JIBHI, HIMACHAL – A HIDDEN PARADISE
We won’t be surprised if you have never heard of Jibhi before. It is definitely an offbeat and sort of reclusive getaway that is not known to all. Tucked between the mountain valleys of mid-Himachal, Jibhi is a small pastoral hamlet in the Banjar Valley of Himachal Pradesh. It is nothing more than a cluster of traditional Himachali houses, some homestays and a lot of beautiful and vibrant greenery. The Tirthan River (a tributary of the giant Beas) flows sparklingly along with this small hamlet.
Jibhi is covered in big splotches of apple orchards, galgal (hill lemon) bushes and large grasslands. The forests around it are a mix of oak, deodar, cedar and pine; which makes the smell of the earth especially woody during the monsoon season. Jibhi weather also remains favourable pretty much all year round and every season comes with some exciting and adventurous things to do.
A sustainable and community-based destination (much like other smaller villages in Himachal), Jibhi is definitely a hidden paradise for the lovers of rest, relaxation and rejuvenation.
This blog is to give you guys a complete idea of what you should keep in mind while travelling to Jibhi – how to reach, Jibhi weather, what to see, what to do, Jibhi temperature, what to pack etc.
JIBHI ALTITUDE: 5250 feet
REGION: Banjar Valley
AVERAGE TEMPERATURE: 8 – 25 C
FAMOUS FOR: Peaceful getaways, trout fishing, GNHP, hiking
WHERE IS JIBHI?
Located in the Banjar Valley, Jibhi is approximately 500 km from Delhi, 283 km from Chandigarh, 160 km from Shimla, 100 km from Manali and only about 60 km from Mandi.
Although Banjar technically falls in the Kullu district, Jibhi (or Banjar) is quite different landscape wise than Manali or any other popular Himachali town. Banjar falls in the constituency of Seraj and is located in the middle Himalayas. Going east from there, the mountains get progressively taller and to its north-east is the famous Great Himalayan National Park.
HOW TO REACH JIBHI?
Jibhi is easily reachable from any major city. Delhi to Jibhi and Chandigarh to Jibhi are the two most common bus routes. However, it is not possible to catch a bus, train or flight directly to Jibhi. There is a certain methodology behind it and it also somewhat depends on the Jibhi weather of the time. Sometimes that can cause for the transport systems to change.
JIBHI BY BUS:
HRTC, HPDTC and many private companies have buses going from all major bus stations in Delhi, Chandigarh etc. If you are anywhere around Delhi and do not have a major bus station, we recommend you think about travelling to Delhi because Delhi to Jibhi bus is the most easily available one. You can opt for luxury Volvo buses or more economical deluxe buses.
The nearest bus station to Jibhi is Aut. You will have to get down at the Aut Tunnel bus station and move onward to Jibhi in a private cab. If you are staying with us at The Hosteller, just give us a heads up and we will arrange for a cab to pick you up. The private cabs usually cost between INR 700-1000 to drop you to Jibhi.
JIBHI BY TRAIN:
The nearest railway station is Chandigarh which is more than 250 km away from Jibhi. You can reach Chandigarh to Jibhi by taking the train to the CHD and then continuing onwards to Aut on a bus or a private cab.
JIBHI BY FLIGHT:
The nearest airport is Bhuntar airport located near Kullu. It is still a good 50 km away from Jibhi. If you do choose this transportation, be wary because the Bhuntar airport has limited connectivity and may face delays/cancellations due to weather conditions in the state.
JIBHI BY PRIVATE CAB:
Although on the more expensive side, it is very possible to hire a rented cab to drive you all the way from Delhi to Jibhi (or any other city). This way, you would not have to change modes of transportation multiple times and can travel comfortably without having to adjust with other travellers.
JIBHI BY OWN VEHICLE:
If you and your friends are road trip kind of people, then driving yourself is an excellent idea. Delhi to Jibhi distance is about 494 kilometres. Coincidentally, the route to Shoja/Jibhi is extremely scenic and makes for a very relaxing and awe-striking drive once you hit the mountain routes. The roads are well maintained and make for a smooth drive.
If you do not have a car, you can always opt for a service like Zoomcar or HiWay Cabs to rent a car and self-drive to Jibhi. If you have a booking with us at The Hosteller Jibhi, you can get a 20% discount on your Zoomcar.
WHY SHOULD I VISIT JIBHI?
Honestly speaking, this question sounds kind of flaky till you actually reach Jibhi. Not much can be explained about its beauty and simplicity in words. Once you are there, you will definitely fall in love with it. But if you still have some mind-making up to do, here are some great reasons to make Jibhi a part of your 2020 bucket list.
OFFBEAT & UNKNOWN:
A lot of places in Himachal are deemed ‘offbeat’ on the internet of all things travel; but when you reach the location you see that it’s usually filled with travellers or all kinds and scores & scores of hotels, guest houses and homestays. Jibhi is totally different from that. It is still quite unexplored and pristine in its natural form. You will not come across a lot of people, especially if you are one of those quirky travellers who like the rainy or extremely snowy seasons – as a lot of travellers usually shy away from that.
