Vaishno Devi trip is a pilgrimage trip to the holy shrine of Maa Durga or Maa Vaishno Devi. It is a Hindu temple which is located in Katra, a small town in Jammu and Kashmir. Katra is 42 km away from Jammu city and the main temple or Bhawan is another 12 or 13 km from Katra.

There are different means of transportation from Katra to the main temple like ropeways, and ponies but many people prefer walking to the main temple.

My memories of Vaishno Devi trip –

I went to Vaishno Devi first time when I was almost 3 or 4 years old with my parents and elder sister. I don’t remember much about that trip but got a chance to visit it soon after our marriage. Its been many years now but would love to visit it again.

We were planning to visit again after our daughter was born but didn’t happen. My husband even planned and booked the train tickets but at the last minute, the train got cancelled. As they say, you visit it when maa calls or wishes and I am waiting for that calling and let’s see when that happens next.

I still remember the fun trip to Vaishno Devi as most of my in-laws family travelled together. We took the train from Ambala to Jammu and by the time reached Katra, it was pretty late. Still, we continued our journey to the main temple and by the time we reached, it was almost midnight. We didn’t get any accommodation immediately and had to wait outside for a long time on the road.

Finally, we had beautiful darshan of maa in the morning and that experience is just out of the world. Although they don’t let you stay for long in the main gufa or cave those few seconds are worth all the effort you take to reach there.

View of Katra

About Vaishno Devi –

Vaishno Devi is the holy shrine of Maa Vaishno Devi in a cave called Trikoot. Many people from all over India visit it all year around. During Navratras, it is very crowded due to a lot of devotees thronging it from all parts of India.

You can reach Vaishno Devi through train till Jammu or Katra railway station which is 20 km from the main temple. The nearest airport is Jammu Tawi airport and you can also take a taxi service from nearby cities to Jammu or Katra. If you are planning to walk until the Bhawan, it’s better to rest in Katra. It takes another 4-6 hours to reach there by walking.

The Vaishno Devi trip is something which you have to visit to experience it yourself. Our trip was an adventurous and divine experience. Let’s see when I visit again. Have you been to Vaishno Devi yet? Do let me know your experiences and memories ion the comments below.


I am sharing my memories of different places from my travel list this April.

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