Few places in the world are as diverse in their topography as Himachal Pradesh. With its river flowing through jagged rocks, rich green meadows, and serene lakes surrounded by mountains covered in thick layers of snow, resembling the seven skies above, it truly is like a little slice of heaven on earth.
Don’t you feel like running away from the stressful city and looking for a place of seclusion amongst hills and meadows? Well, the place that you might be looking for is Jibhi.
Jibhi is an offbeat destination nestled in the Tirthan Valley in Himachal Pradesh that has remained untouched by the buzzing and agitation that city life thrives upon. Surrounded by lush greenery and pine-covered mountains, this small village has beautifully cascading waterfalls, serene lakes, and delicate meadows making this one of the most peaceful places you will ever visit.
Himachal is the kind of place that immediately lifts your spirits, all you have to do is just be there and breathe in the crisp air. Along with the serenity that it offers, it also provides tons of opportunities for adventure, no matter if they are beginners or experienced in seeking the thrill that these activities have to offer.
On this backpacking trip to Himachal from Delhi, we have handpicked some of the best locations in Himachal Pradesh that you must visit.
This 7-day trip to Himachal covers all the desirable destinations that fascinate tourists and adventure enthusiasts alike.
From one of the most popular hill stations of our country, Manali, to the small captivating village Kasol which is situated in the Kullu district, this trip is a perfect blend of popular tourist attractions and a peaceful getaway to undiscovered locations.
Manali, popularly known as Lover’s paradise has earned this reputation because of its beautiful views, cool climate, and tons of activities that it provides to people to keep things lively and fun.
On this trip, we explore some of the best places to visit in Manali, where we take you on a sightseeing tour to Hadimba Temple, Vashisht Temple, Mall Road, and Cafe hopping in Old Manali to give you a glimpse of what life is like in this township.
After experiencing the highs of soaring through the sky, you’d be in desperate need of some calm which the small town of Kasol caters to perfectly. The growing popularity of this hill station is because of the plethora of experiences it offers including spiritual awakenings, which is why we’d make sure that you visit the Manikaran temple which is popular for many reasons, one of them being the co-existence of bitterly cold water with boiling water springs on either side of the Parvati river.
Gurudwara Manikaran Sahib is also nearby and attracts many Hindu and Sikh devotees every year,
Our next stop, Jibhi, remains an offbeat stay in Himachal because it is yet to be touched and exploited by industrialization and has preserved its vegetation in the form of lush green valleys. It’s also popular for sparkling waterfalls and freshwater lakes which make this place perfect for spending some quality time with a partner or even yourself.
It is almost impossible to visit Himachal and suppress the urge to see the view from the top of the summit which is why we organize exciting and easy treks to Jalori Pass & Sirosar lake.
This Manali backpacking trip is curated after keeping all your desires in mind and the trip will take you to some of the best places in Manali, Kasol, and Jibhi so that you can experience the rich culture and heritage of ‘Lands of Gods’ aka Himachal.
Now that we have hopefully convinced you, we hope you get to learn all the reasons why you must visit this beautiful state on your own on this backpacking trip.
- 27 Dec 2023 - 02 Jan 2024 (NYE Special)
- Day 01: Drive from Delhi to Manali (27 Dec)
- Day 02: Manali Arrival | Local Sightseeing (28 Dec)
- Day 03: Manali to Kasol | Kasol Sightseeing (29 Dec)
- Day 04: Manikaran Gurudwara - Depart for Jibhi (30 Dec)
- Day 05: Drive to Jalori Pass and NYE Celebration (31 Dec)
- Day 06: Jibhi Sightseeing- Depart for Delhi (01 Jan)
- Day 07: Arrive in Delhi (02 Jan)
Triple Occupancy: Rs. 18800/- (Delhi to Delhi) (NYE Rate)
Triple Occupancy: Rs. 16800/- (Manali to Manali) (NYE Rate)
- Double Occupancy: Rs. 20800/- (Delhi to Delhi)
- Mumbai to Mumbai: 25,500/- (With 3AC Rajdhani) (Triple Occupancy)
Note: Pay 8000/- to block your seats, rest of the payment 20 days prior.
Ad-on ( per person ) :
- Zip-lining: 800/-
- Skiing: 600/-
- Tube Slide: 600/-
- Rafting: 1000/-
- Paragliding: 3500/-
- Transfer from Delhi to Manali and Aut to Delhi Volvo bus
- Cover all the places mentioned (and a bunch of surprise locations too )
- Stay in handpicked, excellent properties with amazing views
- Experienced local driver and Trip Caption assist you throughout
- Lip-smacking Pahadi meals included
Day 01: Delhi to Manali (27 Dec)
- Report at Majnu Ka Tilla at 06:00 PM
- Take a Volvo / Cab to Manali ( anywhere between 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm )
- Start the journey from Delhi to Manali.
