Come to Kashmir and get mesmerised by its breathtaking beauty. Begin your sojourn with the small town of Katra. Experience spiritual enlightenment on a visit to the Vaishno Devi Temple. Thereafter, take a tour of the scenic valley of Pahalgam and admire the picture-perfect views of Gulmarg. A trip to Kashmir is incomplete without exploring the beautiful city of Srinagar, which amazes its visitors with attractions like Mughal Gardens, Dal Lake and Shankaracharya Temple.
Situated at an altitude of around 5200 feet, Mata Vaishno Devi temple in Katra is considered one of the holiest Hindu pilgrimages of India. The divine shrine resides in a holy cave, which overlooks a three-peaked mountain named Trikuta. Dedicated to Goddess Shakti, there are no idols or statues here, but only natural rock formations.
Your trip begins from New Delhi and an overnight bus journey takes you to Katra, from where you begin your holy trek to seek the blessings of Mata Vaishno Devi. As you take this blissful yatra covering 12 kms, the natural surroundings of the place fill you with a sense of tranquillity.
Go on this religious tour and visit one of the most revered temples of India ? Mata Vaishno Devi Temple. Located at Katra in Jammu, the temple sees thousands of devotees every day, who ascend the mountain on which the temple is situated. Some go on foot, while others hire horses or carriers. The chants of ?Jai Mata Di? echoes across the valleys of Katra. After the darshan, you also visit the Bhairo Baba Temple. Gain insights on the fables associated with the deities and immerse yourself in the holiness.
Get blessings from Mata Vaishno Devi with this 3-day package and mollify your spirits. Vaishno Devi is one of the oldest shrines of India and is located at a height of 5300 feet, on the holy Trikuta Hills of the Shivalik Range. Visit Vaishno Devi Temple, on foot and feel refreshed as you walk through the winding routes to the temple. Soothe yourself with this short vacation and bring back a calmer self. Do not forget to take photographs and make beautiful memories.
If you can deeply feel the spiritual bliss inside but can't seem to get away due to paucity if time, then this is a perfect get away! Surrender yourself to divinity and visit the holy shrine of Mata Vaishno Devi. Set in beautiful ambiance, the helicopter ride will assist you in conveniently visiting the temple. So don't wait and get ready to soak your entire being in the mystic light of Mata Vaishno Devi.
Vaishno Devi Temple happens to be one of the most acclaimed Hindu temples. The holiness and spirituality that envelopes the temple are soothing. Nestled on a mountain in Jammu and Kashmir, the temple can be reached after a 15-km trek up the mountain from Katra. You can also hire a horse to enter the temple. The presiding deity here is Mata Vaishno, the symbol of Shakti and the entire valley echoes incessant chants of Jai Mata Di. So go on this 3-day tour and enkindle your spiritual self.
Get ready to bathe in the sanctity of spiritual bliss by visiting the heavenly abode of Mata Vaishno Devi. This beautiful and breathtaking journey to the mountains will enrich your soul. Revel in the beauty of the place and conveniently visit the temple of Mata Vaishno Devi by the helicopter ride. So Swathe your senses in the mystic hue of this holy pilgrimage and get going.
Located amidst the mighty Himalayas, Jammu has breath taking vistas and temples rooted in India?s ancient culture. It was once the winter capital of the ancient princely state of Jammu and Kashmir. Come on a pilgrimage to Vaishno Devi Temple at Katra, one of the most revered places of worship for the people who Located amidst the mighty Himalayas, Jammu has breath taking vistas and temples rooted in India?s ancient culture. It was once the winter capital of the ancient princely state of Jammu and Kashmir. Come on a pilgrimage to Vaishno Devi Temple at Katra, one of the most revered places of worship for the people who follow Hinduism. Enjoy the incredible panoramas at Patnitop, a hill station near Katra. Revel in the wonders of nature at Jammu for 4 days before heading back home.
This beautiful place is the abode of grand mountains, natural beauty and divine hues. Bathe your senses in the lush green beauty, marvel at the bold mountains, inhale the crisp, cool air and feel absolute bliss in the proximity of the divine. If your soul can hear the deep echos of the mountains, then start packing and get ready to taste heaven!
Go on a spiritual journey of divine energy and natural beauty in Kashmir. This eight-day tour to Kashmir includes a visit to various scenic spots and temples in Srinagar, Pahalgam and Gulmarg, which is known as a meadow of flowers. Begin your tour with a visit to Vaishno Devi Temple and absorb the divine vibration of this place. Also visit other temples including Naag Temple and Shankaracharya Temple. Enjoy the calmness and tranquillity of the colours of nature soothing your senses.
Kashmir is indeed called a slice of heaven on earth. So, why remain unknown to its beauty and splendour? Embark on this extensive eight-day tour to Kashmir and see some of the most breathtaking vistas of nature. Start your journey on a spiritual note with a darshan at Vaishno Devi temple. Explore the valleys of Pahalgam, Gulmarg and Sonamarg, and watch clear babbling brooks gorging through verdant and snowy valleys, with undulating Himalayan Ranges in the backdrop. Spend memorable nights on a houseboat under the blanket of stars in Srinagar and revel in its serene setting.
Take a tour around the crown of India, Kashmir. Feel refreshed, while you watch the beautiful snow-capped mountains around you. In this eight-day tour, you will be visiting Katra, Srinagar, Pahalgam, Gulmarg and Vaishno Devi Temple. In Srinagar visit beautiful Mughal Gardens, including Shalimar Bagh, Nishat Bagh and Chashme Shahi. Visit Thajiwas Glacier in Sonamarg and also see the Indian and Pakistan boundaries. Enjoy an exhilarating Gondola ride up to Khilanmarg and feel your tummy girdle while you look below. Soak in the spiritual vibe at Vaishno Devi Temple and feel charged up to face the challenges of your days ahead.
