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Welcome to the Vaishno Devi Yatra

ITINEARY 11 Days / 10 Nights 

Day 01: Delhi – Jammu- katra
Early in the morning receive you from delhi hotel / residence and straight drive to katra, lunch and dinner on the way, upon arrival check into the hotel, 

Day 02: Katra - Vaishnodevi Bhawan
Morning after breakfast proceed to Vaishnodevi Shrine (Approx. 13 km Trek)  One can trek up to the Shrine if fitness permits, otherwise Pony or Palanquins are also available at an extra cost. Arrive at Vaishnodevi Bhawan. Wash and change before Mata Darshan. After Mata Vaishnodevi Darshan, proceed for Bhaironji Darshan (Optional).  

Day 03: Katra
After Darhsan, arrive at Katra and proceed to hotel. Relax in the hotel.

Day 04: Katra – Jammu – Srinagar
After breakfast check out from the hotel and leave for srinagar, upon arrival you will be transferred to a Deluxe Houseboat. In the late afternoon, enjoy a Shikara ride on the Dal Lake and visit the Floating and Vegetable gardens etc. Also experience the walnut woodcarving and papier machie making demonstration. Enjoy the dinner and spend overnight in the Deluxe Houseboat.

Day 05: Srinagar- Local sight-seeing 50 kms
In the morning, get ready for a trip to the picturesque Mughal Gardens. Visit Nishat Bagh or the Abode of pleasure, which was built by Asif Khan in 1632 AD. Asif Khan is the brother in law of the Moghal Emperor Jehangir. Also visit the charming Shalimar Bagh or the Abode of love. Shalimar Bagh was built by Jehangir for his wife Empress Noor Jehan. These gardens, situated on the bank of Dal Lake, have the Zabarwan Mountains in the background. The distance from Srinagar to the said gardens is near about 12 and 15 kms respectively. You can visit the carpet-weaving factory on the way. Enjoy the dinner and spend the night in the Deluxe Houseboat.

Day 06: Srinagar – Gulmarg (56 KMS - 2 Hrs)
In the morning start for Gulmarg-the Meadow of Flowers, which is situated at an altitude of 2730 mts. above the sea level. It will take 2 hrs to reach Gulmarg, which is 60 kms far from Srinagar . Gulmarg has one of the best Ski slopes in the world and the highest golf course of the world with 18 holes. You can also enjoy the view of Nanga Parbhat, if the weather permits. There is an opportunity to enjoy a short trek upto Khilangmarg. The trek can be covered in about 3 to 4 hrs. Chair Lifts for mountain ride are also available. Lunch will be carried from the Houseboat. Have dinner and stay overnight in a hotel at Gulmarg.

Day 07: Gulmarg – Pahalgam (140 KMS - 4.5 Hrs) 
Leave Gulmarg after having early breakfast and drive to Pahalgam or the Valley of Shepherds via Srinagar . Drive through the eye-catching Saffron fields, visit Awantipura ruins, an 1100 years old temple of Lord Vishnu built by King Awantiwareman. Drive through the green pine forest and along the Lidder River . The total distance of about 140 kms will be covered in about 4 hrs. After reaching Pahalgam, you will be transferred to the hotel. Enjoy the lunch and dinner and spend overnight in the hotel at Pahalgam.

Day 08: Pahalgam
After Breakfast, Visit to Chandanwadi {at your own cost}, The snow Point (14 Kms) at your own cost or enjoy pony ride at your own cost, Return back to Pahalgam, rest of the day at leisure to explore the countryside and enjoy leisurely walks through the pine forest along the River Lidder.  Dinner & overnight at the hotel.

