One of the most revered pilgrimages for any devoured Hindu devotee is a pilgrim to the world renowned and famous Holy Shrine of Maa Vaishno Devi. A manifestation of Goddess Shakti or Mother Goddess herself, Vaishno Devi shrine is visited by millions of devotees round the year. The temple of Vaishno Devi is situated near Katra, a town in Jammu, in the Reasi district of Jammu and Kashmir. The temple is itself situated in a cave atop the Trikuta Mountain range which literally translates to three peaked mountain.
There are several packages organized by tour and travel operators from across India to Vaishno Devi Temple also known as the Vaishno Devi Yatra where millions of devotees worship and offer their prayers to Maa herself. Reaching the peak of Vaishno Devi is a long and tedious trek from Katra which goes up to couple of kilometers on foot or take the help of the local guides and their ponies to the top of the hill where you do not need to walk too much or you can take a helicopter ride to the top of the mountain, close to the temple to avoid walking up. A helicopter ride is an option that you may include or exclude in your Vaishno Devi Travel Package. A pilgrim to Vaishno Devi temple is incomplete without paying respects to the holy abode of Lord Shiva located in a cave, Shiv Khori as well as Banganga. This is located at a little distance from Katra and can also be easily accessed by road or helicopter. A visit to Vaishno Devi Shrine at least once in your lifetime is a desire held by almost all devotees of Maa. Vaishno Devi Tour Packages are available throughout the year, however it is best to go around March when the weather is little settled and it is not too cold.
Enjoy a blissful journey paying your respects to Maa Vaishno Devi! Jai Mata Di!