Why Travelers from 83 countries including India chose to stay in this cottage in the Himalayas?

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With over 5000 valleys in Himachal and well known tourist places like Kullu, Manali, Shimla, Kasol, Dharamshala and many more to name, I could not fathom but wish that someone somewhere on the internet would write about the lesser explored places as well. The purpose was just that I could feel the light breeze, hear the soothing sound of rivers flowing, look at my feet immersed in the purest of waters and obviously have the least human intervention possible around my accommodation.

This is Literally the view travelling to Jibhi

Photo of Jibhi, Himachal Pradesh, India by Gouthami Vasudev

If you have already thought of visiting Himachal and are looking at options of the places to visit, then go ahead and read the full article. When I was leaving for Himachal, many of my friends asked about the place I am visiting and I said JIBHI. After a lot of research and looking at the blogs which covered this place (which was frankly 2 blogs) I decided to visit this place and had a wish to write about it as well.

I do not remember from where i got this map, But I really love this :)

Photo of Himachal Pradesh, India by Gouthami Vasudev

The view travelling to JIBHI is breathtaking. The Beas river which flows right next to the road is light teal in colour. Jibhi is a small and the last village in the Banjar Valley. The mountains surrounding Jibhi are lush with pine and cedar forests. Also, this place is just one hour away from the Great Himalayan National Park.

I so wish i stayed here all year!

Photo of Dolli Guest House, Jibhi, Himachal Pradesh, India by Gouthami Vasudev

Cannot believe i stayed in this Beauty

Photo of Dolli Guest House, Jibhi, Himachal Pradesh, India by Gouthami Vasudev

A 65 year old ancestral house which was renovated to a beautiful homestay surrounded by mountains, with a river flowing next to it, Doli Guesthouse was the perfect pitstop in the hills for me. Doli is owned and run by a happy chap named BS Rana, a retired army man who ensures that his guests do the gorgeous treks in the region, laze in the garden at tea-time, do fishing and swap stories by the river in the evenings. The Rustic Homestay or the new Tudor-style cottages (the two options that Mr. Rana has to offer) on the side of the river are what an ideal (read 'dreamy') homestays would look like.

You can also choose to sit here the whole day and not go out :)

Photo of Why Travelers from 83 countries including India chose to stay in this cottage in the Himalayas? by Gouthami Vasudev
Photo of Why Travelers from 83 countries including India chose to stay in this cottage in the Himalayas? by Gouthami Vasudev

View from my cottage

Photo of Why Travelers from 83 countries including India chose to stay in this cottage in the Himalayas? by Gouthami Vasudev

I wanna go back

Photo of Why Travelers from 83 countries including India chose to stay in this cottage in the Himalayas? by Gouthami Vasudev

Doli Doli

Photo of Why Travelers from 83 countries including India chose to stay in this cottage in the Himalayas? by Gouthami Vasudev

Mr. Rana. Do spend sometime talking to him. He would tell you about all the places in the himalayas.

Photo of Why Travelers from 83 countries including India chose to stay in this cottage in the Himalayas? by Gouthami Vasudev

Contact Details for Doli Guest House : 01903-228231/98160 58290. It costed us INR 1500 only for a cottage in which 2 people can stay.

How to get here?

By Air - The closest airport is Bhuntar in the Kullu district, 60 km/2 hr from Jibhi. Taxis charge about INR 2,200 for the one-way trip from Bhuntar. For a group, a more economical option is to fly to Chandigarh/Delhi and take an overnight bus to Kullu from Chandigarh/Delhi, get down at AUT and you can find taxi's from here all day long. The taxi from AUT to JIBHI is INR 1000.

By Rail - Not the best option. Please dont bother taking this way

By Road - The simplest way to travel to Jibhi is to board a bus to Manali from Delhi/Chandigarh and get down at Aut. From Aut, arrange for a taxi pickup (INR 1,000 one-way) through your accommodation (call Doli guest house owner Mr. Rana and he will arrange taxis from Jibhi to Aut and buses from Aut to wherever you want to go) or take another bus from AuT to Banjar, which is 8 km before Jibhi, and get a taxi from there. If you are driving from Delhi, it is quite possible to do the 520 km/12 hr drive to Banjar Valley in a day, provided you get an early start. However, Ambala or Chandigarh are good places to break journey if needed.

Getting Around - Everything is close by and you can walk. If taxis are needed - easily available.

Places to visit here - Jibhi Falls, Chaini Fort, Great Himalayan National Park and Seroyul Lake.

Way to Jibhi Falls.

Photo of Why Travelers from 83 countries including India chose to stay in this cottage in the Himalayas? by Gouthami Vasudev

Hi River

Photo of Why Travelers from 83 countries including India chose to stay in this cottage in the Himalayas? by Gouthami Vasudev

Right in front of the cottage

Photo of Why Travelers from 83 countries including India chose to stay in this cottage in the Himalayas? by Gouthami Vasudev

Walk from the cottage

Photo of Why Travelers from 83 countries including India chose to stay in this cottage in the Himalayas? by Gouthami Vasudev

Ignore my half pant on one side :P

Photo of Why Travelers from 83 countries including India chose to stay in this cottage in the Himalayas? by Gouthami Vasudev

Well, i did some fishing

Photo of Why Travelers from 83 countries including India chose to stay in this cottage in the Himalayas? by Gouthami Vasudev

Chaini Fort !

Photo of Why Travelers from 83 countries including India chose to stay in this cottage in the Himalayas? by Gouthami Vasudev

This is the view in between the trek to Chaini Fort.

Photo of Why Travelers from 83 countries including India chose to stay in this cottage in the Himalayas? by Gouthami Vasudev

Seasons to visit - (Dec-Feb) is very cold, and temperatures can crash below freezing at night and it snows here :) If you you are not really excited about the snow then basically any other time of the year is ideal.

And coming to why these travelers chose to stay here? With the place and the cottage being exceptionally beautiful, Mr.Rana is a very good host taking care of every small thing we might need. What more can I ask for.

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Thank you so very much for the info on this Amazingly beautiful place!!!!!! Could you Please suggest some places to visit from Delhi for solo traveler? May be for a 4 - 5 day or a weekend trip
Mon 09 24 18, 11:12 · Reply · Report
Is there a masonry fireplace around?
Thu 10 12 17, 10:49 · Reply (1) · Report
yes! these is on in the this place only
Tue 11 21 17, 03:53 · Report
You are welcome Mohan :)
Tue 10 10 17, 17:33 · Reply · Report
Hey goutham very well described and the pics taken are breath taking... This would be definitely on my wish list of travelling.. Thanks for all those details given :)
Tue 10 10 17, 05:40 · Reply · Report
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