Jai Mata Di!
Just returned a few weeks ago from a trip to J&K. This was my second visit to the holy shrine. We used the webs ervice of the shrine board to book beds in the dormotory and for yatra parchi. We started to climb bare foot from Katra at around 07 pm (ideal for those with kids). The size of the crowd was just below the estimated numbers. The first 3 kms were filled with shops on both sides and the streets were bustling with life. We had our first darshan at Charan Paduka .The spirit of the devotees added to the unique charm all the way to Bhawan. Even late at night we had enough company and never felt alone. We had a very good darshan at Bhawan. Post darshan we collected our prasad and had some sumptuous Poori Chole at the shrine board restaurant.
Few tips for first timers (thought this may help) Visit the official web site for tons of info on the yatra www.maavaishnodevi.org Plan in advance atleast one month ahead for helicopter tickets if u cannot trek by road Try to book accommodation at Bhawan (can do it online) if you wish to participate in the Atka aarti that takes place early morning / late evening. Better to stay up than at Katra since there isn’t much to do down. Can also book for aarti (optional ) and the yatra parchi (mandatory) online to save time. If trekking, start late evening so that you can reach Bhawan well before the aarti time since during aarti and post aarti the queue can take abt 2-3 hrs Don’t forget to buy the bhaint – either before Darshan Darwaza / when u reach bhawan there is a shrine broad store The electric cars from adhkuwari to bhawan and back operate every halfhour / hourly ONLY during the day, so do not depend on them if ur travelling late evening/ night, also the tickets are issued at a separate counter so do plan in advance ( these are meant for old and handicapped but mostly they allow general public too) Make sure ur wearing good shoes (unless u plan to do barefoot), take enough warm clothes if your trekking at night as it gets quite cold even during summers, esp the early mornings, also weather is quite unpredictable so an umbrella or jacket will be helpful in case of sudden rains If you are walking then make sure you pick up the sticks which are on hire for Rs.10/- , they are very useful The pithoos are more useful if you have a young child since its difficult to keep pace with the pony And finally, rest all your concerns and go ahead, all will be taken care of!!
Jai Mata Di!
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