Tired with the traffic, pollution, noise, rush of your crowded cities? Jibhi and its neighboring places like Tirthan Valley, Jalori pass are the perfect destination to take a break and relax. Explore the unexplored at this mountain gateway covered with dense forest and not affected by mass tourism.
Jibhi and its nearby destinations of Tirthan valley and jalori pass are a hidden treasure in Banjar valley of Kullu district of himachal Pradesh. If your idea of travel is to spend time at a peaceful place, capturing nature’s best and exploring the untouched then this place is perfect for you.
Best time to visit Jibhi
The best time is when you most feel the need to take a break and visit someplace. But still taking about Jibhi’s weather and seasons, most people visit it during spring months of March to May, when Jibhi is blessed with excessive greenery and flowers and weather here is pleasant.
- If you love winters and want to experience snow, visit during Dec to Feb.
- If you’re interested in camping and trekking avoid going in winters and monsoons.
- If you wanna try fishing visit during Mar to Oct.
But of all the seasons I found with personal experience, March to May to be the best suited time to visit.
How to reach
Jibhi from Delhi
- Public Transport
The easiest way to reach Jibhi or Tirthan Valley is to board a bus to Aut, Manali from Delhi ISBT. From Aut take roadways bus or taxi to Shoja or Banjar.
- Personal Vehicle
There are two routes to reach from delhi
Route 1- Delhi – Chandigarh – Mandi – Banjar – Jibhi.
Route 2- Delhi – Chandigarh – Shimla – Narkand – Shoja – Jibhi.
Jibhi from Chandigarh
Board a bus to Aut, Manali. From Aut take a bus to Banjar or Shoja.
Jibhi from Manali
Take a roadways bus from Manali bus stand to Aut. And from Aut take a bus to Banjar/Shoja.
Jibhi from Kasol
Take a bus from kasol to Bhuntar. Then another from Bhuntar to Aut. And then to Banjar/Shoja.
Some important distances
Distance between Delhi and Jibhi – 498 kms (11 hours)
Distance between Jibhi and Chandigarh- 311 kms (8 hours)
Distance between Shimla and Jibhi – 161 kms (5 hours)
Distance between Jibhi and Manali- 102 kms (3 hours)
Reasons to visit
You won’t be overwhelm by the beauty of Jibhi and you’ll eventually find out that neighboring villages like Jalori Pass, shoja and Tirthan Valley have a lot more to offer.
Distance between Jibhi and Jalori Pass (Serolsar lake & Raghupur Fort) – 12 kms
Distance between Jibhi and Tirthan Valley – 16 kms
Where to stay
You’ll find plenty of homestays, cottages, guest houses and camps along the main road and river. I always visit, if not many, at least two to three homestays, check the room and facilities and lastly bargain. I stayed at a homestay in Banjar for 2 nights for 1500 because we had plans to visit Tirthan valley too. You can find more cheaper places to stay but not online.
Note- Many of the homestays accept online payment through UPI.
Where to eat
The native dishes you can try here are Trout fish and Siddu-Ghee. You can have these local himachali cuisines at your homestay. There are no fancy cafes here. Except trying native dishes, I, personally prefer to eat in bhojnalayas/dhabas – which serve delicious north Indian food – to minimize my expenses.
There are few ATMs available in Banjar and Aut but a better option would be to carry at least 2500 if you’re visiting for 3 days.
- Mobile Network Availability
All I know that Jio, BSNL and Airtel works well here because it was all we had. But I’m optimistic that all other network would be available until you go to a place deep in forest like Serolsar lake or Raghupur Fort in Jalori Pass or Great Himalayan National Park (GHNP) in Tirthan Valley.
- Petrol Pump
There are petrol pumps available in every few kilometers but a tankful at Mandi or Shimla will get you comfortably through Tirthan Valley and Jalori Pass.
As stated earlier, fishing is permitted in months of March to November. A permit can be obtained at around ₹100 from fishery department in Nagini village (falls en route Tirthan valley).
Have a happy time fishing in Tirthan river and its tributaries 😉. (near Tirthan valley)
Cost of trip to Jibhi
It costed me around ₹4200 for 3 days and 2 nights trip. I hired no taxi, travelled everywhere in bus or hitchhiked to places. Had my food in dhabas or bhojnalaya and stayed at a homestay in Banjar.
This all, according to best of my knowledge, will help you through and make your vacation perfect. Still have any doubt? Feel free to contact us.