Mata Vaishno Devi Helicopter Service

Ways to Visit Mata Vaishno Devi

The Holy Shrine of Mata Vaishno Devi can be reached in a number of ways. In order to proceed towards the Shrine one has to reach Jammu, and then Katra which is a small town located around 50 kms from Jammu. Katra is best described as the base camp for the yatra. This town is well linked to Jammu and Jammu can be reached through the country by Air, Rail and Road. Indian Airlines and jet airways operate flights on daily basis to Jammu. Jammu can be reached by a number of special and regular trains. If one plans to visit Jammu by road- National Highway No.1A passes through Jammu towards Srinagar. There are a number of standard and deluxe buses available for ease of commuting.

Mata How To Plan Mata Vaisno Devi Darshan

  • Before proceeding for the trek, obtain a Yatra slip from Yatra Registration Counter, near bus stand KatraThe slip is issued free of cost. . No one is allowed to proceed beyond Banganga check post without obtaining the Yatra slip.

  • Kindly confirm the rates of the Porters, Ponies and Palanquins before hiring them and ensure that they carry a valid registration card. Note down their numbers before entrusting them with your valuables. Please do not pay more than the approved rates.

  • Travel light. Please leave all unnecessary clothes and luggage at Katra itself. Food, drink and blankets are freely available. There is no need to carry these items along.

  • Please uphold the sanctity of the pilgrimage and avoid loud dresses, vulgar language or offensive talk or gestures. The yatra is a journey of faith. Please do not treat it as a picnic or a vacation outing.

  • Respect the sentiments of co-pilgrims.

  • Please avoid resting near landslide prone areas.

  • Refrain from smoking, chewing tobacco and betel leaves, spitting, spreading litter, playing cards etc. Consumption of liquor, intoxicants and non vegetarian food is strictly prohibited.

  • Avoid carrying too much cash, jewelry and valuables. Take proper care whatever you carry and beware of pickpockets and petty thieves.

  • Don't trust strangers with belongings. Deposit all excess baggage in the cloak rooms.

  • Yatries with any kind of medical problems are strongly advised against using the stairs.

  • Proceed for Darshans only when the Group number is announced and avoid crowding for Darshans at Gate No.1. Abide by the procedure and wait for the turn of Darshans. Do not attempt to jump the queue.

  • Don't use soaps, shampoos, oils etc. at the bathing Ghats.

  • Kanya Poojan is strictly prohibited.

  • Darshans at Bhairon temple are done only after Darshans at the Holy Cave.

  • Deposit donations in the donation boxes kept at various locations or at the computerized donation counters against a proper receipt. No individual is authorized to accept any donation on behalf of the Board.