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Katra Town, lying in the foot of Trikuta Mountains, 48 kms. from Jammu, serves as the base camp for visiting the famous shrine of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi, which is approachable on foot along a 13 kms long well laid footpath. Every year, more than 4.5 million pilgrims pass through Katra on their way to the holy shrine.
The cave shrine of Mata Vasihnodeviji or Trikuta Bhagwati (alt: 5,200 ft.) has been a beacon of faith and fulfilment to millions of devotees from all over the world. The pilgrimage to the Shrine holds great significance for the pilgrims.

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From Katra to Vaishno Devi Ji

1. Yatra Parchi
Once a pilgrim reaches Katra he has to obtain a yatra permit from the permit counter of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board. The Permit counter is located adjacent to the Bus stand and the Taxi stand. The permit is known in local parlance as "Yatra Parchi" and the permit counter is known as "Yatra Parchi Counter". The counter remains open every day from 6AM to 10PM. About 18000 pilgrims are permitted to proceed every day on rush days from Katra to Vaishno Devi Ji.

A third counter is operated at the erstwhile Mulberry Nursery for the convenience of the pilgrims coming by chartered buses. It caters exclusively to such groups of pilgrims only. YATRA PARCHIS ARE GIVEN TO THE PILGRIMS FREE OF COST ON A FIRST COME FIRST SERVED BASIS. In case the number of pilgrims coming for Darshan on a particular day exceeds 18000, the remaining pilgrims are issued "Yatra Waiting Slips" from the same counters. Pilgrims carrying these slips are issued regular yatra parchis the next day. A maximum number of nine persons can be registered against one yatra parchi by the staff on duty. Each parchi contains the name of the leader of the party. His/her place of residence and the number of males, females and children in the group of nine. Children below five years of age are not entered in the Yatra Parchi.

The Yatra

A) From Yatra Parchi Counter to Darshani Darwaza
Once a pilgrim is in possession of a yatra parchi he/she is eligible to proceed for the Yatra. The distance from the yatra parchi counter to DARSHANI DARWAZA (it is so named because it is the point from where the yatra is really deemed to commence and thus becomes the doorway or Darwaza for Darshan) is one kilometer. Pilgrims cover this stretch either on foot, or on auto rickshaws or by the bus service which is operated by the Shrine Board free of charge for the pilgrim.

B) From Darshani Darwaza to Banganga
The motorable road terminated at Darshani Darwaza. From there the pilgrim has to go forward either on foot or on a pony or on a PALKI or DANDI (Palanquin). The holy Shrines is located at a distance of twelve kilometers from Darshani Darwaza. The entire track from Darshani Darwaza to Vaishno Devi Ji is laid with cement tiles which are very comfortable to walk on. The track is also lit with sodium lights at night. Drinking water points, toilets, rain and sun shelters, refreshment units and vatikas have been provided at frequent intervals for the convenience of the pilgrims.

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. A large number of shops selling eatables and consumer items have come up at Banganga. They remain 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 SIX HOURS OF OBTAINING THE YATRA PARCHI. Banganga is only one and a half kilometre from the yatra parchi counter. The Banganga Check Post remains open round the clock.

C) Banganga To Charan Paduka
Two and a half kilometers from Darshani Darwaza at a height of 3200 feet above sea level is the place known as Charan Paduka. There is an impression of Mata's feet on a rock at Charan Paduka. A small temple has been constructed over this rock at Charan Paduka. A number of shops selling snacks and cold drinks have come up at this place. The State Government runs a First Aid Centre here. The Shrine Board has set up a MAHILA MANDAL here.

D) Charan Paduka to Adhkawari
Six kilometers from Darshani Darwaza at a height of 4200 feet above sea level is the place known as Adhkawari.
The Shrine Board has constructed a large complex at Adhkawari. Free Dharmshalas, rooms on rent, a post office, a medical dispensary, a chemist shop, a bank, a pony stand and a large number of shops are available at Adhkawari. The Shrine Board also runs a Bhojanalya at Adhkawari which is open round the clock every day. Hygienically cooked food at subsidized rates is available for the pilgrims from this Bhojanalya. Blankets are also available free of cost for the pilgrims at Adhkawari. A refundable security amount blanket has, however to be deposited. The security is refunded to the pilgrim after he returns the blankets. The State Government has also set up a Police Post at Adhkawari. The Shrine Board's office at Adhkawari is open round the clock. An Announcement cum Information Counter also functions round the clock in a room adjacent to the office. Regular Announcements are made from the Announcement Counter for the information of the pilgrims.
Pilgrims first go to the temple at Adhkawari and then enter the narrow cave known as Garbh Joon. At most places the cave is not more than two feet wide. Inspite of this people of all sixes are able to crawl though it.

