If you’re planning a road trip to Kinnaur and Spiti Valley during the summer months, then Sarahan is one such place which is worth a stop over if you’re looking for a place which is quiet and peaceful. Below is a list you must experience while in this town.
Sarahan, located in the Himalayas, experiences cold temperatures, particularly during the winter months. Pack warm clothing such as sweaters, jackets, thermals, gloves, hats, and socks to stay comfortable.
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The best way to spend a night in Sarahan is in one of the home stays which are run by the villagers. It’s always better to book in advance since with the spike in people going to Spiti Valley, Sarahan is the new hot spot along the route. The home stays are very simple and modest which come with attached rooms and cosy beds to rest before the long journey to either Chitkul or Nako.
Cook with the locals
If you like cooking then lending a helping hand in the kitchen with your homestay owners is definitely a must do thing to help get the food prepared faster and more importantly to suit your taste buds.
Local Dhaba Chinese
The Chinese in Sarahan is definitely worth trying out. A couple of dhabas which are in the main market area serve some very good noodle soup and momos. The perfect lunch to have when you arrive in Sarahan.
Snow capped Himalayan view
From your room, you will get a clear view of the snow capped Kinnaur Valley mountains which are a breath of fresh air for anyone coming from the city.
Walk around the town
Walking around the town of Sarahan is the best way to explore the place and get a first hand experience of the village. Everything in the village is within walking distance, so make sure you end up taking an early evening stroll to get some good pictures.
Visit the temple
Bhima Khali temple in Sarahan was home to human sacrifices less than a century ago and is one of the most unique temples in all of Himachal Pradesh. The temple is definitely a must visit place.
Taste the local fruits
Apples, peaches and plums are a must have while in the village. These fruits are grown locally and are easily available in the market. Grab a bunch of fruits to help you stay hydrated while on the road.
Catch up on your lost sleep
Sleep is a vital element to help make your holiday worthwhile since when you’re back in the city, it’s sleep that we lack the most, so the cold weather will help you sleep better. Make sure you catch up on your lost sleep and rest well while you’re in Sarahan.
Try the street food
Pani puri or gol gappa are something which is totally worth having while in Sarahan. You’ll find the street food very good in this part of Himachal since most of the vendors are from Delhi.
Make at least one local friend
The locals in Sarahan are very friendly and warm people, so if you know how to make friends, then this is a village where you will definitely end up making at least a couple of local friends, if not more. Do remember to add them to your social network to stay in touch after you have left Sarahan.