Vaishno Devi Tourism
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Vaishno Devi Tourism

Vaishno Devi Info

  • State: Jammu & Kashmir
  • Famous for/as: Pilgrimage
  • Altitude: 1700 m
  • Pincode: 182301
  • District: Udhampur
  • Language: Dogri,Urdu
  • STD code: 01991
  • Weather: Summer 5 to 40°C, Winter -14 to 24°C
One of the most visited pilgrimage destinations in the country and a revered site for Hindus, Vaishno Devi is located in the northern state of Jammu and Kashmir. The hills of Vaishno Devi are home to the famous Mata Vaishno Devi Temple, and the nearest town is Katra.

Located at an altitude of 5200 feet above sea level and at a distance of approximately 14 kilometres from Katra, this is the second most visited religious site in the country. More than eight million devotees visit the temple every year.

The Shrine of Mata Vaishno Devi which is a narrow hilly cave is in a part of the lower Himalayas called Tirkuta Hills. The shrine contains images of three deities Mahakali, Mahalakshmi and Mahasaraswati who are all reincarnations of Goddess Durga. The Mata Vaishno Devi Temple is acknowledged as one of the Shakti Peeths of Goddess Durga.

To visit the shrine one has to trek up the mountains. The original cave is quite narrow and takes time to reach the Sanctum Sanctorum. A new tunnel has been constructed, which is 200 metres long to facilitate the large influx of pilgrims visiting the destination for Darshan. However, the original cave is open for devotees during the lean season, traditional festivals or ritualistic occasions.

With so many visitors all round the year; Vaishno Devi is very well connected. The nearest airport is the Jammu Airport which has regular and frequent flights from all major domestic airlines.

Earlier, a visit to Vaishno Devi was done on foot and devotees walked to the caves of Mata Vaishno Devi at a distance of 61 km from Jammu which was quite strenuous. Even now, many devotees prefer to walk, although carts and horses are also available to carry visitors to the mountains. Helicopter services are available which shuttle devotees to the shrine on a daily basis.

Due to its high altitude, the weather in Vaishno Devi is quite cold and during winter the temperature goes down below 0 Celsius. It is best to avoid travelling to Vaishno Devi during the winter and rainy seasons. The best time to visit the site is during the summer season and when there is no rainfall.

Apart from the shrine of Mata Vaishno Devi, there are also quite a few other pilgrimage sites on the way, like the Bhumika Temple, Kalika Temple, Shiva Goompha, and Ban Ganga Temple with the spring of the holy river Ban Ganga.


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Vsk Madhavi

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  • Vsk Madhavi
  • Lives in Hyderabad
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"A religious place to visit" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Planning to vaishno devi require a lot of courage and must admit that the vaishno devi darshan by walk is not a easy get through. I would like to add that if devi has given you good health please take the vaishno journey by walk. It gives us immense satisfaction after the devi darshan that we covered the whole journey by walking.

The jktdc hotel in katra is the best stay we had with the very good hosting by the jktdc staff. Very cooperative staff and the food was lip smacking.

While journey towards vaishno devi you should also have the much talked about rajma chawal of Kashmir. The best rajma chawal you can have anywhere.

It's advised for a night stay in katra after the darshan of vaishno devi since the body doesn't support for any more journey. Any other journey can be planned only on the next day of darshan.
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C.s. manish Dasgupta

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  • C.s. manish Dasgupta
  • Lives in Kolkata
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"Good place for nature and god lover" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Jai Mata Di. We all are the children of Mata. For the past 3 years I am starting my new year with mata's darshan. If you enjoy trekking then this is a destination. If you are God lover this is a destination. If you are nature lover this is beauty. Friends it's my suggestion to start as early as possible so that you can get down by evening. It's around 13 km each way. If you have problem in walking on steep roads take helicopter service for approx 1400 per head one way (affordable).
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Ravi Agrawal

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"The Mother of Magnificence" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
The trek uphill, adjoining scenery, devout atmosphere, periodic halts. Tumult of latent and evident desires stills and refines. Gross, inconsequential desires fall off the rising altitudes, ascending steps of a sincere pilgrim.

When pilgrim reaches the hill top, and washes off the sweat and grime of arduous ascent; only the kernel of desires survives; rest is washed away. Chants of Jai Mata Di resonate the air, and a sincere pilgrim joins the party, contributes his bit. Desires take a positive mould.

Long queues to enter inside test a pilgrim's stamina and faith. Some pilgrims lose their devout state of mind, some carry it through chaos and discomfort. Those who make it - carry their devout state of mind through inner fatigue and external noise - have their levels of awareness heightened.

And in this heightened state of awareness, prayers and desires merge; and Mother Divine is all ears to the sincere, to the pure. In that split second of dynamic meditative trance, pilgrim offers his gentle demands to Healer of our woes, to Helper of our joys.

