5 Tourists Spots Near Mata Vaishno Devi That You Should Explore

Complete your trip by exploring these top places near the Holy Shrine.

Blog Home | Surbhi Mishra | 18-10-2022

Mata Vaishno Devi is the manifestation of three goddesses – Mahakali, Mahalaxmi and Mahasaraswati. Considered one of the most auspicious pilgrimage sites for pilgrims, millions of worshippers worldwide visit this holy shrine every year. 

To reach Mata Vaishno Devi, you must embark on a 13-km trek from Katra. The nearest airport from Katra is situated in Jammu. Upon reaching Jammu, you can then have a plethora of transport facilities available to travel to Katra, depending on your budget and discretion. 

Once you have completed your pilgrimage, you can visit the various tourist spots surrounding Mata Vaishno Devi. In case you are planning a trip to Mata Vaishno Devi and are curious to know which places to add to your tour list, then stick to the end of the article as we share various tourist spots in Mata Vaishno Devi to make your tour more exciting.

1. Bhairavnath Temple

Bhairon Nath Temple ahead of Maa Vaishno Devi temple. Image: 

Legend has it that Mata Vaishno Devi killed Baba Bhairavnath on the very premise of the Bhairavnath Temple. 

During their final battle, Baba Bhairavnath asked for forgiveness, and as a result, Mata gave the boon that no pilgrimage to her shrine would be considered complete unless the devotee paid a visit to his temple. 

The Bhairavnath Temple offers panoramic views to enjoy. One can avail of the ropeway facilities available from Mata Vaishno Devi shrine to visit the temple and enjoy the tranquillity and serenity that the place offers its tourists.

2. Bagh-E-Bahu

Bagh-e-Bahu Fort lies 60 km south of Mata Vaishno Devi in Katra. Image: Shutterstock

One of the most visited historical locations near Vaishno Devi shrine, Bagh-E-Bahu forts display captivating light and sound performances to enthral their visitors. 

Did you know the largest underwater aquarium in India is located in this place? 

The place’s splendour makes it an ideal tourist place in the tour itinerary. 

3. Jammu

Bookmark the city of Jammu to visit on your Mata Vaishno Devi trip. Image: TripAdvisor

If you are visiting Mata Vaishno Devi, you must include exploring Jammu city on your tour list. The City of temples outshines the expectations of the tourists and amazes them with its scenic beauty, snow-capped mountains, exquisite monuments, and bountiful flora and fauna. 

Jammu is a popular tourist destination and receives thousands of tourist footfalls annually. You should definitely visit the popular Maha Kali Temple in Jammu to witness sheer grandeur and architectural excellence.

4. Patnitop

Patnitop is a mesmerizing hill station located 6640 feet above sea level. Image: kumar chandugade/Unsplash

Called the photographers’ paradise, Patnitop is a mesmerizing hill station located 6640 feet above sea level. 

Roads lined with cedar and pine trees, the scenic beauty of Patnitop is considered a treat for tired souls. You can relax and enjoy your time basking in the serendipity of the hill station or if you are an adrenaline junkie, then take part in the various adventure activities available in the hill station. 

Take part in activities like golfing, skiing, paragliding and trekking to feel the adrenaline coursing through your veins.

5. Sanasar Lake

Sanasar Lake is a sight to behold. Image: Tour My India

Sansar Lake is one of the most breathtaking spots you can visit on your Mata Vaishno Devi tour. Visitors have described Sansar Lake as resembling tiny Switzerland. 

Sparkling, clear blue water contrasting with mighty snow-capped mountains is a sight to behold. Paragliding and skiing opportunities are available, along with picnic spots. 

Stunning natural landscapes dotted with pine trees offer breathtaking views which can be enjoyed by one and all.

As you seek your blessings from Mata Vaishno Devi, hopefully, our list of top places to explore near the holy shrine will make your trip more complete. Katra is bestowed with the astounding beauty of Mother Nature, and exploring these hidden gems embarks you on an unforgettable journey of your lifetime. 

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.