Day 09: Pahalgam – Srinagar
This morning is at leisure. Later today you will be transferred back to Srinagar , rest of the day at leisure for shopping or shikara ride to Floating Market for shopping (Cost not included), overnight in the Houseboat 

DAY 10: SRINAGAR – JAMMU
Morning after breakfast check out from the hotel and leave for Jammu, upon arrival check into the hotel, evening free for rest, dinner & over night stay at hotel, Jammu. the Duggar land where the past still has a living presence. A land of grand ancient temples, and beatiful palaces. All nestling in the foothills of the Himalayas. It is said that, on becoming King, the Suryavanshi Jambu Lochan went on a hunt and, crossing the Tawi, found a deer and a tiger drinking water from the same tank. His ministers explained that this meant that the soil of the place was so virtuous that no living creature bore enmity against another. Raja Jambu Lochan, who lived in the later vedic period, decided to found his capital , Jambupura, on his soil, on the right bank of the Tawi, overlooking his brother king Bahu's fort. Today the temple of Maha Kali ( better known as Bahu or Bawey Wali Mata), located in the Bahufort, is considered second only to Mata Vaishno Devi in terms of mystical power. The present temple was built shortly after the coronation of Maharaja Gulab singh, in 1822. The existing fort, as well as the Manasabdar's palace inside it, was constructed in 1820. Jammu is justly famous for its temples. Infact it is known as the city of temples and the every fame of its tends to overshadow its palaces, forts, forests and powerful ziarats. If Bahu Mata is the presiding deity of Jammu, the dargah of Peer Budhan Ali Shah is the other shrine that protects Jammuites. The other major tourist attraction is the Ragunath Temple Complex. Maharaja Gulab Singh began the construction of the Raghunath Mandir Complex in the crowded downtown Bazaar named after it, in 1851. It was left to his son, Ranbir Singh, to inagurate it six years later perhaps the most popular temple north of Benares, it contains representations of almost entire Hindu pantheon, though the emphassis falls on the various incarnations of Lord Vishnu. The complex houses a rich collection of ancient texts and manuscripts.

DAY 11: Jammu – Delhi 
Morning after breakfast check out from the hotel and leave for Delhi , late in the evening drop you at Delhi airport to catch the flight for next destination.

Services Ends

Cost of the tour is Rs. 14,550/- per person (based on 06 person)

COST INCLUDED:

• Transportation by Car / Train through out the tour,
• Train from Delhi to Jammu.
• Train from Jammu to Delhi.
• Sightseeing as per the itinerary
• All pick up and dropping facilities
• Accommodation on twin sharing basis.
• Breakfast
• All taxes.Drivers T.A. – D.A.ALL fuel, and state taxes, parking fee

COST EXCLUDED:

• Any airfare.
• Lunch & Dinner, mineral water, cold drinks etc.
• Any personal expenses like Laundry, STD calls, etc.
• Camera fee to the Monument.
• Entrance fee to The Monument.
• Any insurance.
• Any claim due to natural Calamities such as land slide, road blockage etc.
• Or any other things which are not mentioned in cost included column.

Maa Vaishnov Devi Yatra Ex. Delhi

Day 01: Delhi – Jammu- katra

Early in the morning receive you from Delhi hotel / residence and straight drive to katra, lunch and dinner on the way, upon arrival check into the hotel.

Day 02: Katra - Vaishnodevi Bhawan

Morning after breakfast proceed to Vaishnodevi Shrine (Approx. 13 km Trek ) One can trek up to the Shrine if fitness permits, otherwise Pony or Palanquins are also available at an extra cost. Arrive at Vaishnodevi Bhawan. Wash and change before Mata Darshan. After Mata Vaishnodevi Darshan, proceed for Bhaironji Darshan (Optional).

Day 03: Katra - Jammu

After Darhsan, arrive at Katra and proceed to hotel. Relax in the hotel till evening. then leave for delhi, upon arrival drop you at delhi hotel or residence.

Cost of the tour is Rs. 3150/- per person (Based on 06 person)

COST INCLUDED:

• Transportation by Car through out the tour,
• Sightseeing as per the itinerary
• All pick up and dropping facilities
• Accommodation on Triple sharing basis.
• Breakfast
• All taxes. Drivers T.A. – D.A. ALL fuel, and state taxes, parking fee

COST EXCLUDED:
• Any airfare.
• Lunch & Dinner, mineral water, cold drinks etc.
• Any personal expenses like Laundry, STD calls, etc.
• Any insurance.
• Any claim due to natural Calamities such as land slide, road blockage etc.
• Or any other things which are not mentioned in cost included column.

