Vaishno Devi Temple Full Guide - Location, Timing, Ticket Price

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Vaishno Devi Temple is the most prominent temple in India. It is located in the Katra district of Jammu state. Every year lakhs of devotees come here to visit Mata Vaishno Devi. Vaishno Devi Temple is considered the first choice of Indian travellers.

If you also want to visit Mata Vaishno Devi Temple, then you have to keep some things in mind. Like how to reach Vaishno Devi Temple? What are the places to visit here? How much should the hotel and food cost? You will get all information about Vaishno Devi Temple here.

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Vaishno Devi Temple Full Guide - Location, Timing, Ticket Price
Vaishno Devi Temple Full Guide

Vaishno Devi Temple - Full Guide

To visit Mata Vaishno Devi, you have to first reach the Katra railway station or Katra bus stop. You will find many cheap hotels near the railway station. You will get a list of cheap hotels below. You rest in the hotel, put your luggage in your room and then start your journey.

It must be kept in mind that it is mandatory for you to have a certificate of the Covid vaccination. Also, the mask is mandatory. Violation of any kind of covid protocol can interrupt your journey. Before starting the journey, you will have to take a travel slip. You can also create travel slips online. Or if you want, you can also get it from the Katra railway station.

To start your journey to Vaishno Devi Temple, you must first reach Banganga. This is where the journey of Mata Vaishno Devi begins. You will be able to start the onward journey by showing the ticket at Banganga. Vaishno Devi Temple is 10.9 km away from Banganga. It takes around 12 hours to reach Vaishno Devi Temple from Banganga. Taking a bath in Banganga, the journey of Mata Vaishno Devi is considered holy.

Vaishno Devi Temple Trek Full Guide
Vaishno Devi Temple Trek Full Guide

If you want, you can even complete it in a day. Or you can also take a rest in the middle of the way. You can also take a stick from the market to make your journey easier. This stick will help you in mountain climbing. You can also take Lal Chunri to tie it on your head. And you can start your journey by cheering the Mata Vaishno Devi.

You'll also see some shortcuts with lots of stairs along the way. Via these shortcuts, you can reach Mata's temple early. You will get many markets on the way. In this, you will get hotels, restaurants, gift shops, medical clinics, massage parlours, and some phone booths. You also will see some temples.

In Katra, you will see police stations everywhere which are always stationed to help you. If you face any problem then you can call on Katra's helpline number 01991-232329, 9797477777. If you face any problem near Bhavan then you can call on the Bhavan helpline number 01991-282223.

Vaishno Devi Temple via Tarakote (New and Short Way)

A new road has been built to reach the Vaishno Devi temple. Which starts from Tarakote. If you want to avoid the crowd, then you can use this route. But from here you have to go to the main Bhavan by trekking. Because there are no any transports available here. Also, Very few shops are available on this road. The distance between Tarakote to Bhavan is 7 km.

Charan Paduka Temple

You will get to see the first temple, Charan Paduka Temple, 3 km from the start of the journey. This is a very popular temple. In this temple, you will see the slippers of Mata Vaishno Devi. This sandal is several million years old. There is always a crowd waiting to see it.

Adhkuwari Temple

Adhkuwari is at a distance of 7 km from Banganga. In Adhkunwari, you will see another temple. You can also stop here and take some rest. An announcement system is also available in Adhkunwari. If you are lost or someone else, then you can start the announcement from here. With this, you can also book a room here with some blankets. From Adhkuwari to Bhawan is 5 km of distance.

Adhkuwari Vaishno Devi Temple Full Guide
Adhkuwari - Vaishno Devi Temple Full Guide (Source)

It is said that Mata Vaishno Devi did penance here for nine months. That is why it is also called the Garbhgurah (sanctum sanctorum). There is a temple here which is known as Adhkuwari. You will also have to take another travel slip to visit this temple. You will get this travel slip at the counter near the temple.

If you are tired of walking, then you can also reach the Bhavan by battery car from here. And in return, you can also come back from the Bhavan to here. The battery car fare is mentioned below.

Vaishno Devi Temple Battery Car Fare List

Adhkuwari to Bhavan₹356
Bhavan to Adhkuwari₹236

Bhawan | Inside Vaishno Devi temple

As soon as you reach the main Bhawan, you will have to get all your belongings deposited in a locker. You cannot take mobiles, cameras, leather belts, shoes and slippers inside the Bhawan. You will be given a personal locker which is absolutely free of cost. 

Inside-Mata-Vaishno-Devi temple
Inside - Maa Vaishno Devi Temple Full Guide - (Source)

After a long queue, you will reach a cave. Where in the last you will see three stone-shaped bodies of Mata Vaishno Devi Ji. The first Pind is of Mata Saraswati. The second body is of Mata Laxmi. And the third body is of Mata Kali Devi.

The shops of bhaint Prasad will be found near the main Bhavan itself. You can also buy a bhaint prasad to visit the Mata Vaishno Devi. The price list of the bhaint prasad is given below. After darshan, you will come out of the cave through the same line. Then you can go for Bhairon Baba's darshan from here.

