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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Sahil Singh

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"A religious place" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
It is an religious place. To go to Mata Vaishno Devi Mandir you have to travel 14km (approx. ) distance. You can either travel on your legs or use horse. There is also helicopters available to travel and you will go through them. The Mata Vaishno Devi Mandir is situated between the Mountains.
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Abhishek Kumar

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"Perfect place to live your life" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
It is the best place I have ever visited. It has a very kind and attractive atmosphere. Many people from different places visit it for their wellbeing. Very Religious Place and now the way to Vaishno Maa Bhawan is easy. Everyone should visit here once in his/her life.
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Vinod  Almal

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"Liquor and non-veg food not allowed in Katra" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
My family loves to travel all around.

Katra is the place just in the foot of Vaishno Devi hill. Please make sure not to carry liquor or non-veg food as it is not allowed here. We kept our luggage in a hotel and started our journey to the top of the hill by horse-riding. We didn't carry much cash while going up as one of our relative suggested us not to keep much money (not required).

We are a family of 4 members - my father, mother, younger sister and I. By reaching halfway we were very much tired. The horses run wild sometimes and mine hit a stone on the way. Caution: only travel on horse if you are strong-hearted. For my family, we love horse-riding. After 4-5 hours we reached the temple very peacefully. But no one of us had the patience to return by horse. So we booked helicopter tickets for the return trip. However, I now feel that if we had known that helicopter rates are so minimal only 650 per person, we could have taken helicopter tickets while coming up as well. Anyways, the helicopter ride was especially nice for my parents as they had never travelled in helicopters before.
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Sunanda Das

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"A long journey but satisfying experience" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
If you are a true to your patience. Please have a journey to this beautiful. Mata Mandir. You can either avail helicopter or horse to ride up-to a nearer point there on you may carry on by feet up to Mata Mandir. It is just into the lap of a mountain. With awesome gathering of nature around it. Must visit for true Indians.
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"An auspicious journey" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Vaishnodevi Yatra and Darshan was a very memorable experience to me. The distance from Katra base camp to Vaishno Devi Bhawan (Cave) is 14 KM. Shri Maa Vaishno Devi Shrine is one of the oldest and one of the popular shrine of India, located at a height of 5300 feet. All pilgrims are required to register themselves before starting the Yatra. This registration is done by Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board. We started our walk from 1. 00 am and reached Bhawan in the morning at 6. 45 am. Then our mind was full of peace and immortal happiness even after continuous trekking of 6 hours, then we did not feel any pain or trouble. However, if require, you can also avail helicopter services from Katra or hire horses or Palki. You have to do downhill trek of about 2. 5 km from Helipad to Bhawan. We availed Helicopter service during returning back to Katra Food stalls, coffee and tea shops and also toilets are available at regular intervals for smooth journey. Medical facilities are also available there.
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Er rahul Gupta

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"One of the best destinations"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
It is one of the best destinations for hindus to get religious and meet their maker. The atmosphere and weather are always good here. Visitors need to walk 14 km to reach the bhawan. Equipped with almost all modern facilities and located in Jammu and Kashmir state, visit to Mata Vaishno Devi is highly recommended.
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Bhuban Panda

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"A holy place"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
This is one of the most spiritual spot to visit for Hindus. People have got faith that Goddess Maa Vaishno fulfills their dreams. It will be better to be there except winter.

On the way you must visit Adhkuwari on the middle of the path and at the end of your darshan visit Baba bhairon nath on the top, now it completes your trip.

You will get various types of food there. You will get connected with various types of people from all over India and share your views. You will get various items from market(street market and shopping complexes) and traditional clothes and there daily use items.

Though it has a tiring journey, nearing about 30 kms. Up and down, one will try to get some rest.

It must be advisable for tourist that they should get there tickets confirmed to and fro, whether they go by on road or train or by flights and also book your hotels, another thing you will not be allow to take your purse, pen, mobile etc, in short only take money and everything will be available on your way.
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Varun Mittal

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"Jai mata di"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
It was such a great weekend experience. In between so many divine worshippers, it was so wonderful to call out jai mata di loudly. But it was really tiring as we did total travelling on foot. But God gave us so much power that we were able to go to other places after that.
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Rajat Saxena

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"My first visit At Vaishno Devi"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
I am 23 year old but didn't go any where like vaishon devi religion place. It was such a wonderful place. Before going there I was upset but after visiting there my life becomes wonderful. Yup enjoyed alot.

Mountains, Rain, The cold water of ganga and the most attractable thing is rush. A very huge amount of people from the every part of the nation are visiting there every month.

The katra station. Wow, I didn't see such kind of station in India. Peaceful place.

Jai Mata Di.
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"Best for spiritual peace"

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  • Posted May 21, 2015
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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