Vaishno Devi Yatra

Cost of the tour is Rs. 8850/- per person for the below mention programme (based on minimum 02 person)

COST INCLUDED:
• Transportation by Car / Train through out the tour,
• Train from Delhi to Jammu.
• Train from Jammu to Delhi.
• Sightseeing as per the itinerary
• All pick up and dropping facilities
• Accommodation on twin sharing basis.
• Breakfast
• All taxes.Drivers T.A. – D.A.  ALL fuel, and state taxes, parking fee

COST EXCLUDED:
• Any airfare.
• Lunch & Dinner, mineral water, cold drinks etc.
• Any personal expenses like Laundry, STD calls, etc.
• Camera fee to the Monument.
• Entrance fee to The Monument.
• Any insurance.
• Any claim due to natural Calamities such as land slide, road blockage etc.
• Or any other things which are not mentioned in cost included column.

Mata Vaishino Devi - Budget Package (Ex Jammu)

Duration: 3 Days-2 NightsDestination : Katra, Darshini Darwaja, Banganga Temple & Bridge CharanPaduka Temple, Adikumari, Hathimatha   Ascent & Holy mother Shrine

Day 1: Jammu - Katra

Arrive Jammu and transfer to Tourist Bunglaow Katra (45 kms/1 hr). The rest of the day is at leisure. Overnight at Tourist Bunglaow (Hotel).

Day 2: Katra - Vaishnodevi - Katra

Early morning begin your 14 kms(5-6 hrs) trek*to visit temple of Vaishnodevi and return to Katra late evening. Overnight at hotel.

Day 3: Katra - Jammu
Transfer by road to Jammu.

Package Includes:
(a) Accommodation in Hotel for 2 nights at Katra with 5 beded Accomodation
(b) Transfers Jammu Katra - Jammu in a private non air-conditioned car/jeep
(c) Courtesy coach between Hotel-Banganga-Hotel
(d) Laundry and expenses of personal nature not included.
(e) Breakfast And Dinner

(Rs.2500/- per person) (Valid only for 5 minimum persons)

Vaishnav Devi Yatra

Delhi - Jammu - Katra - Jammu - Delhi (4 Nights / 5 Days)

Day 01 / Arrival Delhi

Arrival Delhi, meet assist at the airport/ railway station & transfer to hotel. Evening at leisure. Night stay in Delhi.

Day 02 / Delhi - Jammu (By train)

After breakfast checkout from hotel & sightseeing tour of New Delhi where ornate buildings recall the days when India was the Jewel in the crown of the British empire. Visit the 11th century Qutab Minar ,India Gate and the grand government buildings, the President' s House , Red fort , Mahatama Gandhi Memorial , Also visit Laxmi Narayan temple popularly known as Birla Temple. Evening transfer to railway station to board the train (Jhelum Exp) for Jammu. Overnight in the train.

Day 3 / Jammu - Katra - Vaishnodevi Bhawan

Arrive Jammu, Meet and assist on arrival and proceed straight to Katra by Car .Arrive Katra and check in at Hotel. Later proceed to Vaishnodevi Shrine (Approx. 13 km Trek ) One can trek up to the Shrine if fitness permits, otherwise Pony or Palanquins are also available at an extra cost. Arrive at Vaishnodevi Bhawan. Wash and change before Mata Darshan. After Mata Vaishnodevi Darshan, proceed for Bhaironji Darshan (Optional).

Day 04 / Katra - Jammu

After Darhsan, arrive at Katra and proceed to hotel. Relax in the hotel till evening. Evening depart to Jammu and transfer to rly stn to board the train for Delhi. Overnight in the train.

Day 05 / Delhi - Departure

Arrive Delhi, meet assist at the railway station & transfer to hotel. Day at leisure or visit local markets (on your own). In the Evening transfer to airport / railway station for onward journey.

