Jibhi Travel Guide (2023): Experience Nature’s Blissful Haven

Jibhi
Valley in the month of March

Jibhi in Tirthan valley undoubtedly, is one of the best off-beat locations to avoid the crowds of Himachal. It has become a hotspot for travellers in recent years and is growing in popularity daily. The travellers come here to spend time away from the hustle-bustle of the crowded cities & are also opting for this place as a workation option. 

Located at an altitude of 1600M, it is around a 3-hour drive from Manali, approximately 100 kms on the banks of Tirthan river.

It is a must-visit place in Himachal because of its views throughout the year and has something to offer to everyone, be it a family, a solo traveller, a couple or a group of friends.

It is known for its pine forests, mesmerising valley views, unique guest houses and the beautiful Tirthan river. Apart from this, it also has a fishing culture and is famous for trout fishing. The dense forests in this lush green valley are some of the best in the state of Himachal.

How to reach Jibhi

Tirthan valley
Valley in the month of March

The best way to get to Jibhi is to take an overnight bus from Delhi or Chandigarh & get down at Aut; it is a 12-13 hour ride. 

After getting down at Aut, you can choose either of these two options:

  1. Take a local bus to Banjar and then another shared cab to Jibhi. (a cheaper solution)
  2. Hire a cab directly from Aut to Jibhi. (this saves time, especially if you are in a group of 4 or more, it is a more feasible option)

You can also drive down directly from Delhi or Chandigarh and take the exit before the Aut tunnel towards Banjar valley. It will take around 14-15 hours by car.

  • Bhuntar Airport is the nearest airport. From the airport you can hire a local cab or a local bus to Jibhi.
  • The nearest railway station is Shimla. From here you can either take a cab or a local HRTC bus to Jibhi.

Where to stay in Jibhi

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Jibhi undoubtedly has some of the best stay options for a weekend as well people looking for long stays and are on a workation. Here’s a list of options suitable for everyone.

  1. The Hosteller Shoja
    1. Shoja is around 7kms from Jibhi, and the Hosteller is a great option if you are looking for an offbeat location. It has dorms and private rooms and offers great valley views.
    2. It is ideal for travellers on the lower end of the budget and people who like the vibe of a hostel. 
    3. A great option for workation.
  2. Madpackers
    1. A good budget option with dorms and private rooms
    2. Ideal for friends, solo travellers & people on a workation
    3. Close to the Jibhi waterfall
  3. Jibhi homestead
    1. It is a homestay run by a local family. The hosts are amazing and will go the extra mile to help you with anything.
    2. Ideal for couples and families.
    3. It is close to the river and has a seating area outside where you can light a bonfire, enjoy your food and laze around.
  4. The Hidden Burrow
    1. This property is on the higher end of the budget but offers unique stay options, like a treehouse.
    2. Multiple property options
    3. Ideal for couples and families
  5. Whoopers Boutique Resort
    1. They offer unique geodesic domes options, which is an experience.
  6. Mudhouse Experiential Hostels
    1. It has rustic 6-bed mixed bunks, rustic private rooms with riverside balconies, and a handcrafted Mud Duplex with a huge riverside balcony.
    2. Perfect accommodation for vacation travellers, backpackers and friends.
    3. It has an in-house cafe.

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Things To Do & Places to See

Image Credits: Chehni Kothi, Bahu village, Raghupur fort, Tandi village

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Jalori Pass & Serolsar lake

  • Undoubtedly, the most famous place to visit is Jalori Pass & hike to the Serolsarlake. You can hire a local cab & reach Jalori pass (at an altitude of around 10,000 ft. 
  • You can eat here, enjoy the sunset & head back, but if you are an adventurous soul, you can do the Serolsar lake trek, which is around 2-3 hours one way.

Shoja

  • Shoja is a beautiful and peaceful village located about an hour from Jibhi. Shoja is the perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of city life and relax in the lap of nature. You can stay here instead of Jibhi to avoid the crowds.
  • In addition to its natural beauty, Shoja also offers visitors a glimpse into the local way of life. The village has a rich cultural heritage, and visitors can interact with the locals and learn about their customs and traditions.
  • The village also has several homestays and guesthouses, which offer visitors a comfortable and authentic experience.

Gushaini & Sharchi Village

  • The villages of Sharchi & Gushaini offer the perfect blend of serenity and productivity for a workation. Located about an hours drive from Jibhi, you can go here for a day trip as well.
  • The picturesque surroundings and tranquil atmosphere create an ideal setting for focusing on work, while the area’s stunning natural beauty provides a refreshing break from the daily grind.
  • The area also offers a variety of outdoor activities and adventures, from hiking and fishing to exploring local villages and markets.
  • With comfortable accommodations and reliable internet connectivity, Sharchi and Gushaini in Tirthan Valley are ideal destinations for a workation that combines work, leisure, and adventure.

