Jai Mata Di
Vaishno Devi Tourism
The yatra to Mata Vaishno Devi shrine is one of the holiest and the most arduous pilgrimages for Hindus all over the world. The shrine is at an altitude of 5,300 feet and is about 14 kilometres from Katra. The trek is not an easy one as the hills are steep and requires a lot of stamina and fitness. Instilled with a belief that Mata Vaishno Devi grants wishes to those who seek her blessings, from newlyweds to old couples, everyone undertakes this yatra.
Throughout the years, the offices along the course to the blessed place of worship have made the adventure agreeable. For the elderly and those of sick wellbeing, donkey and horse rides are accessible to arrange the precarious slope. Besides, explorers can likewise benefit helicopter administrations from Katra and Jammu to Sanjichat. Sanjichat is the most elevated point on the trekking course of Vaishno Devi. The Bhawan is a declining trek of about 2.5 km from Sanjichat. Unadulterated veggie lover sustenance slows down and clean outlets are accessible at ordinary interims so the explorers don't confront any issue amid their voyage.
The yatra and the course stay open for the travellers consistently. The most prominent time to embrace the darshan is amid the festive and auspicious time of the Navratras.
There are two courses you can take from Katra to get to the Bhawan – the old route and the new route. The old course is longer and significantly more extreme. It experiences Ardha Kuwari, achieves the summit at Bhairav Ghati and from that point moves down to Bhawan. You can contract steeds and horses to reach Bhawan through the old course.
The new route is shorter and a lot less demanding to handle. Despite the fact that it doesn't experience Ardha Kuwari, numerous explorers initially go to Ardha Kuwari, at that point return to the base camp and afterward take the new course to the Bhawan. The new course does not experience Bhairav Ghati and ponies, horses are not permitted on this course. There are bhojanalyas and coffeehouses at standard intervals of one kilometre on the new course.
Important information to be on check list:
Tipping: It is a critical piece of etiquette to be watched while visiting anyplace in India. It's a typical practice to tip the servers at the hotels and the taxi drivers while touring.
Currency: The money of India is Indian Rupee. You can pull back cash from the ATMs in Katra city. ATMs won't be accessible amid the trek to Vaishno Devi sanctuary, so please convey money for any necessities. Charge cards are not generally acknowledged (not even in Katra) and the majority of the exchanges are done in real money.
Drinking laws: Alcohol is neither served nor sold in Vaishno Devi.
Safety: Vaishni Devi has a low crime rate and therefore, it is considered to be safe. However, petty crimes like pickpocketing or bag snatching are common. As such, it is important to always be cautious of the surroundings and avoid few dangerous areas.
How to reach
The nearest railway station to the pilgrimage is Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Katra railway station, which is 20 km away.
The nearest airport is the Jammu Tawi airport, which is 46.7 km away via NH 144.
Bus, independent taxi as well as shared taxi services are available from Jammu Tawi, New Delhi, and Amritsar, etc., to Katra.
Within the vicinity of the temple it is best to commute in taxis.
Once you reach the Katra station, it would be best to check into a hotel to rest for the day. People generally begin the trek in the evening and depending on the speed and stamina, it can take anywhere between four-to-six hours to reach the shrine. Once the darshan is over, the trek downhill is easier but that too, will nearly take about three hours.
Transportation in Vaishno Devi:
Ponies and horses
Cabs/taxi: The most secure and the most advantageous approach to explore the serenity of Katra is going in an employed cab/taxi. While procuring a one, you ought to dependably check if the taxi drivers have legitimate licenses and are sufficiently experienced to drive securely on the steep uneven slants.
Helicopter: Helicopter services are available from Jammu to Sanjichat and from Katra to Sanjichat for pilgrims. It takes about 20 minutes from Jammu to reach Sanjichat in a helicopter and about 10 minutes from Katra to Sanjichat.
On foot: In spite of the fact that Katra has soak uneven inclines, and strolling can be strenuous, it is outstanding amongst other approaches to investigate Katra. The climate is wonderful amid the summers – perfect for strolling in the crisp mountain air. Notwithstanding amid the winters, with sufficient warm garments, strolling can be enjoyable!
Horses and ponies: You can either trek your way up from Katra to the Bhawan or you can hire a pony or a horse to get you to the Bhawan. They are readily available at reasonable prices. But the horses and ponies are available only for those pilgrims who take the old route to the Bhawan; they are not allowed on the new route. On a horse or a pony, it generally takes six to six-and-a half-hours to get to the Bhawan. Trekking on the old route takes considerably more time as the route is longer and steeper than the new route.
How to Reach by Flight
The nearest airport is in Jammu (48 km from Katra). One can commute by bus or taxi from Jammu to Katra. Besides, a helicopter service is also available.
How to Reach by Train
The nearest railway station is also in Jammu.
How to Reach by Bus
It takes only a couple of hours to reach Katra from Jammu by bus or taxi.
How to Reach by Road
From Katra to Vaishnodevi is a steep 13 km walk. One can also hire a horse to reach the shrine. It takes about 4 hours to climb up the shrine and 3 hours to come down on foot. Recently a helicopter service has also been introduced.
How to travel within
Do's & Don't
- Video cameras and other electronic equipment are not allowed on the track. Please make arrangements for their safekeeping at Katra itself.
- Travel light. Please leave all unnecessary clothes and luggage at Katra itself. Food, drink and blankets are available. There is no need to carry these items along.
- Please uphold the sanctity of the pilgrimage and avoid loud dresses, vulgar language or offensive talk or gestures. The yatra is a journey of faith. Please do not treat it as a picnic or a vacation outing.
- Refrain from smoking, chewing tobacco and betel leaves, spitting, spreading litter, playing cards etc. Consumption of liquor, intoxicants and non-vegetarian food is strictly prohibited.
- Chanting of slogans of praises inside the cave is not allowed as it disturbs the other pilgrims.
- Darshans at Bhairon temple are done only after Darshans at the Holy Cave
Vaishno Devi Itinerary
Day1 : Arr. Jammu , transfer to Katra. Check-in fresh-n-up,
Day2 : VaishnodeviDarshan and back to Katra
Day3 Transfer to Pahalgam.
Day4 : Pahalgam – Aru, Chandanbari and Betaab Valley.Pahalgam to Srinagar. Check-in houseboat,
Day5 : Srinagar - Mughal Gardens, Hazratbal, Sankaracharya Temple
Day6 : After breakfast transfer to Gulmarg, Gondola ride to Affarwat and snow activities.
Day7 : Transfer to Srinagar Airport/Jammu railway station.