On our journey back to Delhi after a stay of 2 days in Shoja. We were dicey about staying in Jibhi. But we had to head back to Jibhi on foot as we did not find any bus. We actually decided to walk a little to dive into the calmness of this gorgeous cute little hamlet.
We trekked down to 4 km and stopped at the Pratap Dhaba in Ghiyagi(a village which comes before Jibhi)For lunch at around 12:30 pm. We had ordered two thalis costing Rupees 60 only. The local food was simple and tasty. It had rice,chapati,kadi,chutney,seasonal vegetable and dal.
We had hardly walked 400 m when we found another spot , a stream. All the villages coming across on the way to Shoja has such cute hideous corners only you have to keep searching one. After that we got back to trekking down further towards Jibhi. We thought of hanging there for a while. Few pictures are provided below.
We stayed at this spot for about 2-3 hours and headed to Jibhi around 4:30 pm in search of the camping site.Yes, we had already ditched our plan to go back to Delhi. You would find many cafes and home stays on the way and few campsites as well. We came across this property named ‘Maxwell Estate’ around 500-600 m from State Bank of India,Jibhi. This property has temporary tent cottages, houses along with wooden cottage and campsites. It was a walk of about 1-1.5 km downward towards the stream from the main road The campsite and wooden cottage is built on the other side of the stream. So one has to cross the stream using that wooden bridge (See the below picture). On the way to this property, you will encounter trees of cherry, an orchard of pear and full-fledged grown-up refreshing roses.
The newly wooden constructed house was under renovation. The orange tents were for camping. The bright orange camps what fascinated us at far off distance and luckily we found our way to it. This property lied amidst the forests. We met Mr. Ram Thakur who was working as one of the owners of the property alongside his two friends.(You can contact him over this number- 8219851398; They have just started with their property so you won't find much promotion of it. It is better to get in touch over the phone about the availability) We asked for the price of the camp for the lowest as possible as we were short of cash. He said, हम भी बाहर जाते हैं और कई बार पैसा नही होता तब आप की ही तरह कोई मदद करता है। आप आराम से रुको।“ His gesture took us by surprise when he offered us the room instead of camp at a really low price including food. We were so overwhelmed. He showed us the room and suggested us to stay there as the campsite was not equipped with electricity. (The campsite and cottage renovation was t be completed within few days as he was sua pposed to host a group of 6 people. We had stayed on the 2nd of June). The room in the 1st floor was covered with glass panes and you could see the hamlet of Jibhi wrapped in the long trees of varied shades of green, forest woods, rocks,streams, wild flowers. Never in my dreams had I thought of encountering at random such a place and staying absorbing all the charm of this place.
The little wooden house in the picture is where we stayed and those orange tents for camping which lured us into finding this spot.
We had dinner at around 9 pm. We met all the partners who were working together on this same property. The hospitability was really nice and the food was tasty. The surrounding was so calmative with only music of water flowing in the stream and shrilling sounds of beetles. We spent the night outside the room lying on the mattress gazing at a million stars and also watched a beautiful movie. The night was very romantic. The charm of this place and that moment is beyond expression. I had the most beautiful night amidst the environment and with the person whom I love the most. (P.S. Do carry a bottle of wine if it's your couple trip)