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

Travel from Vaishno Devi Bhawan to Bhairo Ghati in 5 Minutes with Vaishno Devi Ropeway
Published:27 Dec, 2018/

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 Need for a Ropeway

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.

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.

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.

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.
Published:27 Dec, 2018
Ashwini

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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.

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