Jibhi - Symphony by the Stream
Located in the heart of Banjar Valley, the tiny riverside hamlet of Jibhi is like a picture perfect postcard. Thick cedar and pine forest, a gentle stream passing through with wooden cottages scattered all along; it has still managed to retain an old world charm, far away from the modern mayhem and the commercial eyes.
Vacation TypeLeisure & Relaxation
Altitude5000 ft. approx.
Best Time to VisitThroughout the year, except rainy season (July-Aug)
The moderate altitude of Jibhi makes it a destination for all seasons. Go for long walks into the woods, lay by the riverside, or just chat with the ever smiling locals and be a part of the their local customs and traditions. Another fascinating feature of Jibhi is its proximity to some of the most serene yet stunning locations you can imagine.
'The Allure of Jibhi' takes you into a whirlwind escapade of Jibhi and its pristine surroundings. Explore the village of Jibhi at your pace, trek to 'Cheni Kothi' ; the 17th century fort like structure built of wood and stone, get mesmerized by the breathtaking meadows of Gada Gushaini, and come face to face with the surreal alpine Serolsar Lake.
Your stay will be at the Latoda Eco Lodge, a property synonymous with the smell of wood and the gorgeous valley views. Sit peacefully in the lovely balcony, and enjoy your escapade as you turn the pages of that favorite novel of yours.
How to Reach:
Delhi==>Chandigarh==>Mandi==>Aut(Take right before the tunnel)==>Banjar==>Jibhi
Distance from nearby towns:
Shoja - 7 kms ; Jalori Pass - 12 kms ; Banjar - 8 kms ; Gushaini - 18 kms ; Mandi - 82 kms ; Manali - 100 kms ; Shimla - 163 kms ; Chandigarh - 268 kms ; Delhi - 497 kms
- No of Days - 4 days / 3 nights
- Vacation Type - Leisure & Relaxation
- Max Altitude - 5000 ft. approx.
- Best Time to Visit - Throughout the year, except rainy season (July-Aug)
Jibhi / Trek to Cheni Kothi
Reach Jibhi and instantly fall in love with the serene surroundings. The tall deodars, the gushing stream and the virtual joy in the air will provide a healing touch to your body and soul.
Check in to your property. Welcome drinks on arrival. You start your exploration with a visit to the Jibhi Waterfall. You are bound to get mesmerized by the trail leading to the falls, with small wooden bridges welcoming you all along the way. A gentle walk of not more than 10 minutes, and you will be standing covered in mist, with the chirping of birds now overpowered by the gushing waterfall.
Post lunch, you start your walk 4 kms uphill to the 17th century fort called Chehni Kothi. You make your way through a trail of dense deodar and pine forest to reach the village of Chehni. The first thing that catches your eye is the famous watchtower. The leaning five story structure, built in the traditional Pahadi architecture, is the tallest standing structure of its kind in the entire Western Himalayas.
The 40m high tower is built in a way such that timber and stone are layered and interlocked to withstand the harsh environment. The tower has been standing for centuries, and even survived the massive Kangra earthquake in 1905. Built by a local king Dhadhu, the tower temple were constructed not only as a vantage point for safeguarding the village, but also as a storage structure. The Goddess idols are placed on the fifth floor. Entrance is allowed only if you are wearing a dhoti. The views of the valley and the nearby peaks from atop are simply spell bounding.
The remains of the Chehni Fort lay opposite to the tower. it has now been converted into a temple dedicated to Lord Krishna. The famous temple of Shringa Rishi, Banjar-Tirthan Valley’s presiding deity, lies half a kilometer below Chehni, in the village of Bagi.
You must be quite a tired person at the end of the day. So head straight to your home stay for an evening cup of tea and snacks. Grab a corner and unwind into the stillness in the air.
Dinner at the homestay.
Trek to Gada Gushaini
Wake up amidst the resounding beauty of nature. Sipping a hot cup of tea and hearing the silhouettes of the gushing river nearby is pure bliss.
Have a sumptuous breakfast and put on your trekking shoes. You will be undertaking a moderate trek to the Gada Gushaini Valley, a region known for its deep forests, lush green meadows and serene surroundings.
The village of Gada Gushini, located at an altitude of close to 7,500 ft, is a typical Himalayan hamlet set in a beautiful valley, with a stream flowing through. Have packed lunch during the trek.
You return to Jibhi by the evening. Have a leisurely stroll across the hamlet, or just retard to the peaceful environs of your home stay.
Have a lazy dinner and enjoy the life in a wilderness.
