Transportation in Vaishno Devi

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  • Cab/Taxi

    The safest and the most convenient way to explore the beauty of Katra is travelling in a hired cab/taxi. While hiring a one, you should always check if the cab drivers have valid licenses and are experienced enough to drive safely on the steep hilly slopes.

  • On Foot

    Although Katra has steep hilly slopes, and walking can be strenuous, it is one of the best ways to explore Katra. The weather is pleasant during the summers – ideal for walking in the fresh mountain air. Even during the winters, with adequate warm clothing, walking can be fun!

  • Helicopter

    Helicopter services are available from Jammu to Sanjichat and from Katra to Sanjichat for pilgrims. It takes about 20 minutes from Jammu to reach Sanjichat in a helicopter and about 10 minutes from Katra to Sanjichat.

  • Horses and ponies

    You can either trek your way up from Katra to the Bhawan or you can hire a pony or a horse to get you to the Bhawan. They are readily available at reasonable prices. But the horses and ponies are available only for those pilgrims who take the old route to the Bhawan; they are not allowed on the new route. On a horse or a pony, it generally takes six to six-and-a half-hours to get to the Bhawan. Trekking on the old route takes considerably more time as the route is longer and steeper than the new route.