Vaishno Devi Yatra from Katra to Mata Vaishno Devi Mandir is one of the maximum famous pilgrimages withinside the world. The place to begin of the 13km yatra is Banganga, 1.five-2 km from Katra most important city. It concludes on the Holy Cave (additionally referred to as Bhawan) with the darshan of Maa Vaishno Devi withinside the shape of 3 clearly shaped rocks which can be referred to as pindies. These pindies happen the 3 varieties of the goddess as Maha Kali, Maha Saraswati and Maha Lakshmi.

The trek to Vaishno Devi from Katra may be undertaken on a pony, pithoo (coolies), palki (palanquin), or foot. Helicopter carrier and ropeway additionally function regularly.

Vaishno Devi from Katra

  • Katra – Banganga – Charan Paduka – Ardhkuwari – Himkoti – Sanjichhat – Bhawan – Bhairon Ghati (thru Bhawan)
  • Katra to Ardhkuwari (midpoint of the yatra)

These are routes to Ardhkuwari

  • Old direction: five.five km
    This has Charan Paduka temple enroute. Also, has Geeta Mandir bathing ghat
  • New Route: 7.five km
    This is lots wider and simpler to navigate. It is higher to return back down as it’s miles steeper.

Ardhkuwari to Vaishno Devi, Bhawan

There are routes to Bhawan:

  • One is a 6.five km steep uphill direction
  • Another one is shorter (five.five km). This is much less steep
  • Battery operated vehicles additionally ply in this direction

Maa Vaishno Devi at Vaishno Devi Mandir, Bhavan

Palki, Pony & Pithoo Cost

  • Pony from Banganga to Bhawan: INR 1250 one aspect/pp
  • Palki: INR 3150 one aspect/pp
  • Pitthoo: INR 540 one aspect/pp
  • Verify the modern-day fees from the signboards at the direction or Assistance Counters at Katra or Banganga.

Vaishno Devi Yatra through Helicopter

Vaishno Devi Helicopter helipad at Sanji Chhat.Helicopter for Vaishno Devi yatra is to be had from Katra to Sanjhichhat. The Katra helipad is at Udhampur Road, 2km from Bus Stand Katra. From the Sanjichhat helipad, it takes a 30-minute hike to attain the Vaishno Devi Bhawan, that is round 2.5km. Ponies, Palkis and Porter offerings also are to be had to attain the Bhawan from Sanjhichatt. The helicopter facility is made to be had thru the Vaishno Devi Shrine Board reputable internet site in addition to personal companies.

Helicopter Timings:

  • Helicopter offerings begin at 08:30 AM, and it takes 08 mins to attain Sanjichhat from Katra. The carrier stays lively until about 07:00 PM with helicopters starting up approximately each 20 mins or so from Katra in addition to Sanjichhat.
  • Helicopter Tickets: One manner fare from Katra to Sanjhichhat or vice versa is priced at INR 1730 in keeping with person.
  • Two-manner price price tag for Katra to Sanjhichhat is INR 3460 in keeping with person.
  • Children under 2 years of age are carried freed from value and have to tour withinside the lap of an adult.

Vaishno Devi Ropeway

  • Ropeway carrier is to be had from Vaishno Devi Mandir (Bhawan) to Bhairo Temple. The panoramic aerial view of Bhairo Valley from the ropeway is stunning. The Vaishno Devi Mandir is three hundred metres farfar from the drop point.
  • Ropeway Ticket Price: INR one hundred in keeping with person
  • Ropeway Timings: 8:00 AM – five:00 PM
  • Ticket Booking: Tickets are to be had instantaneous at Bhawan

Vaishno Devi Yatra Registration

  • Registration for Vaishno Devi Yatra is obligatory earlier than task the yatra.
    Registration may be performed both on-line or from the Yatri Registration counter (YRC) close to the Bus Stand Katra through status in a queue.
  • Another Yatra Registration Counter is placed close to the second one bus stand. Called YRC-II, it’s miles one km farfar from the principle counter on Udhampur road.
  • Try to make a previous reserving on-line.
  • Every Yatri is issued a Yatra Access card (Yatra slip/Parchi) upon registration.
  • Once registered on the counter, all yatris are robotically insured for any unintentional casualty at the Vaishno Devi Yatra direction. It is a loose coverage, legitimate handiest withinside the case of unintentional deaths. The quantity of coverage is INR 3,00,000 for majors and INR 1,00,000 for minors.

Vaishno Devi Yatra Parchi

  • The yatra get right of entry to card or yatra parchi is issued to each yatri on registering for Vaishno Devi Yatra. It is documentary permission for the yatri to continue on the adventure to Maa Vaishno Devi Temple.
  • The yatra parchi is legitimate for six hours from the issue. Make positive to go the primary take a look at publish located at Banganga (1.5km farfar from the YRC-I) inside 6 hours. Otherwise, the yatra slip is confiscated on the take a look at publish, and a brand new slip is needed to be issued.
  • The most important function of Yatra Parchi is on the Bhawan. The slip is rechecked on the Yatra Slip Counter placed at the left-hand aspect right now after the baggage take a look at publish. Each yatri is allotted a set quantity which determines the collection of darshan and the ready time.
  • After taking a tubtub on the Bathing Ghat, attain Gate No.1. Upon statement or show of the organization quantity at the show board, you’re allowed in the queue.


  • There is a shrine board Yatri Niwas close to the bus prevent referred to as Niharika Yatri Niwas and Shakti Bhawan. It is good for a brief live of some hours with a/c and non-a/c rooms. Dorm mattress begins offevolved from as little as INR one hundred.
  • Basic loose lodging offerings are to be had at Niharika Complex and close to Yatra Parchi counter II (YRC-II). Blankets also are furnished freed from value.
  • Ardhkuwari live reserving may be made for INR seven hundred in keeping with night. Slip to be taken from on-line internet site or Katra.
  • To avail rented lodging at Katra, Ardhkuwari, Sanjichhat and Bhawan, room reservation needs to be made on the Enquiry and Reservation Counter at Niharika Complex placed close to the Katra Bus Stand.


  • Massage chairs to be had at the complete direction. Cost round INR 50 for 15 mins.
  • Toilets to be had on each three hundred-four hundred mts.
  • Government Bhojanalaya at Ardhkuwari and different ingesting locations function 24*7 alongside the yatra direction.
  • There are bottle recycling machines at the complete yatra direction to discard your waste.
  • Sufficient parking areas are to be had in and round Katra. The Shrine Board additionally affords parking centers in its numerous complexes.
  • Shelter sheds are placed nearly each 500metre alongside the yatra direction.
  • Multiple loose resting locations are to be had on the Bhawan complicated for devotees anticipating their flip for Vaishno Devi darshan.
  • 24-hour records counters are placed at numerous locations. These additionally function statement cubicles for lacking kids or own circle of relatives members.

Safe for You

  • Put your property like phone, purse, digital digicam withinside the locker room or to your Dharamshala wherein you’re staying.
  • Shrine board store close to Bhawan is excellent to shop for prasad.
  • Carry heavy woollens for iciness and mild woollens for the relaxation of the year
  • Hire a pithoo handiest with a legitimate registration card.
  • Visit Bhairon Temple handiest after darshan of Maa Vaishno Devi on the holy cave.