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Sunday, 18 August 2013 11:13

Things you must know

Vaishno Devi Things to Know

Before1 Proceeding to Mata Vaishnodevi Trip, you should know the basic information  which will be helpful to you for planning your trip to Vaishno Devi.

  1. Jammu is the nearest Airport and Railway station for reaching Vaishno Devi.
  2. Jammu is 50 KM from Katra town and it takes around 2 hoours to reach  Katra which is the base station from which Mata Vaishnodevi yatra starts.
  3. You can get Taxi, buses from Railway station Jammu for Katra. Only Taxi is available from Airport Jammu.
  4. There are lot of Hotels available at Katra and availability of accomodation on Yatra route is limited. It is advised to have lodging facility at Katra.
  5. You have to register yourself at Katra before proceeding for Yatra. After Registration you will get Yatra slip or yatra parchi which you have to carry along with you for your Yatra.  Registration counter is at Bus stand Katra. Registration facility is also available online at Mata vaishnodevi shrine board website and one can book 30 days in advance.
  6. Distance between Banganga (Starting point of yatra from Katra) and Mata Bhawan is approx. 12 hours. Most of the people prefer to complete the Yatra on foot. Otherwise Ponies and Palkis are also available on fixed rates at Banganga. Helicopter Service between Katra and Sanjichat helipad is also available, but it is to be booked online at Mata vaishnodevi shrine board website. Sanjichat Helipad is 2.5 Kms from Bhawan.
  7. On the way food,tea-coffee,  drinking water, toilets, medical facility are available in plenty.
  8. Important points on the way are Adhkuwari 6 kms, Sanjichat 9 Kms. At these two points accomodation, toilet and eating facilities are made available by Shrine board. Most of the people also visit Garab Joon temple at Adhkuwari.
  9. Battery operated cars are also available at nominal rates  at Adhkuwari which is half way between Banganga and Bhawan. Prefernce is given to aged and handicap person for travelling in battery car.
  10. On reaching Bhawan one has to get the group no for darshans after showing the Yatra Parchi. It usally takes 2-3 hours to have a Darshan after reaching bhawan depending upon the rush.
  11. Bathing facilities are available at Bhawan. Rooms are also available at Bhawan which can be booked online on Mata Vaishnodevi Shrine board website, but the availabilty of rooms are limited.
  12. Most of the people visit Bhairon Mandir after Vaishnodevi Darshan. Bhairon Mandir is approx. 1.5 Kms from Bhawan. You can trek back from bhairon mandir or from bhawan itself also.

Pl verify the facts given above. Comments are welcome. If you have any question, you can raise it in comments section, which will be replied.

Friday, 16 August 2013 18:06

Helicopter Ticket Booking

 Vaishnodevi Helicopter

Vaishnodevi Bhawan is located at a distance of approx 13 Kms from Katra. One has to trek the distance on foot to reach the Mata Bahwan. There are many pilgrims who find it difficult to trek the distance on foot. Moreover it is very difficult for aged and feeble person to ascend the Vaishno devi hill. Other options available to pilgrims to reach Vaishno Devi are Ponies, Palkis and Helicopter. Among them, helicopter is the  quickest and even cheapest mode.

Whereas Ponies and Palkis are readily available in abundant on spot and one can hire it easily, helicopter has limited seats per day. It can be booked online at Vaishno Devi Shrine Board website https://www.maavaishnodevi.org/OnlineServices/login.aspx . One has to register  before proceeding for booking online. There is no other mode of helicopter ticket booking other than online booking. Bookings start 30 days prior to booking date at 10:00 am. The Helicopter tickets are generally finished within 1-2 hours of its opening as it has limited seats. If you are intersted in booking online helicopter ticket, it is advised that you login 10:00 am, 30 days prior of booking date at above mentioned website and book your tickets.

Katra helipad is approx. 2 Kms from Bus Stand Katra. Helicopter goes upto Sanjichat Helipad. It is approx. 2.5 Kms from Mata Bhawan. One can get pony at Sanjichat to Bhawan or can go on foot to Bhawan. It takes approx 8 minutes of flight from Katra to Sanjichat. One has to report one hour before the scheduled flight time. Moreove Shrine board has made mandatory to carry original debit/credit card while boarding the helicopter. It is advisable to book your helicopter tickets yourself otherwise your tickets can be cancelled by Mata Vaishnodevi Shrine board without any refund.

Cost of the one way helicopter ticket is Rs. 800/- and bothways Rs. 1600/-. Yatris have a option that either they can return on same day or next day if they are booking bothway helicopter ticket. There is no charges for children below 2 years, provided such children are accompany with some one and would not occupy any extra seat. Cancellation charges are 50% of the ticket amount if cancellation is done with more than 7 days of boarding date. Vaishno Devi shrine board also provides facility of online booking of rooms at Bhawan on the same website. You can also book online various types of Aartis.