Time Required : 2 - 3 hours
Entry Fee : No entry fee
Timings : Entire year
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.
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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