Planning to Visit Mata Vaishno Devi Temple Jammu? Useful Tips For You
This is one of the most visited religious place in India and is a must see part of the religious tourism in India. Katra the base station fro going to Vaishno Devi is located about 50 Kilometers from Jammu the last broad gauge station of Indian Railways in North India. The temple is further located 13 kilometers from Katra and is approachable by road only.
Devotees offload their luggage in Katra and just carry the necessary items for this trek. For a normal adult it takes about 6 hours to reach the temple from Katra. Due to formation of trust many years back the facilities have considerably improved enroots and at the temple premises. The whole path is well laid out with ample lighting at Night. Resting places with sheds are built every 400 to 500 meters with facility of toilets and subsidized canteens.
Being on a hill top there is temperature difference of around 10 degrees between the temple site and Katra. This needs to be kept in mind while planning for clothing requirements, however free blanket service is available at the temple premises.
The visitor needs to register for this visit either at Katra or online at the MVDSSB trust website Accommodation provided by the trust at various places like Jammu Katra and the shrine can also be booked online in advance through their website. Being base camp for this temple Katra has a large number of hotels, resorts and guest houses catering to the requirements of every section of society from five star hotels to economy lodges.
Jammu city is located about 500 kilometers from the Indian capital of Delhi. A number of trains including super fast train like Rajdhani express and air conditioned Volvo buses are available for the tourists. The buses generally leave in the evening and reach Jammu /Katra the next day morning. The average travel time from New Delhi to Jammu is about 10 to 12 hours. The Jammu to Katra travel time is about one and a half hour.