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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Vinay Godara

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  • Vinay Godara
  • Lives in Hisar
  • 1 Review
  •  68 readers

"A must visit place for all Hindus!" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
It was very exciting to visit this holy place. There was snowfall at the Bhawan. A visitor should carry warm cloths in every season. You should avoid food at sanjhi chatt. Food was worst there. You will mostly get rice all the way to Bhawan, like Rajma-Rice, Daal Rice, Kadhi Rice etc. Best and budget food arrangement at the top of a hill in the world by Maa Vaishno Devi Shrine Board.
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Vishu Tiwari

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  • Vishu Tiwari
  • Lives in Chandigarh
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"Holy place of divine!" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Mata Vaishno Devi Temple, Katra:A Place for real peace, divine & pleasure.

I went to Katra, Jammu. Then, from their I walked towards the Bhawan for about 12km. However, one can avail helicopter facility from Katra to Mata Bhawan or take horse ride for it. Darshan of Mata Vaishno Devi Temple was awesome & adventurous.

After further walks for another km, I visited Bhairo Temple which was tiring but visiting there & enjoying the sunset was totally amazing. Dissent was easier and I took the stairs to get down quickly. While getting down I visited Adh kumari. One can get the token while going up and get Darshan while getting down. While going up take the way through Himkoti that cuts from AdhKumari which is less crowded, clean & awesome area. The motel availability is quite good. But one can get economical motels easily here. It is a place for me as place of recreation & relaxation. That's all I have to say. I with my family planned to visit this pilgrimage in April again this year. Hey, Don't forget to carry warm clothes & Have a happy journey.
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Sunil Kumar

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  • Sunil Kumar
  • Lives in New Delhi
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"Holly place to visit"

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Vaishno devi temple is a huge, famous and brings peace to the soul. We was there in the month of Feb and the nature was at it's best. The journey to the shrine is memorable. The hills have attracted thousand of devotees for countless number of years. The trek is easy now with the new route in place. The whole way is well-lit and one can easily hike up at night. We started at 7pm and reached Bhawan by 11pm. Views of the city from along the way were great. At the Bhawan, there are facilities like locker room and showers. There are restaurants as well. Plan ahead for delay if it is one of those days when there is peak rush. We did not encounter that. Loved the hike, loved the darshan and were sore for a day after our trip.
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Yogesh Sadana

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  • Yogesh Sadana
  • Lives in Panipat
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"Excellent experience"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
It was really an excellent experience. We enjoyed a lot at the huts at Bhavan. Even the Shiv Khori experience was best to enjoy. We also attended the morning Attaka Arti at Bhavan. Overall it was a nice experience to relish. The shrine board there is working selflessly a lot to provide all the necessary facilities to all the pilgrims. This site has helped us a lot for finding the facilities according to our convenience.
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Shiva Goyal

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  • Shiva Goyal
  • Lives in Faridabad
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"A holiday to remember"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
I with my family visited the place during May it was absolutely cold at night and warm in afternoon. There was many places within one long journey to the top of temple it was little hard to travel by foot but was equally enjoyable too. Specially the monkeys moving around and voices of falling ice from the mountain was astonishing. Overall it was one hell of a experience.
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Ashish Sharma

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  • Ashish Sharma
  • Lives in Bhilwara
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"Heaven of India!"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
I visited Vaishno Devi last year. It is the great place which is perfect to enjoy. I want to visit it for more and more times. The way of Vaishno Devi is starts from Katra. I bought the toys for my children's. Horses and donkey are used for luggage transportation. Overall a lovely place.
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Anurag Saraswat

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  • Lives in Noida
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"Religious place for peace"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
This place Katra is initial task for Vaishnodevi Mata Yatra.. First you reached Katra from major cities across the country. Newly inaugurated railway station 'Shri Mata Vaishnodevi Katra' is nearest station to visit Vaishnodevi temple. This temple is not for holiday. It's for real peace & silence. The hotel's are available there are so much in varies in there class. But you'll seriously find any economy type hotel easily. You take helicopter service from Katra too Mata Bhawan or take horses for reaching Mata Bhawan.
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Vipul Goel

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  • Vipul Goel
  • Lives in Kanpur
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"Spiritual and fun place, Vaishno Devi!"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
If your planning for a low to medium budget travel, you must visit this place. Vaishno devi is not only about its aesthetic value but also it could prove a journey of self exploration. As it was for me. I was really tired of my life and worries that have always surrounded me. Then we(me and family) planned to visit this pilgrimage in April this year. We went to Katra(Jammu) and then walked for about 12 km towards the Bhawan. We took the journey in night and I recommend you the same because will be relatively less tired. Darshan of Mata Vaishno was spectacular and also due to all the walking. We also went to Bhairo Baba. It was tiring because of already tiredness but getting there and watching the sunset on the snowy hills was amazing. Dissent was easier and we took the stairs to get down quickly. While getting down we visited Adh kumari. You can not visit AdhKumari when moving up until you are planning to stay there for night. But you can get the token while going up and get Darshan while getting down. Also while going up take the way through Himkoti that cuts from AdhKumari. It's less crowded, clean and awesome view. Lastly carry warm clothes and enjoy the journey with enthusiasm, I'm sure you will find the God in yourself.
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Kanchan Misra

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  • Kanchan Misra
  • Lives in Delhi
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"Visit the place for a holy experience"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Irrespective of one's belief one should visit this place in life to experience divinity. Such experience can't be explained but only be felt. This was my second visit and I think November is better time to visit this place. Travellers should keep raincoats with them and some warm clothes. I relaxed when I had darshan of Mata Vaishno Devi and enjoyed the mountains. It's fantastic to go there and have such an experience.
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Abhishek Lal

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"Awesome place to go in India"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Awesome place with awesome sightseeing. Food was also good. Awesome place to visit in winter. Recommended for everyone to go and enjoy. Also visit place like patnitop, shivkhori etc. Just go and enjoy. Hotels were very good also everyone should go visit the temple.
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