Further travelling about 50kms from Narkanda towards Saharan, we saw a very beautiful snow peaked mountain named as Srikhand, in front of our eyes. And with every single mile travel towards Sarahan, the mountain kept on coming close. The beauty of landscape was such that you will not want to blink your eyes, because that might make you miss something. Soon we were inside a very small village which is located at the height of 2100mts above the sea level. At the base of very beautiful snowcapped Mountain. ( Srikhand ) the place was very quiet and had a jaw dropping panoramic view all around. Yes!!! that’s what defines the offbeat destination for me. The weather at Sarahan was extremely cold. This was making it bit difficult for kids,we immediately checked into hotel, which again offered a great view from its balcony. But after booking the best hotel at a place with limited options ,we found the rooms did not have central heating and the heater provided by the hotel was quiet old,which made us understood that we were about to face a very chilling night. The temperature of the place goes down to -2 in night. Without wasting more time, we decided to have dinner and went to bed to call it a day.
A day in Sarahan: I always have a habit of waking up early at hills, as I don’t want to miss the sunrise despite of extremely cold weather I got off the bed with first ray of Sun. And immediately went to the balcony of the hotel. OMG!!!! were my first words of the morning. Srikhand (the mountain) which accompanied us to Saharan was right in front of my eyes. And Sun was ready to make love with the mountain. Despite of the fact ,that I was shivering like anything, I didn’t wanted to miss the sight. Golden Sunlight, beautiful green valley, lovely song of the birds, and spiritual calmness of the place was taking away all my stress. After waking up with the nature, i felt it’s today that I actually woke up. Otherwise, I was just getting up daily in my urban life. If you are looking for quiet few days for yourself away from the urban life and crowded tourist destination in a lap of mother nature , then this is the place which is just tailor- made for you .The beauty of the place ,tells you how beautiful our country India is. Because it’s incredible! Ya, that’s right Incredible India!!!!!
As we did not had any plans for today, we decided to explore the place after sipping a hot cup of tea. We got ready and went out of our hotel. Just outside the hotel there was a beautiful Bhimakali Temple which is one of the 51 shakti peeths. The temple is inspired by Hindu and Buddhist architecture. This temple is the reason behind the spiritual calmness of the place. The oldest part of the temple is locked which is being replaced by the newly made temple of goddess Bhimakali. After offering our prayers and spending sometime in the temple,Now it was our turn to explore the village. For the tourist looking for big markets, restaurant, cafes, etc. Sarahan will be a big disappointment. But on the other hand, if you want to experience a nature walk, and want to enjoy some quality time with yourself, then this is a place for you. Our whole day passed by enjoying the beauty and by walking around the town. As we opted for a two days stay at Sarahan, the hotel staff advised us to visit another place known at Chitkul, which was only 16kms from Sarahan. According to them,Chitkul was more beautiful than Sarahan,as it is the last Indian village and also had a river flowing from the center of it. So we decided to move to Chitkul on 2nd day. And started our research about the place on internet. The place looked great, but the temperature of Chitkul was below 0 in the day time which goes to -10 during night. As we had kids along with us ,it was practically impossible for us to visit Chitkul. After making few calls in different hotels at Chitkul and receiving the advice of not coming with kids, we decided to drop our plan. This gave us opportunity to enjoy one more beautiful day at Saharan. This day was well spend enjoying the local food, looking at the changing color of the mountain Srikhand.
Saharan to Manali: This was going to be a long journey of approx. 235kms. So we decided to take a night halt at small town named as Chindi. The journey between Saharan and Chindi is not worth mentioning; as the day was hot and the journey was tiring. We reached at this place name as Chindi around 6pm. Chindi does not have many options when it comes to hotels. But even then we were lucky enough to find a decent place to stay. Asking about the options available at Chindi, we got to know the place is famous for trekking. And basically it act as a stop point for people going to Kinnaur or Spiti, or coming back from there. It also have some very old temples around the town.