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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Harmandeep Singh
  • Harmandeep Singh
  • Lives in Amritsar
  • 3 Reviews

"A mythological and religious destination"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 month 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 2 months ago
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 2 months ago
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 3 months ago
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 3 months ago
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 3 months ago
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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  • 1 Review

"Very Good & Adventure trip"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
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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Adi Gupta
  • Adi Gupta
  • 1 Review

"The best helicopter ride"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
I had gone their after 15 years. First I was their at the age of 5 in probably first class and now i am their at the age of 20. I had gone their in may 2014. It was the most amazing trips of my life. It become special because of the helicopter ride from Sanjichat to Katra. That too in just around 1300 rupees. Their was awesome whether that night when we reach Vaishno Dham. We went to Patnitop after that. Their is not much in Patnitop to see but the cold weather and peace their was enough to make you stay for 2-3 days. I enjoyed it a lot.
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Parvfeen  Goyal
  • Parvfeen Goyal
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 2 Reviews

"An enjoyable trip"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
The trip experience was unexplainable. The was unforgettable the trip was too good. I have no words to explain it. Very religious and very nice trip. Awesome journey and full of fun with my friend and family. It was very very good. It was my first time in the long train journey and the experience made me very happy. Quiet new experience with lots of love and excitement. It was really an enjoyable trip.
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Manish Jha
  • Manish Jha
  • 3 Reviews

"A Hindu pilgrimage center"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Vaishno Devi, Katra is a sacred Hindu temple and one of the holiest pilgrimages. Visit to this temple is said to fulfil all your desired wishes by MAA VAISHNO DEVI. To visit here you need to reach Jammu and then to katra which is around 45 km from Jammu. The temple is situated in katra. The holy cave of maa vaishnavi is at around 5500 ft height from base and at the distance of around 12 km trekking is to be done to reach there( if you want to walk by yourself), other options to reach there are also available i.e palanquins, ponies ,helicopter etc. The visit is a mixture of fun, adventure and religious trip to get sacred blessings from Maa. As you go up you feel a bit cold as temp falls but that is manageable. Good arrangements are done by shrine board for smooth visit to the temple. A must visit place for Hindu religious people.
Jai Mata Di.
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