How to Plan Your Mata Vaishno Devi Trip With Friends in 2022

For a change, set out on a religious trip with friends this time.

Blog Home | Surbhi Mishra | 25-06-2022

Travel is better with friends, and the good ones are always ready to go wherever the itinerary directs. Although the most common journey plan with friends is either adventurous or into the unknown, one should also try delving into the spirits of spirituality. Religious tourism is an ancient practice of walking miles and miles to arrive at the abode of the Supreme deity, the one who is said to eradicate all worldly problems.

Though trekking is a hype of modern-day travel adventures, it has been in existence as old as these famous religious sites such as Mata Vaishno Devi in Trikuta Hills. The belief & faith in Mata Vaishno Devi is so strong and steady, firm and fixed that one stops acting their age. And that’s why you see so many older people trailing these arduous journeys on land to scale the hill at 2470 feet above sea level. 

If they can, what’s stopping you from going on a Vaishno Devi trip with friends. For a change, set out on a religious trip. After all, a trip with friends is always ready on the cards. Here is how.

Mata Vaishno Devi Dham

Mata Vaishno Devi resides on the Trikuta hills, lying 13 km uphill from the base camp of Katra. Katra is located approx 46 km from Jammu.

The Holy Bhawan is where Mata manifested her energy with three Holy Pindies (made of natural rock formation). Each Pindie differs in colour and structure and refers to Tridevi, also known as Maa Lakshmi, Maa Kali and Maa Saraswati.

Legend has it that the Holy Cave is where the fight between Mata Vaishno Devi and Bhairon Nath ensued, and she decapitated his head in anger. In his dying moments, Bhairon Nath prayed for Mata’s forgiveness. A temple stands where the head of Bhairon Nath fell. Mata forgave him and made visiting his temple mandatory for devotees after her Holy Cave Darshan.  

A Mata Vaishno Devi Trip Guide

Know the procedure to follow before arriving at Bhawan.

  1. Get a Yatra Slip from the Registration counter. Without the Slip, no one is allowed to cross the first check post point, that is Ban Ganga.
  2. You can avail yourself of free and rented accommodation facilities at the enquiry and Registration desk. Yatris can stay at Ardhkuwari/Main Bhawan and Sanjichhat.
  3. You can book your room at the Shrine Board Guest House in advance during peak season. 
  4. Booking can be done offline as well as online.
  5. No Gadgets, Electronic Devices are allowed en route. 
  6. Avoid carrying extra luggage, jewellery, and valuables.

How to Reach Mata Vaishno Devi Temple

So the plan has been set, the procedure charted out, and now you need to know how to reach Mata’s temple.

By Air

Jammu Airport is well-connected with the major cities of India. Regular cabs/taxis run from Airport to Katra.

By Road

The best travel plan is through your own vehicle. However, even if you don’t have one, you can hire many Standard/Deluxe buses connecting directly to Katra. Avail the bus facility of State Road Transport Corporations or private operators.

By Rail 

Arrive at Mata Vaishno Devi Katra Railway Station. The name is enough to tell it is the nearest station to reach the temple.

Read more: 9 Things to Know Before Visiting Vaishno Devi Temple

Places to Visit during Your Yatra

Mata Vaishno Devi Temple is the main tourist attraction point. However, there are other religiously significant places you will come across while on your journey to reach the temple. They are Ban Ganga, Ardhkuwari Temple, Bhairon Nath Temple, Charan Paduka, 

More sightseeing places near Vaishno Devi Temple are Bahu Fort, PatniTop, Nau Devi Temple, Shiv Khori, Mansar Lake, Baba Dhansar, Raghunath Temple, etc.

So, be ready to trek, explore more fascinating places and try adventurous activities such as River Rafting!

Vaishno Devi Ideal Time to Visit

Although open year-round, the best time to visit Mata Vaishno Devi Temple is from March to October. The festival Navratri falls under these months (March-April/September-October) and is thronged with thousands of devotees. If you want to visit during a relaxing time, not when it is overcrowded, consider travelling between May and August.

About the author

Surbhi Mishra
A travel lover and moody chef, Surbhi loves to read & write and doodle in her free time. For her, being able to write is a blessing, and to keep at it—a work-in-progress. When not working, you can find her swimming her worries away, dancing to the beats, or filling up her bucket list to tick them off.