What will you do, if you have an extended weekend? Sleep? Shop? I’ll choose travelling. So considering the holiday on Nov 22’18(Thursday), me and one of my college senior decided to go for a trek because at-times the best way to relax is to exhaust yourself. As we have only 3 days, even though we wanted to go to Spiti, we can’t. We did our research through various platform and came to an agreement to go to Jibhi in Himachal Pradesh.
So, before packing our bags, we checked the weather forecast. It was around 5-16 degree Celsius. Hence, we packed accordingly. We booked our stay through Goibibo in Rock Top Inn Cottage and got a very good room for two people at just Rs 1200 for 2days. We booked our bus from Kashmiri Gate to Kullu (Rs 1500 each). We boarded at 8:00 pm and was expected to reach by 7:00 am as we have to get down at Aut, 30kms before Kullu. But due to the landslide on Mandi-Kullu route, we have to stop at Mandi and wait for the roads to get cleared. We were in Mandi by 5:45am and waited till 7:00am, seeing no hope of going by bus, we decided to go by taxi. We inquired several taxi driver and reached to a consensus o Rs 4000 to Jibhi, which was a lot for 2 persons. So we told one of the drivers to call us if he has 2 more persons to travel to Jibhi. Luckily, he called in 20 minutes and we decided to go via taxi to Jibhi @Rs 1000 per head. We started from Mandi at 8:00 am and reached by 10:00 am. We checked in, room was beautiful, situated on the bank of river. Water supply was directly coming from the river and hence was very cold. It took around 30 mins to get hot water from Geyser. We got ready by 12:00pm, had lunch prepared by the cottage owner itself. Rs 150 per plate for non-vegetarian and Rs 120 per plate for vegetarian food. Food prepared was delicious and you cannot complain about hospitality when you are in Himachal. We left our rooms by 1:00 pm to see a fountain in Jibhi, around 1km away from where we stayed. This is the only tourist attraction you will find in Jibhi, apart from Chehni Kothi. We clicked some photos, roamed around and got back to the room by 4:30pm. The one thing you’ll hate during winters is that the sun sets by 5:00pm around by 5:30pm, there is no light. So you have less time to explore. With dinner and some night photography Day 1 comes to an end. We had a calm soothing experience at the end of day 1.