It was that time of year when everybody is planning for new year celebrations, So this time it was really tough to plan where to go? How to go? Many unexplored places, less time, low budget, but still have to go somewhere I have not been. So the question was where?
Finally, we decided to go to Jalori Pass. This is also the base of Serolsar Lake trek.
Traveling to remote and offbeat places is something I really enjoy. My idea of a vacation is not to stay in an expensive resort and to enjoy the drinks, but it is actually to feel the true side of the place by traveling by local conveniences, staying at homestays/guesthouse and interacting with locals and enjoying the drinks under the stars and bonfire on rooftop.
Generally, I don’t book the stays in advance because I love to explore the place and go for the best and cheap deal, But this is new year time and we have to find a budget free stay for us. We know we can not reach the Jalori Pass in one day from Chandigarh so we decided to make our stay at Jibhi ( A little scenic hamlet in the Banjar Valley or Tirthan Valley). Finally, we ended up by booking the Forest Guest house not so expensive but not at a good deal as well. I will tell about the Guest House later.
How to reach to Jibhi :
1) You can book a taxi that will cost you INR 5000-6000 approx.
2) You can also reach there by self-drive: Route will be
Chandigarh - Bilaspur - Mandi - Aut - Banjar Valley - Jibhi approx 260 km (7-7:30 hours journey)
Chandigarh - Solan- Shimla- Narkanda- Anni - Soja - Jibhi approx 274 km (9-9:30 hours journey)
The suggested route is by Bilaspur - Mandi.