  Location

  Katra, 61-km From Jammu, J&K

  Altitude:

  1,700m (5,100ft)

  Yatra Season:

  March-April And September-October

  Best Time To Visit:

  March To July

Faith has moved mountains. From a cave shrine tucked away deep in the Trikuta Mountains of Kashmir to a bustling religious centre, the call of Mata Vaishno Devi has drawn and converted many a non-believer. Those who come as tourists leave as staunch followers singing her praises. This is the ultimate refuge of the helpless. The one place that answers your prayers. Where all dilemas are resolved. So come with faith - that's all that is asked of you.

About Mata Vaishno Devi Temple

The abode of the Goddess Vaishno Devi is in the Moutains of Trikuta Hills, in the Jammu and Kashmir State of Northern India. The Goddess resides in a beautiful cave in the form of 3 'Pindis' namely, “Maha Kali”, “Maha Laxmi” and “Maha Sarawati”. The Goddess Durga is said to have killed the demon Bhairon here. Vaishno Devi is 61-km north of Jammu and 14-km from Katra. The cave is at an elevation of 1,700m (5,100ft) and is 30m (93 ft) long and just 1.5m (5ft) high.

Vaishno Devi is a hard four-hour (13-km) climb from Katra. The best time to come is March to July, as th rest of the time of the year it can be very cold. The main pilgrimage time is March-April and September-October. In 1986, 1.6 million people came here, or 15 to 20 thousand people a day. The cave ideally handles just 8 or 10 thousand people a day, as only 12 or 15 people are let into the cave at a time. On the full moon day in Kartika (October/ November) the line to get into the cave can be 4-km long. It is believed that the arm of Goddess Sati fell at this place.

Legends of Vaishno Devi

 During the time when the Goddesses were wreaking havoc on the evil Asuras, the 3 main manifestations, Mahakali, Mahalakshmi and Mahasaraswati, pooled their collective strength and sent a divine child to be born in the house of one Ratnakar. She was to uphold righteousness and attain a level of consciousness by which she would merge with Vishnu. An extraordinary child, she went deep into the forest, in search of god. Intrigued by reports of her piety, Gorakhnath the tantric sent his disciple Bhairon Nath to look for her. But he began invading her privacy and even suggested that she become his wife. To escape him, Vaisnavi left Trikuta mountains. While passing through a ravine she shot an arrow into the earth from where water gushed out -- this stream came to be known as Banaganga. Charan Paduka, marked by the imprints of her feet, is the place where she rested. The Goddess then meditated in the cave at Adhkawari.

It took Bhairon Nath nine months to locate her, the reason why the cave is known as Garbh Joon. Mata Vaishno Devi blasted an opening at the other end of the cave with Her Trident when Bhairon Nath located her.

On arriving at the Holy Cave at Darbar, she assumed the form of Maha Kali and cut off Bhairon Nath's head which was flung up the mountain by the force of the blow and fell at the place where the Bhairon Temple is now located. The boulder at the mouth of the Holy Cave according to the legend is the petrified torso of Bhairon Nath who was granted divine forgiveness by the benevolent Mata in his dying moments.

Discovery of the Holy Shrine

According to a legend the holy shrine of Mata Vaishno Devi was discovered by a Brahmin, Pandit Sridhar about a thousand years ago. He used to live in Hansali village at the foothills of the Trikuta Mountains. One day, as he was grazing cattle, he met a beautiful child, Vaishnavi, on the hills. She urged him to call the people of his village to a feast. By mid-day when his guests arrived he had still not made arrangements for any provisions. Suddenly, he saw Vaishnavi coming out of his hut and she asked Sridhar to call his guests saying the food was ready. He watched in amazement as all the villagers went inside his small hut and finished their meal. As they left , he called out to young Vaishnavi knowing that the answer to the mystery lay with her. But she was not to be found. 