Trek to Serolsar Lake
Another beautiful morning awaits you. Your warm bed may seem hard to come out of, but just a peep outside the window will alter your though process upside down. So why don't just put on a jacket and explore the virgin surroundings yourself.
Have a lazy breakfast and get ready to experience a marvel of nature in its full glory, the serene and breathtaking Serolsar Lake.
it takes about an hour to complete the 12 km journey from Jibhi to Jalori Pass. Watch for the gradual change in scenery, as you gain altitude from 5,700 ft to 11,000 ft in a matter of an hour.
Jalori Pass connects the Kullu Valley to Shimla Valley. There are some tea shops which serve snacks and hot/cold drinks, catering mainly to the veichles plying between the Beas and Satluj Valleys.
The trail leading to Serolsar Lake branches off from the Jalori temple nearby. You will just fall in love with the easy trek to the lake, passing through moss covered oak and rhododendron forest. Enjoy the beauty of the trek at your pace. You should be able to reach the shores of the pristine lake in about two and a half hours.
The first look of the Serolsar Lake is bound to leave you spell bounded. There is a sacred temple of the goddess 'Buddhi Nagin' on one corner. It is believed that the Goddess Buddhi Nagin resides inside the lake, and is mother to 60 'Nag Devtas' of Himachal. According to some legends, Pandavas are believed to have visited the Serolsar Lake during their exile period, and planted rice here.
Have your packed lunch in the heavenly surroundings of the lake. Explore the beautiful setting and take an auspicious circle of the revered lake. You then start the journey back to Jalori Pass.
Return to your hotel by evening and enjoy the hot snacks. Its your last night in the lap of nature. So have a lazy dinner and soak in the beauty, the aura, and the beautiful memories you have amassed in the last few days.
The breakfast table awaits you for one last time. Greet your lovely hosts, and bid farewell to the magic of Jibhi.
Latoda Eco Lodge<
- 3 nights accommodation in Jibhi.
- Meals on all days (Starting from lunch on the first day and ending with breakfast on the last morning)
- Trek to Chehni Kothi, Gada Gushaini and Serolsar Lake ; inclusive of veichles and guide.
- Transportation Cost from Delhi to Jibhi and return.
- Personal expense of any kind.
- Anything not mentioned in Inclusions.
Total Package Costs Rs. 5,999 /-*
Terms & Conditions:Cancellation Policy:
- Cancellations prior to 30 days from the start of the trek - 50% refund
- Cancellations between 30 days and 20 days to the start of the trek - 25% refund
- Cancellations less than 20 days to the start of the trek - No refund
If a trek is canceled at the last moment due to unforeseen circumstances / govt. restrictions / weather conditions (like landslides, rain, earthquake, strikes, bandhs, etc), 'The Offbeat Soul' will issue a trek voucher for the full amount. The voucher can be redeemed for the same trek or another trek in the next one year.
Cancellations requests are entertained only on mail.
The applicable refund amount will be processed within 10 business days
Though maximum efforts are made to ensure the safety of the trekkers, 'The Offbeat Soul' will not be responsible for any injuries, both physical or mental, caused directly or indirectly in the trekking activities.
All participants are requested to download the 'Risk Form' and get it along with them on their respective treks.
It is understood that while registering yourself for any trek, you are well aware of the all the risks involved in high altitude trekking. You have taken efforts to understand what AMS (Acute Mountain sickness' is, and you are in a good state to manage your altitude related emergencies.
When you register for the trek, it is presumed that you are in a perfect physical and mental condition to undertake the rigours of a high altitude trek with low oxygen levels. We assume that you are able to jog a distance of 5 kms in 30 minutes.
The Offbeat Soul has the right to ask a trekker to discontinue the trek at any point if he/she does not meet our expected fitness requirement. In this case, the trekker will be accompanied by our staff back till the base camp.
Last minute changes / Delays
It may happen under some extreme circumstances, that there may be some last minute changes in the planned itinerary. The trek may start a day later or end a day earlier due to volatile climatic conditions, political restrictions, or any other reason. In such cases, The Offbeat Soul is not liable to refund the trek, either fully or partly. The participant cannot ask for compensation for any injury, loss or damage due to such changes.
- Drinking and Smoking are strictly prohibited during the trek. You will be disqualified from the trek with immediate effect if found flouting the rules.
- The Offbeat Soul is not responsible for any loss or damage of your belongings or equipment on the trek.
- Any damage to the equipments by the participant, other than the normal wear and tear, will be billed to you. Our decision on such matters will be final and binding.