Chehni Kothi

  • It lies around 10 km away from Jibhi. Hiring a private cab is the best option.
  • It is a tall tower-like structure and displays the beautiful Himachali architecture.
  • It offers a grand view of the Tirthan valley.
  • You can also visit the Shringa rishi temple which is nearby.

Jibhi Waterfall

  • You can walk to this place from wherever you are staying. It is a serene waterfall and a must-do
  • The flow is great during the monsoons and the post-monsoon season.

Raghupur Fort Trek

  • If you want to enjoy the silence and views of the Tirthan valley, Raghupur fort is the hike for you.
  • It is around 3kms from Jalori top and will take anywhere between 90-120 mins one way.
  • Suggestion: Try and hike to the fort early morning for the sunrise. The view is mesmerising.

Tandi Village:

  • Tandi is a remote village above Jibhi. The road to Tandi is not for the faint-hearted. 
  • You can either go here for a day trip, stroll in the village or even stay there for a night.
  • The village is known for its tree-house cottages.

Mini Thailand:

  • A truly hidden gem that holds the true beauty of nature. The locals refer to this place as kuli katandi and veer ki aar.
  • The rock formation are like a cove between two massive rocks, forming a shallow turquoise pool where you can dip your feet and chill.
  • The water is clean, cold, and crystal clear so you can opt to swim as well.

Best Time To Visit Jibhi

December to February: This is the peak winter season; if you want to enjoy snowfall, this should be your ideal season.

March to June: The weather is pleasant throughout these three months. Come here during this season to beat the heat.

July to September: The monsoons are in full flow, ideally should be avoided. But the valley is at its greenest during this time of the year.

October to November: Similarly to the summers, the weather is pleasant, though a bit colder because of the onset of winters.

NOMADS OF INDIA RECOMMENDS: the best time to visit Jibhi is in from March to June, if you want to have the best time, avoid crowds and do treks in the Great Himalayan National Park and visit every place.

Budget for a 4-5 days trip

Travel Cost: 

  • A return Volvo Bus journey from Delhi to Aut can cost anywhere between INR 3000 and INR 5000.

Accommodation

  • Dorms are available for INR 500 – INR 1000 per night. 
  • Private rooms will cost anywhere between INR 2000 and INR 5000 per night.
  • Expect to pay more than INR 7000 for fancy stay options.

Food: 

  • You can expect to spend between INR 750 – INR 1200 per person. 
  • (A good hack: Share meals with the other travellers in the hostels, that way, you can share the cost as well)

Local Attractions: 

  • You do not require to spend entry fees anywhere. 
  • Expect to pay anywhere between INR 3000 – INR 5000 for the cab fare to the above locations.
  • (Hack: Try carpooling wherever you can to divide the transportation cost.) 

A 4-5 day trip will cost you between INR 12,000 – INR 25,000, depending on what kind of a budget you are on.

FAQs

Jibhi is famous for its natural beauty, picturesque landscapes, and serene environment. The village is surrounded by lush green forests, snow-capped mountains, and beautiful waterfalls. Jibhi is an ideal destination for those looking to disconnect from technology and reconnect with nature.

The village also offers several adventure activities, including trekking, camping, and fishing.

Overall, Jibhi is a popular destination among tourists for its natural beauty, peaceful environment, and adventure activities.

The best time to visit Jibhi is between March to June and from September to November. The weather during these months is pleasant and ideal for outdoor activities such as trekking, camping, and sightseeing.

Both Jibhi and Kasol are beautiful destinations with their unique charm.

Jibhi is a serene and offbeat destination, ideal for nature lovers and those seeking a peaceful retreat.

Kasol, on the other hand, is a vibrant and lively destination, known for its hippie culture and vibrant nightlife. The choice between the two ultimately depends on personal preference and the type of experience one is looking for.

Yes, Jibhi is worth visiting for its natural beauty, picturesque landscapes, and serene environment. The village offers several adventure activities, including trekking, camping, and river rafting.

Jibhi is an ideal destination for those looking to disconnect from technology and reconnect with nature.

Overall, Jibhi is a popular destination among travellers for its natural beauty, peaceful environment, and adventure activities.

Conclusion

In conclusion, Jibhi is a hidden gem tucked away in the Banjar Valley of Himachal Pradesh, India. The village offers visitors a peaceful and authentic experience in the lap of nature. From picturesque landscapes and lush green forests to adventure activities and cultural experiences, Jibhi has something to offer for everyone.

The village is an ideal destination for those looking to disconnect from technology and reconnect with nature. With its natural beauty, serene environment, and adventure activities,

Jibhi is undoubtedly a must-visit destination for anyone looking to explore the hidden treasures of India.

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