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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Kshitij  Deopa
  • Kshitij Deopa
  • Highlander
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 9 Reviews

"Easy to reach" new review

  • 5/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
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
  • Pankaj Goel
  • Lives in Pathankot
  • 3 Reviews

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

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
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
  • C.p. Purohit
  • Lives in Hisar
  • 1 Review

"A religious trip"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
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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Harmandeep Singh
  • Harmandeep Singh
  • Lives in Amritsar
  • 4 Reviews

"A mythological and religious destination"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Vaishno devi is a good and mythological place. Many people come there to see the beauty of vaishno devi. It is located in jammu and kashmir. The valleys in jammu and kashmir is so fantastic and the people in jammu and kashmir are very kind. Those who want to travel in vacation, vaishno devi is the good destination.
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Er rahul Gupta
  • Er rahul Gupta
  • Lives in Chandigarh
  • 3 Reviews

"A spiritual and peaceful place"

  • 7/7
  • Posted Sep 28, 2014
Being a spiritual and peaceful place, every time I visit to Mata Vaishno Devi, I get "Inner peace"(peace of mind). If you are travelling by bus, then the best time to travel (from Chandigarh) to this place is at night. The journey is very enjoyable and comfortable. At this place, I felt very close to nature due to fresh air, nice weather and no pollution. I suggest everyone to visit this place at least once.
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Sangjukta Papiya
  • Sangjukta Papiya
  • Lives in Asansol
  • 2 Reviews

"Superb place to visit"

  • 5/7
  • Posted Sep 21, 2014
Though a 26 KMs Journey was too tiring, still a wonderful place to visit, it is a spiritual, peaceful, and beautiful place. An ideal site to visit with family, and friends. Best part of this place is that it has every characteristics of any Hindu religious place, it is surrounded by mountains.
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Rishav Jain
  • Rishav Jain
  • Lives in New Delhi
  • 2 Reviews

"Every one must visit this place once in a lifetime"

  • 5/7
  • Posted Aug 29, 2014
This is my first visit to any religious place. I saw the view many times on tv. But the actual view is totally different. It was beyond my thoughts. I enjoyed the 14 km way by walking with my parents and by taking small breaks for snacks or meal. I thought i remember this journey for lifetime.
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Vishal Kumar
  • Vishal Kumar
  • 1 Review

"Very nice experience i love this place very much"

  • 7/7
  • Posted Aug 27, 2014
Very cool place to visit, had a good stay over there, feel natural, no pollution and nice weather I suggest all to visit that place. I love the place Mata Vaishno Devi, Jammu and Kashmir. The weather is very good, nice food, nice place to roam on the mountains.
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Ravi Kumar
  • Ravi Kumar
  • Lives in Noida
  • 3 Reviews

"The Mother of Magnificence"

  • 6/7
  • Posted Aug 25, 2014
The trek uphill, adjoining scenery, devout atmosphere, periodic halts...the tumult of desires within stills and refines. Gross, inconsequential desires fall off the rising altitudes, the rising 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 the pilgrim's stamina and faith. Some pilgrims lose their devout state of mind, some carry it through thick and thin. Those who carry it through, have their levels of awareness heightened.

And in this heightened state of awareness, they enter inside the temple. Pilgrim has prayers, pilgrim has desires; and Mother Divine is all ears. In that split second of dynamic meditative trance, the pilgrim offers his gentle demands, to Mother of all human beings, to Healer of our woes, to Helper of our joys.

Pilgrim believes that Mother has listened to his prayers; and She will do what she can do. She may deny the desire because it has negative long-term consequence. She may bless the desire because it makes life better, without disrupting the laws of karma.

Divine Mother in form of pure, radiant Durga is worshipped at this seat. Ask for something magnificent, something resplendent, like Durga herself. Jai Mata Di.
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Sangam Mishra
  • Sangam Mishra
  • Lives in Delhi
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"Very Good & Adventure trip"

  • 6/7
  • Posted Aug 21, 2014
Very comfortable trekking since shelter is provided all along the 13 km trek to spiritual bliss, ponies are also available at very reasonable rate of Rs 1600/-both up and down, Helicopter is also available at less than Rs 2400/-both ways, but we have to trek another 3 km after reaching the top heliport. After having the wonderful darshan we should sit in silence to feel the positive vibrations over there. Just 1.5 hrs drive from the nearest Jammu airport. Must visit for all age groups.
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