2019 is indeed a great year for me.Like most of the north Indian hindu family we too have deep faith in Mata Rani (Vaishno Devi). This year my brother had a promotion with salary hike and i got a government job (not a showoff😋) so our mother decided to take us to the place (Vaishno devi dhaam) to pay the gratitude towards god for all the positive things coming our way. And no one can say no to mom so the planning for the yatra began months before the date of actual trip.
So, the trip was planned in steps.
1. Figuring out the dates for trip
2. Planning suitable itinerary for the decided dates.
3. Getting train tickets
4. Hotels booking should be in advance as there is no internet facility in J&K.
5. Booking a stay on the way of trek to vaishno mata dham.
6. Getting online yatra parchi to avoid the last minute hustle.
So all the planning was done 2 month ahead of schedule.
Delhi - Katra (jammu)
Train we have to board is from new delhi railway station (NDLS) and train itself is so famous for being made in India. Any guesses?
Yes, Vande Bharat Express 😍. This is the fastest on the route and serves quality food. Cleanliness and service is so on point. Very impressed with IRCTC. They quite well fed us, lunch was served right after Jammu station which is just one station ahead of our station katra. (Highly recommended)
Note : No network at all for prepaid users and no internet for postpaid users after Pathankot station.
Reaching katra (2 P.M.)
Station has all the amenities to facilitate Devotees. So we headed straight to cloak room and submitted our luggage there. As we were well fed by Indian Railway we searched for a auto to drop us at the starting point of new yatra raasta (Inaugrated by PM Modi) with minimal luggage that we kept in our backpacks.
At 4'o clock in the evening we started our trek,it was sharp incline in the starting but the whole yatra path is very well maintained by the shrine board. Food, sanitation and medical facilities were taken care of.
Our stay was at Sarswati dham at ardhkumari. We reached there by 7PM, whole environment was so pavitra by chants from Ardhkuwari temple. We freshen up there and went for walk in the market just below the temple. We were hungry by that time so decided to have dinner at sagar ratna and headed back to our stay. Tired by all the traveling and hiking we all fall asleep at 8.30 pm in the evening.