Places To Visit In Vaishno Devi

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Here are the top 6 tourist attractions to see in Vaishno Devi:

1. Vaishno Devi Mandir

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1 km
from city center
1 out of 6
places to visit in Vaishno Devi

Located in Trikuta hills, 13 kms from Katra, Vaishno Devi Mandir is a Hindu temple dedicated to Vaishno Devi - a manifestation of Goddess Durga. This renowned shrine is one of the holiest pilgrimages for Hindus. It is believed that during pooja and aarti, Goddesses herself arrives at the Holy Cave. 

2. Ardhkuwari

3.6 /5

2 km
from city center
2 out of 6
places to visit in Vaishno Devi

Before making the Vaishno Devi Bhavan her abode, Mata Vaishnodevi is believed to have meditated in the ArdhKuwari Gufa for 9 months before beheading the demon Bhairavnath. Located halfway to Vaishno Devi Temple, Ardh Kuwari acts as a stopover for the pilgrims on their journey up to the Bhavan.

3. Bhairavnath Temple Vaishno Devi

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0 km
from city center
3 out of 6
places to visit in Vaishno Devi

No journey to Katra is complete without having visited Bhairavnath Mandir. The cave temple of Bhairavnath is dedicated to Kaal Bhairav and is constructed at the site where he is believed to have breathed his last. A steep 3km journey from the Bhawan leads you to Bhairavnath temple.

4. Katra

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5 km
from city center
4 out of 6
places to visit in Vaishno Devi

Katra is a small town in the foothills of Trikuta Mountains which is famous as the base camp for visiting the shrine of Vaishno Devi. Located in the Uddhampur district of Jammu and Kashmir, the prime attraction of Katra is Vaishno Devi Temple. 

5. Dera Baba Banda

3.3 /5

15 km
from city center
5 out of 6
places to visit in Vaishno Devi

Dere Baba Banda is a 300-year old Gurudwara and a major pilgrimage points for Sikhs. It is renowned for housing the ashes of Baba Banda Bahadur who was the commanding soldier of Guru Gobind Singh's army. The Gurudwara also houses his arrow and a huge sword used by him during wars.

6. Shopping in Vaishno Devi

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Shopping is mainly done by pilgrims, which includes Prasad, saris and shawls which are offered to the goddess. Gold and silver coins embossed with the images of the goddess are also sold here. The Katra Main Bazaar is the main shopping area.

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Can you suggest an itinerary for Vaishno devi?

Day 1 - If you have reached Katra, preferably in the afternoon, take some rest, and visit the local market in the evening. There are umpteen choices of goods and crafts available here. In terms of accommodation, you can take up either a reservation in the available hotels or in the luxurious guest house built in the vicinity of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Katra railway station.
Day 2 - This is the day when you should ideally start off on your trip. After taking the Yatra slip from the regional office near Bus Stand, Katra, go for the Darshani Darwaza, from where the long trek officially begins. You shall start with Ban Ganga and moving on, cross Charan Paduka. Thereon, you would cross Adi / Ardh Kumari, the turning point for many travelers. By evening, you will have reached the Holy Bhawan. You can either continue your journey from here or rest for the day.
Day 3 - This is the day when your Darshan of the Holy Trinity is complete. Before heading down to the base, you should visit Bhairon Nath Mandir, which is the place where the demon overlord was beheaded. As per the boon given by Goddess Vaishnavi, pilgrims must pay a visit to Bhairon Mandir before heading down, or else, their trip will remain incomplete. Once done, you can head back to the base, either on foot or by the helicopter from Sanjhhi Chhat.

How can I commute within Vaishno devi?

Taxis are the most popular mode of transportation. To reach the Bhawan, you can either trek a 13 km distance from Katra. Other options such as palanquins, ponies and helicopter rides are also available.
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How much does a package cost for Vaishno devi?

The packages for Vaishno devi start at INR 4216 which can be further customized based on number of people, days, hotel category, vehicle type and customizations. You can have a look at all packages here

What are the top sightseeing places in Vaishno devi?

The top sightseeing places in Vaishno devi are Vaishno Devi Temple, Vaishno Devi, Ardh Kuwari Cave, Bhairavnath Temple, Vaishno Devi, Shopping in Vaishno Devi, Dera Baba Banda, Katra.
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