E) Adhkawari to Sanji Chhat
Nine and a half kilometers from Darshani Darwaza lies Sanji Chhat at an altitude of 5870 feet above sea level. It is a delightful little plateau which affords a panoramic view of the Pir Panjal Range and the Chenab river wending its way majestically to Pakistan. At its feet, as it were, lies sprawled the town of Katra, the base camp of the yatra. Dharmshalas providing free accommodation, a shopping complex and a Bhojanalya of the Shrine Board are available here for the convenience of the pilgrims. 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.

F) Sanji Chhat to Bhawan
Twelve kilometers from Darshani Darwaza and two and a half kilometers from Sanji Chhat lies the Holy Shrine of Mata Vaishno Devi JI. It is located at an altitude of 5200 feet above seal level. The climb up the mountain ceases at Sanji Chhat. The track levels out and the pilgrims have to trek over a flat stretch for almost tow kilometers before they begin to descend. The descent carries on for almost half a kilometre till one reaches the area of the holy Shrine - the destination of all the pilgrims who throng to Katra in thousands every day. There are a large number of Dharmshalas at Vaishno Devi Ji which provide free accommodation to the pilgrims. Blankets are also available for the pilgrims free of cost. Security has, however, to be deposited for taking the blankets. This security is refunded as soon as the blankets are returned to the blanket store. These blankets are regularly washed in the automatic laundry plant that has been installed by the Shrine Board at Vaishno Devi JI. The Shrine Board also provides a few rooms on rent to the pilgrims at Vaishno Devi Ji. A large number of privately run shops serve food and snacks to the pilgrims. In addition, the Shrine Board runs a Bhojanalaya at Vaishno Devi Ji which is open rounded the clock. A medical dispensary, a chemist shop, a post office, a telephone exchange, two banks and a Police station also function at Vaishno Devi Ji. The Shrine is open for Darshan round the clock every day except for two hours in the morning (from 6AM to 8AM) and for two hours in the evening (from 6PM to 8 PM) when the AARTI is performed.

What to wear

The holy Shrine of Mata Vaishno Devi Ji is located at an altitude of 5200 feet above sea level. Enroute one has to cross Sanji Chhat which lies at an altitude of 5870 feet above sea level. If a pilgrim decides to return to Katra via Bhairo Temple he has to climb to 6500 feet above sea level. All the three stations experience heavy snowfall during the months of December, January and February. Consequently, it can become extremely cold during winters Pilgrims are advised to carry heavy woolen clothing with them if they wish to perform the yatra during winters. In fact,Heavy woolen clothings should be carried by pilgrims from October to March. April is an unpredictable month. The weather can turn quite cold if it rains. So it is advisable to carry light woolens during this month. May to September are very pleasant months. One can get by with cotton clothes. Since the journey has to be performed primarily on foot it is advisable to wear canvas shoes or rubber soled shoes as they are comfortable to walk in. It is also useful to carry torches, raincoats and walking sticks. Canvas Shoes, Torches, Raincoats And Walking Sticks Can Be Hired from a large number of shops at Katra.



Light woollens are required at night even during summer. During the remaining parts of the year heavy woollens are require.

How to reach

Jammu, 48 kms from Katra, is the nearest airport, railhead and inter-state bus terminus. Buses leave for Katra at 10 minute intervals between 5:30 a.m and 8:30 p.m. During peak season, additional buses are pressed into service.

Taxis are available both at Jammu and Katra for the journey. In Jammu city, these can be hired from the Jammu airport, Jammu railway station and the Tourist Reception Centre. A number of travel agencies conduct tours to Katra regularly from Delhi and other major cities of India. There are also daily scheduled services to Katra from a number of cities and towns of Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh.


+13 # 2010-07-15 12:45
Would like to know, during which Months it Snows .... Had it Snowed in Dec 09 after 25th Dec onwards ...
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+4 # 2010-09-20 12:59
how to obtain yatra parc hi
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-1 # 2012-06-05 12:10
how to obtain yatra parc hi

how to obtain yatra parc hi

Is it possible to obtain yatra parchi from jammu
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+4 # 2010-11-03 06:30
I am planning with my family members(4) to visit Srinagar and vaishnodevi temple in the month of MARCH 2011.please guide us
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+4 # 2011-02-08 17:24
you can visit at that time but can't how the weather at that time would because i had visited Vaishnav devi in month of march 2008 and there was heavy snowfall. i had never seen such type of weather condition in katra during that time....
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+1 # 2012-03-01 16:20
i would like to visit katra on 17.03.2012 i would like to know the weather please inform thank u
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+1 # 2010-11-11 19:10
I want to visit ma vaishnav devi on 14 january with my family
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+5 # 2011-07-18 16:05
I want to visit Maa vaisnodevi 21Sept with my family
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+1 # 2011-08-21 18:41
I want to visit vaishnodevi in first week of november with kids
suggest me about clothes. And tell me bus facility from srinagar to katra by JKDC.Advanced booking.


