Don’t we always want to run away from the madding city crowd and look for seclusion in the hills? This desire drives us city folks to settle for nothing less than a place sans any fellow travelers jostling for the same space. One such gem of a destination is Jibhi, a pastoral hamlet situated in Banjar Valley of Himachal Pradesh.
Jibhi is a scenic, unpretentious and old Himalayan village settled on the banks of the gurgling Tirthan river which is a tributary of Beas river. The architecture of the place speaks for itself. Constructed in an ancient Himalayan way, most of the houses at Jibhi are made of stone and wood. Apple orchards and Galgal trees adorn the backyard of every house in this Himalayan village.
Serenity descends on you when you are at Jibhi because all you can hear is the sound of the gurgling river down your window and bird songs. And all you have got to do is cherish the lush green mountains loaded with pines and cedars. Or walk away on any of the numerous beautiful nature trails which are present around Jibhi in almost every direction.
Jibhi Travel Guide
Jibhi has become fairly popular among Indian travelers in recent years. However, tourists from other countries discovered this treasure more than two decades ago. During that time there were hardly any guest houses, hotels or infrastructure to support tourism here. The village is still not too commercialized and only accommodation options you would find here are home-stays run by locals.
Around the Jibhi Village
Jibhi is one of the nearest villages to the famed Jalori pass, Sirlosar lake, Chehni Fort and the Great Himalayan National Park (GHNP). In addition to exploring all of these places, one can also indulge in angling in the Tirthan river or simply enjoy the beauty of the village and hospitality of residents. You can either make a dedicated trip to Jibhi or club your trip to Tirthan Valley with Jibhi.
The ambiance of Jibhi relaxes you and the most instinctive thing that you would want to do there is Nothing! You would want to sit at the banks of the river, read a book, soak in the peace around you and relish the views. But the wanderer in me couldn’t resist the temptation of walking through the forest. I set off with our host Hansraj, a professional mountaineer on nearby trails.
Hiking in and around Jibhi can be categorized as easy to moderate. There are many defined tracks carved by earlier travelers but Some of the trails are still virgin.
Chehni Kothi and Shringa Rishi Temple
Chehni village is 7 km away from Jibhi and major part of the stretch is driveable, the road ends almost 1.5 km from the Chehni tower. We chose to walk the entire trail which passes through thick forest cover of cedars and pines, dotted with apple orchards.
The trek is panoramic and enjoyable by all age groups. Enroute you would pass Shringa Rishi temple, which is located at Bagi village, below Chehni. This temple is again built in the similar architecture as that of the Chehni fort but renovated recently and looks quite livid. Shringa Rishi is the presiding deity of Banjar valley.
Anchal is an avid road-tripper, a travel writer by passion and a public relations professional at work. She loves to explore the tiniest of treasures found during her travels. Besides traveling and planning for her next adventures she loves to read, cook and go for long walks or drives. The Himalayas hold a special place in her sojourns and she keeps going back to the mountains through her writings, readings, and journeys to find bliss!
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