Vaishno Devi temple in Katra is a very holy place that is a must visit for religious minds and people who admire nature. It's a long trip, at least 2 days required for ascend & descend of the hill.
How to reach:
By air: 1.5 hour flight from Delhi to Jammu. Jammu airport is 50 km from Katra which can be covered by bus/cab
By train: 10 hours train journey from Delhi to Jammu, and then 1 hour train to Udhampur station (nearest to Vaishno Devi)
Budget & timings:
✓ No entry fee required
✓ open (5 am - 12 pm; 4 pm - 9 pm)
✓ Valuables like laptop etc not allowed after 1st security point
✓ Mobile not allowed inside the cave during pindis visit; all electronics and other luggages have to be kept in cloak room
✓ Food stalls available inside are not expensive
✓ Trip duration: Minimum 2 days
Vaishno Devi temple visit is a hard and tiring journey. The roads to the shrine are inclined and hence difficult to walk. We started our journey at around 5 am in the morning and reached in the evening at around 4 pm, including breaks and meal time; this sums up the toughness of the journey on that tough pathway. Other options like horses 🏇 and helicopters are available for quicker journeys. Helicopter costs ₹2000 for one way trip. Horses will take about 5 hours. These options are generally opted by old age people. Youth generally does trekking only, which is very fun though long and tiring.