One of the nation’s most revered pilgrimage destinations is the Shri Mata Vaishno Devi shrine. This sacred site is situated 13 kilometres from Katra, Jammu, on Trikuta Hill. Among the 108 Shakti Peethas, the trip to the shrine is regarded as the holiest journey.
Shri Mata Vaishno is the form that Goddess Durga has taken. The holy cave, which is thought to be a goddess’ dwelling, is situated 5200 feet above sea level. Three Goddesses—Maha Kali, Maha Lakshmi, and Maha Saraswati—are thought to have taken the form of three naturally occurring boulders in the cave known as Pindis.
How should I arrange a helicopter Vaishno Devi Yatra?
Via visit Shri Mata Vaishno Devi’s holy shrine, which is 50 kilometres from Jammu, one must travel to Katra. Yatra’s base camp is Katra, which has good connections to the rest of the nation. The following is a list of considerations for organising a Helicopter Booking Vaishno Devi 2023:
Yatra registration is required and is free of charge. The Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board’s registration counter is located near the main market in Katra, and online registration is also an option. Take a printout of the Yatra Access Slip or the Yatra Parchi, which can be found at the registration booth.
The shrine is only 2.5 kilometres from Sanjichhat, where a helicopter service is accessible, in Katra. There is also a to-and-from helicopter service that may be reserved online through the official website. One can reserve tickets in advance.
Before approaching the Bhawan for Darshan after arriving at Bhawan, take a holy bath at the bathing ghat.
Carrying heavy wool clothing during the winter and light wool clothing during the summer is advised. You must use supportive walking shoes on the Yatra.
Public utilities, refreshment stands, and information centres are spread out along the route. The Bhawan also offers lodgings, banks, and medical shops for the convenience of visitors.
Bring the necessary identification, tickets, and cash with you on the Yatra.
Maa Vaishno Devi COVID recommendations
1. The COVID-19 antigen test will be required of believers travelling from other states. If the report is unfavourable, a person will only be permitted to continue.
2. The same exam will also be required of believers arriving from Jammu and Kashmir’s “red zone” districts.
3. During the entire yatra, face masks must be worn.
4. Any group or gathering will not be permitted inside the temple, and proper social distance will be maintained.
5. Price of Vaishno Devi Helicopter
6. One-way helicopter tickets cost INR 1045 per person from Katra to Sanjichhat or Sanjichhat to Katra.
7. Katra-Sanjichhat-fare Katra’s is INR 2090 for per passenger.
How may devotees pre-order a helicopter journey to Vaishno Devi?
For worshippers who are unable to walk or don’t have much time, Maa Vaishno Devi helicopter is also accessible.
Through the official website of the Shrine Board, pilgrims can purchase helicopter tickets. Sixty days before the trip, the helicopter can be reserved in advance. Passengers are required to have a valid photo ID, proof of address, and a debit or credit card on hand. Boarding may be refused if any of the required documents are missing.
Helicopter ticket purchase on the spot from Katra to Sanjichhat
Tickets for the helicopter from Katra to Sanjichhat can be purchased offline at the Current-Heli ticket desk with proper identification and travel documentation. The availability of the seats affects the offline ticket purchase.
Helicopter services hours
At 8:00 AM, helicopter flights from Katra to Sanjichhat begin. It takes 8 minutes to get there. The final ride departs around 7:00 PM (approx.). Helicopter flights depart from Katra and Sanjichhat every 20 minutes.
How do I get a private Vaishno Devi Darshan?
A ticket for the Katra-Sanjichhat-Katra helicopter is regarded as a VIP Pass, entitling the holder to VIP Darshan at the Bhawan. A one-way ticket from Sanjichhat to Katra or vice versa is not regarded as a VIP Pass.
Devotees who arrive at the Bhawan on foot or in any other vehicle than a helicopter are not eligible for a VIP Pass and are not permitted to get VIP Darshan at the Bhawan.
Can I reserve a Yatra Parchi ahead of time?
Yatra slips can be reserved in advance through the Shrine Board’s official website up to 60 days and as little as 4 days before the day of the trip. At 10:00 AM exactly 60 days in advance, online reservations go live. During the trip, devotees are required to have a printout of the Yatra slip and a valid photo ID.