How to reach Sarahan?
If you are able to reach Shimla by late afternoon or nightfall, I advise you to stay over for the night. An evening can be lazily spent with some hours at one of the best cafes in Shimla, roaming around the Mall Road, buying the rightly famous Shimla umbrellas or just gorging over gulab-jamuns at Baljees.
Next morning, leave for Sarahan, driving off the misty, narrow lane. Sarahan is around 4-5 hours away from Shimla via Naldhera and is more of a hamlet. River Sutlej, surprisingly gregarious will ribbon you on one side of the road. It becomes more of a torrent in monsoons, as people stay away from the route. I, for a change, love visiting Kinnaur & Spiti in monsoons and experience the region in all its wildness.
What to do in Sarahan?
Once in Sarahan, you can have a lazy day and pore over clouds and mountains alike. A visit to the Bhimakali Temple in the evening is a must; prayer-time at the temple is a wonder to watch, with a gathering of a few locals and some rather surprising outing of ancient karnals (straight brass trumpets) by the priests. An intense affair, the evening prayers carry on for around 30 minutes and make for stuff that needs to be recorded before we lose it our race for all things modern. For the day, you can roam around the winding road and trek further up in Sarahan. It is a rather small village, with tiny houses that see laden apple trees when it rains.
Where to stay in Sarahan?
There are a number of guesthouses in Sarahan, most offering facilities that include free Wi-Fi (that often goes bonkers), fresh & good food, clean loos, running water and even TVs. If you can, book a room in the temple itself, and watch this majestic, ancient building in all its glory. Made in the Himachali style, it is enticing to look at and live in. Tariffs generally range between INR 500 – INR 2500 in the guesthouses.