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Faith, mythical legends and the charm of walking on a well paved road winding up a Himalayan foothill with multiple facilities and breathtaking sights of the countryside makes Sri Mata Vaishno Devi both a popular pilgrim destination and a holiday option.
Mata Vaishnodevi in Katra, Jammu and Kashmir, India. How to get there. What to see. What to expect. What to take along.
Sure footed and sturdy, tough mountain ponies transport pilgrims up and down the 12 Km stretch at Vaishno Devi.
Worked by two to four man teams, palanquins or locally the Pithu lets pilgrims go up and down the 12 stretch at Vaishno Devi like the nobility of old.
In the 12th century A.D, Pandit Shridhar clambered up a rough mountain trail of the Trikuta mountain to reach the holy cave of the Vaishnodevi. Now pilgrims from across the country make the journey up on a well paved road with refreshment stalls and benches almost all the way to the top.