Vaishno Devi Bhaint Prasad Rate List 2022

Bhaint Prasad Small₹20
Bhaint Prasad Medium₹55
Bhaint Prasad Big₹70
Chunni Only₹130
HK Bracelets₹20

Bairava Baba Temple

After visiting the main Bhavan, visiting the Bhairon Baba temple is also considered necessary. Bhairon Baba's temple is at a distance of 2 km from the main Bhawan. If you want, you can also use the ropeway to reach Bhairon Baba's temple. The ropeway ticket price is 100 rupees include a return. And you can also use the horse. For which you will have to pay 350 rupees for one person.

Bhairon Baba Temple Timings

Morning7AM - 3:30PM
Evening7PM - 8:30PM

Katra Market | City Center

The market of Katra is very popular. Here you can buy clothes, jewellery, gifts, and utensils also. Dry fruits are very popular in Katra. From here you can buy good quality dry fruits. Along with this, you can also buy Prasad of Mata Vaishno Devi from here. You will also see many restaurants in the market, in which you can try many types of dishes.

Katra - Vaishno Devi Temple Full Guide
Katra - Vaishno Devi Temple Full Guide (Source)

Vaishno Devi Temple History

When the population of the ungodly was increasing on the earth. And religion was being destroyed. Then the three incarnations of Adishakti like Mata Laxmi, Mata Durga, and Mata Saraswati, together with revealed a woman.

This woman was born in Tretayuga to a Pandit Ratnakar in village Rameshwar, South India. Pandit named this daughter Vaishnavi. After the age of nine, Vaishnavi came to know that Lord Vishnu has also taken the incarnation of Rama at this Yuga. Then she accepted Rama as her husband and started doing penance to get him.

After Sita's abduction, when Ram reached Rameshwar in search of Sita, he saw this woman doing penance named Vishnu on the beach. Then Vaishnavi asked Rama to become her husband.

But Rama said that he had already married Sita. Then later he said that if he will take Kalki incarnation in Kali Yuga, then she can become my wife. After saying this, he ordered that till then you should do penance in the Trikuta mountain of the Himalayas. And do welfare to the people of the earth.

Then Vaishnavi is still doing penance on the Trikuta mountain of Jammu, waiting for the Kalki of Kaliyuga. Which is known today as three stone-shaped bodies in the cave of Mata Vaishno Devi. Which is in the main Bhavan.

Vaishno Devi Temple Ticket Price 2022

You can visit any of the prepaid counters en route for the services of Ghoda, Pithu, or Palki. The main prepaid counter is located near Chetak Bhawan in Katra. You can buy tickets from prepaid counters by paying first. The prepaid counter for Pithu and Palki is located in Parvati Bhawan. And the prepaid counter for Pony is located near Gauri Bhawan on Bhairon Marg.

Vaishno Devi Temple Palki Price List 2022

RoutePalki (-100kg)Palki (+100kg)
Katra (Chetak Bhawan) to Banganga₹250₹300
Katra (Chetak Bhawan) to Charanpaduka₹800₹1000
Katra (Chetak Bhawan) to Adhkuwari₹1750₹2200
Katra (Chetak Bhawan) to Sanjichhat₹2950₹3700
Katra (Chetak Bhawan) to Bhavan via Sanjichhat₹3700₹4650
Katra (Chetak Bhawan) to Bhavan via Himkoti₹3100₹3900
Banganga to Charanpaduka₹550₹700
Banganga to Adhkuwari₹1500₹1900
Banganga to Sanjichhat₹2700₹3400
Banganga to Bhavan via Sanjichhat₹3450₹4300
Banganga to Bhavan via Himkoti₹2850₹3600
Charanpaduka to Adhkuwari₹1000₹1250
Charanpaduka to Sanjichhat₹2150₹2700
Charanpaduka to Bhavan via Sanjichhat₹2900₹3650
Charanpaduka to Bhavan via Himkoti₹2300₹2900
Adhkuwari to Sanjichhat₹1200₹1500
Adhkuwari to Bhavan via Sanjichhat₹2000₹2500
Adhkuwari to Bhavan via Himkoti₹1400₹1750
Sanjichhat to Bhavan₹1500₹1900
Bhavan to Bhairon₹1000₹1250
Bhavan to Sanjichhat₹1800₹2250
Bhavan to Adhkuwari via Bhairon₹2700₹3400
Bhavan to Charanpaduka via Bhairon₹3700₹4600
Bhavan to Banganga via Bhairon₹4600₹5750
Bhavan to Katra (Chetak Bhawan) via Bhairon₹4850₹6050
Bhairon to Sanjichhat₹1000₹1250
Bhairon to Adhkuwari₹1900₹2400
Bhairon to Charanpaduka₹2800₹3500
Bhairon to Banganga₹3700₹4600
Bhairon to Katra (Chetak Bhawan)₹3950₹4950

Vaishno Devi Temple Pithu, Pony, Horse, and Mule Price List 2022

You can also use Pithu, Pony, Horse, and Mule to reach the main Bhavan of Mata Vaishno Devi Temple. If you will use Pony, Horse, and Mule then you can carry one child with you. But make sure the child's age should be less than 6 years.

