Katra (50 kms from Jammu) is visited for Vaishnodevi temple and the town is base camp for visiting the famous Ma Vaishnodevi Shrine (5,300 ft asl), which is 13 Km uphill walk from Katra. Those who are unable or not wanting to take pains to climb on foot can opt for a horseback or a Palanquin (Palki). There is an option to take Helicopter ride as well. Guests taking helicopter option get priority Darshan at the temple.
Guests not taking helicopter, make it a point to visit Adhkwari Temple (at around Half way point) and Bhairon Baba temple. Without covering these temples alongwith Vaishnodevi temple the yatra is considered incomplete.
Those walking uphill and back down visiting Adhkwwari and Bhairon Baba temple, it can take anything from 10 to 14 hours before they can return to the hotels (Including waiting time at the Vaishnodevi Temple). It may take longer during season due to waiting time for the queues.
Stay Duration: Typically guests arriving early morning and taking train the second day evening or those being able to take a Helicopter ride to the temple stay for 1 night. Otherwise a two-night stay is recommended.