Mata Vaishno Devi shrine is known and has a religious following of millions globally. The shrine is located around 12 km of walk from the Katra district. Katra is located around 2 hours drive from Jammu.
The walk of 12 km from Katra can also be done on:
- Battery cars
- Helicopter for people running short of time.
It is an extremely well-organized darshan which is now undertaken by Shrine board. They are continuously taking measure to improve the facilities and civic amenities.
The deities are placed in a cave which are in form of shrines(pinds). They can seen from a distance inside the cave. The shrine is open all times and the rush seems to never stop. Devotees are always there at any time of the day or year.
I prefer to walk always as I must have visited the place more than 10 times. It is a great caring and humble feeling when ascending up.