Day 02: Vashisht, Jogini Fall & Local Sightseeings (28 Dec)
- You will be reaching Manali in the morning
- Check in to the hotel, freshen up, and have breakfast
- Visit Vashisht and start your trek to Jogini Falls
- Visit Vashisht temple & Hot Water Spring on return
- Come back to Hotel, and relax for a while.
- Visit Manu Temple, Hadimba Temple, Mall Road, and Old Manali Market.
- Dinner and overnight stay at Hotel in Manali.
Day 03: Kullu Rafting & Paragliding - Kasol (29 Dec)
- Wake up early in the morning and have your breakfast.
- Get on board for exciting River Rafting in the Beas River or Paragliding
- Have lunch & travel to Kasol
- Chill and relax tonight
- Dinner and overnight stay at Hotel in Kasol.
Day 04: Manikaran Gurudwara - Depart for Jibhi (30 Dec)
- Morning breakfast at the place and get ready to explore the Parvati valley. It is the day to get soaked in the beauty of the ever-so-gorgeous Parvati valley.
- Visit the Manikaran Temple and Manikaran Gurudwara. We will also visit the Hot Water Springs in Manikaran which are considered extremely sacred by the locals.
- Afterward, we'll head towards Jibhi which is a tiny hamlet nestled between lush green forests in the Tirthan Valley of Himachal Pradesh.
- Dinner and overnight stay at Hotel in Jibhi.
Day 05: Drive to Jalori Pass and trek to Serolsar Lake and NYE Celebration (31 Dec)
- After early morning breakfast, we will head out for a trek to Jalori Pass. The trek leads you to the 360º viewpoint which offers a stunning view of the entire valley along with the Pir Panjal ranges of the Himalayas.
- After traversing through Jalori Pass, we will also visit Serolsar Lake the pristine which is a high-altitude lake nestled amidst alpine forests. Just beside the lake, there is a temple that holds extreme significance for the locals where you can pay your respects as well.
- We'll descend and head back towards our hotels where we'll have dinner followed by an overnight NYE Party.
Note : If our vehicle cannot move due to heavy snowfall, we will provide an extra 4x4 vehicle at an additional cost, and guests will need to pay on the spot.
Day 06: Jibhi Sightseeing - Depart for Delhi (01 Jan)
- Wake up early in the morning and have your breakfast.
- Afterward, we'll head for a local sightseeing tour where we'd visit the sparkling Jibhi Waterfall. We'll also explore the local market and go Cafe Hopping.
- Afterward, we will descend and head towards Aut and board an overnight bus for Delhi.
Day 06: Delhi - Mumbai / Pune (02 Jan)
- Reach Delhi by 10 AM
THINGS TO PACK
- Day backpack (20 – 30 Ltrs): When you are on a local sightseeing tour, you are required to carry only a few necessary items and for that, you need a day backpack as you will leave your bigger one at your designated stay.
- Floaters or Sandals: When you are spending your day at leisure, a good pair of sandals and floaters will help you to move freely.
- 1 Down Jacket / Main Jacket: It’s emphasized that you need to carry proper layers so you can avoid getting cold which is why you need to carry an insulated jacket that you can put on over your other clothes.
- 1 Pair of Thermal: Thermal is a piece of garment that helps in keeping your body warm in cold temperatures. It is a necessary item that you need when traveling to cold regions.
- Outdoor Shoes: A comfortable shoe is required when traveling outdoors, especially in the mountains. They shouldn’t be chunky, instead, they should be lightweight and sturdy.
- 3 Quick Dry Tees: You must keep at least three pairs of quick dry tees so that you can wash them in between stops for proper hygiene.
- 3 Pair of Cotton Socks: Cotton socks are extremely comfortable to move around in and are lightweight as well which is why you can always count on a good pair of cotton socks while trekking. However, keep in mind to change them and avoid wearing them when they are wet.
- 1 Pair of Woolen Socks: A good pair of woolen socks, especially merino, are comfortable, limit odors and provide adequate insulation from the cold so you can wear them at night.
- 1 Poncho: A poncho is an evolved form of a raincoat that provides coverage to your body as well as your bag and ensures total water protection from the rain.
- Quick-dry towel: A quick-dry towel will help in maintaining proper hygiene. It must dry quickly because the wet fabric will only increase the chance of bacterial growth.
- Gloves: Insulated gloves help in maintaining proper body heat in your hands.
- Sanitizer: Prevent the risk of infections and maintain proper hand hygiene by making sure you carry a hand sanitizer.
