Offbeat and enticing, the Jibhi valley is a mood of its own. It has an unbeatable ambience and some of the most beautiful sights of Himachal Pradesh. One can get confused about what are the places to visit in Jibhi, but that is exactly what this blog is for. Lucky for you, we have compiled a holistic list of pretty much all the places to visit in Jibhi and around.
Jibhi is a small-ish hamlet so there is a handful of things to do. But there are innumerable villages and hotspots around it that should definitely make its way on your Jibhi Bucket List. Go on, have a read and let us know in the comments if we missed any. We’ll make sure to add it to the blog.
The Jibhi waterfalls should definitely be on the first-day itinerary of your Banjar Valley escapade. Located in the middle of the forest, this waterfall falls from a height into a man-made cement pool. The structure is wide enough to sit on and take plenty of photos with your friends. This is also a short 30 min hike away from the main Jibhi square.
There is also a small wooden bridge that connects two banks of the water stream that emerges from the mountains. It is a perfect place to sit, relax and soak in the beauty of mother nature. The scene of the Jibhi waterfalls and the forest looks like it is straight out of a fairy tale & photos from here will definitely be in the running for your phone’s wallpaper.
Rumoured to be built in the 17th century by King Dhadhu; this towering structure was originally a garrison. The tower is made in the age-old Kullu/Kangri architectural style which uses planks of timber and stone alternately to make a strong and interlocked grid. Funny as it sounds, it is this very craftsmanship that allowed the tower to withstand the devastating 1904 Kangra earthquake. The tower is now a shrine for Goddess Yogini but it is not permissible to enter inside it. That is reserved only for the locals. Due to the fact that it was built as a defence structure, the actual tower has no stairs or path leading into it. The somewhat shaky wooden stairs that you will see outside were installed much later when the purpose of the building turned more holy.
There is a tiny make-shift shack that sells steaming tea and Maggi nearby. But don’t count on it being open all the time because the owner is a hard-working farmer who might just be out there sowing the next harvest.
The only way to reach Chehni Kohti is via a 45 min – 1 hour trek through some gorgeous apple orchards and coniferous forests. You can take a cab from Jibhi to the Chehni Village, 7kms away. From the village, you hike upwards to the actual Chehni Fort complex within which the tower lies. This is one of the most popular places to visit in Jibhi valley and will make a feature on pretty much every blog like this.
SHRINGRA RISHI TEMPLE:
Located below the village of Chehni, in another village named Bagi is the famous Shringra Rishi temple. It is a three-storied temple that is dedicated to the ‘devta’ of the Banjar Valley i.e. Rishi Shringa. The temple is a short 10 min walk from the main Bagi road and is visited by many pilgrimage goers. This temple originally had a similar wooden and stone structure like Chehni Kothi but has now been painted colourfully by the locals.
The temple gives some amazing views of the valley and is definitely worth a stop.
Also Read: The Complete Jibhi Travel Guide
Another loved deity of the Banjar region is Sheshnag. The Sheshnag temple is located a very short hike away from the Jibhi town and is much smaller and much less intimidating than the Shringa Rishi temple. What is impressive is not the temple itself but the route that leads to it. It is located deep in the forest and is situated in the middle of a lush green meadow.
The actual history of the temple is very much still unknown but locals claim that the temple is more than 500 years old. There is a small concrete basketball court near the temple where local school kids come to play, which is quite an adorable sight to see. The Sheshnag Temple is definitely one of the more obscure places to visit in Jibhi, but for someone who wants to see all the things Jibhi Valley has to offer, its worth a trip.
Jibhi’s ‘Mini Thailand’ is every nature lover’s dream. Essentially, it is a rocky crystal clear pool of water formed along the path of the Tirthan river. There are two huge boulders in the shape of a hut that makes this area especially picturesque, not to mention the innumerable little rocks you can sit and chill on. The area is serene, pristine and quite unknown to even locals – which makes it the perfect hiding place for a quiet morning/afternoon.
The route to Mini Thailand is a tad bit confusing but no worries, we are here to help. You can reach this place only on foot and it is only a short hike downwards from Jibhi valley. Walk towards Jalori Pass for a couple of hundred meters till you reach the forest guest house. From here, start walking in the opposite direction downstream. A little while ahead you’ll start to see pink/purple flowers blooming and two distinct pipelines leading further down. Just follow these pipes and in a few minutes, you’ll reach your hidden paradise.
You can swim or wade in the crystal clear water but please be VERY mindful to not litter. The area looks beautiful only because it is still preserved that way and you HAVE TO do your part to not add any waste or litter to it.
Mini Thailand might seem a weird name for something in the midst of Himachal but there is a reason this is one of the prettiest places to visit in Jibhi. Trust us, the picture does not do enough justice!
