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Travel from Vaishno Devi Bhawan to Bhairo Ghati in 5 Minutes with Vaishno Devi Ropeway

Vaishno Devi, located in the Trikuta Mountains in Jammu, is one of the most visited Hindu pilgrimage destinations in India. There are two ways to reach Vaishno Devi: hiking and ropeway. While hiking takes you about 3 hours, the Vaishno Devi Ropeway takes you to Bhairo Valley (where the temple is situated) within 5 minutes.

It is the easiest, time saving and most convenient way of reaching this holy destination. The ropeway also makes the temple accessible throughout the year, unlike before when it would be rendered inaccessible because of landslides and heavy snowfall. It is particularly beneficial for senior citizens and physically handicapped people, for whom hiking can present a lot of challenges and difficulties.

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Highlights of Vaishno Devi Ropeway

Vaishno Devi Ropeway

  • The newly opened ropeway would reduce the time taken to reach Bhairo Valley from Vaishno Devi Bhawan to 5 minutes from 3 hours.
  • The ropeway inaugurated by the Governor of Jammu & Kashmir, Satyapal Malik would cost devotees INR 100 per person.
  • The project which was started in 2013, the ropeway would help old pilgrims reach the Bhairo Mandir without having to extensively trek.
  • The picturesque aerial view of the Bhairo Valley is one of the major attractions on the Vaishno Devi ropeway.
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Vaishno Devi Ropeway

The Divinity of Vaishno Devi

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.

One of the holiest pilgrimage destinations in India, the Hindu pilgrimage destination is visited by thousands of devotees every year, seeking the divine blessings of Mata Vaishno Devi.

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Vaishno Devi Mandir

Best Time to Visit Vaishno Devi

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.

Places to See in and around Vaishno Devi

Vaishno Devi Temple – The main cave temple is the biggest pilgrimage attractions in the region. Housing Goddess Mata Adi Shakti, the Vaishno Devi temple is the biggest tourist attraction in the trip.

Ardh Kuwari Cave – Before making Bhavan her abode, Mata Adi Shakti is believed to have spent 9 months in this cave.

Bhairavnath Temple – Dedicated to the saint Bhairavnath, no trip to Katra or Mata Vaishno Devi is ever complete without having visited the famous Bhairavnath Mandir.

Nau Devi Temple – Located near Katra, the cave temple houses 9 deities which are incarnations of Goddess Durga.

Dera Baba Banda – Located near Katra, the 300 years old Gurudwara is dedicated to Baba Banda Bahadur.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Q.From where does the Vaishno Devi ropeway start and where does it end?

The Vaishno Devi ropeway starts from Vaishno Devi Bhawan and ends at Bhairon Mandir.

Q.What is the cost of a ticket for the Vaishno Devi ropeway?

The cost of a ticket for the Vaishno Devi ropeway is 100 INR per person.

Q.How many people can travel in the Vaishno Devi cable car at one time?

The Vaishno Devi cable car can accommodate 45 people at one time.

Q.What are the timings of the Vaishno Devi ropeway?

The Vaishno Devi ropeway will be available from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

Q.How long will it take from Vaishno Devi Bhawan to Bhairon Valley in the ropeway?

It will take you 3 minutes at most from Vaishno Devi Bhawan to Bhairon Valley in the ropeway.

Q.Is the Vaishno Devi ropeway available for everybody?

Yes, anybody can avail the Vaishno Devi Ropeway to reach the Vaishno Devi Mandir.

Q.Is the Vaishno Devi cable car air conditioned?

Yes, the Vaishno Devi cable car is fully air conditioned.

Published: 27 Jan, 2021

About the author


Born and brought up in the Lucknowi tehzeeb, Ashwini wishes to someday settle in a quaint little town in the Himalayas. If you do not find him daydreaming about his travel plans, you’ll find him exploring the vastness of Youtube and Netflix. A travel romantic and a cricket fanatic, he also wishes to try every cuisine ever made in this world.