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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 NameDuration
Vaishno Devi Patnitop Tour Package From Mumbai By Train5 Nights 6 Days
Vaishno Devi Darshan Package From Mumbai By Flight2 Nights 3 Days
Vaishno Devi And Shivkhori Darshan Package From Mumbai By Train5 Nights 6 Days
Vaishno Devi Darshan Package From Jammu2 Nights 3 Days
Vaishno Devi Darshan Package With Shivkhori3 Nights 4 Days
Vaishno Devi Darshan Package With Patnitop3 Nights 4 Days
Vaishno Devi Darshan Package From Pune6 Nights 7 Days
Vaishno Devi Tour Package From Delhi By Vande Bharat Express Train2 Nights 3 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.

People Ask About Vaishno Devi Helicopter

you can also book the ropeway tickets in-person at the ticket counters located at the Vaishno Devi Bhawan

The duration of the helicopter ride in Vaishno Devi can vary depending on the weather conditions and the type of helicopter being used. Typically, the helicopter ride from Katra to Sanjichhat takes around 8-10 minutes. However, this time can vary slightly depending on the number of passengers on board and other factors.

After reaching Sanjichhat, pilgrims have to undertake a 2.5 km trek to reach the Vaishno Devi Bhawan. The duration of this trek can vary based on individual fitness levels and the rush of the crowd. It can take anywhere from 45 minutes to 2 hours to complete the trek from Sanjichhat to the Bhawan.

It's always best to check with the helicopter service provider about their estimated travel time and make sure to arrive at the helipad on time to avoid any delays.

Yes, there is a VIP darshan facility available for pilgrims at the Vaishno Devi shrine. The VIP darshan is also known as the 'Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board (MVB) Protocol' and is designed to provide a more comfortable and hassle-free darshan experience for pilgrims.

To avail of the VIP darshan facility, pilgrims need to make a booking through the official website of the Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board or in-person at the Shrine Board's office in Katra. The VIP darshan package includes a VIP entry to the shrine, priority darshan, and other facilities like accommodation, transportation, and a personal attendant.

However, it's important to note that the VIP darshan facility is limited and subject to availability. Additionally, there are certain eligibility criteria and formalities that need to be fulfilled before availing of this facility. It's always best to check with the Shrine Board for the latest information on VIP darshan and make sure to book well in advance to avoid any last-minute disappointments

The distance between Katra and Vaishno Devi Bhawan is approximately 13.5 kilometers. The duration of the trek from Katra to Vaishno Devi Bhawan can vary depending on individual fitness levels, the rush of the crowd, and other factors. On average, it can take anywhere between 4-6 hours to complete the trek from Katra to Vaishno Devi Bhawan.

The trek is quite steep and can be challenging for those who are not accustomed to long-distance walking. To make the trek easier, there are various facilities like resting places, refreshment stalls, and medical aid stations available along the way. Additionally, there are also options like pony rides and palanquins available for those who may find it difficult to complete the trek on foot.

It's always advisable to start the trek early in the morning to avoid the rush of the crowd and to ensure sufficient time for completing the trek and returning to Katra. It's also important to carry sufficient water, food, and warm clothing, especially during the winter months.

The Vaishno Devi shrine is open for pilgrims throughout the year. However, there are certain months when the weather conditions can be unfavorable and the Shrine Board may impose temporary closures or restrictions for the safety of pilgrims.

As of my knowledge there are no specific months when the Vaishno Devi shrine is closed. However, during the winter months of December and January, there can be occasional disruptions due to heavy snowfall and landslides. During such times, the Shrine Board may temporarily close the shrine or restrict the number of pilgrims for safety reasons.

It's always advisable to check with the official website of the Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board or local authorities before planning your visit to the shrine to ensure that there are no temporary closures or restrictions in place.

Mobile phones generally work in the Vaishno Devi area, but the network coverage can be patchy and intermittent in some places due to the mountainous terrain. Some areas may also have limited or no network coverage.

It's advisable to check with your mobile service provider about the network coverage in the Vaishno Devi area and activate international roaming if necessary. Additionally, there are several public Wi-Fi hotspots available in the area that you can use for internet connectivity.

There are certain things that are not allowed in Vaishno Devi for the safety and comfort of the pilgrims and the preservation of the environment. Some of the things that are not allowed in Vaishno Devi are:

  1. Non-vegetarian food: Non-vegetarian food is strictly prohibited in the entire Vaishno Devi complex, including Katra, Bhawan, and the en-route areas.

  2. Alcohol: Consumption of alcohol is strictly prohibited in the entire Vaishno Devi complex.

  3. Smoking: Smoking is prohibited in the entire Vaishno Devi complex, including Katra, Bhawan, and the en-route areas.

  4. Plastic bags: The use of plastic bags is banned in the entire Vaishno Devi complex. Visitors are advised to carry cloth or paper bags for carrying their belongings.

  5. Leather items: Leather items like belts, shoes, and bags are not allowed inside the Vaishno Devi complex.

  6. Firearms and weapons: Carrying firearms or weapons is strictly prohibited inside the Vaishno Devi complex.

  7. Playing loud music: Playing loud music or causing any disturbance to the peace and serenity of the area is not allowed in Vaishno Devi.

Visitors are advised to follow these guidelines and cooperate with the authorities to ensure a safe and comfortable pilgrimage for all.

Yes, visitors are allowed to carry mobile phones in Vaishno Devi. However, it's advisable to keep your phone in locker during the Darshan and other religious activities to maintain the sanctity and peaceful environment of the area.

