There are many religious places in India and every year lakhs of pilgrims visit temples. The most special is considered to be the temple of Mata Vaishno Devi situated between the mountains and the clouds. The journey to Vaishno Devi Temple is considered one of the toughest pilgrimages. Vaishno Devi Temple is located in a cave on the Trikuta mountain in Jammu and Kashmir, where one has to climb 13 kilometers to reach. What makes the arduous journey a little easier is the beautiful scenery here, which attracts people towards it.
1.Best Time To Visit
Summer is the best time to visit Mata’s temple. The weather in the mountains is best during summer. At the same time, while traveling in monsoon and winter, you should keep in mind that there is a possibility of changing weather conditions. At the same time, there is a lot of crowd here on New Year’s Eve, Navratri and summer holidays, due to which one has to wait for a long time for darshan.
2. Clothes according to the season
Depending on the time of your visit here, you should keep clothes in your bag. If you are visiting in winter, carry gloves, scarves, and woolen clothes to keep yourself warm. Wear comfortable shoes even if you are not planning to trek.
It is very important for you to take care of your registration for travel. Registration takes place before starting the journey in Katra. You do not need to pay for this. From here you will get the registration slip. After the issue of this slip, you will have to cross the first checkpost within 6 hours.
4. Travel by Trek
If you have the option to take a trek then you can choose it. This temple is situated at an altitude of 5200 feet. So you should be prepared for a long walk. The track is good. If you do not want to opt for the track, you also have the option of climbing the steep stairs. This will give you a wonderful opportunity to witness the view of the rising sun from the midst of the mountain peaks.
5.Special facility for seniors
If you don’t want to walk or are traveling with senior citizens, you also have the option of taking a pony ride. You can travel on Pony ride by paying as per fixed rate. However, battery operated autos are also available during day time.
6. Journey by helicopter
You also have the option of choosing a helicopter service. It is available from Katra to Sanjichhat Helipad. You need to book in advance to opt for the helicopter. Because there is a long line for this service.
7. Must visit this temple
The cave of Ardhkuwari temple is a must visit in the middle of Vaishno Devi journey. The journey of Maa Vaishno Devi is considered incomplete without visiting this temple.
Sanjichhat is a beautiful place situated at a distance of 3.25 km from Ardhkuwari. From here one can enjoy a beautiful view of the valley and the snow-capped Himalayan peaks.
9. Food and drink arrangements
There is no need to worry about food and drink during the journey. There are a lot of eateries and refreshment centers along the way, where you will find delicious food.
10. Accommodation Arrangement
Once you reach the main campus, you can easily get free and rented accommodation. There are vegetarian restaurants, a medical center, blanket stores, cloakrooms, and shops selling religious items there.