DAY 1 – DELHI TO KATRA – VAISHNODEVI YATRA

Vaishno Devi Tourism

Located in Trikuta hills, 13 kms from Katra (in Jammu and Kashmir); Vaishno Devi is a town that’s home to the famous Vaishno Devi Mandir. This renowned shrine allures millions of devotees from all over the world. Popularly known as Mata Rani, Vaishnavi and Trikuta, Vaishno Devi is a manifestation of the Hindu Goddess Durga. It is believed that during the pooja and aarti, Goddesses arrive at the Holy cave to pay their respect to Mata Rani. Devotees believe goddess herself calls the devotees to reach here.

The Holy shrine board had inception in 1986, and the temple has witnessed an increasing number of devotees ever since. Vaishno Devi is a religious trekking destination where pilgrims walk about 13km uphill to reach the caves which are among one of the 108 Shakti Peetha. It takes about 6-9 hours depending on the weather and pace. Ponies and Palanquins, as well as helicopter services, are available by various vendors to take you up there. The whole way is decently paved with lots of shops selling snacks, food and religious goods. There was 85.87 Lakh of devotees in the year 2018

DAY 2 – KATRA – SHIVKHORI

ON THE WAY LOCAL SIGHTSEEING

Shivkhori is a shrine located at Ransoo, a village in Reasi district, 80 km away from Katra. This shrine is dedicated to Lord Shiva and attracts thousands of devotees every year. Shivkhori literally means Shiva’s cave. It is a cave situated between hillocks and is a picturesque sight to behold. Buses and light vehicles safely travel up to Ransoo which is the base camp of pilgrimage for Shivkhori. From here, one needs to walk for 3 km on a constructed track to visit the shrine. Shivkhori is a natural cave which is 200 meters long, 1 meter wide and approximately 2 meters high. The cave is popular for its naturally formed ‘lingam.’ The first cavern of the cave is large enough to accommodate around 300 people. However, the inner chamber is smaller. Even if you are not religiously inclined, you can visit this place for its scenic views.

DAY 3 – SHIVKHORI – PATNITOP

PatniTop or Patnitop, is a hilltop tourist location in Udhampur district on the National Highway 44, on the way from Udhampur to Srinagar. It is located in the Shiwalik belt of the Himalayas, and is in Jammu and Kashmir. The river Chenab flows in close proximity to this location. Origin of the name PatniTop is a distortion of the original name of “Patan Da Talab” meaning “Pond of the Princess”. In olden times a pond existed in the meadows and the kings princess often used to have her bath there. Part of the pond still exists near the youth hostel. The Britishers probably couldn’t get the name correctly in their revenue records , and over the years it changed from “Patan Da Talab” to PatniTop.

 

PLACES TO SEE IN PATNITOP | PLACES TO VISIT IN PATNITOP

NATHATOP

SANSAAR PARAGLIDING

DAY 4- PATNITOP LOCALSIGHTSEEING

NAAG MANDIR

BILLOO KI POWRI

KUD PARK

CITY SHOPPING

MADHATOP

SHIVA GHAR

SUDH MAHADEV TEMPLE

DAY 5 END OF THE TRIP

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