GETTING THERE AT VAISHNO DEVI

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Nearest Airport: Jammu (48 km from Katra
Nearest Railway Station: Jammu
Distance By Road: Jammu-Katra 48 kms
Best Time To Visit: All The Year Round

By Air:
Nearest airport - Jammu (48 km from Katra)
Daily Flights are available from Delhi and Srinagar. These flights (Indian Airlines) connect Chandigarh & Amritsar on some days of the week.

Railway :
Nearest Railway Station - Jammu.
By rail, Jammu is directly connected cities like Calcutta, Delhi and Kanyakumari.
Besides, it is connected with other major cities of the country.

Roadways:
Jammu-Katra 48 kms (by road)
Katra-Vaishno Devi 14 kms (on foot) -- Katra-Ban Ganga (1.5 kms)-Charan Paduka (1.5 kms)- Adhkunwari (3 kms)-Bhavan (8 kms)

The 14 kms track from Katra to the shrine has been relaid and tiled. Railings have also been installed for protection. The 100 feet cave is very narrow with an average height of 5.5 feet only and has ankle deep water. The pilgrims are allowed in batches through the cave. A newly constructed exit makes the process of going out of the shrine easier. Buses leave for Katra from the General Bus Stand (Jammu), throughout the day.

By Bus, Taxis:

During the peak season, buses are also available from Jammu-Tawi railway station.
Journey time 2 hours. Taxis are also available from Jammu.

Jammu to Katra :

Buses leave for Katra every 10 minutes from the main bus stand at Jammu between 5.30 am to 8.30 pm. Passes for this yatra are available at Katra. During rush periods, additional buses are also pressed into service between Jammu and Katra. Private Taxis are also available for hire between Jammu and Katra. These can be hired from Jammu Airport, Jammu Railway Station and the Tourist Reception Centre at Jammu.

By Trek:

This cave temple is 50 km from Jammu and can be trekked upto 13.5 km from Katra. The devout often walks barefoot over the tiled paths or the steep staircases that take you up to the shrine. On the way, Adhkunwari Temple is spotted. Here homage is paid as it is said that the Goddess spent nine months of her journey up the mountain here. On the route are many snacks-and-beverage stalls.



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