Mata Vaishno Devi- New Delhi to Karta, Jammu

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Bhawan @ Vaishno Devi

On 23 November 2017 to 26 November 2017, I was officially out with my family and visit New Delhi to Jammu for the divine journey (Darshan of Mata Vaishno Devi). Here, I am sharing with you almost every single piece of information with you. I recommend reading this full article if you and your relatives are planning to go there.  

Day 1: November 23, 2017

We reached the New Delhi railway station at 4.30. I had been booked my railway reservation already in First AC Coach of Shri Shakti Express which was scheduled for departure at 5.30 PM from New Delhi Railway Station at platform number 7.

We traveled almost the whole night and reached the railway station of Katra at 5.30 AM in the morning.

Day 2: 24 November 2017

We were on Katra Railway Station at 5.30 AM and because of the winter season and to be a hill station the weather was too cold which was 5 Degree Celsius.

The railway station of Katra beautifully managed by IRCTC and looks like an airport and almost every facility including restaurant, lockers, and rooms available for devotee tourists.

We enjoyed a cup of tea with snacks on there.

We reached early in the morning which was the best and suitable time for trekking. Before the starting of your ride, you have to register your self with Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board.

Once you registered your self they will issue to you a traveling pass associated with your name.

After getting our traveling pass we started traveling. First, we booked a taxi from Katra, Railway Station to the tracking point Baan Ganga (बाणगंगा). Once you reached Baan Ganga, you have to pass with a security check.  The Shrine Board of Mata Vaishno Devi strictly prohibited smoking and travel with any weapon.
In the above image is of the security checkpoint in Baan Ganga and also the starting point of tracking to reach Mata Vaishno Devi.

From this point to cave to Mata Vaishno Devi temple the distance is almost 12 Kms and in the way, there are a lot of restaurants, photo studios, dry fruit shops for PRASAAD, and other stalls for ease of the devotees.

The maximum way management covered with iron sheets and also the sound systems plugged in which the “Sweet Bhajans” always playing in them which create your journey devotional and memorable.
The beauty of the tracking that is the silent walk of the animals including Monkeys, Cows, Birds, Goats etc and the mountains around that area.

There are also helicopter facility available so if you and your elders and other person are unable to track then you can go ahead for this. The average price for one site i.e  INR. 1100.00.

The temples and beautifully arranged markets are the best part of the journey.

At a point you will be reached at two ways point, the first way goes directly to “Bhawan” and other goes “Bhawan” through “Kaal Bhairav Mandir”.

However, if you travel with “Kaal Bhairav Mandir” it will take one-kilometer extra to reach Bhawan.


The best way that time to be travel by the way directly to “Bhawan” and towards that, you can board with electric four-wheelers and sharing autos.

One you reached “Bhawan” you have to keep your luggage, shoes in a locker. The locker facility is freely available there. If you owed a locker then they will give you a key for that locker and you can take your luggage back while returning.

We keep our luggage safe in the locker and went for the bath in the Ghat named “Amrit Kund”.

Now we also most spend 9 Hours from trekking to take a bath in “Amrit Kund”. 

Finally, the time was near when we had to “Darshan of Mata Vaishno Devi”.

This is the challenge for the Shrine Board to manage the crowd of devotees. You have to be in the queue in order to “Darshan of Mata Vaishno Devi”. The monks and Pandits there collect the coconuts from you and will give you a token and you can collect your coconuts while returning. Photography and videography are totally prohibited there so we are unable to click the pictures and record a video.

We really appreciate the efforts of the Shrine Board who successfully arrange the crowd of devotees and fulfill almost every requirement for them.

The cave of Mata Vaishno Devi was set to full of white marble and at the exit point there was a floating holy water point by taps that is called “Charnamrit”.

Finally, the darshan was over of “Mata Vaishno Devi” but still, one thing was to remain and that to be to visit for “Kaal Bhairav Mandir”.

It’s hard for tracking 8 km again from there.  Most of the devotees returned from there after the darshan of “Mata Vaishno Devi”.

But most of the goes for “Kaal Bhairav Mandir” which is 8 km high from there and once your darshan of “Kaal Bhairava”  most person says, your journey completes by all mean.

Remembering points for the first journey of Mata Vaishno Devi

  1. Try to start your journey at early in the morning.
  2. Locker facility available at railway platform of Katra so keeps unlocking all your heavy luggage there. Just carry only the essential things with your like mobile phones, cloth etc.
  3. Take a travel pass, the counter is on the platform and also at Baan Ganga.
  4. Booked a taxi/auto from outside of Katra railway station to Baan Ganga.
  5. Once you reached Baan Ganga, there is a security checkpoint.
  6. You should go for the “Bhawan” and that is 12 km away from “Baan Ganga”
  7. Once you’ve reached Bhawan you have to take a bath in “Amrit Kund” and then for “Mata Vaishno Devi”.
  8. Most of the people returned after the “Darshan of Mata Vaishno Devi” but we recommend to go ahead for “Kaal Bhairava Mandir” which is 8 km away from Bhawan.

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