Unknown to many, Jalori Pass (or Jalori Jot) is actually one of the closest mountain passes to Delhi. Located at a height of 10,236 feet; it is the gateway to some picturesque Himalayan treks like to Serolsar Lake, Bajah Top and inside the Great Himalayan National Park. This pass opens up late March/early April and remains accessible till December. After that, snowfall completely engulfs the area and it is not safe to tread anymore.
You can reach Jalori Pass in a private cab from Jibhi or Shoja. It takes about less than an hour to reach the Pass. The road there is quite treacherous and has many sharp turns and hence it is not recommended to drive there yourself unless you are somewhat of an expert on curvy Himalayan roads. There is a temple dedicated to Jalori Mata and some stalls/shops for food and refreshments near the top.
If you have a friend who has visited Jibhi before, they will surely recommend Jalori Pass as one of the best places to see in Jibhi. If you visit during the spring season, the area will be lush green and the meadows around Jalori Pass will be scenic. During the winter, it will be a snowy paradise. Sometimes, the car cannot make it all the way to the actual pass and you may have to walk there. But the snowy fun will make it worth it.
A sweet 5 km trek from Jalori Pass, Serolsar Lake (also called Seroyul or Sirolsar) is a beautiful high altitude lake at 10,171 feet. The trek route starts ahead of the Jalori Pass and is approachable only on foot. It takes about 2-3 hours to reach the lakeside.
The way to the lake is extremely scenic and dotted with natural wonders that will make your jaw drop. The first part of the trek encounters a ridge with green mountain tops rising from both sides. This eventually gives way to dark oak forests laden with blooming flowers (in spring) and grassy meadowlands. The lake is deep in the forest and looks just like a scene out of a movie.
The lake is actually considered to be mystical in nature and locals claim that the waters have medicinal properties. There are plenty of places around it to sit and have a lunch picnic. Camping is restricted directly around the lake but is possible in the summer months a little further away in the meadows. This trek is easy even for first-time trekkers. If you are planning a trip to Jibhi, then a visit to Serolsar is a must. Hit us up if you want help planning it.
BUDHI NAGIN TEMPLE:
The Budhi Nagin temple is a small, ancient temple that overlooks the Serolsar Lake on the north side. It is dedicated to the Goddess Budhi Nagin, who is considered to be the mother of all nag deities of the region like Sheshnag, Mahunag, Kamrunag etc. She is also the goddess of snakes and ghee. It is said that she has a hundred sons that guard her abode at the bottom of the lake and anyone who dares tamper with it does not meet a very good fate.
The temple is very important and sacred to the locals so when you visit, make sure to be respectful around the lake and temple.
While one route from Jalori Pass leads to Serolsar Lake, the other leads to ancient ruins of the Raghupur Fort. Built as a defensive structure during the reign of Kullu king Raghupur, this fort is now not much but a bunch of mismatched ruins. The neighbouring Mandi king and Raghupur fought over this fort quite a few times before it was decommissioned by the British Raj.
In all actuality, this fort trek is spectacular not because of the ruins but because of the mind-blowing 360-degree views of the glistening and green Jibhi Valley. The trek is easy for anyone to do and is merely 4 km from Jalori Pass. The first leg goes slightly downhill through thick and luscious oak forests before giving way to a steep ascent. After that, the trail continues through a long and pleasant walk amongst high altitude meadows before eventually opening into the fort and its surrounding areas. Spring-summer is the best time to take this trek because the views of the valley will be most clear then. Another stellar recommendation for places to visit in Jibhi.
Gushaini is a small village that is painted with emerald hues of the Tirthan Valley and misty aura of the Great Himalayan National Park. It is the village closest to GNHP so if you have any adventures planned for the park, this is where you need to go. But apart from that, Gushaini is an excellent place to explore and spend a night.
To reach Gushaini, you can take a private cab from Jibhi. It is only about 10 km away. There are also buses that ply from the main town of Banjar. But these buses are not regular and stop departing after 5-6 pm in the evening. The town of Gushaini is very charming and there are lots of little hiking trails, waterfalls and picnic spots to explore. You can also check out the local weavers, handloom makers and cauliflower plantations. There are large orchards of plum, apricot and pear that you can walk through and taste as well.
There are several homestays in Gushaini that you can stay for the night for good prices.
On the road to Gushaini comes the Sai Ropa village. A little after crossing this village is another small settlement called Gai Dhar. The 45 min trek to Chhoie falls begins from here. It is a slightly uphill and mostly downhill trek that traverses through deep forests and canopy-covered clearings to reach the 120-meter tall falls. Just like most of the waterfall trails in and around Jibhi, this too is an unconventional trek not known by many travellers. The waterfall officially falls under the Great Himalayan National Park ecozone and hence is untouched and pure in its beauty.