Also, it's important to keep in mind that network coverage can be patchy and intermittent in some areas due to the mountainous terrain, so it's advisable to check with your mobile service provider about the network coverage in the Vaishno Devi area and activate international roaming if necessary.

Additionally, it's important to be respectful towards the surroundings and not use your mobile phone for playing loud music or causing any disturbance to the peace and serenity of the area.

The battery-operated eco-friendly cars in Vaishno Devi operate from 6:00 am to 10:00 pm every day. These battery cars are available for pilgrims who find it difficult to walk uphill to the Bhawan

Yes. You can trek in Night for Vaishno Devi Darshan

The helipad at Sanjichhat is located at a distance of about 2.5 km from the Bhawan in Vaishno Devi. Visitors who take a helicopter ride to Sanjichhat can avail of the shuttle service or pony service to reach the Bhawan.

The shuttle service operates between Sanjichhat and the Bhawan and takes around 10-15 minutes to cover the distance. The pony service is also available for visitors who prefer to travel on horseback. The pony ride takes around 45 minutes to an hour to reach the Bhawan, depending on the traffic and weather conditions.

It's important to note that the helicopter ride to Vaishno Devi is subject to weather conditions and availability. Visitors are advised to book their tickets in advance and check the weather forecast before planning their trip.

The luggage allowance for Vaishno Devi helicopter varies depending on the helicopter operator and the type of helicopter used for the service.

In general, the helicopter operators allow passengers to carry only one small handbag or backpack with them during the flight. The handbag or backpack should not exceed a certain size and weight limit as specified by the operator.

Passengers are not allowed to carry any other luggage or items with them during the flight. However, the operator may provide locker or storage facilities at the helipad where passengers can store their luggage during the flight.

It's advisable to check with the helicopter operator about the luggage allowance and other rules and regulations before booking your helicopter tickets to Vaishno Devi.

Helicopter ride to Vaishno Devi is considered safe and is a popular mode of transportation for many visitors who prefer a faster and more convenient way of reaching the shrine.

The helicopter services to Vaishno Devi are operated by reputable aviation companies that follow strict safety guidelines and have well-trained pilots and ground staff.

Additionally, the helicopters used for the service are regularly maintained and undergo safety checks to ensure their airworthiness. The pilots have extensive flying experience and are trained to handle various weather conditions and flight scenarios.

However, as with any mode of transportation, there can be risks associated with helicopter rides, such as weather conditions, technical problems, or human error. The helicopter service to Vaishno Devi is subject to weather conditions, and the service may be suspended or delayed in case of unfavorable weather.

Visitors are advised to follow the safety instructions provided by the helicopter operator and avoid carrying any prohibited items or luggage during the flight. It's important to prioritize your safety and choose a reputable and authorized helicopter operator for your journey to Vaishno Devi.

Yes, visitors can book helicopter tickets to Vaishno Devi from Katra. The Katra helipad is located near the main bus stand and is easily accessible from the town center.

There are several helicopter operators that offer services from Katra to Sanjichhat, the helipad near Vaishno Devi. Visitors can book their tickets online through the helicopter operators' official websites or through travel agents.

It's important to book your helicopter tickets in advance, especially during peak pilgrimage seasons, as the demand for the service can be very high, and tickets may sell out quickly. It's advisable to check the weather forecast and plan your journey accordingly to avoid any disruptions due to unfavorable weather conditions.

The ropeway or cable car service is not available for the entire route from Katra to Vaishno Devi. However, there is a ropeway service available for a portion of the route from Vaishno Devi Bhawan to Bhairon Temple.

As of my knowledge cutoff date of September 2022, the approximate price of the ropeway from Vaishno Devi Bhawan to Bhairon Temple is around INR 100 for a round trip ticket for adults. However, prices can vary based on the season and other factors, and it's always a good idea to check with the ropeway service provider for the most up-to-date pricing information.

The capacity of the Vaishno Devi helicopter varies depending on the type of helicopter being used. Generally, the helicopters used for Vaishno Devi Yatra can accommodate between 5 to 6 passengers per flight. However, this can also depend on the weight and luggage restrictions set by the helicopter service provider. It's always best to check with the helicopter service provider about their specific capacity and restrictions before booking your tickets.

The best time for Vaishno Devi Helicopter travel would be early in the morning, just after sunrise or late in the afternoon, just before sunset. This is because during these times, the weather is usually clear and the visibility is good, which is essential for a safe and comfortable helicopter ride. Additionally, the crowds are also usually lower during these times, which can help you avoid long waiting times for the helicopter ride. However, it's always a good idea to check with the helicopter service providers for their recommended timings and schedule your travel accordingly.

The fare of Katra to Vaishno Devi Helicopter is

1. For One Way Rs 1,830/-

2. For Rond Trip Rs 3,60/-

Yes you can book Vaishno Devi Helicoper on the Spot at "Current Heli-Ticket Counter"

Guidelines for Availing Helicopter Ticket at "Current Heli-Ticket Counter"

1. Yatra Registration Slip is mandatory for availing Helicopter ticket at "Current Heli-ticket Counter".

2. ID Proof of all the members of family (who intent to avail Heli ticket) will be required for current booking.

3. Proof of travel documents by Air/Train/Bus/Taxi is required like Train/Bus Tickets or any other proof.

4. Yatries shall beware of Touts/Travel Agents taking money for Helicopter Tickets.   

5. The tax rates as applicable shall charged on the date of Travel at the respective location in    

You have to book Vaishno Devi Helicopter 60 Days advance from your date of travel. After that its a subject of availability.

Vaishno Devi One way helicopter fare is Rs 1,830 and for Round trip you have to pay Rs 3,660 per passenger

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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