Vaishno Devi (Jammu) Experiences

Visit Vaishno Devi Temple at Jammu

Situated in a cave in the Trikuta mountain in Jammu and Kashmir, the Vaishno Devi temple is one of the most popular pilgrimages in India. Perched at an altitude of 5200 feet, it involves a trek of nearly 12 km from the base camp at Katra.
The climb of Vishno Devi Yatra itself is on a well-paved path with a gentle slope. Its duration varies according to the weather, the crowds and your speed. The route is dotted with shops selling souvenirs and devotional music, with pleasant views all along. You also have the option of climbing stairs, which are shorter but much steeper and hence, more physically demanding.

How to reach Vaishno Devi

The small town of Katra serves as the base camp for V aishno Devi. It is located 50 kms away from Jammu, the nearest airport and railway station. Buses (Rs 50) are available at the railway station and at the Jammu Bus Stand. Taxis cost around Rs 1500.
The 12 km climb from Katra to Vaishno Devi is on a well-paved road. If you’re running short of time or unable to do the climb, there are regular helicopter flights from Katra to Sanjhhi Chhat, followed by a 2.5 km walk. These can be booked from the Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board’s official website. Ponies, porters and palanquins are also available for hire.