This starting point to the heavenly abode to Mata Vaishno Devi bathes you in its spiritual hues from the moment you set foot. It enthuses you with a zeal that stays with you throughout the uphill climb. It boasts of numerous restaurants, hotels and shops giving you ample opportunity to eat pray and shop. So if you can feel the spiritual vibe deep within, get packed and get going!
Explore the misty hills and winding paths of Himachal. In this twelve-day tour, you will be visiting Shimla, Manali, Rohtang Pass, Dharamshala, Dalhousie, Chamba, Khajjiar and Vaishno Devi Temple. You may enjoy adventurous activities like skiing and paragliding at Rohtang Pass. Visit famous temples like Hanogi Mata Temple, Hadimba Devi Temple, Manu Temple and Bhagsunag Temple. Delve in the beautiful aura of Vaishno Devi Temple and feel refreshed to face your life's challenges ahead. Visit other interesting tourist destinations like Viceregal Lodge, Kullu Shawl Weaving Industry and Gaiety Theatre.
Go on a spiritual tour to the 'Paradise on Earth', Kashmir. Embark upon this eight-day tour and feel a deeper connection with nature, as you take a tour around Srinagar, Pahalgam and Gulmarg. Admire the scenic view of the beautiful Himalayas, while you trek up to Vaishno Devi Temple. Also, visit other famous temples like Naag Temple and Shankaracharya Temple. Immerse your senses in the aroma and colours of nature, while you walk around in the saffron fields and the apple orchards.
Mataâs prasad is the one main token that pilgrims take back from Katra. Apart from that, there are many small shops that sell shawls and woolen clothing like firan - a woolen tunic, caps, etc. Some shopkeepers also sell pashmina shawls, but you needs to be careful from where you buy to be sure that it is authentic pashmina. You can check out the State Handicrafts Emporium for such handicrafts.
Restaurant - Given the sanctity of the Shrine, the cuisine in Katra is all vegetarian. There are many privately-operated restaurants that offer hearty Indian, Chinese, South Indian and fast food dishes. These are tasty and pocket friendly. The Shrine Board too has arranged for bhojnalaya - large, community lunch-rooms.
Located 11 kilometers (.8 miles) from Katra, on the Katra-Resai road is the idyllic Baba Dhansar Mandir. A small temple, it is about a kilometerâs walk from the main highway, a trip that is well rewarded by the beautiful view of cool water gushing down from the mountains before it settles into a tranquil pond. The quaint temple and the scenic natural surroundings combine to offer spiritual peace and calm amidst idyllic hills.
Surface - Traveling to Katra by road, in a bus or a private car, is the most convenient, as you can head directly to Katra without necessarily halting at Jammu, which is a compulsion if traveling by trains or air. Travelers can take a by-pass from Kunjwani, 10kms off Jammu, and proceed to Katra.
State-owned public transport and private buses are ply from all major north Indian cities to Jammu. Both standard and deluxe buses are available. The roads are well maintained and the scenery beautiful.
From Katra, it is a trek of 12 kilometers (.4 miles) to reach the Holy Caves. Though yatris traverse the distance on foot to prove their devotion to the Goddess, ponies and rudimentary palanquins are available for those who want to avail it.
One of the quickest ways to undertake the pilgrimage is by helicopter, which drops you 3 kilometers (.8 miles) from the Bhawan, at Sanjhi Chatt. However, this option is also more expensive. It can upto Rs 1,225 for a one-way trip and Rs 2,450 for return. Electric cars are also available to take you from adh-kuwari to the Bhawan.
Train - Jammu is connected to the rest of the country by rail. It is an overnight journey to Jammu from New Delhi. Additional trains ply during the summer season and holidays, when it is the peak season for paying devotion to the Holy Shrine. Jammu has trains to all the metros as well as superfast trains to Trivandrum, Kanyakumari, Ahmedabad and Patna.
It is recommended that you refer to the train schedule some days before your visit as the schedule keeps changing.
Air - The nearest airport to Katra is at Jammu. All major airlines fly to Jammu from Delhi, offering convenient connections. The flight takes about 80 minutes from Delhi. Jammu is well connected from Mumbai and other metros as well. However, most flights will stopover at Delhi.
Sited in the scenic Trikuta mountains of Jammu & Kashmir, Katra is located at an altitude of 762 meters ( feet) above main sea level. Like much of the northern hills, the climate at Katra can be divided into three parts: pleasant summers, monsoons, and extreme winter. In summer the minimum temperature ranges from a minimum of 20 °C ( °Fahrenheit) and maximum of 41 °C ( °Fahrenheit). The temperature in winter can go to a minimum of 3 °C (.4 °Fahrenheit).
The gates of the Holy shrine are open to the yatris through the year. However, the shrine sees a peak in the number of yatris in the summer months of May, June, July, and during the festivals of chaitra (spring), Sharad-Ashwin (autumn), Navratras and New year. At which time, the rush is such that a devotee may have to wait for 15-20 hours for a Darshan.
For a comfortable and not-rushed Darshan, you may plan a yatra during the winter or the monsoons. However, be sure to arm yourself with adequate clothing to face the chill during such time. A heavy raincoat is a must if pursuing a yatra during the monsoons. There is snowfall during the months of December and January, adding to the beauty and purity of the place. For the young and fit, this is the best time to visit the shrine.