Good news for devotees visiting Vaishno Devi, from Sunday 24, a ropeway has been opened for the devotees traversing across Vaishno Devi Bhawan and Bhairo Mandir. The newly opened up ropeway will reduce the travel time from 3 hours to 5 minutes. After a successful trial run of Sunday, the ropeway would be accessible to the devotees from Monday.
The distance between Vaishno Devi Bhawan and Bhairo Valley isn’t much but because of extreme ascent, the hike turns to a tiring one. Also, since a majority of devotees visiting Vaishno Devi are old, the ropeway would help them reach Bhairo Mandir easily and faster. The distance between the Vaishno Devi Bhawan and Bhairo Valley is 1.5 km but it’s a 3 hours hike. But with the newly inaugurated ropeway, devotees can reach Bhairo Ghati in 5 minutes. Also, in the cases of landslides and heavy snowfall, the trails used to be inaccessible but the ropeway would make the temple accessible all the time. In a survey, it was concluded that only 40% of the total devotees successfully reach the temple top.
Located in Katra at the Trikuta Mountains within the Indian state of Jammu & Kashmir, Vaishno Devi also knows as Mata Rani, Vaishnavi is a manifestation of the Hindu Goddess Mata Adi Shakti. Mata Adi Shakti is also known as Chandi or Durga. Vaishno Devi temple is a cave temple nestled in the divine Himalayan mountains and the only access to the temple is through the mountains. From Katra to Vaishno Devi Bhawan, you can use any of these modes of transportation, ponies, trekking, electric vehicles, ropeway, and Palki.
Vaishno Devi is open to pilgrims throughout the year, but the best time to visit Vaishno Devi is between March and October. Being a Himalayan destination, winters can be extremely cold, hence the moderate to pleasant climate between March and October allows easy access to the cave temple in Jammu. Also, another major time to visit Vaishno Devi is during Navratras.