a awesome place .. peacefull life with religious touch
We reached Katra, covering 7 kms at a relaxed pace, around 1:30 pm. From there we took an auto to the railway station. We were at the railway station by 2:15 pm. Now I must praise Katra railway station, which is a recent development that I’m really proud of. The station is not a fancy multi-storied concrete ornament for the state of Katra. Instead, it’s a government building which makes one feel instantly at home. Its design and location complements the feeling of the state and doesn’t compromise on the basic hygiene and other facilities. Our train back to Delhi was scheduled to start at 7:00 pm & we had not decided what we would do in the 5 hours that we had in our hands. However, as soon as we saw the open lawn at the station, with the sun shining bright in the backdrop of the Himalayas, we instantly ran to it, dropped our luggage near some plants, and knew in our hearts that we’re going to spend all our time there, under the sun, on the grass, appreciating the scenery! We had a late lunch in the IRCTC restaurant on the first floor of the station. The restaurant setup is beautiful and the food is good too! We bought some souvenirs from the gift shop next to the restaurant and boarded the train around 6:30 pm. Our journey would have been flawless, if a bunch of guys could use earphones for listening to music at 5:00 am in the next morning! ???? If you need any help in planning your trip to Vaishnodevi, feel free to ask in the comments section. Jai Mata Di! :)
After reaching katra station I have decided to go to Shimla, Why Shimla ? Absolutely no reason why not right ? I have all the time and money (Oh no !!! money I don't have but yeah time) So I enquired train to Kalka,he informed me that there is a train at night and also berth was available.Then I killed my time by watching couple of tamil movie which I had in my phone.
Vaishno Devi - Holy place for hindus. I visited there in the peak season i.e june when in India holidays start after final exams in the school and colleges. It's a must visit place, not only because it is a holy place, but if you are with you gang, hit the road and reach there. You can opt for train too but road trip has it's own excitement. Trekking of 14 Km approx will cheer you and sun rise at the top is mesmerising. I would suggest you that you start your yatra (Trek) at night aroung 1:00 am so that you reach at the top by 5 for sun rise. You will be stunned by the beauty of the place and its mesmerising surroundings.