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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Vaishno Devi Yatra By Helicopter

The shrine of Mata Vaishno Devi is one of the most visited pilgrim sites in India. Situated at a height of 5,300 ft., the site is located inside a cave in a hill. This cave temple is at a distance of 61 kms from Jammu and the last 13 kms of the way have to be negotiated on foot by the yatris, as the devotees are called. Once at the entrance to the cave, the path turns into a narrow tunnel with a cold stream named the Charan Ganga running through it. The pilgrim has to wade through this to reach the sanctum sanctorum. In the cave there are images of three deities viz. the Mahakali, Mahalakshmi and Mahasaraswati.

Arrive Jammu by train (rail) or by air. Meet and assist on arrival at railway station or airport and proceed straight to Katra by Car. Arrive Katra and check in at Hotel. Later proceed to Vaishnodevi Shrine (Approx. 13 km Trek ) One can trek up to the Shrine if fitness permits, otherwise Pony/ Palanquins/ Palki/ horse/ doli/ Helicopter are also available. Arrive at Vaishnodevi Bhawan. Wash and change before Mata Darshan. After Mata Vaishno devi Darshan, proceed for Bhaironji Darshan.

Vaishno Devi Yatra By Helicopter: Meet on arrival at airport/ Railway staion and straight drive to Helipad – Katra by car to board on Helicopter for Sanji Chhat. Departure Katra by Helicopter. Arrival Sanjichhat Onward to Bhawan by foot or Ponies Priority Darshan. After darshan leave by ponies for Sanjichhat for last Helicopter to Katra. Board your helicopter from Katra on the foothills and the flight will drop you at Sanjhi Chat, just about a stone’s throw away from the shrine of Mata Vaishno Devi.

Jammu is well connected to the rest of India by air. Both Indian Airlines and Jet Airways operate daily flights to Jammu. The average flying time from New Delhi is about 80 minutes. One can also reach Jammu by rail. Jammu is connected to other parts of country on broad gauge and numerous passenger trains ply from various parts of the country to Jammu. In the peak season of summer and other holidays, the Railways introduce special trains for Jammu for the comfort of the Yatris. Many superfast trains also ply on this route and one can reach Jammu overnight from New Delhi.

Jammu is well connected through road also to rest of India. National Highway No. 1A passes through Jammu towards Srinagar. Regular bus services from all major North Indian cities are available for Jammu as well as Katra. You have reached the world’s foremost resource for finding Accommodation/ Hotels in Vaishno Devi. Popular Vaishno Devi Hotels are: Asia Vaishno Devi Hotel, Surya Palace Hotel, Bhawani Z Paradise Hotel.

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