Katra - Vaishno Devi Yatra
On reaching Katra, get your Vaishno Devi Yatra Parchi from Shrine Board's counter or you can also book online by visiting Shrine Board's Website Link : Mata Shri Vaishno Devi Yatra Parchi . After getting Parchi you can start your Yatra.
From Katra, you will climb one km to Banganga, where the goddess is believed to have stopped to drink water; then after a couple of kms you will reach Charan Paduka where the goddess stopped and looked behind while running away from the Bhairon Nath; 6 kms further is the cave shrine of Ardhkunwari, where it is believed she rested and meditated for nine months. The last halt before the actual shrine is the Bhawan, where there are arrangements for wash- and- change, accommodation and for depositing luggage and valuables.
The vaishno devi cave is 30 metres long and just one-and-a half mt high. At the end of the cave are shrines dedicated to the three forms of the mother goddess – Mahakali, Mahalakshmi and Mahasarasvati. A rock just opposite these Pindees in the main Bhawan oozes out continuous natural water and is said to mark the presence of Lord Shiva in the temple. According to legend, the mother goddess hid in the cave while escaping a demon (Bhairon Nath), whom she ultimately killed.Night Stay at hotel.
Distance from Katra to Vaishno Devi: 17 kms Approx| Journey Time: 5 hours 30 minutes