True pilgrim believes that Mother has listened to his prayers; and she will do what she can do best. She may deny the desire because it has negative long-term consequences. She may withhold because soil must be prepared before. She may bless instantly, without disrupting the laws of karma. A range of outcomes is possible. Whatever the outcome, pilgrim returns home with Her magnetic field, and that magnetic field alters life directions to a greater or lesser extent.

Goddess Durga: radiant, resplendent, magnificent : is worshipped at this seat. Ask for something radiant, something magnificent, something resplendent; like Durga herself. Jai Mata Di.
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Soiru Desai

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"On the way one can enjoy the beauty of nature"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
It is my sincere wish that each one of us should have Vaishnodevi darshan at least once in his lifetime. We had visited Vaishno Devi temple in the month of February. From Kashmir, we hired a taxi to go Katra, a distance of 300 km. The road from Kashmir to Jammu is operational only on alternate days. On the way one can enjoy the beauty of nature, specially at Patnitop. We reached Katra at 7 pm. We took some rest in the hotel and decided to go to Vaishno Devi by foot. We purchased the passes which are available at office near bus stand. The counter closes at 9 pm. So, we started our journey at 8. 30 pm. The distance from Katra to Vaishnodevi temple is about 13 km, we purchased one Bamboo stick costing Rs 10 and Mata di ribbon and started our journey chanting the slogan JAI MATA DI. The other mode of transport available are horse riding, dolly helicopter etc but most people prefer to go by walk. Nice arrangements have been made on the way for taking rest. Food, everything is available on the way. With our average speed, we reached Vaishnodevi at 3 am in the morning. It was the time for kakad aarti. On the way lot of checking is there and you have to preserve your pass carefully. The temple is very beautiful and you have to go from the caves to have the darshan of Mata di. It was a unique experience, to go through the caves by bending your body in a particular style and wedding through water. The whole place from Katra is sacred and non veg is not allowed even in hotels at Katra. After enjoying there about 2 hrs, we started our return journey again by foot at about 6 am and reached Katra by 12 noon. One can have pain killers to avoid cramps in foot, if you are not accustomed if walking. But, you will not feel the tiredness of walking a distance of 25 km due to blessings of Mata di.
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Jithin Ramesh

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"Nice place to visit"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
I reached Katra by evening with a large group. Most of them went straight to bed and I decided to walk up. When I started walking I was pretty confident but when I saw the km board I got a little sceptical. But as I went up the view got better and the temperature came down. It was totally fun to walk through freezing water bare foot. It took me 7 hrs to go up pray and come down. The best part was I had to go up again in few hours but thankfully on copter. The return was on Horse and it started raining. The steep path from the top of horse is little scary and the rain was chilly. I always wonder how people like Alexander and all came all the way through paths like this to India.
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Vaibhav Malhotra

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  • Vaibhav Malhotra
  • Lives in Mumbai
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"Religious place"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
This pace doesn't need any introduction. The most beautiful place in the world. Quite, peaceful with fresh air. The 15 km walk from Katra to Maa Vaishno Devi is awesome with full of blessing and enjoyment. People should visit there once with family, group.
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Rajeev Gautam

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  • Lives in New Delhi
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"Spiritual place to be visit once or twice in year!"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Visited two times in a year. In July with a friend family & in Dec with friends. Both the time the feelings was awesome and incredible. In July I experience the instant change of weather, warm to cold. In Dec I didn't expect to snow fall but there was lots of snow fall.
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Jp Chugh

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  • Jp Chugh
  • Lives in Surat
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"Bhagwan ke Darshan with adventure!"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
As it is holy place for Hindu religion every visitor here come to take blessings of Mata vaishnodevi. It is situated near 14 km on Hills from Katra city. We can reach there walking as well as horse riding, helicopter etc. The place is having peace for mind as well as adventures of climbing the hill with saying Jai matha di Every visitor here is having faith in maa vaishnodevi that she will fulfil their dreams & bless them.
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Anurag Mishra

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  • Anurag Mishra
  • Lives in Shahabad, Hardoi
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"Incredible pilgrimage!"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
I travelled this famous place in the month of Oct 2015 and this is my third pilgrimage after Neemsaar and vindhyachal. This indeed a good holy place to visit. I have not seen any beggars there the place has neatness I travelled from Lucknow to Jammu by train after that I got a bus and it take me to Katra I booked a room in Katra and start my journey after bathing in badha ganga. Garlic and onion not used in foods you found in restaurants. Very religious and exciting place every one should visit.
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Raj Singh

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  • Raj Singh
  • Lives in Patna
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"Awesome place to go!"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Vaisnov devi mandir is in Katra, Jammu. The most religious place of maa vaishnov. The mandir is situated in a cave. You can fell the real power of d goddess there. I suggest you all to go at-least once with your whole family. Its a Whole new experience for me.
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