There are no specific directions to the waterfall. The cab can take you till the public school in Gai Dhar but after that, you (or you and your friends) are on your own. The trail is not supremely hard to find because you will see signs of treading on the soil and one solitary beige signpost that shows the way. But make sure to wear comfortable shoes and carry a bottle of water because the uphill part of the trek is kind of tiring on one’s feet.
The actual waterfall is like a dream come true. The cool breeze from the pressure of the falls creates a dreamy, misty ambience and the whole trek becomes fulfilling upon reaching the destination. If you visiting during the spring or the fall, this waterfall should be on your places to visit in Jibhi. We recommend you spend some time admiring its gloriousness and taking photos before making your way down. Please DO NOT litter. Help keep Himachal waste-free.
Disclaimer: Not to be confused with Gushaini village.
Gada Gushaini is another ravishing village that is nestled in the bosom of the mountains and forests of the Tirthan Valley. You can catch a bus to Gada Gushaini from Jibhi or Banjar. You will cross the Bahu village (which is discussed below in detail). You can also drive your car up to Gada Gushaini. Now this village is very offbeat and there are hardly any guest houses or homestays in the region, maybe only a few operated by the very locals. But the views and scenery of the region are unexpectedly gorgeous.
There is a stream that flows through the village. One side of it falls in the Kullu district and the other in the Mandi district. Fascinating, isn’t it? Just walking around the village is going to send shivers down your spine as you will be surrounded by the brightest green grazing grounds, tall pine forest patches, a sparkling stream and adorable village children playing ball. But if you really want to enthral your senses, head up from Gada Gushaini to Chaach Galu (Galu means low altitude pass).
To reach Chaach Galu pass, you’ll have to travel to the Chaach Galu village and then continue upwards to the actual pass. You can choose to trek the way, which is not very difficult or ask a local to drop you in their motorable vehicle (probably a scooter, there are no cars here). From the top of the Chaach Galu pass, you can see Raghupur Fort, Jalori Pass and pretty much the whole depth of the valley. The terraced villages are also a splendid sight to see.
If you are not staying here, you can make your way back to Banjar or Jibhi on the same day.
BAHU & BALU NAG:
The Bahu village falls about 9 km from Jibhi. A series of sharp hairpin turns leads to this village which is very much the definition of ‘pretty as a picture’. The small heritage village has old-style wood and stone houses and if you are visiting in the winter, everything is covered in layers of snow, making it stunning visually. It is situated on a ridge with the backdrop of the snow-covered mountains of the valley.
Bahu is an amazing place to explore and about an hour from the Great Himalayan National Park. But one of the best things to do in Bahu is the Balu Nag temple hike. It is a delightful trek from the village and leads through thick deodar forests. The trail is narrow but not taxing to walk on. The mixture of the natural beauty of the region combined with the warming friendship of the local furry dogs is going to make this hike a memorable experience for you.
There are several temples and shrines in Bahu to explore and even a small pond that makes for one of the best picnic spots in the whole world, especially after a long day of hiking around. You could go for a swim but be careful not to upset any of the locals!
LAMBHRI CRYSTAL CAVES:
The Lambhri Top crystal caves are another very offbeat and hidden trekking destination that would definitely put a gold star on your bucket list or travel diary. The trek goes upwards from the Serolsar Lake towards the elusive crystal caves.
They are located at a height of about 11742 feet. You can handpick a crystal for yourself in remembrance of the trip. The next day, the trek progresses to Lambhri Top at 11,843 feet. This is a shrine for the locals and gives a bird’s eye view of the entire snow-covered valley and mountain range. The trek then descends to the meadow camp at Sarthi Thatch and then back to Jibhi.
To learn more about the trek and the day to day breakdown of the itinerary, click here.
The gigantic Great Himalayan National Park is one of India’s biggest and most well-endowed biodiversity ecospheres in terms of square footage, flora & fauna and scenery. It is spread over a whopping 754 km sq. and has an altitude ranging from 4921 feet to a great 19685 feet. It was established in 1984 and added to the World Heritage Sites of UNESCO in 2014. The entire park is home to more than 25,000 species of plants and more than 350 species of fauna. The park is home to many extraordinary, endemic and endangered species including blue sheep, snow leopard, musk deer, Himalayan brown bear, plum headed parakeet and several species of medicinal and flowering plants.
There are several expeditions and treks that you can take inside the GNHP premises. There is the Tirthan – Moharani trek, Tirath trek, Shrikhand Mahadev trek, Raktisar trek, Homkhani trek etc. But most of these treks that begin inside the national park are not possible without a government permit. The one you can do without a permit is the 9 km hike to the GNHP main gate from the village of Gushaini. It is a picturesque trek with a trail that has the sparkling Tirthan river flowing alongside it. Sounds magical right? It is, making it another top pick for places to visit in Jibhi.