Trek from Katra to Vaishno Devi

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Timings : Entire year

Time Required : 2 - 3 hours

Entry Fee : No entry fee

Vaishno Devi Temple, Vaishno Devi Overview

In the hovering ranges of Himalaya lies the temple cave, Vaishnodevi. Dedicated to Mother goddess Vaishnodevi, this famous shrine allures millions of devotees from all over the world. Popularly known as Mata Rani, Vaishno Goddess is a manifestation of the Hindu Goddess Mahalakshmi. It is a Hindu temple situated in the Trikuta Mountains within the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. It is assumed that during the pooja and Aarti, Goddesses arrive at the Holy cave to pay their respect to Mata Rani. Devotees believe goddess herself calls the devotees to reach here.

Situated at the foothills of trikuta mountain range, this temple is an example of serene divinity. The train journey from Jammu onwards to Katra is not just scenic but an exciting adventure that takes one through magnificent bridges and tunnels. The trek of 13 km can be finished in about 6 to 9 hours depending on the fitness, age and weather conditions.
The experience one gets in the darshan is so enthralling that the 13km climb is considered insignificant. Another attribute of visiting this sacred place is the trudging like experience it provides throughout the mounting path. Located in the snow clad mountain ranges, this sacred shrine commands the pictorial beauty of the majestic Himalayas. A pleasant climate and the enchanting darshan of the goddess make the toilsome and tiring journey a worthy one. Natural splendors at its acme can be enjoyed throughout the sojourn.

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Trek from Katra to Vaishno Devi

The Vaishno Devi Bhawan is open for devotees 365 days and the governing body of the Bhawan has made it probable to do the trek 24 by 7. The complete trekking pathway is lit up for devotees. The dazzling ignited path is visible from the Katra bus stand. Along the trekking path, there are many stalls offering food, refreshments, tea, drinking water, medical aid, comfortable sitting benches, toilets etc. There are also police check posts at regular intervals.
At the beginning of the trek, at Banganga check post, luggage scan and security check is conducted. The trek can be completed by horses, These horses can cover half of the trek.

Tips For Visiting Vaishno Devi Temple

One has to cross Bana-Ganga at Katra. Photography is not allowed at the shrine

How to reach Vaishno Devi Temple, Vaishno Devi

  • Air: Jammu has a civil airport, which hosts many domestic planes. From there one can take taxi to reach Katra. The distance is 48.3 kilometers.

  • Rail: Sree Shakti train that starts from Delhi on Friday evenings and returns to Delhi on Sunday morning is the best way to reach Vaishno Devi.

  • Road: Katra is the nearest place to start the journey to Vaishno Devi. Taxis and buses regularly run on this road.

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Ashish Gupta 2 years ago
Nice place I m going.on seventh of June with my two best lifetime friends...those persons are very good..we all are going with wife

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