(adult+child upto 6 years)
Katra (Chetak Bhawan) to Banganga₹50₹100+₹10
Katra (Chetak Bhawan) to Charanpaduka₹150₹300+₹30
Katra (Chetak Bhawan) to Adhkuwari₹300₹600+₹100
Katra (Chetak Bhawan) to Sanjichhat₹500₹1000+₹200
Katra (Chetak Bhawan) to Bhavan via Sanjichhat₹600₹1200+₹200
Katra (Chetak Bhawan) to Bhavan via Himkoti₹500NA
Banganga to Charanpaduka₹100₹200+₹20
Banganga to Adhkuwari₹250₹500+₹100
Banganga to Sanjichhat₹450₹900+₹200
Banganga to Bhavan via Sanjichhat₹550₹1100+₹200
Banganga to Bhavan via Himkoti₹450NA
Charanpaduka to Adhkuwari₹150₹300+₹100
Charanpaduka to Sanjichhat₹350₹700+₹200
Charanpaduka to Bhavan via Sanjichhat₹450₹900+₹200
Charanpaduka to Bhavan via Himkoti₹350NA
Adhkuwari to Sanjichhat₹200₹400+₹100
Adhkuwari to Bhavan via Sanjichhat₹300₹600+₹100
Adhkuwari to Bhavan via Himkoti₹200NA
Sanjichhat to Bhavan₹200₹350+₹50
Bhavan to Bhairon₹200₹350+₹50
Bhavan to Sanjichhat₹350₹600+₹100
Bhavan to Adhkuwari via Bhairon₹500₹1000+₹200
Bhavan to Charanpaduka via Bhairon₹700₹1300+₹200
Bhavan to Banganga via Bhairon₹800₹1500+₹200
Bhavan to Katra (Chetak Bhawan) via Bhairon₹850₹1600+₹200
Bhairon to Sanjichhat₹150₹250+₹100
Bhairon to Adhkuwari₹350₹650+₹200
Bhairon to Charanpaduka₹450₹950+₹200
Bhairon to Banganga₹600₹1150+₹200
Bhairon to Katra (Chetak Bhawan)₹650₹1250+₹200

Visit Vaishno Devi By Helicopter

If you do not want to do 12 hours of exhausting climb, then you can also directly reach the main Bhavan by helicopter. By helicopter, you will reach from Katra to Sanjichhat. Which is the nearest helipad to the Bhavan.

Sanjichhat is 9.5 km away from Katra, which is situated at an altitude of 6080 feet. It will take you to your destination in only 5 minutes. Then after a 2.5 km rest of the journey from Sanjichhat, you will reach the Bhavan directly. The helicopter fare is 1800 rupees per person for one side. You can book your slot online.

How to Reach Vaishno Devi Temple?

  • Nearest Bus Stop: Katra is the nearest bus stop to Vaishno Devi Temple. It is just 1.7 km of distance.
  • Nearest Railway Station: Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Katra is the nearest railway station to Vaishno Devi Temple. It is just 18.3 km of distance.
  • Nearest Airport: Jammu Airport is the nearest airport to Vaishno Devi Temple. It is just 50 km of distance.

If you want to come to Vaishno Devi Temple from Delhi, then you can reach directly to Katra Bus Stand via bus from Kashmere Gate, Delhi.

How Does it Cost to Visit Vaishno Devi Temple?

Vaishno Devi Temple is one of the cheapest places. Here you can also get a hotel for 500 rupees. Vaishno Devi Yatra for a couple will cost around 2000 rupees only. This includes your hotel and food and drink. If you use any transportation to reach the Bhavan, then your expenses will increase.

Best Time to Visit Vaishno Devi Temple

You can visit Vaishno Devi Temple anytime. It never closes. But the best time to visit Vaishno Devi Temple is from the month of October to March. You can also get the fun of snowfall here in January. Landslides keep happening here during the rainy season. So don't come during the rainy season.

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Q. Why Vaishno Devi temple is famous?

Vaishno Devi temple is so popular because of its history. When you'll see in the main Bhavan three stoned shaped bodies of Mata Vaishno Devi. Actually, That is Mata Vaishno Devi and she is doing penance in waiting of Kalki.

Q. Who built Mata Vaishno Devi Temple?

Earlier it was just a cave. Then in 1846, Maharaja Gulab Singh discovered this cave and got this temple constructed by donating five lakh rupees.

Q. Where is the Vaishno Devi temple in India?

Vaishno Devi temple is located in Katra district in Jammu, India. The pin code of this location is 182301. The temple is located between the mountains of the Himalayas.

Q. Which time is best for Vaishno Devi?

The Winter season is the best to visit the Vaishno Devi temple. From the month of October to March is the best month to roam here.

Q. In the current time, Who is the Pandit in Vaishno Devi?

Pandit Shridhar and his descendants have been looking after and worshipping this temple since the 10th century. In the 10th century, Pandit Sridhar lived in the village Hansali of Trikuta mountain. And even today his descendants are staying here and looking after the Vaishno Devi temple.