Another great thing about Jibhi is that since it is not very popular, the region is unexplored to a large extent. There are numerous hiking trails, picnic spots, riverside self camping sites that you can make your own. It does not feel like a place that has been trampled upon by thousands of souls before you. There are so many new nooks and crannies to discover on your walks that it starts to feel like a home away from home.
Away from the hustle and bustle of the cities and the cacophony of commercial tourist places, Jibhi is a paradise for rest & relaxation. If you are looking for a getaway filled with languid days, cups of steaming coffee, a book in hand and some unique bird sightings from the balcony of your backpacker hostel – then Jibhi is the perfect place for you.
If by any chance, a photographer or film-maker is reading this; then my dude, waste no time to pack a bag and rush to Jibhi. The lush green scenery, the bendy roads, the lazy village life, the fair cheeked children playing near the waterfalls and the innumerable trails and hikes will fill up your memory card and more. We suggest carrying a few extra ones.
A TASTE OF ADVENTURE:
Even if you are someone looking to be more energetic and proactive in your travels, Jibhi is not going to disappoint. There is the famous Serolsar Lake trek that you can take, highly recommend it btw. The Great Himalayan National Park is another treasure that is in the region. You can take several different treks and expeditions into this great park. There are also several beautiful villages nearby that are possible to be approached by foot, but only for the brave ones who don’t mind a fair bit of walking/hiking.
WHAT ARE THE PLACES TO VISIT IN & AROUND JIBHI?
No matter if you are visiting Jibhi for the very first or are a returning traveller, there are so many places to see and experience in and around the region. Some of the must visit places in Jibhi are:
- Jibhi Waterfall
- Mini Thailand
- Chehni Kothi
- Jalori Pass
- Serolsar Lake
- Lambhri Top
- Gada Gushaini
- Tirthan Valley
- Great Himalayan National Park
- Chhoie Waterfalls
- Shringa Rishi Temple
- Sheshnag Temple
- Sainj Valley
- Shangarh meadows
- Fruit orchards (apple, plum, apricot, pear etc.)
To read in detail about all these places and more that you can discover in and around Jibhi Himachal, go over to our other blog about the best places to visit in Jibhi.
WHAT ARE THE THINGS TO DO IN JIBHI?
Owing to the beautiful natural landscapes and mountain terrain in Jibhi, there are several exciting activities that you can do here, like:
- Trout fishing
- Fruit picking
- Exploring nearby villages
- Waterfall rappelling
- River crossing
- Bird watching
To read about all these activities in detail and find out more exciting things to do in Jibhi Himachal, head on over to our other blog about the best things to do in Jibhi.
JIBHI WEATHER (BEST TIME TO VISIT JIBHI)
Luckily for travellers, Jibhi weather is favourable all year round. There are usually no climactic restrictions that stop one from travelling to Jibhi, Himachal unless a landslide or abnormally heavy bout of rainfall is involved. Continue reading to find out about the best time to visit Jibhi in detail.
MARCH – MID JULY:
Spring/summer is definitely one of the best times to visit Jibhi. The weather is warm and sunny during the days with temperatures ranging from 20 to 30 degree C. At night, it cools down and becomes breezy with temperatures ranging from 12 to 15 degree C. The skies remain clear and cloudless which makes it one of the great to take in the views, especially from the mountain passes. This is also the time when the valley is in full bloom and all the orchards are brimming with fruit.
Best for: Hiking, photography, day picnics, on-foot exploration, weekend getaways, riverside camping, fruit picking, fishing.
MID JULY – MID SEPTEMBER:
This is when the monsoon hits Jibhi. Sometimes it rains for days without stop and going out to explore the nearby areas becomes very unpredictable and next to impossible. But, on the other hand, if you are one of those travellers who enjoy the rain in the mountains and the innumerable cups of coffee and snuggling in bed all day, then this Jibhi weather could be perfect for you. The entire valley feels washed clean and the ASMR feels of the storms make for great creative inspiration. Jibhi temperature stays around 15 to 22 degree C.
Best for: Romantics, couple getaways, reclusive writers and artists, staycations, soul searchers.
MID SEPTEMBER – NOVEMBER:
The rains depart after the first few weeks of September and give way to some lush vistas. This is another excellent time to take treks, especially if you are looking at week-long (or more) treks. Towards the beginning of October, autumn arrives and washes everything with a brush of golden. The sun starts to feel comfortable and there are a lot of migratory birds in the surroundings at this time. Towards the end of October, it starts to become cold. Jibhi temperature in October ranges from 15 to 5 C.
Best for: trekking, camping, weekend getaways, bird watching, fishing, solo travel.
