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Bhimakali Temple in Sarahan

·  Summer: 10°C-25°C
·  Winter: 4°C-15°C
·  Monsoon: August-November<

Best time to visit:  April-November

Opening Time: 05:00 a.m.
Closing Time: 10:00 p.m.
Weekly Holiday: Open 7 days a week.

Entry Fees for Indians Adults:  Free
Children:  Free
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Entry Fees for Foreign Nationals Adults:  Free
Children:  Free
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With the magnificent backdrop of snow-capped Himalayan peaks and surrounded by alpine meadows and oak and deodar forests, Bhimakali Temple is no less than a glittering gem for the visitors. Known for its beautiful architecture, the temple is dedicated to Goddess Bhimakali (a form of Goddess Durga) and is one of the 51 Shakti-Peethas.

It is believed that Goddess Bhimakali appeared here to help the region get rid of nasty demons. Another legend states that it became a shakti peeth after Devi Sati’s ear fell here. The temple represents imposing Tibetan architecture and is an outstanding wooden structure with spellbinding carvings. A 200-year old idol of Devi Parvati (Sati) is placed on level one of the temple and is worshipped on special occasions.

Close to River Sutlej and surrounded by apple orchards, the temple complex also houses temples dedicated to Lord Raghunath, Lord Narsingh, Shri Lankravir and Lord Hanuman. Festivals like Navratri and Dussehra are celebrated with great enthusiasm at the temple.

Road: Sarahan is located at the distance of about 150 km. from the state capital Shimla and is accessible from the National Highway 22. State transport buses run from Shimla to Sarahan. For better connectivity, take a bus from Shimla to Jeori and then from Jeori to Sarahan. Taxis and jeeps are also available from Shimla to cover this scenic mountain journey.

Railway: Shimla Railway Station (on narrow gauge line) is the nearest railhead at the distance of about 152 km. The nearest broad gauge railway station is at Kalka which is about 170 km. away. Taxis and cabs are available from each of these stations.

Airway: Jubbarhatti Airport of Shimla is about 172 km. from Sarahan and offer flights to and from Delhi. One can easily avail taxis and cabs from the airport to continue the road trip towards Sarahan.