Vaishno Devi is also known as Mata Rani, Trikuta and Vaishnavi. The whole journey is enchanting where you will get to see the places where Mata Vaishno Devi had spent some time. The yatra to Mata Vaishno Devi shrine is one of the holiest and the most arduous pilgrimages for Hindus all over the world. So here is an insight on tourism in Vaishno Devi.
Tourism In Vaishno Devi
HOW TO REACH VAISHNO DEVI ?
To visit to place you have to go by Jammu and Jammu is well connected with almost all the major cities by airport, bus and train.
New Delhi to Vaishno Devi
By Air: There is a direct flight to Jammu and it is approximately 50 Km from Katra. Katra is a place form where you have to start your journey to Vaishno Devi. From the airport you can easily hire a cab or taxi.
By Train: The nearest railway station to Katra is the Udhampur railway station which is approx 5km from the main city. Then you will easily get any taxi or bus from there.
By Bus: Jammu and Kashmir State Road Transport Corporation buses operate to and from Jammu to Katra at regular intervals. Air-conditioned private deluxe buses and taxis are also available from Jammu to Katra.
How to Reach Vaishno Devi Temple?
Katra to Maa Vaishno Devi Bhawan directly – 12 KM
a). Helicopter – Rs. 1170 (as on 01/11/2015) one way – 8 Minutes
b). Palki – for elderly – approx Rs. 3000 – 6 hours
c). Walk – 6 hours
d). Pony – Rs. 700(as on 20/04/2013) – 2 hours
e). Pitthu – for luggage or small babies – Rs. 260 – 6 hours
On the way back – Similar are the options on the way back. However, on the way back, you can go directly from the Bhairo Baba temple to Ardh Kuwari. You don’t need to come back via Bhawan.
BEST TIME TO VISIT VAISHNO DEVI
Vaishno Devi is open throughout the year but the best time to visit this place is between the months of March and October. The weather at this time is cool and pleasant; however visitors plan their trip in Navratras for pooja. This is one of the most important factors to know if you want to get an idea about tourism in Vaishno Devi.
- ACCOMMODATIONS: You can easily find hotels and guest houses in Vaishno Devi. Even there are many ashrams which offer room free of cost. So you will get a nice place to spend your night. It will cost you around 100 Rs.
- FOOD: As it is a religious place you can find mostly vegetarian restaurants. You will get lot of refreshment stalls in the whole route of Vaishno Devi. You will easily get a good food in approx 30 Rs.
PLACES TO VISIT IN VAISHNO DEVI
- Bhairavnath Temple
- Ardh Kuwari Cave
- Deva Mai Temple
- Shiv Khori
- Shri Mata Vaishno devi Temple
EXCURSIONS NEAR VAISHNO DEVI
- Nau Devi Temple – 126 km
- Kashmir – 198 km
- Jhajjar Kotli -19 km
- Bhaderwah – 176 km
- Sanasar – 111 km
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