The spiritual journey to Vaishno Devi is considered one of the most consecrated pilgrimages in the country. The temple of Vaishno Devi is situated in a cave, which is located in a fold of a 3-picked mountain called Trikuta. Vaishno Devi is situated at an elevation of 5,300 feet above sea level. It is a 13 Km walk from Katra to Bhawan.The divine mother rests here in the exalted form of Vaishno Devi, who is believed to be the embodiment of Goddess Mahakali, Mahalaxmi and Mahasaraswati. People go to see Bhairo Baba after the Darshan of Vaishno Devi. It is believed that after the darshan of Vaishno Devi, the journey is completed only by the darshan of Bhairo Baba.
There are many vantage points between Katra and Bhawan, which include Banganga, Charan paduka, Indraprastha, Ardhkuwari, Garbhajun, Himkoti and Sanjichhat. The mid-point of the journey is Ardhkuwari, which act as a stopover for the pilgrims. Apart from this some best places near Vaishno Devi is Shiv Khori, Patnitop etc. are some of best place to visit.
You can take a horse ride, mule, pithu, or a palanquin, which are easily available from Katra to Bhawan. Apart from this, your Vaishno Devi darshan, especially to the Bhawan, is made easier via the Battery Car and by the Air Services, which are controlled by the Shrine Board. Battery Car and Vaishno Devi Air Services from Katra are very popular among old-age devotees and for those who have limited time. If you want hassle-free darshan of Vaishno Devi, you can take the Vaishno Devi Tour Package, Jammu Kashmir Tour Package, where you will not have to worry about any kind of online booking i.e. Hotel Booking, Katra taxi Services or any other transport facilities. Vaishno Devi Shrine has started a process of online yatra registration. Devotees can now obtain all bookings, including Yatra registration slips, hotels booking, poojan bookings, Battery Car bookings.
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What is the best time to visit Vaishno Devi?
Vaishno Devi Yatra is open throughout the year and can be visited at any time, October and November are the peak times to visit Vaishno Devi. Due to the Navratri, there is a massive crowd of pilgrims to seek the blessings of Vaishno Devi. Apart from this travelling in July and August should be avoided during the rainy season.
Some easiest mode of transport used to reach Vaishno Devi
By Air: The Himalayan & Global Vectra start their air services from Katra in the foothills, and it will drop you at Sanjichhat which takes a total of 8-10 minutes. Devotees who take the air services have to carry their air tickets, ID Proof and Debit / Credit card through which the tickets were booked.
By Battery Car: The Battery Car can be booked through the official websites of the Shrine Board on a prior basis. There are two routes for Battery Cars a) Ardkuwari to Vaishno Devi Bhawan; b)Vaishno Devi Bhawan to Ardkuwari and the tickets for the Battery Car can be booked on both sides through online mode.
Pick up from Jammu Airport / Railway Station /Bus station through our representative and transfer to Katra which is approx 50 km from Jammu, take some rest at your booked hotel and visit local market in the evening. Overnight stay at hotel.
This is the day when you ideally start off your trip. Go for the Darshani Darwaza, from where the long trek or an anternate way to perform darshan by air, battery car, palkis, ponies begin officially from Katra base camp, known as Banganga. Thereon, you would cross ardhkuwari which is a turning point for many devotees and finally you will have reached the Bhawan. If time permits, visit Bhairo Temple or else, your trip will remain incomplete & return back to Katra from Sanjichhat, Battery Car, or by foot in the evening and overnight stay at Katra.
After Breakfast, check- out at the hotel and proceed to Jammu to be dropped at the Airport / Railway Station / Bus Stand for your onward journey.