Vaishno Devi Darshan with Amritsar from Delhi
Duration : ( 4 Days / 3 Nights)
Begin your Yatra to get your wishes fulfulled by visiting the holy abode of Mata Adi Shakti Vaishno Devi. The Goddess Vaishno also known by the names Mata Rani, Trikuta and Vaishnavi is believed to be the granter of boon and no pilgrim goes empty handed from her abode. Devotees from all over the world take a Vaishno Devi Yatra at least once in their lifetime to seek the blessings of the goddess and wash off their sins.
The Vaishnodevi temple in Jammu and Kashmir is one of the most sacred pilgrimage site in India. The sanctum is situated at a height of 5300 feet above sea level on the hills of Trikuta mountain range. The idol of the main deity is found in the form of natural Pindies (stone structure), representing Goddess Saraswathi, Kali and Lakshmi. These three structures symbolize the creative, preservative and destructive characters of the Mother. While one takes a journey up the hill to the temple, one can enjoy natural beauty at its best. An estimated 8 million pilgrims visit the temple every year making it the second most visited religious place in India, after Tirumala Venkateswara Temple.
Accommodation along with private cabs, transport expenses, toll taxes, driver allowances, parking are part of the package tour provided by us.
Day 1: New Delhi - Katra
Journey by Vande Bharat Express: 8 Hours 655 Kms | Night Stay : Katra
The Vande Bharat Express 22439 will depart from New Delhi to Katra at 06:00 AM. It will reach Katra Railway Station at 02 PM. Our Devi Darshan Taxi Driver/ representative will receive you from Katra Railway Station and you will be escorted to the hotel, where you can relax for the night.
Day 2 : Katra - Vaishno Devi Yatra - Katra
Night Stay : Katra
Today you will finally embark on the holy Vaishno Devi Yatra. The shrine sits at an elevation of 5300 ft. and is counted among one of the 51 Shakti Peethas. Maa Durga is worshipped here as Vaishno Devi, a central deity in the Shaktism tradition of Hinduism.
From Katra, you will climb one km to Banganga, where the goddess is believed to have stopped to drink water. As the name comprises of Ban + Ganga i.e. arrow and Ganga. Once Vaishno Devi felt thirsty she shot her arrow into the Earth and the religious river originated, which is so pure that it washes all the sins we have done in our life. 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. You can also get Battery operated cars from Ardhkunwari to Bhawan.
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.
As you step into the Vaishno Devi Bhawan, chants and clashing cymbals will soothe your senses. 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. Pilgrims have to enter in small groups through a narrow opening and walk through ice-cold waters to reach the shrines. According to legend, the mother goddess hid in the cave while escaping a demon (Bhairon Nath), whom she ultimately killed. After darshans return back to Katra via battery operated cars, ponies/palkis/helicopter or on foot.
It is said that your visit to the Vaishno Devi Darbar remains incomplete if you do not visit the shrine of Bhairon Nath while returning, which is 2.5 kms from Bhawan. You can reach Bhairo Mandir via Ropeway or path.
Day 3 : Katra - Amritsar
Total Journey - 5-6 Hours | 268 Kms Approx.
After check out from hotel at Katra, we will drive for about 6 hours to reach Amritsar. On reaching check in to your hotel, fresh up and have some rest.This evening visit to the Golden Temple to soak up the atmosphere of the evening. If you wish, you can stay on for the for the Palki Sahib ceremony. In this ceremony, Guru Granth Sahib is carried in a heavy palanquin in a procession and put to 'bed'. Visitors and pilgrims participate in this by helping carry the palanquin. The temple is fully illuminated and is quite breathtaking to view, with the lights reflecting in the waters of the holy pool. Night stay at hotel.
Day 4 : Golden Temple - Jallianwala Bagh - Wagah Border - Amritsar
This morning you will be taken for the sightseeing tour of Amritsar starting with a morning visit to the Golden Temple.This richly gilded shrine rises from the middle of an artificial lake, the Amrita Saras, which translates as Pool of Nectar. It is the holiest Gurudwara, as this is the one that houses the Guru Granth Sahib, which is considered to be the eternal Guru. The combined effect of the lustrous, gilded domes, the shimmering reflections in the water and hymns emanating from the shrine are at once humbling and elevating. Although it was built in 1601, its present gilded decoration and marble work is from the 19th century. The temple is surrounded by a large pool of holy water and can be approached from all four sides by causeways.
You can also visit the Langar, where at least 80,000 people are fed every day. Regardless of class, caste, sex or faith anyone can eat a wholesome hygienic vegetarian meal here as a community service.
Finally head to Jallianwala Bagh, the site of a memorial to commemorate the victims of the infamous massacre carried out by the British in 1919. In the afternoon drive towards Wagah Border.
In the afternoon drive for about 32 kms towards India- Pakistan Border and visit the famous Wagah Border for the evening 'lowering of the flags' ceremony, a daily military practice that the security forces of India (Border Security Force) and Pakistan (Pakistan Rangers) have followed since 1959. This ceremony takes place every evening before sunset at the Wagah border, which as part of the Grand Trunk Road was the only road link between these two countries before the opening of the Aman Setu in Kashmir in 1999. The ceremony starts with a perfectly coordinated parade by the soldiers from both the sides and ends up in the lowering of the flags. Resplendently moustachioed soldiers from the rival nations perform a ludicrous marching and saluting routine leading up to the slamming shut of the frontier gates. The grandeur of the ceremony attracts many visitors from both sides of the border and tourists from all over the world. In the evening return back to Amritsar for night stay at hotel.
Day 5 : Amritsar - New Delhi
Journey by Train
You can catch Shatabdi Express (12014) departing at 5:00 AM from Amritsar and reaching New Delhi at 11:15 AM. There is also one Vande Bharat Express Train from Amritsar to New Delhi, departs at 12:30PM and reaches New Delhi at 6 PM.
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