Sarahan, Himachal Pradesh – Famous for Bhimakali temple, a place of pilgrimage, a heaven for nature lovers


Just halfway up a high mountain side with flowering pine trees and stately Oaks Sarahan is a God’s grace. The town is known as the gateway of Kinnaur. Here dozens of small streams rush past. The fields and orchards that surround the small villages with their slate roofed houses, compose pictures of pastoral perfection. Above Sarahan,  many deodar trees rides the slopes and higher still, encircling the Bashal peak, are trees of smooth birch and variety of wild flowers and rare medicinal herbs. This sparsely populated tract is steeped in ancient legends and here is the famous Bhimakali temple regarded as one of the 51 sacred Shaktipeeths. The temple’s unusual architecture and wealth of carvings have made it a glittering example of what is  called the Indo-Tibetan style. Deep down flows the river Sutlej and across lies the snow-clad Shrikhand peak. Saharan is the base for numerous treks and is the gateway to Kinnaur. It is a place of pilgrimage, a heaven for nature lovers and the temple complex attracts a variety of admirers.

Places to see at Sarahan: Sarahan is a good base to explore the places like:

Bhimakali Temple Complex 

This historical temple is a multi storied structured building, a fusion of Hindu and Buddhist architecture. The tall tower like structure and unusual roof of the temple dominate the complex. The centuries old temple is now locked and in the newly built temple, the goddess Bhimakali is portrayed as a maiden and as a woman. This temple complex includes other temples such as Narsingh shrine of Bhairon and Lord Raghunath.

Bird Park

Near the temple complex is a pheasant breeding centre. It also houses the State bird Monal which is of a great attraction.

Bhaba Valley 

50 km from Sarahan, a beautiful valley along Bhaba river. Link road to valley originates at Wangtu. It has a beautiful landscape, reservoir lake, alpine meadows and is best famous for trek route to Pin Valley in Spiti.

Things to do at Sarahan: Sarahan is abase for numerous treks. It is a place of pilgrimage, a heaven for nature lovers. You may just sit idle in your hotel’s balcony and take the pleasure of the excellent beauty of the place.

Best time to visit Sarahan: The ideal season to visit Sarahan and its adjoining areas is between April and June.

How to go ?

From Shimla, Sarahan is at a distance of 175-kms. So after reaching Shimla one has to then take a bus or a private taxi to go to Sarahan.


Where to stay ?

The place has adequate accommodation facility. Some options are:

The Shrikhand (HPTDC): +91-01782 – 274234
Hotel Snowview :+91-0177-2802676, 77  Website:
Green Hotels & Resorts: +91- 9817072147, 9816710301 Website:

Note : Phone numbers given above are according to the information available with us. If you find any contact number/s given above is/are incorrect or not in use, please let us know.