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About Vaishno Devi Temple

Mata Vaishno Devi Temple is one of the most visited pilgrimage centers in India. It is located on the Trikuta Mountain at a height of 5,300 ft. The Vaishno Devi Mandir is one of the holiest Hindu temples dedicated to Shakti, located in the hill of Vaishno Devi, Jammu and Kashmir, India. In Hinduism, Vaishno Devi, also known as Mata Rani and Vaishnavi, is a manifestation of the Mother Goddess. The shrine of Mata Vaishno Devi witnesses thousands of devotees arrive all through the year irrespective of the difficulties faced by them. The Yatra begins at Katra and pilgrims have to cover 13 km. of terrain on foot to reach the Darbar. Popular belief holds that anybody who walks the Himalayan trail to the shrine rarely goes back disappointed. A super natural power seems to draw them through the mountain and they climb up those great heights step by step.

How to reach Katra?

By Air

Located at a distance of 50 kilometres, the Jammu airport is the nearest to Katra. Jammu is well-connected with major airports in India. It’s easy to get a cab from the Jammu airport to Katra as regular taxi and cab services are available.

By Bus

Jammu and Kashmir State Road Transport Corporation buses operate to and from Jammu to Katra at regular intervals. Air-conditioned private deluxe buses and taxis are also available from Jammu to Katra.

By Train

The nearest railway station from Katra is the Katra railway station. Taxi and cab services are available from the Katra railway station to Katra.

Our Vaishno Devi Darshan 2023 Tour Packages

Package Name Duration
Vaishno Devi Darshan Package With Amritsar 3 Nights 4 Days
Vaihno Devi Patnitop And Shivkhori Tour Package From Mumbai By Train 6 Nights 7 Days
Vaishno Devi Patnitop And Shivkhori Tour Package From Mumbai By Flight... 4 Nights 5 Days
Vaishno Devi Darshan Package From Bangalore 7 Nights 8 Days
Vaishno Devi Tour Package From Delhi With Helicopter 3 Nights 4 Days
Vaishno Devi Amritsar Tour Package From Mumbai By Train 5 Nights 6 Days
Vaishno Devi Darshan Package From Delhi 3 Nights 4 Days
Vaishno Devi Patnitop Tour Package From Mumbai By Train 5 Nights 6 Days

How to go for Vaishno Devi Darshan from Katra

For Vaishno Devi Darshan you have to go by tracking, Palkis, Ponis and Pithoos or Helicopter. First you have to take yatra parchi and then you have to start you journey.


Walking for 12-13 Kms. can be arduous and tiring for those not used to it. Still many pilgrims prefer to walk all the way. It helps in cleansing their minds before they reach the Holy Shrine. The tiredness and exhaustion of the trek serve as penances and their minds become still, meditative, full of devotion and gratitude for the Mother. The serenity of the environment also influences the devotees and a mystical calm starts enveloping them.

Palkis, Ponis and Pithoos

The Pony, Porter and Palanquin services are managed by the local/under a municipal committee organizing the local municipal affairs. All these porters, pony owners and palanquin (palki) owners are registered with municipal committee and carry an identity card/token number. Their cards/permits are renewed every year and new cards carrying a fresh validity date are issued. Any card that is outside the scope of this validity date is naturally invalid and hence disqualifies its owners from offering services on the track. Many unregistered Pithus tend to show their old and invalid cards to get work. Yatries are advised to carefully scan the identity card/token of the porter/pony owner and satisfy themselves about its validity. It is also advisable to retain this identity card and handover the same only after satisfactorily reaching the destination.


Helicopter services start from Katra on the foothills and the flight will drop you at Sanjhichatt. This visit to the sacred Shrine, enveloped by the clouds is the beginning of a breathtaking heli-hop.

How to Book Vaishno Devi Helicopter Service?

Helicopter for Vaishno Devi Yatra is available from Katra (starting point of yatra) to Sanjichhat. 5 to 6 passengers can sit in this journey, where it reaches you in 7 to 8 minutes. Katra Helipad is on Udhampur Road, 2 km from Bus Stand Katra.

From Sanjichhat helipad, one has to walk for 30 minutes to reach Vaishno Devi Bhawan, which is approximately 2.5 km. Pony, palanquin and porter services are also available to reach Bhawan from Sanjichhat. Helicopter booking facility is made available through the official website of Vaishno Devi Shrine Board as well as through other companies.

Vaishno Devi Helicopter Ticket

Katra to Sanjichhat or Sanjichhat to Katra fare is Rs 1730 per person. A two way ticket from Katra to Sanjichhat is Rs 3460 per person. Children below the age of 2 years are carried free where they travel on the lap of their parents.

  • Apart from this fee, no commission or processing fee is given here. If any other kind of charge is to be taken then it can be taken at Katra or Sanjichhat.
  • You can book helicopter for Vaishno Devi Yatra through the official website.
  • Helicopter tickets can also be booked through private websites and tour operators.
  • Valid ID proof may be required in case of age issues.

Vaishno Devi Yatra Helicopter Timings

The helicopter services starts at 08:30 AM, and takes 08 minutes to reach Sanjichhat from Katra. This service is active till about 07:00 and helicopters fly from Katra and Sanjichhat approximately every 20 minutes.

Online Booking of Vaishno Devi Helicopter

You can book tickets for Vaishno Devi Helicopter Tour by visiting www.maavaishnodevi.org website. You can book online from here or you can buy tickets at the heli-ticket counter for offline booking. You can create your account by going to the New Devotee Registration option and then book online. The booking facility starts at 10:00 am 60 days before the day of travel.

Cancellation Policy of Vaishno Devi Helicopter Tickets

  • In case you have to cancel your ticket for any reason, you can cancel your Vaishno Devi helicopter ticket 4-7 days in advance.
  • 50 percent of the money given will be returned to your account.
  • Tickets are liable to be canceled if the helicopter encounters a delay due to inclement weather. However, you will be refunded the full amount in it.

Information is collected from :https://navbharattimes.indiatimes.com/travel/travel-tips/how-to-book-vaishno-devi-helicopter-tickets-in-hindi/articleshow/87927186.cms?story=5

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