Vaishno Devi Tourism

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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Gopal Dadhich

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"Best for spiritual peace" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Best place ever for spiritual peace, peace of mind, 100% nature and mentally peace. We saw the sight from Bhairo Ghati, felt the touch of the clouds and located near Jammu Railway Station. Patnitop is also best place for visit, there is India's best gardens at Patnitop and named as Bagh e Bahu.
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Pawan Kumar

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  • Lives in Meerut
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  •  4 helpful votes
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"A peaceful place" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Great temple with lot of crowd but very little time for darshan yet we have no complaints. Climbing was bit exhausting, helicopter is good. Very nice temple and got good darshan of matarani here. Very beautiful scenery around the temple. Very nice arrangement of shops, toilets and vishram Ghar on the way.
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Aman Gupta

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  • Lives in Bareilly
  • 11 Reviews
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"Holiest pilgrimage"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Being the holiest pilgrimage for hindus Vaishno devi is a place where you seriously feel that god exists. The weather at "maa darbar" will be cold. Plastic is not allowed so avoid any form of plastic packets and toffee wrappers. Ten kilometers walking road was the part to remember and make sure to visit "BHAIRONNATH KI GUFA. Anyone can visit once a year :)
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Promod Misra

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  •  34 helpful votes
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"A feel of tremendous peace"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
This is fully holy and very peace place with amazing energy. This is not only religious place but there are so many attractive and adventurous places to make your visit like good tour with your family or friends group.

From Jammu there are so many option to reach Katra from where you have to ride 12 KM on hill for Darshan puja of Mata Vaishno Devi. In center you can take darshan of Mata Aadi Kumari and after darshan puja of Mata Vaishno Devi you go for Bhairo Darshan and come back to Katra and take rest after than plan/proceed for further places.

You will feel tremendous peace feeling during your visit from Jammu to Mata ji Bhawan and Back.
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Varun Rajput

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  •  29 helpful votes
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"Perfect for an internet free holiday"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
This place is full of positive energy. If you are religious you can visit this place if you are adventurous you can visit this place. Don't rely on helicopter ride as it will disappoint you often. You can try food at restaurant Jewels and Sher e Punjab for lunch and dinner. There is a big market just start of yatra where you can purchase all type of Dry Fruits. You will get best garlic available there which is used in most of the medicines. If you want to stay in bhawan or attend morning Aarti you need to book all those things from online. There is a site of shrine board. Same is for helicopter tickets. All these need to be booked at least 2 months before when you need to visit.
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Gaurav Agarwal

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"Shrine in the hill top"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
The trip to Vaishno Devi was an unplanned one and at the last moment we decided to go there but just don’t think that it was a simple holy visit. This is not at all true about Vaishno Devi, I must say it is a very adventurous trip. You can go with friends as well, I went with my family and enjoyed a lot. We reached Katra in the afternoon and decided to start climbing at around 7 in the evening so that we can reach at night and come down by 11 in the morning so that we don’t have to bear the heat of the sun during our climbing. So we set at night and it was a memorable journey till the end. We took the stairs though they were tough but it was an exciting ride to the top. At the top the aura was splendid the bhawan has its importance of its own. It's uniqueness and the feeling you get after reaching up there is immense. A lot of facilities have been provided for the devotees like vehicles to drove them to the bhawan and even helicopters are in function. So, I would say it is a must visit apart from that you can go to nearby places like Srinagar and local market as well.
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Hitesh Goel

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"A perfect Place to visit"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Mata rani Darshan with your friends is just what you want to achieve in your Life. Temple, its management, surrounding and near by areas are just fabulous to check out. If you have plenty time, I would recommend to plan a day in Jammu, there are many beautiful places there to visit.

Food quality in jammu and katra is upto mark, not so bad and not so good. You will rarely find any restaurant who uses Onion in their dishes. Shops used to charge high rates and even above the MRP. Very poor system of Parshad Shops, just a type of black hoarding. They will show you something, charge for something and at last will pack the worst items in your courier.

If you plan out a visit to mata rani darbar, try to shop and have meal at Shrine Board restaurants only.
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Kshitij  Deopa

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  • Kshitij Deopa
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"Easy to reach"

  • 5/7
  • Posted Jan 12, 2015
The buses to katra are easily available from Jammu bus station. one hour from Jammu and don't forget to take the ticket (free ticket) from the counter at the beginning of the journey. On the way you will find dry fruit and prasad shops on both sides of the road. You can also take bagghi or rent a pony in reasonable rates, take an umbrella too. The journey is easy and it takes almost 3 hrs by walking on average speed.
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Pankaj Goel

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"Its always peaceful to visit a Holy place like Vaishno devi"

  • 6/7
  • Posted Dec 21, 2014
Vaishno Devi is a holy place mainly for Hindus which is situated in Katra in the State of Jammu & Kashmir. Katra is Around 645 Km from New Delhi. you can go by bus or Train to reach direct there. Other way is to go by place till Jammu or Kashmir and from there by bus to Katra. Vaishno Devi is a holy temple which is at 12 Km distance from Katra City bus Stand. Temple is where Mata Vaishno Devi is situated in the form of pindis. A pure holy place for Hindus but other religions also visit the place because of beliefs and to experience the journey. Distance of 12 Km is to be made by walk or one can hire horses or some small cabs which are provided there by Shree Vaishno Devi Shrine Board. Being hilly journey its takes a real physical strength to visit there but where we talk about having belief in Mata ji (God) nothing is impossible.

Before starting the yatra (Journey) each person have to take individual entry ticket which is free of cost from the counter available at bus stand. Each and every regulation over the journey is regulated by combine efforts of Shree Vaishno Devi Shrine Board and Indian Army. Checkpost have been situated at many locations at step by step to journey.

Journey carries different stage of the yatra.
1. Entry ticket from Katra bus stand till Ban-Ganga
2. Ban- Ganga To Ardkuwari
3. Ardhkuwari To Bhavan
4. Bhavan To Bhairo mandir
5. Bhairo Mandir to return Katra Bus stand.

By following the stages step by step is believed to be completed the journey of pure visit to this holy visit and all your wishes from God will come true.
During the journey you can easily get different items to eat along with it you can get place to stay but not for long time at Katra city, Ardhkuwari Mandir and at Bhavan. medical facilities are available throughout the route.

The holy importance of this place one can easily find out over internet and youtube. This place is always being part of many Bollywood movies as being a religious place. Its believed that one come over to place to fulfil its wished and Vaishno mata (God) never let him down after the visit.

Its was best holy visit to have peace for mind.
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C.p. Purohit

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"A religious trip"

  • 7/7
  • Posted Dec 17, 2014
These three days was amazing. I walked 18-20 km for first time. The water available for bathing at Maa vaishno darbaar was so cold. I lost all my pain and tiredness. I really feel like I'm in heaven. My friends are also so happy. They was thanking me, as I was the one who decided to go Mata's Darbaar. If you have never been there I suggest to visit.

Be aware of people offering hotel in bus stand, they have no hotels but they have only room. which is disappointing.

Jai Mata Di.
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