Appropriate Season :
The shrine is visited all through the year, but the path
is difficult during the winter due to snow fall.
How to reach :
i) Air Way; Nearest Air-port at Jammu . Daily flights
from New Delhi to Srinagar. These flights (IA) connect
Chandigarh & Amritsar on some days of the week.
ii) By Rail; Daily trains from New Delhi to Jammu.
Besides, it is connected with other major cities of the
iii) By Road; Daily Bus service at short intervals from
New Delhi to Jammu in the terminus of a large number of
State bus services . From Jammu to Katra-48 kms
distance is to be covered up by bus and taxi services.
Trekking of 13 kms starts from katra to Mata Vaishno
Devi shrine . Those who cannot comfortably walk can
hire pony or dandi (Palanquin). Pithus can be hired
for carrying children & luggage on shoulders. It is
advisable to avail the services of only registered
people and keep their token for the period they are
Where to stay:
At Jammu ; Yatri Niwas managed by the shrine Board
and various private hotels, the room rent ranges
from Rs. 300/- to 3000/- per day. At Katra; Yatri
Niwas managed by the shrine Board, Rest houses
maintained by Jammu & Kashmir Tourist
Department & other hotels.
The yatra begins at Katra and pilgrims have to cover 13
kms on foot to reach the Darbar/Shrine.
Yatris are advised to obtain slip from the Yatra
Registration counter at the Tourism Reception Centre,
Katra Bus Stand. Without an authentic yatra slip,
crossing Banganga check post will not be allowed . the
slip is free but necessary to commence the years.
One km away from Katra, Banganga is situate, a place
where Mata quenched her thirst. Six kms away from Katra,
you will find Adhkawari, the holy cave where Mata
meditated for nine months. Do visit the cave.
After 9.5 kms of trekking , you will reach Sanjhi Chhat
where you can rest for some time. Accommodation is
available at this place. Bhawan is just 3.5 kms away
The entire 13 kms route is quite clean , wide & tiled.
Besides, the whole path is lit up at night by powerful
sodium vapour lamps. The yatris are requested to keep
the path clean.
Shelter cum sheds & cafeterias are set up enroute and
pure vegetarian food is available at these outlets.
Drinking water & public utilities with automatic
flushing system along the track and at the Bhawan are
On reaching Bhawan, show your yatra slip at the
Registration Office and obtain the Batch No. provided on
the slip. This number will determine your place in the
queue for darshan of Ma Vaishno Devi.
Have a bath and change your cloths.
Buy chuni & prasad.