Yatra to the Holy Shrine of Mata Vaishno Devi
Duration: 03 Nights / 04 Days
Places Covered: Jammu – Katra – Vaishno Devi
The Vaishno Devi Yatra is considered as one of the holiest pilgrimage tours that any devout Hindu would crave to undertake at least once in his or her lifetime. The Journey to the abode of Mata Vaishno Devi, also called Mata Vaishnavi or Mata Rani isn’t so easy because you have to trek a rugged course uphill to reach the shrine located at an altitude of 5300 ft. The shrine is within a cave that falls between the Trikuta and Bhagwati mountain ranges. Though the course is rugged and the journey tough yet you would be energized with the deep spirituality that pervades the air around and your mind, body and all the five senses would be rejuvenated by the Dhun of ‘Jai Mata Di’ to which the ambience resounds. The shrine of Mata Vaishno Devi houses three Deities revered greatly in Hinduism; that of Mahakali, Mahalakhsmi and the deity of Mahasaraswati.
Katra, a place 50 Kms from Jammu is the starting point of Vaishno Devi Yatra and the Vaishno Devi Yatra is supervised by the Jammu & Kashmir Government. From Katra one has to cover a distance of 13 Kms by trek to reach the holy shrine which is 5200 feet above sea level. All the pilgrims before embarking on the holy trek have to get their yatra slip from the Registration Counter near the Katra Bus Stop.
About the Package
Although there are several pilgrimage tour packages offered by the reputed Travel and Tourism Company Namaste India Trip, their Vaishno Devi Yatra Package is the one that comes with the best deals, offers and facilities for the ‘Yatris’. Hence your Darshan of the ‘Mata’ can be completed in a hassle-free and cost-effective way giving you the most fulfilling spiritual experience. Also if you have budgetary restrictions their customization facilities would help you complete the tour within your limited budget. So with Namasteindiatrip.com your Vaishno Devi Yatra would be completed to your utmost satisfaction, with you basking in the glory of Jai Mata Di and your entire ‘being’ responding to the freshness of the ambience around.
Day 1: Arrive Delhi On to Jammu
Welcome to New Delhi. You will be greeted heartily by the Namaste India Trip tour operator who would help you visit all the key tourist attractions of the Dilwalo ka Shahar ‘Delhi’. In the evening you have to depart for Jammu for which you have two options; either take a flight or board a night train.
Day 2: Jammu to Katra (A Distance of about 48 Kilometers)
Once you are done with your breakfast, you can go for Jammu sightseeing. The Temples in the city, the Museum and its Fortresses with famous havelis and Mahals like Mubarak Mandi Mahal, Amar Mahal, Panch Peer, Bahu Fort are really worth paying a visit. The entire day would be spent in sightseeing. At about 6 pm you could hire a cab to take you to Katra and at Katra you are to check into some Hotel for accommodation purpose.
Day 3: Katra to Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine and back to Katra
Next day early morning, after finishing your bath, wearing clean garments and with a pure heart and soul you start your trek for the Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine. It’s a 13 km trek uphill to reach the highest point where the shrine is actually located. People who have issues with walking the rugged course can avail options like Palanquins or Horses. On your way to the Shrine falls the Holy Cave called ‘Ardhkuwari’ where according to the myths Mata Vaishno Devi meditated for about Nine Months. The cave is some 6 Kms from Katra. After you have completed 9.5 Kms of your trekking you would reach a resting place called ‘Sanjhi Chhat’. After take rest for some time, resume your trek and walk until you reach the ‘Bhawan’. The journey is difficult. Your endurance and tenacity is put to test yet all tiredness, languor is brushed aside on reaching the Bhawan. Once you reach the Bhawan, show your Yatra slip and obtain your lot number readily. That’ll help you to complete the Darshan of the Mata in an orderly and methodical manner. Once your Darshan is over you are to go back to Katra.
Day 4: Jammu to Delhi
Hire a cab to Jammu. You can then go back to Delhi by Flight or you have options of bus journey or train journey too from Jammu to Delhi. With lots of Spiritual fulfillment and a heart brimming with piety the Vaishno Devi Yatra ends here.