Jauljibi, situated at the confluence of Kali and Gori rivers, is a town having a small bazaar on Indo-Nepal border. It is situated at a distance of 65 km from Pithoragarh district headquarters. The town hosts a trade fair every year, popular as Jauljibi mela.
The name Jauljibi is used for bazaars (Markets) on both sides of the river. One being in India and other being in Nepal. A suspension foot-over bridge on the Kali river joins the two bazaars and both countries together.
Jauljibi Mela has had a rich and vibrant trading history. In the 20th century, it was a point of confluence for traders of three countries, namely India, Nepal and Tibet.
Even merchants from Kolkata and other regions of West Bengal used to come here for trading. People of this region were dependent on it for warm clothes, spices, utensils and herbs.
They used to wait for the mela the whole year and shop for the whole next year. After the Indo-China war of 1962, trade from Tibet came to a halt.
Jauljibi is well connected to all major cities of Uttarakhand. Buses or taxis from ISBT Dehradun, Anand Vihar ISBT and Haldwani are available but one has to check the timings of buses. Taxis or buses from Pithoragarh are regularly available to Jauljibi.
Nearest railway station is in Tanakpur, which is at a distance of 211 km. Then public transport and cabs are the only two options. Kathgodam railway station is an option too, which is 242 km away from Jauljibi.
Nearest airport is Naini Saini airport, Pithoragarh but the airport is not active yet. Nearest active airport is Pantnagar airport, which is at a distance of 305 km. Buses and cabs to Haldwani are always available from the airport. From Haldwani one can get on a bus going to Dharchula or hire a shared cab. Jauljibi is 249 km away from Haldwani.