Vaishno Devi

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1Time To Meet God! A Complete Guide To Religious Trips In India
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One of the highest visited pilgrimage sites in India, this temple is located amidst the gorgeous mountain ranges near Katra in Jammu. About eight million devotees and travellers pay a visit here every year!

If you're visiting here, you have to stay in Katra, that is 14 km away from the caves of Vaishno Devi. Tupesh Shiv recommends Surya Palace hotel, "The destination was excellent and we went there for both religious and adventures purposes. We reached the hotel very easily as it is in the main city. The surrounding area was very nice. Behaviour of the staff was very good and wonderful trekking facility was provided nearby the hotel. View from my room was very scenic."

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2For the blessings of Goddess Mother; Katra
For the blessings of Goddess Mother; Katra

HolidayIQ Reviewer Tanvi Gupta adds, “There's something mystifying about almost every pilgrimage. The trek is at quite a height and is a little tiring, but there are views in between that will keep you refreshed. The Bhawan is very systematically managed, clean and everyone gets to worship properly through queue systems. The view is spectacular and reaching the main temple is a significant delight after the trek. To add a cherry to the cake try to plan your trek so that you reach the aarti-time.”  

HolidayIQ Reviewer Kundan Kumar adds, “Very religious place for Hindus, it's the divine abode of Maa Vaishno Devi. Must visit temple, Vaishno Devi Mandir, Katra is very religious and worshipped temple and millions of people from all parts of the country visit every year..”  


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3A religious experience worth remembering.
A religious experience worth remembering.

HolidayIQ Reviewer Abhishek Singh adds, “Fastrack visit to Vaishno Devi Shrine It was a very hectic trip I had to complete within 2 days from Mumbai. Boarded a late night flight to Delhi and then a morning flight to Jammu from Delhi. ”  

HolidayIQ Reviewer Tanvi Gupta says, “Lovely family time, wonderful pilgrimage There's something mystifying about almost every pilgrimage.”  

HolidayIQ Reviewer Kundan Kumar adds, “Very religious place for Hindus Jai Mata Di, it's the divine abode of Maa Vaishno Devi. The walk of 14kms from Katra to Bhavan is awesome, everyone should experience the blessing of Maa at least once in their lives. Must visit a temple, visited this place in April 2015 with family, we had booked helicopter and stay in advance.”  


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For enlightenment of your soul

HolidayIQ Reviewer Kundan Kumar adds, “Very religious place for Hindus. It's the divine abode of Maa Vaishno Devi. The walk of 14 km from Katra to Bhavan is awesome. We started on foot at 9 pm and it took almost 6 hours to reach the holy cave en route Charan Paduka, Ardhkumari. We took new way from Ardhkumari. It was clean. We were lucky enough to go through an old cave which remains closed for the most part of the year.


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5Retreat into the mountains, Vaishno Devi
Retreat into the mountains, Vaishno Devi

HolidayIQ reviewer Jagdish says, "Mata Vaishno Devi is a well-known Hindu pilgrim centre of India in Jammu and kashmir. More than 10 million pilgrims visit every year. From base camp at Katara, you have to walk 14 km. One can hire a horse or dolly. One can go by Helicopter also. We went there by Helicopter." 

HolidayIQ reviewer VSK says, "Planning a trip to Vaishno Devi requires a lot of courage and one must admit that Vaishno devi darshan by walk is not easy to get through. It gives us immense satisfaction after the devi darshan that we covered the whole journey by walking." 


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Namaste India trip

Namaste India trip4.6/5

1 review

Best Spiritual Journey Experience

I visit the shrine every year, and every year is a new experience, last year I visited in the month of March 2018. It takes around 4-5 hours to climb the mountain and reach the Bhavan, We do have Palki, Pony's and Helicopter facilities. The Best time to travel is March onwards. If you would like to witness snow, then you can probably travel in the month of Dec-Jan. Routes by Walk are as follows. Banganga-Charan paduka-Adhkumari, - Haathi and bharav. Do visit bharav nath or else the Darshan is incomplete

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Vinit kumar Bibhu

Vinit kumar Bibhu4.3/5

24 reviews

Very spiritual and religious

Start your trek from Katra. Food and beverage is available on the way. Once you reach up wait for your number. Bathing facility is available. Get your token for Ardhkumari on your way. Once darshan is done go to Bhairav mandir and while returning visit the Ardhkumari cave

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Vaishno Devi Overview

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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Vaishno Devi, Jammu & Kashmir

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Vaishno Devi, Jammu & Kashmir
Vaishno Devi, Jammu & Kashmir

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Vaishno Devi, Jammu & Kashmir
Banganga Temple, Vaishno Devi

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Banganga Temple, Vaishno Devi
Banganga Temple, Vaishno Devi

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Banganga Temple, Vaishno Devi

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