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How To Reach Mata Vaishno Devi Temple

Best Time to Go:-

The shrine can be visited throughout the year, but it is difficult during the peak season of winter.

By air:-

The nearest airport is Jammu Airport. All leading domestic airlines are well connected to Jammu Airport.

By rail:-

The nearest railway station is also at Katra.

By road:-

Jammu is well-connected by the Interstate Bus Service, which leaves for Katra every 10 minutes. You can also hire private taxis or travel from Jammu Railway Station, Airport, or the Tourist Reception to Katra via taxi.

After Reaching Katra, the journey can be commenced by following ways:-

On-foot: 

You can opt for your journey on foot. Although it is somewhat tiresome, but it enables you to view the scenic beauty of the hills and  glimpse of holy places coming on the way like Ban Ganga, Charan Paduka, HimKoti, Ardha Kumari, Garbh Gupha, Hathi Mathha, Sanjhee Chhat and then Bhavan (Mata Vaishno Devi Temple). Though the maximum time is taken on foot, but one can feel the divinity of the Goddess as everybody chanting the name of the Goddess “Jai Maa Vaishno Devi” and singing various divine songs in the praise of Goddess Vaishnodevi popularly known as “Mata Ki Bhetein”.

Through Ponies (Small Horse):

If you feel you are not walk to cover long distance of 12 Kms. on foot. You can opt for ponies from Karta to the Holy cave.

Through Palanquin (Wooden seat carried by means of poles resting on the shoulders of several men)

If you have old people or children with you on the journey of the temple then you the option of availing the service of Palanquin so that they can easily reach holy temple and have a divine glimpse of the Goddess.

Through Electric Vans:-


If you have limited time, then you have the option of Electric Vans from Earth Kuari to the Holy cave.

Through Helicopter:-

You are lucky that now the Vaisno Devi shrine Board has started the service of Helicopter that is available from Katra to Sanjhee Chat. It takes around 15-20 minutes to reach there. After reaching Sanjhee Chhat, you have the option to complete 2 Km. Journey upto main Bhawan either by foot or hire, pony/ Palanquin.   
 
After the divine glimpse of the Goddess, devotees visit the Temple of Baron Nath.

The goddess gave the boon to Baron Nath that that every Goddess devotee must pay obeisance to him after the divine glimpse of Goddess Vaishnodevi and then only pilgrimage of her devotee would be complete.

The Baron Nath temple is about 2.5 km from the Vaishno Devi cave at an altitude of 6,700 feet. Yatra to Bhairon Nath can commence by foot or Pony.
 
 

 

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