Vaishno Devi Tourism
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Vaishno Devi Tourism

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It is a unique experience to visit the holy shrine of Maa Vaishno Devi, though i have been there many times thorough out my life(out of which i was an atheist for almost more than 12 yrs) she has made me believe in her. Maa loves her children and you may get angry with her; she will ensure that over a period of time you restart loving her. Such is her love for her children which is undoubtedly selfless. Maa was incarnated by the divine Maa Saraswati, Maa Laxmi and Maa Kali to spread righteousness in the world which was marching towards KALIYUG where it was deemed necessary to ensure that demons do not overpower dharma(righteousness). A visit to this holy shrine will change your views towards the world.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Food: Try 'Manoranjan' in the bylanes of Katra-Very good food and resonably priced. I have tried other places as well which are either not great in taste or too expensive. You can ask anyone in Katra and they can guide you to MANORANJAN. Sight-Seeing: Patnitop is the best place which is not only near to Katra(90 Kms Approx) but also second best to heaven(Shrinagar) Be sure to visit Nag Temple at Patnitop. Few KMS ahead of Patnitop is Nathatop where you can find snow (if you visit in winters) in case you dont get snow at Patnitop. On you way back please ensure you stopover at KUD and buy some PATISA from prem's sweet shop. You will love it. Shopping: Besides regular shopping at Katra you can go for Kashimiri KIDNEY BEANS(Rajmah); however dont overbuy it as it may get spoilt after few months if not stored properly. Avg household shd buy about a KG. Walnuts is the main purchase where you can get fleeced.

Be wary of the quality and price. If possible check the price and the quality with 5-6 shopkeepers before making your purchase.

Activities & things to do: Once you climb down; it will be refreshing for you to take a massage(if possible a complete body massage) which you can ask for at your hotel reception(most of the hotels have tie-ups with masseurs) and you should be able to get a full body massage for less than Rs 100. At Natha Top its advisable to hire a local who can guide you to the right spot with lot of snow and they also have a wooden sledge on which they give you a ride. The road towards snow can be very slippery and they help us wade through the slippery region. However beware and they demand too much and you should be good at bargaining. Rs 200 should be good enough for a to and fro trip for apporx 3-4 hours.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Carry heavy woolens during winters and light woolens during summers. If possible plan your trip during winters as that's the time when you will find least rush. From all over India to Jammu-Jammu to Katra(45 Kms)-Katra to Bhavan(13-14Kms)-Katra to Patni Top(90 Kms)-Patnitop to Natha Top(7-8 Kms) Before venturing into the snow you will have to hire Snow Jackets and Gumboots-If possible carry your own jackets(Rents are steep for these items)
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Keshav Anand
  • Keshav Anand
  • 1 Review

"A place to purify your mind and soul" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
To go to Vaishno Devi was like going to Mata's home directly. You should visit here to purify your soul and mind. Local shops are awesome. Travelling on horse is a great idea. Sightseeing and walk on the mountain will keep you busy all day. Overall, it was the best place.
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Himanshu Gupta
  • Himanshu Gupta
  • Lives in Lucknow
  • 3 Reviews

"A good experience of travelling on mountains" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
As Mata Vaishno Devi is situated on mountains. I had a lovely time going there since I love mountains. I also visited places nearby to Vaishno Devi. If you want to go, you must also visit Shivkhori and Patnitop. Shivkhori is also a beautiful place of Shiv Gufa. I did much masti there. I liked the shiv cave and enjoyed much. Patnitop is a quite an excellent place. There were icy mountains. I liked the white ice and snowfall on mountains.
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Manish
  • Manish
  • 4 Reviews

"Superb Experience at the Temple"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Overall experience is superb. The place is one of the popular religious places in the country. And if you are a believer, then this is a place that you must visit to seek blessings. It was a lifetime experience for me. I really liked it. I went for the darshan in a helicopter.
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Kapil Arora
  • Kapil Arora
  • 2 Reviews

"Spiritual Darshan"

  • Posted Jul 16, 2013
Vaishno devi is spiritual destination where devotee goes for Maa Vaishno Darshan. Its near by Katra.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: All stalls and food corners which comes during chadai( going up) are under Shrine Board of Katra Govt. So every food stalls and hotel which comes under board having very economical rates. you can avail helicopter service for your parents but you need to do booking at least one month before your trip and all these details about booking available at maavaishnodevi.org

Activities & things to do: Mata ki chdai with slogan of JAI MATA DI is itself adventure and enjoyment.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: you can go katra via buses or Train from Delhi. New train is going to start by govt. that will leave you in Katra itself. Climate is pleasant all the time. you will enjoy it through your journey. planning is really important part of every trip please remember this thing. you can plan at least 2 month before going there.
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Ramesh Hastantharam
  • Ramesh Hastantharam
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 1 Review

"Good experience. The sheer magnitude..."

  • Posted May 12, 2013
Good experience. The sheer magnitude of things in place, including the helicopter ride from katra to sanjichat and visit to temple left me awestruck. wouldlike to repeat the experience soon

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: temple visit
ban on non veg and alcoholic drinks

Activities & things to do: pilgrimage

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: book your helicopter and hotel direct and do not go through the travel agents. they let u down
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Vikash Kumar
  • Vikash Kumar
  • Lives in Patna
  • 3 Reviews

"jai mata ji."

  • Posted May 10, 2013
Its a very nice place. I am very happy to lisen the name of vaishnidevi. I can not forget this. I always remember the trip of jammu. I always want to go there. People was also very friendly. I love it very much. Jai mata di.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Food quality was not bad. Shopping center was very interesting. Many items of gift i was bay. Many toys i bay for my son.cloths was also very cheaf rate. Its unremembable for me.

Activities & things to do: I travels many spot of jammu. Many temples and malls and market i was travel..

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: I go to jammu by train.
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Badri vishal V
  • Badri vishal V
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 2 Reviews

"overview of the destination was..."

  • Posted Apr 3, 2013
overview of the destination was good and beautiful..Neat and clean destination and very near to katra

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: all restaurants are good

Activities & things to do: Nothing to do

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Enjoy your journey
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Sudheer Pai
  • Sudheer Pai
  • Highlander
  • Lives in Cochin
  • 3 Reviews

"Divine Treat"

  • Posted Mar 14, 2013
Vaishnav Devi is in itself a Divine experience unforgettable

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Not remember but on the way there are lot of food stalls installed/approved by serine board which is very foody.

Activities & things to do: not much

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: just visit fit and walk practice.
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Subhasis  Ghosh
  • Subhasis Ghosh
  • Highlander
  • 4 Reviews

"Mata di Darshan"

  • Posted Feb 13, 2013
It is a place that never sleep. All the 24 hours thousands of people are trekking to visit vaishno devi. The road is very nice and lots of shops are there for refreshment and resting. For the persons who can not walk can avail other facilities like helicopter, horse etc.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Food was all veg. but very nice. the only place we visit as vaishno devi temple.

Activities & things to do: none

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: none
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Subodh Sharma
  • Subodh Sharma
  • 1 Review

"It was very nice"

  • Posted Feb 6, 2013
Starting the destination it was very beautiful mostly when crossing the hills and ganga river. small hotel and beautiful sight seeing it was very nice and i liked;

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Fooding was very good.

Activities & things to do: Not so much

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Be care full of ur language
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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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