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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Jagdish Raval

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"Well-known Hindu pilgrim centre of India" new review

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
Mata Vaishno Devi is a well-known Hindu pilgrim centre of India in Jammu and kashmir. More than 10 million pilgrims visit every year. From base camp at Katara, you have to walk 14 km. One can hire a horse or dolly. One can go by Helicopter also. We went there by Helicopter. We have purchased return ticket Online before 1 month. We have also hired a Dolly from Helipad to Vaishno Devi Temple which

Distance is almost 4 km. We were so much pleased and feeling blessed by having darshan of Goddess Vaishnavi. There is special vip line for passenger of Helicopter. A nice and memorable religious Tour with my wife. Do visit once in a life.
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Srijan Srivastava

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"Very nice place to visit" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
I visited Vaishno Devi in november with some of my friends. We reached Jammu by train from Ambala to Jammu. We took a bus from Jammu to Katra and slowly the temperature of the place started getting down as the bus was moving forward. The mountains were so beautiful when we reached Katra. We booked a hotel there in Katra. The food in Katra was okay. The price of the food was expensive a bit. To reach Vaishno Devi we registered ourself for the entrance and after 4-5 hours of continuous travel we reached Vaishno Devi. The overall experience was very good and we returned same day till evening. My legs were paining because of such a long travel. I got foot massage in the market. We enjoyed a lot during our journey.

I have been once in Katra for Darshan of Maa Vaishno Devi, After reaching to Katra by bus from Jammu, agents from different hotels tried me to insist to go for the hotel they want. I have been new to the place so became agree to one of them and he have been once in Katra for Darshan of Maa Vaishno Devi, I have been new to the place so became agree to one of them and he promised for 24 hrs water neat and clean rooms and enough space for 4 persons. Before taking me to room he got deposited token money and when I went into the room it was very small and also only two small beds were there, but I thought we have to stay for one night so will manage with that. The things got worse. When after taking Bath by person the water was finished and we had to manage some how using mineral water bottles which I purchased from nearby shop. It was very bad experience about the booking but we did not have any option as we had our train next to next day from Jammu and could not go and search for another hotel/room. We had Darshan without any other obstacles  and got helped by some unknown persons for the Darshan tickets to what we had missed to take before starting the Journey to temple. I would just like to say first visit the room they want to offer you then only pay the token money.
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Shvetang Gupta

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"Jai Mata Di" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
A spiritual and religious place where every wants to go. Really a good experience. I reached Katra in morning time and I planned to take some fresh up after a long journey. I was with my family so I decided to start in evening due to hot weather in may month. We started at 6 PM and reached 2 AM in the Bhawan and at 4 AM morning I got blessed to Mata Vaishno Devi. After we go to Bhairav baba mandir. After the darshan we came back Katra and relaxed in a hotel. The food in Katra is cheap and good. Manoranjan dhaba is good place to eat in Katra a tasty food specially Dal Makhani wow superb taste. In karta every thing is in walkable distance. If you have baby don't forget to take milk because in Katra only packed milk is available easily and not even good for baby so take dry milk powder so that baby couldn't get hungry.
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Razz Meena

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"Religious visit"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
I use to go so many times at holy Vaishno Devi Mata Rani... I feel so relax when reach to the temple... Journey to Bhawan is quite difficult but Mata Rani make it easily. Shrine board of Vaishno Devi is great... They make our journey comfortable... Hope Mata call us soon again... Want to be their every year or twice a year...
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Saurabh Kakkar

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"Surreal environment for first time visitors"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Awesome place, all facilities available at very economical prices. Having food at Manoranjan restaurant is a must. The place is full of religious places and religious people which creates a surreal environment for the people going for first time. You can opt for palki or even helicopter service for convenience or you can enjoy the trekking. The path is full of restaurants serving awesome food, specially tandoori aloo paratha. The place is well connected by road, railway and air.
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Vsk Madhavi

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"A religious place to visit"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 months 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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"Good place for nature and god lover"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Apr 12, 2016
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"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Apr 2, 2016
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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"On the way one can enjoy the beauty of nature"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Mar 27, 2016
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 Mar 16, 2016
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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