Saturday, July 11, 2015

Jammu-Katra trip from Delhi

I bet, you won’t need any other help for your Jammu-Katra trip after reading this complete trip detail here.
Our trip started from Delhi. So, let’s start it from New Delhi Railway station only. We reached New Delhi station by 1PM, had our lunch there near the station’s restaurant and then boarded for Rajiv Chowk Metro Station. Since, we had ample time to board our bus from Maharana Pratap ISBT, Kashmere Gate which was scheduled to depart by 9:30PM; we decided to move Connaught place, central park, Palika Bazar had some shopping there. We then directly moved back to Rajiv Chowk Metro Station by 7PM. boarded the metro for Kashmere Gate Metro station by 7:10PM and reached Kashmere Gate metro station in around 15 minutes.
ISBT is in walking distance from Kashmere Gate Metro station. We first searched for Bus tickets, bought the bus tickets and then went straight to Mac Donald’s, had our light dinner there and boarded the bus by 9:45PM which got late by 15 minutes.
Bus took almost 12 hours to Jammu, we reached Jammu by 10 AM freshened there in a nearby hotel, had our breakfast and then went for Governor’s house near Hari Palace. Hari Palace is a beautiful Palace to visit in Jammu. Why Hari Palace? Is because it’s very near to Jammu Tawi Railway station and we could afford to go there and come back by 3PM from there.
Jammu-Katra trip by bus
Jammu-Katra trip by bus

Jammu-Katra trip by bus
Jammu-Katra trip by bus 2

Jammu-Katra trip by bus
Jammu-Katra trip by bus 3

We then took a bus from Jammu bus stand. Jammu bus stand is bit far from Jammu Railway Station so, better have around 1 hour in hand to reach there, as traffic may take its toll.
Gold throne in Jammu Hari Palace
Gold throne in  Hari Palace, Jammu

Hari niwas palace in Jammu
Hari Singh statue, Hari niwas palace in Jammu

Hari Niwas palace on the banks of Tawi river
Hari Niwas palace on the banks of Tawi river

Then we took the bus by 4:30PM from Jammu and bus took around 1:30 hours to reach Katra.
We had to trek the mountain same night, so first thing we had to do was to get the pass for Mata Vaishno Devi Mountain, that day we first thought we were unfortunate to reach there, as we reached there by 6PM and counter for pass tickets were closed by 5PM.
So, we tried some other ways and found that there were some internet cyber cafes which were making pass for the treks in minutes. We asked them and they made 4 passes for us.
Hurray!!
We have now the pass with us, we then deposited our heavy luggage at the cloak room, had our dinner and directly went ahead for the trek. Reached the checking gate checked our belongings, do not carry any explosives, knives, laptops or tabs/iPads, Cameras with you, they don’t allow these kind of belongings to pass from the check Gate.
So, the trek for holiest mountain had started with the “Jai Mata Di” roar.
It took around 7 hours for us to reach the top at the temple, had the Mata Darshan.
We then went to Bhairavnath temple and returned back from there to the cloak room where we had kept our luggage. We took some rest there in Katra and boarded the bus back to Jammu in evening. We reached Jammu, stayed there for one night as we had planned to board train from Jammu for Delhi next day by around 11:45AM.
Everything went as per the plan and we again had shopping in Jammu near Jammu Tawi railway station, boarded the train and then reached Delhi same night.
And thus our trip for Jammu-Katra ends from Delhi to Jammu-Katra-Delhi.

Wishing you all a happy journey.
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