Best Way to Reach Vaishno Devi for Elderly Couple from Delhi

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Planning a trip to the Holy Shrine of Vaishno Devi? Here are some tips to help you plan your trip.

How to Reach Vaishno Devi Easily?

Vaishno Devi temple is located in a small town called Katra, 50 km from Jammu. It is a small town, which serves as base camp for the yatra to the Holy Shrine, which is a 13.5 km uphill trek. Katra is well connected to Jammu by different modes of transportation. There are two major ways of reaching the temple.

1. Reach Katra via Jammu. Jammu is around 580 Kms from Delhi and well-connected through road, air, and rail.
2. Reach Katra directly through Train

Read on to find out what is the best mode of transport for you.
1. By Road
2. By Air
3. By Train

By Road:

You can reach the temple via road transport, by either boarding a bus or by personal or hired conveyance. Several public and private Road Transport Corporations operate buses that take you straight to Katra, avoiding a halt at Jammu. And if you plan on going by car, you can get on the National Highway 1A that passes through Jammu, towards Srinagar. However, travelling by road is not the best option as it can be very tiresome and uncomfortable especially for the elderly. Also, the way to Jammu passes from rugged terrains, and if you must travel by road, it is advisable to hire an experienced driver to commute.

By Air:

Reaching Vaishno Devi Shrine by air is the fastest way to get there. Jammu Airport has regular flights connecting Jammu to Delhi and the rest of the country. Once you arrive at the airport, you can easily avail a cab or board a bus to cover your distance till Katra. Katra is 49 Kms away from the airport, and it takes about an hour to get there. For elderly, cabs may be a better option.

By Train:

Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Katra railway station is the nearest station to the pilgrimage. Many trains run from Delhi and other major cities of North India to Katra via Jammu. You can board the train from Delhi at night and reach Katra early morning and start fresh. During peak season, special trains ply for the comfort of the passengers.

Trains are always preferable when making such journeys, especially with family and elders. This way you don’t get tired on the trip and get ample of time to rest. Trains are safer, provide more room for luggage and affordable. What’s more, you can always track your train arrival time and train running status to be doubly assured, thanks to user-friendly mobile apps.

Availability of Trains:

There are close to 18 trains that can take you to Katra from New Delhi. You can choose from Express trains and Super Fast trains. From Delhi, Delhi Sarai Rohilla - Udhampur AC Express is the fastest train that takes about 10 hours and 40 minutes to cover the distance to Udhampur. From Udhampur, you can hire a cab till Katra which is a 1-hour drive.

Other trains like Sarvodaya Express, Swaraj Express, Hapa SVDK Express, Malwa Express and Shri Shakti AC Express take you to the closest station, i.e., Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Katra railway station. With live train status available online and through mobile apps, train journeys are now safe and convenient especially for the elderly.

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Once you reach there, there are private hotels available and dharamshalas run by the Shrine Board. You can choose one according to your preference and affordability. It is best to start your journey to the shrine in the evening when you are well rested. It takes about four to six hours to get to the main temple, and the trek downhill takes about three to four hours.

Have a safe and fun trip!


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I am Rohit Thakur. Travel freak & Food lover. I like to explore the adventures occurred during travelling at different places in India.

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