Photographer's Note

Jibhi is a scenic hamlet in Banjar valleyof Himachal Pradesh. Jibhi can be approached from Chandigarh-Manali Highway some 8 km from Banjar town towards Jalori Pass.

After arriving at Jibhi, It was not very difficult to find Rana. Guest house run by Rana was booked for us & we got a fine room built from deodar wood with the superb natural scent of deodar enlightening our olfactory senses.

I was very eager to talk with Rana and to get myself drenched with his knowledge about this part of Himalayas. I spent a good amount of time talking to Rana. He did an incredible job of exploring Banjar valley, setting up guest houses, compiling the history of Banjar valley, outlining the trekking trails, exploring unknown villages, ancient temples etc. most importantly he had been doing this since last 20 years. He was also involved in various initiatives for saving environments against dam constructions etc....truly an unknown hero of Himalayas...

In this picture....the play of sun drenched valley against the shadowed slopes of green mountains...

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