It is a temple dedicated to Indian Goddess Mahalakshmi situated in Katra in the Trikuta mountains. It is approximately 9.5 kms from Katra. It is at height of 5200 m from sea level and it is a phare of faith and hope to millions of people who even travel across the 7 seas to visit this temple in particular.
Devotees have to do a 12 km trek to reach the main temple and additional 5 km to visit Bharon Mandir from the base camp at Katra. Now the first pit stop you can make is at Ardhkumari which is 6 km from the base camp. The route consists of stairs and pathway (I would suggest pathway for adults and staircase for the young ones).
Shops, juice and snack stalls, toilets, benches line the route. The most important are the Maalishwaalas (massage boys). They are like angels in heaven. When you are dead tired and your knees are almost in your mouth, their massage makes you visit heaven and they are very economical. They might seem normal to you at the beginning of the trek, but as soon as the going gets tough, they will be the ones you would be definitely looking for!
Along the trek, you will be accompanied by someone else too, guess who? The MONKEYS and believe me, they are seriously bad-ass than a thief. They would literally come in your way and you will be forced to give away any eatables you carry with you. So watch out for them! Me and my sister end up giving our ice cream to them. Imagine how hard it would have been for us to give away our ice creams!
You can enjoy delicious Rajma rice and other delicacies along the route ( dont stuff up too much!). Also if you think, you cant walk, take the Pitthu ride and enjoy others walking while you sit like a prince/princess of a Mule!
For the oldies and the lazy ones, there is also helicopter services which makes you directly land at the temple from the base camp.
You will get a very short time to pay your respect and get blessings from the goddess but trust me, all the pains you have taken to get those 2-3 min of blessings is totally worth it.
Just remember folks, more pains you take to reach the temple, more satisfied you will be at the end. I gave up at the temple and didn’t go to the Bharon Mandir and still regret that decision.
You can make your trip a one day visit or if you want to attend the aarti, you can stay overnight in dorms located at the temple but you need to get passes for it. My advice, make it a one day trip, start at 7 AM and be back by 7 PM.