Trip to Northern India – Part 1 - Holy shrine of Goddess Vaishno Devi.Hola Cupids,Have you been to Northern Part of India? Whether “YES” or “NO” ,after reading these posts ( which we will narrate in different parts ) we are sure that you will be tempted and will have all kinds of urges and impulse to travel to these beautiful places which we are about to share.As such the Northern part of India has so much to offer for all the travel enthusiasts.However we wanted to cover these mentioned places within 15 days which should be must in your travel itinerary to Northern India.During this trip we adopted the principle of “Value based travelling” so that you can cover beautiful places under a strict budget.The amount saved can be used for your next trip.-:)Go through the post http://www.cupidtravellers.com/2016/08/top-ways-on-how-to-travel-cheap-within.html to know the Top ways on how to travel cheap within India.So folks the first and foremost thing during our trip to Northern India was to plan in anticipation and hence we booked the train tickets 3 months in advance.We decided to cover these places mentioned within 15 days and make the most out of our trip.We will let you know all the places that we covered as you go through these posts which we will write in three to four parts.So here goes Part -1.1. Jammu/Katra – Visiting the holy shrine of Goddess Vaishno Devi.So the first place we decided to cover was visiting the Holy Shrine of Goddess Vaishno Devi.In order to visit this beautiful place you will have to reach Katra which is a small town situated near Jammu. The distance between Jammu and Katra is about 40-50kms.When we decided to travel in the year 2012 at that time there was no direct train available to Katra. So we had to book ticket till Jammu. And from there we hired a car to reach Katra.But now there are direct trains available to Katra. The train ticket will cost you around Rs 650/- per person ( one way ).So now keeping aside the itinerary.The road from Jammu to Katra offered some of the breathtaking and spectacular views and almost all of us ( we were going with 15 of our friends ) lost the sense of time and didn’t realized when we reached Katra.
We started our journey towards Mata Vaishno Devi bhawan. I tried capturing as many details as possible.
Our fun train Journey from Delhi to Katra
We came back to Katra by Night and then simply went to Bed as we were very tired , The next was a trekking day to Vaisno Devi , We started off early as we had a plan to come back to hotyel after Darshan. We followed it well and Did a psendid job. Trekked way to Bhawan in around 5 Hours . There were lot of devotees and it was very crowed , It took us 2-3 hours for Darshan and It was already evening ,
After reaching Bhawan we booked a short stay room in Room #4 to freshen up. We got to know from other travelers that the evening Aarti preparation starts at around 5:30 pm and the Bhawan is closed for an hour till the Aarti is over. We were advised to go to Bhawan for Darshan before 5:30 pm (this advice saved us a LOT of time and effort). We had difficulties in finding a clock room for our luggage since every facility was already occupied. We managed to go to the Bhawan before 5:00 pm and the queue was really short as compared to the standard queues at Bhawan. We came out of Bhawan around 5:45 pm. We hastily collected our luggage and layered our bodies up with warm clothes since the sun had set and the wind was getting stronger.We couldn’t have lunch and were very hungry, so we quickly had one servng of Rajmash Rice at a counter right next to Bhawan. After that we went to Sagar Ratna for a proper dinner. ????Post dinner and souvenir shopping, we proceeded to Ardhkunwari, which is about 6 kms from Bhawan and is a downhill path. We skipped Bhairo Temple because mom couldn’t have made the steep climb and we’ve been there some 5 times before.