            His search for her led him to a a cave up a cliff where he thought he spied her. But in vain. As he wept in anguish a light shone on him, and he had a vision: Vaishnavi was transformed into a transcendental beauty with eight arms and astride a lion. She told him she was Shakti and in this cave she was manifested in her three forms of Kali, Lakshmi and Saraswati. Sridhar's progeny have been worshipping the Goddess in this Holy Cave since those hoary days!

Other Shrines at Vaishno Devi

Bhumika Temple:

At Darshani Darwaza, 1-km from Katra, the Goddess disappeared. This place is called Darsani Darwaza because the Trikut mountain is visible from here Tikuta Parvat is three high peaks that are the abodes of the Goddess Vaishno Devi.

Ban Ganga Temple:

After the Goddess left the Bhumika Temple, she went to the Trikuta Hills passing through here. At this time, Langoor Vir (Veer Langur) felt thirsty. The Goddess shot an arrow into the stone and a holy river was produced, now known as Ban Ganga. It is called Ban Ganga because the Goddess washed her hair at this place. Most pilgrims take bath here. You must show the slip you got near the Bus Stand in Katra to pass this point. Ban Ganga is about 3-km from Katra.

Charan Paduka Temple:

This is where the Goddess stopped for some time while Bhairon was chasing her. Her footprints are supposed to be visible on a stone at this place. Charanpaduka means ” holy footprints.” It is about 1.5-km from Ban Ganga at 3,380 feet.

Ardh Kuwari:

Ardh Kuwari is the halfway point and some pilgrims stay here for the night. There is a 15-foot-long cave called Garbha Joon where the Goddess hid herself for nine months and showed her self to a saint. The cave is narrow, and you have to almost crawl all the way though it. When Bhairon entered the cave, the Goddess made a new opening with her trident and ran away. Ardh Kuwari is 4.5-km from Charan Paduka and 4,800 ft above sea level. After ardh Kuwari the path gets very steep for 2.5-km. This ascent is called Hathi Matha ascent, because the mountain is shaped like the forehead of an Elephant. It is best to use the footpath rather than the stairs, as the climb will be easier. From here it is another 1,500-ft climb to Sanjhi Chatt, and from there another 4-km to the carve.

The Sri Ram Temple:

The Sri Ram Temple is near Vaishno Devi cave. There is a Shiva-linga in a cave 125 steps down from the Ram Temple

The Bhairon (Bhairav) Temple:

This temple is about 2.5-km from Vaishno Devi cave at about 6,700 feet. It is traditional to visit this temple after visiting the Vaishno Devi Temple. Bhairon (Bhairav) was absolved of all sins when Durga killed him. When Bhairon was killed by the Goddess his head flew to this place. There is a huge stone outside the cave that represents the body of Bhairon. After he was killed, her prayed to the Goddess to forgive him. It is said that the Goddess gave the benediction that the desires of her devotees who visit this place would be fulfilled.

How to Get There:

Air:

The nearest airport is in Jammu, which is 48-km from Katra. There is a helicopter service that departs from the airport at Sanjhi Chat in Jammu in the morning.

Rail:

The nearest railway station is in Jammu, which is well connected to all the major cities in India

Road:

There are regular buses leaving for the 52-km trip from the central bus stand in Jammu to where the road ends at Katra (2 hr). Walking From Katra it is a steep 13-km walk. You can rent a horse or be carried up from Katra. You can go up to the cave and back in the same day. It takes about 4 hours to climb up and 3 hours to come down. Pilgrims must get a Yatra- Slip from the tourist reception center near the bus stand in Katra to get pass Ban Ganga. It is Hard climb to Vaishno Devi.

Katra:

You must pass through Katra to get to Vaishno Devi. It is where the road ends. There is an ISKCON temple (01991-33047)in Katra. It is located at the Kalka Mata Mandir, opposite the petrol pump. The Kalka Mata Mandir is an ancient Siva and Kali temple which has been put under the care of ISKCON. The deities are said to be self-manifested. This temple is visited by many pilgrims. construction has begun on a temple and large guest house here.

