I Relocated to Sarahan – Why and How it feels to be here!

And we have shifted to Sarahan, Himachal Pradesh…

Breaking out the shell and stepping out of the comfort zone is always painful, but what’s worse is being stuck in a stagnant life. I don’t fear change; I don’t fear challenges. I fear mundane, meaningless and monotonous life.

I was enjoying life at its max when I planned to shift to Sarahan. My personal and professional life, both were at ease. For some people, my life was simply perfect. But behind the happiness lies my die-hard desire to do something big in life, which I firmly believe cannot be achieved in the comfort of the couch.

Comfort makes one content and that’s when the scope of growth dies because growth demands novelty, adventures, risks, discoveries. I do not want to be satisfied with the worldly pleasures; I’m keen to feed my inner self. I’m in search of inner satisfaction.

View from my balcony on a cloudy day !!

Coming to this beautiful land, I realized I made a correct decision. Sarahan is a beautiful small town wrapped in the cocoon of peace and serenity and soaked in the beauty of nature. It is a paradise for nature lovers.

Jalebiiiiii 🙂

I love this place for its changing weather. Every day, I wake up to be astonished by the beauty of nature. Sometimes, I get to see the long standing snow blanketed mountains and sometimes, I get to see dense fog. Every day, nature gifts a beautiful scenery to enliven the inside of me. That’s a real treat of shifting to Sarahan.

For me, the fortunate days are those when the sun rises bright and the golden rays fall on the peaks of the mountains to give a crisp clear view of the Shrikhand range. The tall standing mountains symbolize the existence of the supreme power, the God. It solidifies my belief that yes, He is there, looking at us all the time.

I love to watch sunsets here. The palette of sunset is full of rich colours that leaves me spellbound. Every time, there is a new blend of colours. I bow my head to the level of creativity Mother Nature shows.

Coming to our daily schedule, we wake up in the morning around 5.30 AM. After getting freshen-up, we do some yoga and exercises. Then, sitting in the balcony with a cup of tea in hand while looking at the mountains, we discuss life. This is how amazing our mornings are.

Talking about the evenings, we walk around a mile to get natural spring water for drinking. I feel really blessed and close to nature while having milk, water and food at its purest form.

This is the natural spring water that comes from underground aquifers.

Our landlord has farms where they grow Bitter Gourd, Cucumber, Garlic, Kidney Beans, Corns, Pumpkins, Pears, Japanese fruit and most importantly apples. We get all these fresh fruits and vegetables, straight from the farm.

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Apples

Most of the vegetables and fruits that we buy from the market are produced in the village, so everything is fresh and unadulterated.

I am also planning to grow some vegetables at my own under the guidance of my landlady. Let’s see when that happens. 🙂

Not just fruits and vegetables, Sarahan has plentiful of walnut trees. I saw some ladies and kids collecting something from the ground and I got astonished to see, they were collecting walnuts that have fallen from the trees. Lucky, the people of Sarahan are!

Besides the benefit of getting fresh food, water and of course fresh air, I believe this place is enfolded by positive aura that attracts nature lovers, artists, meditators, musicians and spiritual souls. One must visit Sarahan to feed soul with positivity.

I have planned to stay here for a few years to detoxify my inner self (physically and mentally), to gain better understanding of the Almighty, to get closer to Mother Nature, to boost my energy and channelize it in the right direct.

I hope I find my way! Thank you.

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Delhi – Narkanda – Sangla- Chitkul – Kalpa

Delhi – Shimla (350 KM) – Narkanda (65 KM) – Rampur (68 KM) – Karcham (60 KM) – Reckong Peo (58 KM) – Kalpa (3 KM)

The realization of inner strength and passion is equivalent to second birth. I was born again in the land of adventurers when I discovered my love & passion for biking. I don’t drive instead I am a pillion passenger. But, I found wings added to my soul when my husband and I, headed onto unfurl the beauty of Himachal Pradesh on our trip to Sangla, Chitkul & Kalpa. Our decision to travel alone on the bike came after our group of friends said ‘No’ to us, being hectic for them.  Even then, we thought to take a dip in the ocean of adventures.

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Day 1

Packing our bags & safeguarding ourselves with biking gears, we left Delhi at around 6am. The scorching heat of June compelled us to take a break before Chandigarh for Lime water & snacks. We took the second break near Solan for buttermilk (Chhach). Crossing Shimla at around 12pm, we reached Narkanda by 5pm. Narkanda is a small beautiful town, spreading its own magnificence. We checked-in to Hotel Himalaya Inn on the main chowk, which was priced around Rs.1200. There is only one shop in Narkanda to enjoy Thukpa (special Indo-Tibetan hot noodle soup made with mixing vegetables). North Indian food is easily available in hotel & market.

 

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The Yummy Thukpa !!!

 

Day 2

We left Narkanda at 9 am to lose our spirits in the serene beauty of Sangla & Chitkul. We crossed Karcham Dam at around 1pm. The road condition is moderately bad after the dam, though it’s worth driving through the treacherous road to reach Sangla. Remembering the long & bold standing mountains still give me goose-bumps. Sangla & Chitkul, both encompasses uniqueness in their beauty. While Sangla has mountains just aside you, Chitkul gives you a perfect landscape that you might have drawn in your drawing books in childhood – A river flowing amid snow clad mountains & greenery covering the valley with a few cottages.

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We stayed a night in Sangla & left for Chitkul the next morning at around 9 am. It was cloudy and the weather predicted rain in the evening, so we decided to reach Kalpa before it starts raining as we were not sure of accommodation in Chitkul. We reached Chitkul around 11 am and enjoyed the beauty for 2 hrs and left for Kalpa. Though, we now regret we could have stayed a night in Chitkul instead of heading to Kalpa. The beauty of this last village on the Indo-Tibetan border is untouched.

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There are some budget accommodation options in Chitkul that you can book after reaching the place. Post lunch, we headed towards Kalpa and reached the place at around 6 pm. The majestic views of the mighty Himalayas welcomed us & took away all the stress. It’s a very small village with a few eateries outside the hotel.

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Day 3

My heart just melted away with the stunning sight of Kinnaur Kailash, the Shivlingam, which keeps changing its color throughout the day. It looks the most beautiful in the early morning hours. Some of the places to visit in Kalpa:

Suicide Point: It is situated around 3 Kms away from Kalpa. You can even trek to suicide point with a group of friends. It is a place having a dangerous trench and vertical slopes and gives a sight of apple orchards.

Sapni Fort: It’s a seven-storey high fort situated in Sapni village in the vicinity of Kalpa. The fort is a pleasure to the eyes of Art lovers, rich in architectural grandeur & a witness to the glory of the past.

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Stop !!! There is a landslide ahead.

 

Sangla, Chitkul & Kalpa are some of the unexplored places near Shimla that must be explored by travel enthusiasts.

Day 4

After enjoying the beautiful sight of Kinnaur Kailash, we took a night halt in Narkanda and enjoyed the cool weather with a chilled beer in Hotel Hatu by HPTDC. The same moment we decided our next trip to Spiti Valley after seeing the mesmerizing picture of Dhankar Monastery on a wall in the hotel.

You can always trust hotels by Himachal Pradesh Tourism. They are neat, clean and well-maintained.

 

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Garden area of Hotel Hatu (HPTDC), Narkanda

 

Day 5

We left Narkanda early morning & reached Delhi in the night. Disheartened and dull, we put an end to our 5-day adventurous Trip to Himachal Pradesh and promised ourselves to come back again on a more thrilling expedition.

If you are bored of travelling to Shimla, then must visit these unexplored places near Shimla.