013

The Srikhand is billed as the best hotel in Sarahan, though possibly without a great deal of competition. It had a terrific view, both from the dining room and from the garden where staff were happy to keep us plied with drinks and snacks before dinner.

Rooms were basic, but comfortable and reasonably neat and clean.

Room Tip: Our room was around the corner from the 'general' toilet facility - that is, the facility us...
  • Stayed: June 2013, traveled with friends
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Address: Distt Shimla, Sarahan 172102, India
Location: India > Himachal Pradesh > Sarahan
Amenities:
Free Parking Restaurant Room Service
Hotel Style:
Ranked #1 of 2 Hotels in Sarahan
Price Range: $20 - $38 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Number of rooms: 18
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 

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