Vaishno Devi Guide
Prices may be changed as these are old rates
The large number of Pilgrims thronging Jammu, the city of temples to reach the Holy cave of Mata Vaishno Davi Ji in Trikuta hills near Katra may face problems of varied nature during yatra. To come out of such difficulties, we are providing a small but useful Yatri Guide for them.
Nearest Railway Station: Jammu
Nearest Airport: Jammu
Distance of Katra from Jammu: 45 Kms.
For immediate assistance, the Yatris should contact the information centres of both Tourism Department and SMVD Shrine Board at Railway Station Jammu.
The buses and special Taxis are readily available for Katra from here.
Fares of taxis from Railway station and Airport Jammu to Katra
Taxi Stand Telephone: (0191- 2476485)
There is also available the Deccan Aviation’s Helicopter service from Katra to Bhawan
1) Tourist Reception Centre, Vir Marg, Jammu (J&K Tourism) (0191-2579559) 2) Vaishno Dham Railway Station (SMVD) (0191- 24) 3) Sarswati Dham Railway Station (SMVD) ►In additions to this, there are number of hotels, lodges and Dharamshalas in Jammu for all economy class yatries.
IMPORTANT PHONES AT JAMMU (STD CODE: 0191)
1. Tourist Banglow, Near Shalamar Garden.
2. Tourist Retiring Centre, Bus Stand.
3.Niharika Yatri Niwas.
Also there are number of hotels, guest houses, lodges and dharamsalas for all economy class yatries.
For Accommodation at Bhawan provides by SMVD Shrine Board
Contact: 01991-232025, 232238, 232367
Impotant phone numbers at Katra, (STD code of Katra is 01991)
From Katra to Bhawan the distance with altitude is in ft. above sea level.
A good stretch of this length is prone to land slides and shooting stones.
The yatries while proceeding towards the Mata Shrine are advised to get them registered and obtain a yatri-slip from the Registration counter,at Niharika, near Bus-Stand, Katra without which they will not be allowed to go beyond Baan Ganga.At Baan Ganga, there is almost around the clock Langar (Where food is served free of cost) run by the Producers of T-series Cassettes.
Palki, Pithu and Ponies can be hired from Katra to Bhawan. For this, you have to contact their main offices, just opposite to Naib Tehsildar office Katra. Thse can be booked at Darshani Darwaza also.
Rates of Palki
depending upon the weight of yatri.
1.From Katra to Bhawan and Back to Katra
2. From Katra to Bhawan and Back to Katra via Bhairo
Rates of Pithoo
1. From Katra to Bhawan and Back to Katra
20kg luggage or child from 3 to 9 years: Rs 250/-
2. Katra to Bhawan
20 kg luggage or child from 3 to 9 years: Rs. 125/-
3. Bhawan to Katra Via Bhairo
20 kg luggage or child from 3 to 9 years: Rs. 150/-
1. While paying at the counter, the yatri should get the receipt of the said amount and the name and Registration No. of the Palki-wala. Pithu or Pony-wala.
2. Entry gate no. 3 at Bhawan for Darshan is exclusively meant for army and other security personel.
3. While enroute to Mata's Shrine suppose a Yatri wants to hire a Pony, Pitho or Palki mid-way, they are liable to demand the same rate as mentioned above irrespective of the distance to be covered.
From Baan Ganga upto Hathi Matha, the distance can be walked using eithe a smooth but lengthy track or a short-cut of steep steps. The yatris are advised not to use the steps while returning to avoid unnecessary fatigue. A new track has been made from Adh-Kumari to Bhawan.
Thoughout the route from Baan Ganga to Mata's Shrine, The Shrine Board has provided Facilities such as drinking water, shelterd resting places and toilets @ minimum charges of 25 paisa. One also can relish good food, soft drinks, tea, coffee, fruit juices etc. on different stalls enroute Bhawan.
Apart from rented accommodation, there are number of free Dharamshalas at Sanjichat and Bhawan. One can also use the blankets free of cost at these places. Clock-rooms are also available at Adh-Kumari and Bhawan, Medical facilities are provided free of cost.
Rates mentioned above are subjected to change.
SOME RELIGIOUS PLACES IN JAMMU
Raghunath Temple: It is located in the heart of the city and the main market is named after the temple complex. The complex consists of 17 templex complexes. However it is named after the main temple of Lord Rama, Sita Mata and Lakshman. There is hardly any image of deity which is not represented in temple complex.
Ranbirashwar Temple: It is the biggest Shiva temple in north India. This Temple has the biggest Lingam of 7ft. in black stone. There are 1.25 lakh small Lingams in two halls. There are huge images of Ganesha, Kartikya and a Bull in the verandah. On every Shivratri, a big mela is held at this temple.
Purmandal: It is about 40 kms from Jammu city. Purmandal is called as little Kashi. It is Located at the back of holey river Devika which is considered as holy and scared as Gangas. A large number of people visit the shrine on Shivratari and Chaitra Choudeshi.
Chichi Mata: It is near Samba twon and is being developed as a historic temple. It is also known as Pehla Darshan of Mata Vaishnoo Devi.
Shiv Khori: It is wonderful natural cave in the hillock in Reasi tehsil which contains a self made image of Lord Shiva. Exploration of its full length may bring starting facts like those present in the Luray caverns in Washington. On every Shivratri, a big fair is held here.
Bawey Wali Mata: Just 4 km from Bikram Chowk, there is an ancent temple of Kali Mata. The temple is inside the Fort called Bahu Fort on the name of its king, Raja Bahu Lochan, son of Jambu Lochan the founder of Jammu city. Pilgrims throng this temple everyday, but the rush on Tuesdays and Sundays is remarkable.
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