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About Jibhi

About Jibhi

Jibhi in Himachal Pradesh is a tiny, unassuming village, sitting at the foothills of the Himalayas. The old mountain community is settled on the banks of the Tirthan River, a tributary of the Beas. The Valley is located off the Banjar town in Kullu district, on the Shimla-Manali route. 

It is also considered to be a part of the greater Tirthan Valley, famous among backpackers, hikers, trekkers, travelers, and tourists alike. Jibhi makes for an important stop on the road to Manali from Shimla, and also serves as a base for trekkers enroute to nearby places.

The local culture of Jibhi is what attracts most people to this place. Jibhi’s culture is a blend of old colonial charm and local folk traditions, still found in the Victorian-style cottages and the native-style stone and wooden cottages and huts.

Why is Jibhi a famous Tourist attraction?

The mesmerizing hamlet is surrounded by lush forests of pine, cedar, and other alpine trees, apple and orange orchards etc. An offbeat place, unlike other popular tourist destinations in the state, the village is famous for its tranquil surroundings, freshwater lakes, and pristine beauty, untouched by commercialization.

Hidden features about Jibhi hill station

Hidden features about Jibhi hill station

Until the mid-nineties, Jibhi was known only to a handful of pro-trekkers. In 1992, a local ex-army man, Bhagwan Singh Rana started the first ever guesthouse in the entire valley. He provided not only lodging and food but also conducted tours around his hometown, thus opening up Jibhi to the world outside. 

As his guests grew in number, the reputation of the village grew as a scenic Himalayan hamlet and became the destination we know today. This inspired more locals to put Jibhi on the world travel map by offering them a classic Himachalese experience with food, culture, and tour packages.

Places to visit in Jibhi 

Jalori Pass

Jalori Pass
  • How to Reach – The mountain pass is located at 12KM from the village. You can book a local cab or rent a private car to travel and return.
  • Timings – Sunrise to Sunset
  • Entry Fee – No fee
  • Time Required – 3-4 hours
  • Tips – Visit between April and November to see the valley area in full bloom. 

Serolsar Lake

Serolsar Lake
  • How to Reach – The lake area is located at 17KM from the village and 5KM from Jalori Pass. You can book a car for a trip to both the pass and the lake on the same day. 
  • Timings – Sunrise to sunset
  • Entry Fee – No fee
  • Time Required – 1-2 hours
  • Tips – Visit the nearby village of Shoja and walk through the dense oak forests around the lake.

Jibhi Waterfalls

  • How to Reach – The waterfalls are within walking distance from the main village. You can also take a local car or hike through the forests to reach the waterfall area.
  • Timings – Sunrise to sunset
  • Entry Fee – No fee
  • Time Required – 3-4 hours
  • Tips – Visit between March to May to experience spring bloom and enjoy the freshly melted ice water in the falls.

Chehni Kothi

  • How to Reach – The ancient fortress is located in the Tirthan Valley, 10KM from the village. You can book a local car to reach the nearest village of Bihar. From there, you have to trek all the way to the fort tower.
  • Timings – 9.30 AM-5 PM
  • Entry Fee – Free
  • Time Required – 3-4 hours 
  • Tips – Visit during early hours for best views in daylight.

Shringa Rishi Temple 

Shringa Rishi Temple
  • How to Reach – The temple is located on a hilltop, about 8KM from the village. You can rent a local car to reach there. 
  • Timings – 6 AM-8 PM
  • Entry Fee – Free
  • Tips – You can also visit the Chhoie Waterfall nearby, about 13KM from the temple area.

Places to visit near Jibhi 

Great Himalayan National Park

Great Himalayan National Park
  • How to Reach – The national park is located at 54KM from the village. You can book a cab or rent a local car for the day to travel and return.
  • Timings – 10AM-5PM
  • Entry Fee – INR 50, INR 30 for students
  • Time Required – All day
  • Tips – Visit between March and May for the best jungle treks and safaris 

Chandrakhani Pass

  • How to Reach – The mountain pass sits at about 94KM from the village. You can book a cab or rent a local car to reach the base of the pass and trek through the popular route of the pass.
  • Timings – NA
  • Entry Fee – NA
  • Time Required – 6 days
  • Tips – The best time to trek through these routes is between mid-March to mid-May.

