Jibhi – 7 important things you need to know for a perfect weekend

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. 

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

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.

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.

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. Mulitple 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 in & around Jibhi

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.

Chehni Kothi

  • It lies around 10 kms 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.

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.

Best Season

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

March to June: The weather is pleasant throughout these three months. Come to Jibhi 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.

Our suggestion will be March – June as the best time to visit Jibhi, if you want to have the best time 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 in Jibhi. 
  • 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 to Shangarh will cost you between INR 12,000 – INR 25,000, depending on what kind of a budget you are on.

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