Shri Maa Vaishno Devi Shrine is one of the oldest
shrine of India, located at a height of 5300 feet on the holy Trikuta
Hills of the Shivalik Hill Range. The Holy cave is 13 Kms from the Base
Camp Katra. The Town Katra is 50 Kms away from Jammu and 35 Kms from
District HQ Udhampur and is linked by road. The Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine
is one 24 hrs Customer Supportof the most popular Shrines of India.
The Yatra begins at Katra and pilgrims have to
cover 13 km. of terrain on foot to reach the Darbar. One kilometer away
from Katra, you would find Banganga, place where Mata quenched her thirst
and at 6 km., the holy cave at Adhkawari.
Yatris are advised to obtain a yatra slip only from the Yatra Registration
Counter at the Tourism Reception Centre, Katra Bus Stand and nowhere els.e.
Without an authentic yatra slip, crossing of Banganga checkpost will not
be allowed. The Yatra Slip is absolutely free but is necessary to commence
You can obtain caps, canvas shoes, sticks etc. on hire for the Yatra.
Pithus (people who carry weight on their backs) can be hired for carrying
Those who have problems in climbing on the mountains, can hire the
services of a pony or dandi (palenquin). Pithus can be hired for carrying
the children on shoulders. It is advised that you should avail of the
services of only registered people be it the pithu, pony or the dandiwalla
and keep his token for the period he is engaged.
The entire 13 km route is quite wide and tiled. Besides, the whole path is
lit up every night by powerful sodium vapour lamps.
The whole route is swept and cleaned from time to time throughout the day.
Yatris are requested to keep the path clean.
Shelter cum sheds and shelter cum cafeterias are setup throughout the
route. Pure vegetarian food is available at these outlets. Price charts
are exhibited at all these outlets prominently.
Drinking water has been made available all along the route, with water
coolers and storage facilities.
Public utilities with automatic flushing systems along the track and at
After 6 km. of trekking, you would reach Adhkawari, the holy cave where
Mata meditated for nine months. Do visit the cave.
After 9.5 km., you would reach Sanji Chhat where you can rest for
sometime. Accommodation is also available at this place. Bhawan is just
3.5 km. away.
On reaching Bhawan, show your Yatra Slip at the Registration Office and
obtain the Batch no. provided on the slip. This number is important as it
will determine your place in the queue for darshan.
On reaching Bhawan, have a bath and change your clothes. Be sure to get
your luggage and leather items booked in the cloak rooms and obtain the
receipt. Book the valuables separately and obtain the receipt.