Bhimakali Temple is an iconic structure housing the Kuldevi (the presiding deity of the dynasty) of Bushahr Kingdom. Bhimakali Temple is noteworthy in that it contains both Hindu and Vajrayana Buddhist statues and decorations which reflect the trade through here between India and Tibetan regions through ancient Indo-Tibetan Road. The traces of old Indo-Tibetan road still pass through Shalabag near Sarahan. It also shows Kushana dynasty influence in its architecture and possibly some of the images in it are Kushana. There are two adjacent identical looking temple buildings. The temple is built in Indo- Tibetan style of architecture. The alternate rows of grooved and interlocked stones and wood provide flexibility and strength to the walls. The thick walls with lower roofs found in typical mountainous region buildings provide warmth during winters. The Bushahr kings are believed to be dynastic priests of the temple and used to reside in temple premises before moving to palace some 100 meters from temple. Artistic wood work on the temple is worth appreciating.
King's and Queen's Palace
King's and Queen's Palace in Sarahan is comparatively recent buildings of modern era. The palaces are generally not open for visitors, though they can roam around in the garden, orchard, around the palace and take pictures. The royal family don’t live there any longer and visit occasionally during Durga Puja Festival in October.
Jujurana is one of the protected species of birds in the region. Pheasantry at Sarahan caters to breeding of some local species of birds and they can be seen inside cages. Pheasantry remains closed during summer, it being the breeding season. Pheasantry is also a good place for a short uphill trek which may take 1-2 hours and gives good view of two of the prominent peaks the Gushu-Pushu and the Shrikhand Mahadeva.
Hawa-Ghar is a small sitting area built under canopy with all round view of the peaks and valley. The tall trees have grown around it now and views are obstructed. It is built 2 kilometres uphill of Sarahan and can be accessed by metalled road.
Sarahan Stadium is built near peasantry and a large natural drain passes underneath it. It is a good place to relax in sun and enjoy the view.
Natural Warm Water Stream
There is a warm water stream at Jeori just ahead of turn for Sarahan on National Highway no. 22. There are dedicated bathing areas with changing rooms at the stream. The stream is believed to have medicative properties by local people of Sarahan.
(Last Updated on : 04-04-2015)