Things to Remember:

• Contact the announcement counters of Shri Mata Vaishnodevi Shrine Board at Katra, Banganga,    Adhkawari and Darbar for locating missing persons.
• The first station beyond Darshani Darwaza is Banganga. Ponies and Palkis are available for hire at    Banganga on rates fixed by the State Government. 

The Shrine Board has an office at Banganga which remains open round the clock for attending to an resolving the difficulties of the pilgrims. The Shrine Board also runs a First Aid Centre at Banganga. The Police Department has set up a Police Post at Banganga that remains open round the clock. The Yatra Parchi is checked and stamped at the Banganga Check Post. This is done to prevent people who do not possess a Yatra Parchi from proceeding for the Yatra. A pilgrim must cross Banganga Check Post within 6 hrs of obtaining the Yatra Parchi. Banganga is only 1 ½-km from the Yatra Parchi counter. The Banganga Check Post remains open round the clock.

• Use only the donation boxes provided at various places by Mata Vaishnodevi Shrine Board. In case of    donations at the donation counters of the Board at Katra (Central Office/ Vishram Ghar), Adhkawari, Sanjichhat and various points at the Bhawan obtain a formal receipt.

• Avoid overstraining on the climb and prefer the track over the stairs and stick to either of the paths.

• Luggage and belongings should not be deposited with unauthorized persons or left unguarded at the bathing ghats

• Qualified doctors are available at the Primary Health Centre, Katra, Adhkawari and Bhawan - Open  round the clock. The Evening Clinic, Katra Bus Stand - Open 2.00 pm to 8.00 pm. Sanji Chhat also has a    First Aid Centre. A very large hospital has also constructed for the shrine Board by the Sagar Suri Trust at Sanji Chhat. Two helipads have also been constructed at Sanji Chhat.

• Clothing - Light woollens required at night during the summer months. Heavy woollens required during    the remaining part of the year.

Vaishno Devi Yatra

Duration : 5 Nights / 6 Days

Destinations Covered : Delhi - Jammu - Katra - Darshini Darwaja - Banganga Temple & Bridge Charan Paduka Temple - Adikumari - Hathimatha Ascent - Holy mother Shrine

Day 1 - Delhi - Receiving of guests from new delhi railway station-explore the city.

Day 2 - Jammu - Drive to Jammu

Day 03 - Jammu - Katra - Morning arrival at Jammu. Afternoon explore the city of Jammu. Leave for Katra in the evening and on arrival, check-in at the Hotel.

Day 04 - Katra - Mata Vaishnao Devi Temple - Early morning Trek* to Mandir (16 kms). Return by evening. Night halt.

Day 05 - Katra - Explore the city of Katra- Relax after *trekking

Day 06 - Delhi - Drive to Delhi

Vaishno devi Yatra with Amarnath Yatra

Duration : 7 Nights / 8 Days

Day 1 - Delhi - Jammu - Arrive Delhi. Later in the day explore the city. Board night train to Jammu

Day 2 - Jammu - Katra - Morning arrival at Jammu. Afternoon explore the city of Jammu. Leave for Katra in the evening and on arrival, check-in at the Hotel.

Day 03 - Katra- Mata Vaishnao Devi Temple - Early morning Trek* to Mandir (16 kms). Return by evening. Night halt.

Day 04 - Katra - Srinagar - Leave for Srinagar by four wheeler. Overnight stay in a luxurious house boat.

Day 05 - Srinagar - Sonmarg - Early morning drive to Sonmarg. On arrival check-in at the hotel. Later in the day, visit Thajwas Glaciers.

Day 06 - Sonmarg - Sri Amarnathji - Sonmarg - Trek* to Holy Cave Darshan (16 kms) of Sri Amarnathji. Return to Sonmarg by evening

Day 07 - Sonmarg - Srinagar - Leave for Srinagar and on arrival explore the spellbinding scenic beauty of the city. Overnight stay in a luxurious house boat.

Day 08 - Srinagar - Jammu - Leave for Jammu to catch a train to Delhi

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