All You Need to have to Know – The Travelling Slacker


Jalori Pass or Jalori Jot hardly requires any introduction for the Himachal regulars and I currently have many posts on a variety of activities in this location. Nevertheless, I feel I under no circumstances created a post committed solely to Jalori. So, right here is a tiny guide to inform you all you need to have to know about the pass that is a location in itself.

Jalori Pass
Jalori Pass

Jalori Pass is a low altitude pass at an altitude of 10800 feet (3291 meters) that connects Kullu and Shimla districts of Himachal. It is a motorable pass which types the National Highway No. 305, which is a smaller sized branch connecting NH three &amp Nh five among Aut Tunnel and Sainj (Do not confuse with Sainj Valley). It passes mainly by means of the Seraj area and touches components of the Fantastic Himalayan National Park (GHNP) consisting of Tirthan Valley &amp Sainj Valley, which is an UNSECO Planet Heritage Web page. As of now it is a narrow road but performs are going on to make it a broad, multi-lane highway, which will imporve connectivity but in that case the spot will no longer be as peaceful as it is now.

Fecund Slopes of Seraj

Despite the fact that the highway is a new developement, it is an ancient route connecting each sides. The British also applied it for the duration of the colonial occasions, which is why it shows as the “Old Britisher’s Route” in google maps. The old route was apparently a bit larger than the existing road. Lots of well known tourist hubs such as Jibhi, and Shoja falls on this route. In truth, from Jibhi to Jalori Passs is a delightful stretch with numerous tiny hamlets like Ghiyagi and Shoja exactly where you can keep. From right here you can go for a couple of quick hikes to Raghupur Garh and Serolsar Lake when longer treks into the Tirthan Valley are also achievable.

As per my practical experience, the most effective way to attain Jalori Pass is to take a Kullu-Manali bound bus from Delhi or Chandigarh, get down at the bus stand of Aut just following the Aut Tunnel, and get a single of the buses going towards Jalori (Verify Map). Though lengthy distance buses going by means of Jalori towards Shimla might be couple of, you will get dozens of buses to attain Banjar &amp then other buses or shared automobiles for Jibhi.  If you are there for a number of days, you can keep in any of these areas and go to Jalori the subsequent day. When I even hiked from Shoja to Jalori (five KMs) becaus ethe bus was also crowded. If you are coming from Shimla, you will have to discover a bus moving in the opposite path.

Also Study:A Brief Hike from Shoja to Jalori

Jalori Pass Distance Chart

Delhi to Jalori 510 KMs (by way of Aut)
Chandigarh to Jalori 277 KMs
Delhi to Aut Tunnel 462 KMs
Kullu to Jalori 73 KMs
Manali to Jalori 112 Kms
Aut to Banjar 24 KMs
Banjar to Jibhi eight KMs
Jibhi to Shoja 7 KMs
Shoja to Jalori five KMs
Jalori to Sainj 52 KMs
Jalori to Shimla 151 KMs


Aut Tunnel is a lengthy tunnel that you cross when going to Manali. Aut is also a tiny village turned roadside town just following the tunnel. It has some shops, restaurants, a couple of hotels &amp homestays on the banks of the stunning turquose Beas river, and of course the bus stand from exactly where you get buses to Banjar, Sainj, Tirthan, Jibhi, &amp Jalori. I as soon as spent a evening right here and found what persimmons are.

Also Study:Aut Persimmons


Banjar is the principal town in this area with a huge bus stand. It is not a incredibly fairly town but it has a huge market place and you can obtain something you need to have. Neighborhood buses for Sainj and Tirthan Valleys leave from right here. Jibhi bound transport can also be located very easily. It also has a couple of hotels.


Jibhi has all of a sudden grown in the final couple of years. From a non-descript village, it has turn out to be a hippie town well known amongst western backpackers. It is a stunning roadside settlement with many stunning homestays. It can be your base for Jalori go to and numerous other trails also leave from right here. It is so well known amongst westerners that you can even discover a Greek restaurant right here!

Also Study: Chehni Kothi-The Two Towers


Gadagushaini is a tiny detour from the route, and a single of the least explored locations. Do not confuse it with Gushaini in Tirthan. Substantially extra requires to be accomplished right here.

Also Study: Gadagushaini &amp Bahu


Ghiagi s a couple of KMs ahead of Jibhi towards Jalori. It is an additional tiny roadside village that has turn out to be well known becuase of a couple of homestays. It also has a couple of dhabas exactly where buses typically quit for meals.


Shoja is additional ahead of Ghiagi and it once again has a cluster of homestays. In the summers the slopes right here gets covered with purple iris blossoms.

Jalori Prime

Ultimately you attain Jalori Prime, which also has a couple of dhabas. There are a couple of temples right here also. There are a couple of trails from right here that you can take up (discussed in the subsequent section). It also presents terrific views of the distant peaks on a clear day.


Khanag is a tiny spot you attain following crossing the Jalori. It is popular for its old rest home. Penelope Chetwode, the popular explorer identified for her book on Kullu, died someplace right here for the duration of her final expedition.

From Jalori Pass, two tiny trails go to Raghupurgarh (remnants of a tiny fort and good higher altitude meadows, three KMs), and Serolsar Lake (Additional of a tiny pond amidst jungles, five Kms). You can do these two treks alone. Apart from them, you can go additional and attain a variety of components of Tirthan Valley by means of multi-day treks. But you will need to have regional guides for that.

Hiking about Jalori

Raghupurgarh Fort

Raghupurgarh Fort was believed to have been constructed by Mandi rulers. To be sincere, now you just have some potions of stone-walls remaining. Nonetheless, you go there not for the history but for the expansive views. It is about 3KMs hike from exactly where your bus stops at Jalori Prime. It is about 3500 meters in altitude, so you will acquire an altitude of about 400 meters that really should not take extra than 1.five Hrs.

Serolsar Lake

Serolsar Lake is a tiny lake but it is culturally critical for this area. There is a temple committed to Budhi Nagin, out there, who is a key deity right here. It is about five KMs from Jalori but it is not a steep hike. It is mainly a straight stroll into the jungles that can be covered in significantly less than two hours.

Also Study: Serolsar Lake Trek

Serolsar Lake

It is a stunning location and you can commit a day or two at any of the areas en route, such as Jibhi, Ghiagi, and Shoja. There are numerous homestays in these areas at a variety of cost points. Spending budget travellers can also discover decent solutions right here in the INR 500 variety. There is also camping facility in the meadows close to Jalori Pass despite the fact that I have under no circumstances attempted them.

Iris blossoms in summer time at Shoja

Various seasons have distinctive delights right here. The spring and  summers are the most effective for me when the wild flowers blooms. Nevertheless, winters are also well known for these who want to see snowfall. Monsoons are typically avoided mainly because excessive rain can make movement hard and also lead to landslides.

Snowfall naturally requires spot right here right here in the winter among December to February. But it can snow later also. For instance, as soon as I got snowfall as late as early Might, when it turned white following a suddent burst of storm.

Jibhi, Banjar, &amp Aut have typically functioning ATMs. Other areas might also have but do not rely on them.

As far as I have observed, this area is nicely-created in terms of connectivity. A lot of people today decide on Jibhi for lengthy-term keep mainly because it has great online connectivity and your operate does not quit if you are a digital nomad.

You can generally venture into the entire GHNP that borders the entire road.

Also Study:

GHNP Guide

Tirthan Valley Guide

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