Mata Vaishno Devi Travel Guide
Travel from Jaipur to Katra
Mata Vaishno Devi Travel Guide Vaishno Devi is located in Katra city in Jammu. It is situated in between the Trikuta Hills. In December, I was done with the hectic schedule of office and needed a vacation. So I made Vaishno Devi trip planning with my 4 friends excluding me.
This blog will help you all readers to know about Mata Vaishno Devi travel guide so that readers will never face any issue when they will visit the place. When I ask them, they were also very much excited about the trip.
Me and my friends planned for the tour route so we planned Vaishno Devi yatra by train. We decided to start the tour going Delhi first via train. We booked the train at the very same moment in 450 INR.
We decided to meet at Dheeraj’s home in the night so that we can start the travel with each other. We met at Dheeraj’s home at 8 PM. We were very much excited about the trip as it was the best way to get rid of the hectic schedule.
We booked the cab to the railway station and went there. We were very much excited so reached the railway station on time. The train is supposed to come within 15 minutes so we wait there and purchased some eatables and water bottles to make their travel more comfortable.
Now when the train arrived, we got settled in the cabin easily and here our journey started. The entire night we spend with having lots of fun. No one slept the entire night. We chatted with each other, had soft drinks, chips and other eatables. We played games as well on the train.
It was cold weather so the environment was also so fascinating for us. In the early morning, we reached to Delhi. We booked the cab and reached the hotel. We were very much tired as we didn’t sleep at night so after reaching the hotel, we just checked in and slept for hours.
In the evening, we just went out in Delhi and visited some malls to enjoy the rest of the time until the train arrives for Vaishno Devi. Now the time is near for the train so went to the hotel, freshen up and had dinner.
At night, we checked out from Hotel and booked the cab for the Delhi Railway Station. The trip to Vaishno Devi by train is started here for which we were eagerly waiting for.
We rested in the Hotel for the day so now we are fully energized. We had a lot of fun on the train trip. The weather was awesome out and travel goes smoothly with the mild weather. you can read also the best Family holiday destinations in India.
Way to Vaishno Devi
The important and primary thing we felt in Katra is the cold and peaceful weather of the place. Clouds are on the head, there is snow on the mountains. Hills are fully visible from the place. We booked a hotel in Katra and the hotel staff itself sent a taxi for us to reach the Hotel.
We checked in the Hotel and after resting went out climbing to Vaishno Devi. Taking pass is important for climbing up the mountains so we took the passes from the registration department.
No one can climb to the mountains without Vaishno Devi registration passes. There was a big line of devotees there so we have to wait there for 30 minutes. When we started climbing and the ways were from passing through the hills.
In between the way to Vaishno Devi, a river flows out there named Banganga to come from the Bairath hills in Jaipur and flows to Bharatpur to drains in the Yamuna. We were tired after climbing up to few km so thought to have rest and take food.
There are so many restaurants in between the way and even Café Coffee Day (CCD). We stopped at one restaurant and had some meals over there. The environment was so natural and cold which makes us feel so pleasant.
The auro of the environment was a little foggy. We were tired enough so moving towards the designation slowly and slowly. On the way to Vaishno Devi, we noticed people are climbing up by horses and many of them are on their “Pad Yatra”.
On the way, there were small stalls situated for taking “Prashad and other necessary things) for puja. From the height, we can watch the snowy mountains looking so beautiful. The environment was looking likes clouds are touching the mountains.
Here we reached to the Ardhkuwari temple, located halfway to Vaishno Devi. This is the place where Goddess Vaishno Devi stayed for nine months for meditation. People were sitting on the stairs. The Ardhkuwari temple is situated in the 15ft long cave.
Trees were there on mountains looking so beautiful with nature. After visiting the Ardhkuwari, we had our meals and started our Journey to Bhawan. It is 7 km away from Ardhkuwari to Bhawan.
After taking our meals and soft drinks in the cold weather, we get energized and the rest of the energy we started from here. The entire forest is visible from the height and the sun rays were striking in eyes.
“Hathi Mata ki Chadhai” is the highest peak of the way from where the way is defined for Vaishno Devi. I saw lots of monkeys there taking a sunbath. Some were fighting with each other aggressively and some were having chill.
There were many helicopters we saw in which people were travelling to the main Vaishno Devi temple. After walking about 3.5 km, we reached to the Sanjhi Chat. From here the Himalayan Ranges are fully visible. Ranges were covered with snow and it was very cold at the height.
Finally, we reached the Vaishno Devi temple after a long climb. The temple was full of devotees and it is fully covered with the naturally cold weather. The sightseeing was so good and we joined the lane of devotees to Darshan Devi Maa. you can read also Top Hill Stations in India.
Don’t Forget to Visit Bhairon Nath Temple
After Darshan of Maa Vaishno Devi, we went for Bhairon Nath which is about 1.5 km from Bhawan. It is believed that the journey to Vaishno Devi is incomplete if you will not visit the Bhairon Temple so we planned to visit there.
It is said that when Maa Devi killed Bahiron, the head feel down at this place and the rest of the body stayed at the entrance of the cave. Now Darshan of Bhairon Nath is done. Here also, there was a huge range of devotees present.
At this place, our journey ends of Vaishno Devi and now we have to step back for Katra. We were smiling and satisfied with the completion of our journey. We were very happy that our journey ends without any issues.
Returning Back Journey
We step back with horses due to the tiredness of the body. After reaching Katra, it is time to have some Vaishno Devi food. We were very much famished at that time, so rather than going to a hotel, we decided to look for a restaurant and have some meals.
We ordered Aloo-Paratha with curd, Masala Dosa, which was really very delicious. We went to the hotels after taking breakfast as our body was not in a state to put in any hassle now. After taking a rest, we step out to roam in Katra market.
Dry Fruits of Katra is very famous so we purchased it. The market was so traditional and cool. It was attracting the eyes of everyone. The fragrance of masalas, dry fruits and other things was so mesmerizing over there.
The Trikuta Mountain was looking so calm and charming. The Mata Vaishno Devi travel blog helps a lot in making travel better for the other visitors who are going for their first time.
Here we ended with Mata Vaishno Devi travel and booked the return tickets to Jaipur. No doubt, the way we travel, the food stalls in between the travelling way, mountains, natural beauty, and sightseeing was so attractive. Visiting the place in life for once is worth.
Ways to Climb up to the Mountains
- One can choose the option of “Pad Yatra” with their friends.
- You can hire horses for climbing in the mountains.
- Helicopters are also there to climb for Vaishno Devi. They charge 3000 per person to climb. The Vaishno Devi helicopter booking needed to be pre-booked.
- A very interesting way to climb up over the mountains is Palki as well.
Vaishno Devi Helicopter Booking Tips
The booking can be done via online and offline both the portals so one can decide on their own as per their suitability. Still, if anyone is fixed that they are going to visit the temple with a helicopter, the online option will be beneficial for them.
It will not make any disturbance between the trip because everything is fixed and decided at that particular moment.
Many of the folks consider Vaishno Devi as a spiritual place to visit but it is not only the one. The sightseeing, excitement to climb the mountains is really interesting at all.
So visit the place and feel the nature from a close view. This blog will surely help you to know about the Mata Vaishno Devi Travel guide to making your trip more comfortable.
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