Naggar Castle 

Naggar Castle
  • How to Reach – The historical castle is located at 85KM from Jibhi village. You can book a car for the day to travel and return. 
  • Timings – 7AM-10AM
  • Entry Fee – INR 15, INR 25 for camera
  • Time Required – 1-2 Hours
  • Tips – Also visit the Kullu valley and town at the foothills of the castle. 

[Also Read: Working from Naggar – Experiences and explorations]

Things to do in Jibhi 

Things to do in Jibhi

Explore some of these exciting activities in Jibhi – 

  • Try camping under the open sky. The grassy knolls and lush meadows in the valleys are perfect campsites in Jibhi. There are also designated camping grounds in and around forests and riverbanks. You can do your own bonfire and enjoy the views of the starry night.
  • Join treks in Jibhi. The village serves as a great starting point for some of the most popular treks in this part of Himachal. You can explore Tirthan Valley, Shoja, Banjar, and Gushaini from here. 
  • Book a Jibhi homestay and experience local Himachalese life. You can sample homestyle food, visit the fruit orchards, go for hikes and treks, and interact with locals, or take part in folk celebrations. 
  • Go for trout fishing. Fishing is an important activity in Jibhi and trout is the most popular Himalayan fish which is found in abundance in all the streams and rivers. There are fishing farms and camps where you can stay and fish for a couple of days.
  • You can also go on a bird-watching tour. The Himalayan forests are home to numerous species of migratory and endemic Himalayan birds. Walkthrough the wooded areas and pine forests and spot exotic avifauna. The best time for birding tours is between February and April.

Best time to visit Jibhi

The weather in Jibhi is pleasant almost all through the year, like most other places in Himachal. The winters are cold and chilly, while summers are warm and cool. You can visit Jibhi at any time of the year, depending on what your travel agenda is. But the best time is from March to May when the temperature is Jibhi is the most conducive and perfect to explore the outdoors, go for treks and walks, or watch the apple orchards in full bloom. 

Best Places to stay in Jibhi

The stay in Jibhi is an important part of the travel experience. There are many hotels and hostels in Jibhi you can choose from, depending on your budget and travel goals. Check out some of our best recommendations of Jibhi hotels and Jibhi resorts

  • Rock Top Inn
  • Doli Guesthouse
  • Rana Swiss Cottage 
  • The Hidden Burrow 
  • Wilderness Home 
  • The Bluestream Cottage
  • The Next World Cottage

Best Places to eat in Jibhi

The food in Jibhi is quintessentially Himachalese food, and very rustic and basic, in nature, as is with the most countryside. 

  • Café Feri Bhettola
  • The Shiva Valley Restaurant & Café 
  • The Mystic Garden Café
  • Café Jungle Valley 
  • Café Old School
  • Hope Cafe

How to reach Jibhi

How to reach Jibhi

By Train

There is no train connectivity to Jibhi. The nearest railway station is in Shimla, 150KM from the village, which only has trains to and from Kalka and neighbouring towns. From Delhi and other cities, you have to travel to Kalka. From Kalka, you can take the single-gauge train to Shimla and from there you can book a one-way taxi or local cab or hire a car to reach Jibhi. 

By Road

Jibhi is connected by road to nearest major towns like Shimla, Manali, Kullu, Bhuntar, Banjar, Aut etc. There are also several state-run and private buses from Delhi, Chandigarh, or Ambala. You can stop at Aut or Banjar and from there get a local taxi to reach Jibhi.

By Flight

There is no flight service to Jibhi. The nearest airport is in Bhuntar, in Kullu district, about 60KM from Jibhi. You can also fly to Shimla airport or even Chandigarh airport. From either of these airports, you have to take an airport taxi or rent a local car to reach Jibhi. 

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