DECEMBER – FEBRUARY:
This is the perfect season for lovers of snow and bone-chilling winters. Jibhi weather becomes frosty by the second week of December and douses everything in a sheen of pure angel dust. It looks like a scene straight out of Game Of Thrones. Don’t believe us? Check this out. The rampant snowfall does close some of the treks like Serolsar and Lambhri, but it is possible to go up to Jalori and revel in the knee-deep whiteness. Snow gear is readily available from local vendors so equipment is not a problem. Jibhi temperature in December from around 8 degrees in the mornings to even below -4 degrees at night, so make sure to pack warm.
Best for: snowy adventure, week-long getaways, sledging, group trips, photography, filmography.
HOW TO PACK FOR JIBHI?
SUMMER (MARCH – JUNE):
For the summer season, pack your usual light summery clothes like cotton t-shirts, shorts and linen pyjamas. Just make sure to keep a light jacket or a sweater/shawl with you because Jibhi weather can get chilly at night. It won’t be very cold so a light jacket is good enough. Make sure to keep a pair of light socks as well. The sun can be harsh so carry a sun cap, sunglasses and sunscreen with you.
MONSOON (JULY – SEPTEMBER):
For the monsoon season, carry an umbrella. A poncho or raincoat can also come in handy. If you have a waterproof backpack, then pack all your stuff in that. A good idea is to pack polyester blend clothes and a microfibre towel that will dry quickly and won’t start to smell.
WINTER (OCTOBER – FEBRUARY):
For the winter season in Jibhi, Himachal, you have to pack heavy because it gets really cold. Carry thermals, heavy jackets and coats, a scarf to protect your neck, a beanie or woollen cap, gloves, thick woollen socks and fleece long sleeve t-shirts. If you have ear mufflers, that’s good too for when you take walks. Make sure to carry a cold cream, a heavy moisturizer and lip balm for chapped lips.
ITEMS TO CARRY IN EVERY SEASON:
Make sure these items are with you no matter when you plan your Jibhi trip:
- A comfortable and waterproof pair of hiking boots/shoes
- A light jacket (preferably with a hood)
- A hand towel
- A day pack (preferably waterproof)
WHERE TO STAY IN JIBHI?
The Hosteller Jibhi is more than happy to host you while on your travels here. We have both dormitory-style and private rooms for you to choose from. There are several spacious sitting areas and a little library to relax in. We also have an in-house cafe to whip up some delicious coffee and Maggi after your evening stroll. The hostel has Wi-Fi, hot water services and lots of indoor games to choose from.
Our 24×7 help desk is always there to help you out with planning your travel. We can help you with cab transfers, ticket bookings, hiking & trekking plans, Jibhi weather predictions, camping sites as well as recommendations for cafes and activities. You can also choose from a selection of hostel activities like river walks, jungle walks, day picnics, day tours etc. All you have to do is ask the help desk and they would be more than happy to help you.
The villages around Jibhi, Himachal have local people operating smaller guest houses and homestays where you can stay. They also have meal services. These homestays are a good way to support the local community and sometimes the only option for shelter if you are in a smaller village or high up in the mountains. If you are going to a neighbouring village and need help picking a homestay for the night, the manager at The Hosteller Jibhi would be happy to help you out.
GOVT. GUEST HOUSES:
Some of the villages have government-owned and operated guesthouses that house travellers. But there is little information about their regular operations and they might be permanently closed/closed for repair/full if you arrive unannounced. If you want to stay in a PWD guest house or similar, we recommend you do your research beforehand and find a way to get in touch with them and pre-book your lodging.
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Yes, Jibhi is a very safe and secure destination to travel to. There is almost no crime and the locals are very friendly and live in harmony. A great place for solo travellers and solo female travellers.
Jibhi weather starts to become really cold towards the end of October. It starts to snow around the second week of December and stays till mid-March.
If you are travelling via bus and staying at a backpacker hostel, a 3-day Jibhi getaway should not cost you more than INR 5000.
Not really. There are some local artisans who sell fruit wines or textiles products, but there is no other market as such. The nearest sizeable market is in Mandi.
Very much so. Jibhi is only 82 km from Kasol and would take about 2 hours to reach. Manali is a bit further at 100 km (which is 3-3.5 hours) but still very doable.
Jibhi and Shoja do have cafes but most of them are connected or built along with homestays. However, some of these cafes have very beautiful river facing seats which are great to look at while enjoying a meal.
Some day hikes like the one to Jibhi waterfall, Mini Thailand, Chhoie and Raghupur Fort can be done without a guide. Just make sure to ask locals about the directions. However, if you are taking longer treks, we recommend a guide.
Yes, you can do trout fishing in Jibhi but it requires a permit from the local authorities. But that is easily available.
Hey guys, that was a long read. We hope we have been able to provide you with ample information about how to reach Jibhi, Jibhi temperature and weather, what are the things to do and see in Jibhi and how you can plan your days there. We hope to host you soon in this sleepy and charming little Himachali hamlet.
If you have any questions or queries that are not addressed here, chat with us on our website or head on over to our Instagram and DM us. We’d be happy to help.
Till then, happy travels.