- Sun Cap: A lightweight sun cap with side flaps is perfect to keep your head cool and avoid sunburns on a sunny day.
- Lip Balm: Your lips can become chapped due to the harsh cold winds so it's important to keep them moisturized.
- Cold Cream & SunScreen (SPF 40+): To avoid sunburns and chafing, you need to put on sunscreen as well as cold cream.
- Water Bottle 1 Lt.: Hydration is extremely important when it comes to traveling To carry a water bottle that you can refill with Himalayan water is a must.
- Bag for all your Toiletries: A bag with all your essentials including napkins, toothpaste, sanitizers, paper soap, etc should be carried in a ziplock bag.
- Personal Basic Medical Kit: Carrying a medical kit with bandages, Dettol, and medication for headaches, nausea, etc is necessary.
- Sunglasses / People who use spectacles (Use Photochromic glasses instead of contact lenses): Photochromatic glasses are specs that are designed to transform into anti-glare shades depending upon exposure to the sun. They are good when it comes to eye protection but one can also opt for clip-on glasses etc.
- Mobile charger / Power bank: Although you'll get electricity at most places, it is always advisable to carry a charged power bank in case of emergencies.
- Documents: Identification proofs like Aadhar Card, and driver's License.
- Travel Laundry Bag: In case your clothes get wet or your garments don’t dry, you can carry them in the bag and keep them separate from your dry clothes.
- Camera: This should be obvious. To make sure that you get to capture all the great moments from your trip. Make sure that you have enough storage and some extra batteries as well.
- No cancellations will be taken over phone calls or WhatsApp messages. Please reply to the email with the payment receipt that you received at the time of booking regarding the cancellation.
- Free Cancellation up to 45 days before the departure date. (Booking amount is non-refundable)
- 44 Days to 30 days of Departure date. 10% of the total Trip cost along with the booking amount will be charged as a cancellation fee.
- 29 Days to 20 Days of Departure date. 25% of the total trip cost along with the booking amount will be charged as a cancellation fee.
- 19 Days to 10 Days of Departure date. 50% of the total trip cost along with the booking amount will be charged as a cancellation fee.
- 10 Days to 6 Days of Departure date. 75% of the total trip cost will be charged as a cancellation fee.
- 6 Days to Trip Departure date. 100% of the total trip cost will be charged as a cancellation fee.
- No Show. No refund.
- Note: All the reimbursements/refunds will incur a Payment Gateway charge of 2.5% & GST of 5% respectively. The Payment Gateway charges will not be levied on the customers who have made their transactions via UPI.
- Please also note that the booking amount for all packages/trips is non-refundable whereas a Credit Note can be issued if the cancellation is made 3 days before the departure date (at the discretion of the organization)
- In case of government orders, harsh weather conditions, protests, landslides, or any other unforeseen circumstances, we work out the best possible alternate plans or trips/treks. At times even if certain activities are canceled, the organization provides the best alternative but no refunds would be provided.
- If a trip/trek is called off at the last moment due to a natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (like rain, snowfall, earthquake, landslides, strike, bandh, etc.), Sahyadri Rangers will issue a refund in the form of SR Cash and if possible will provide an alternative as well. The amount can be redeemed for the same or another trip/trek in the next 365 days from the departure date.
- If a trek/trip cannot be completed due to natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (like rain, snowfall, earthquake, landslides, strike, bandh, etc.). No refund would be provided.
- Any extra expense incurred due to any natural calamity/unforeseen circumstances (like rain, snowfall, earthquake, landslides, strike, bandh, etc.), will be borne by the customer. The company will not be liable.
- Cancellations policy will differ during the peak season and for popular places.
What is included in the tour
- AC Volvo Bus tickets from Delhi to Manali and Aut to Delhi.
- Transportation in Tempo Traveler for local sightseeing.
- Accommodations on sharing basis as per Itinerary.
- Meal Plan: MAPI Plan (Total 8 Meals - 1 Meal on Day 2 (D) + 2 Meals on Day 3 (B+D) + 2 Meals on Day 4 (B+D) + 2 Meals on Day 5 (B+D) + 1 Meal on Day 6 (B))
- The trip Captain will be present at all times during the tour.
- All kinds of Permits.
- Driver Allowance.
- State and other Taxes.
What is NOT included in the tour
- Early check-in at the hotel.
- Any additional expenses of personal nature.
- Additional accommodation/food costs incurred due to any delayed travel.
- Any lunch and other meals not mentioned in Package Inclusions.
- Any Airfare / Rail fare other than what is mentioned in “Inclusions”.
- Parking and monument entry fees during sightseeing.
- Additional Costs due to Flight Cancellations, Landslides, Roadblocks, and other natural calamities.
- Any other services not specified above in inclusions.