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0 # 2011-11-19 17:48
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+2 # 2012-01-07 05:21
I am planning with my family members(4) to visit vaishnodevi temple , Srinagar, Sonmarg, Pahalgam, Patnitop in the month of MAY 2012.please guide us.

MY CONTACT NO : 09830354307 / 033-24906682
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+1 # 2012-01-07 10:32
for best katra packages mail at vikram@enjoyunl 09796646530
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0 # Atul Sharma 2013-06-17 03:42
need room for two 22 to 27 June
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0 # 2012-02-12 10:07
we are planning to visit kashmir in the month of april/may , we would like to know more about tours that cover vaishno devi jammu , pehalgam patni top , son marg, gulmarg etc whic are conducted by J&K tourism and the cost of the tour per coule
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0 # 2012-03-09 13:03
We are 6 persons reaching katra on 6th May for onwards journey to srinagar and back to jammu on 15th Please advise us for detail tour programme.
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0 # 2012-03-25 07:43
wish to book room for two on 18 april to 19 april 2012
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-2 # 2012-03-28 10:30

The walk looks good but after the 6Km we can choose a mode of transport if necessary.
14 km doesnt look tough. The gradual acclimatization may matter to temperature difference and altitude.
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-1 # 2012-05-01 19:29
We want to visit Vashnodevi in the month of June 2012. I want to know about the advance bookings in your tourist bunglows . We also wanted to know that whether you can arrange for the Helicopter services for two people.

Warm Regards,
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-1 # 2012-06-11 10:47
I want to visit vaishnodevi in aug 2012 with friend 25 peson
suggest me bus facility from jammu to katra to jammu by JKDC.Advanced booking
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+3 # 2012-08-01 11:04
JAI MATA DI. Please do let me know if there are any taxis on a share basis from Jammu airport to Katra and the cost of this per passenger. My next query is what is the total cost of a Palki per passenger, from Katra to Bhairon temple and back, at the current date? And, the last question is: Since we reach Katra from the airport late in the evening then, if the Yatri Parchi is taken the previous night for the early next morning yatra, is it counted as valid, or are these given if we ask? Do kindly oblige.
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0 # 2012-09-16 22:33
I want to visit vaishnodevi in SECOUND week november with kids. suggest me about clothes.PLEASE HOW TO BOOKING CHEAP RATE GUEST HOUSE IN KATRA.
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0 # 2012-09-18 10:50
i want to visit Vaishnodevi after 15.11.2012 from panipat -haryana and also local area of let me know accom & transporation etc
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+4 # 2012-11-01 11:49
I am planning to visit Mata Vaisnavdevi on 24th February along with my wife and one child. Kindly guide us. I will get down at Jammu at nearly on 24.02.2013. How many days it require to stay at jammu for the darshan.
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0 # 2012-12-14 12:45
i want to visit vaishnodevi in 24th december 2012 with my wife please suggest me about the travel facility from jammu station.

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-1 # SUBHASH KAMBLE 2013-03-13 00:20
we are looking for best group hotel to stay for 2 days,for group of 10 people all gents,dt 6th and 7th Oct 2013,pl sugest
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0 # Neeraj 2013-04-14 15:14
Hello, my parents are planning to go to mata vaisno devi. Would you kindly let me know if there is any air transportation service available at Katra. Since they are old they want to reach by air and have darshan on foot.
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+1 # Shanker Malhotra 2013-05-18 22:14
I wish to visit maa vashno shrine on 10/06/13 pl.advise how to
Take helicopter service,points and to obtain parchi
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0 # vijay yadav 2013-08-26 17:59
I want to visit vaishno Devi temple frm 12 sep 13 pls suggest me some cheap n. Good guest house where I can stay with my family n u can send me contact nos also
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0 # AMARENDER KUMAR 2014-02-04 06:59
mai 5april ko room boking kar na chata hu plese call 8227965130 , 9162148818
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0 # KAMAL SARAOGI 2014-05-18 10:48
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0 # mohit 2014-07-31 12:45
Please suggest how to booking cheap rate guest house in katra.
We are 6 adults. Visit second week of August.
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-1 # Anirudh Rastogi 2014-11-14 18:20
We are reaching KATRA at 5.30 am by train , please advise which day we book morning date or from past date.
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0 # chandresh patel 2014-11-26 07:32
I want to visit maa vaishnav devi on 21st December 2014 with my family.
plz guide me
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-1 # tpraghuraman 2015-01-20 04:56
How and where i will get an helicopter for reaching vaishnow devi temple from katra
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-1 # Umapathy 2015-01-22 10:22

I am planning to visit coming 23rd march 2015 along with family ( 2 adult, 2 children ) kindly tell about accommodation, food, travelling time from katra required normal accommodation.

k R Umapathy
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