AMARNATH (14 DAYS) Tour Information

 
A pilgrimage to the Holy Shrine of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Ji is considered to be one of the holiest pilgrimages of our times. Popular the world over as Moonh Maangi Muradein Poori Karne Wali Mata, which means, the Mother who fulfills whatever Her children wish for, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Ji resides in a Holy Cave located in the folds of the three peaked mountain named Trikuta (pronounced as Trikoot). The Holy Cave attracts millions of devotees every year. In fact, the number of Yatris visiting the Holy Shrine annually now exceeds one crore. This is due to the unflinching faith of the devotees who throng the Shrine from all parts of India and abroad.
The Holy Cave of the Mother is situated at an altitude of 5200 ft. The Yatris have to undertake a trek of nearly 12 km from the base camp at Katra. At the culmination of their pilgrimage, the yatries are blessed with the Darshans of the Mother Goddess inside the Sanctum Sanctorum- the Holy Cave. These Darshans are in the shape of three natural rock formations called the Pindies. There are no statues or idols inside the Cave.Darshans are open round the clock throughout the year.

History of Vaishno Mata
The temple of Mata Vaishno Devi is very ancient according to the study conducted by the geologists. Legend has it that Mata Vaishno Devi had incarnated as a beautiful princess in Treta Yuga as a Shakti of Mother Parvati, Saraswati and Lakshmi for the welfare of mankind. She performed penances in the cave on Trikuta Mountain. When the time came, her body merged into the astral form of the three divine energies – Mahakali, Mahalakshmi and Mahasaraswati.
Her ardent devotee – Shridhar
Of all the popular legends of Mata Vaishno Devi, the most recent one is that of her ardent devotee, Shridhar, who lived about seven centuries ago. Shridhar and his wife were very devoted to the Mother Goddess. Once, Shridhar received a divine command in his dream to organise a bhandhara (public feast) in Her honour. Owing to his humble financial status, Shridhar failed to procure sufficient groceries for the public feast. He worried about the shame and guilt he shall be subject for failing to feed the guests the following day. Unable to sleep a wink the whole night, Shridhar resigned himself to destiny. As the sun rose in the firmament, villagers began arriving at the modest dwelling of Shridhar to partake of the feast. To Shridhar’s surprise, Goddess Vaishnavi appeared in his hut in the form of a little girl and by Her Will, the feast was prepared and served to the villagers. The villagers had their fill of the food except Bhairon Nath, who was one of the guests. When he demanded a meal of animal meal from Shridhar, Vaishno Mata refused to oblige Bhairon Nath on Shridhar’s behalf. Refusing to accept defeat and insult, Bhairon tried to catch hold of the divine girl, but failed to do so. Lo and behold! The girl vanished. This incident left other shocked, and Shridhar grief-stricken. He longed and pined to have darshan of His Mother. One night, Vaishno Mata appeared in Shridhar’s dream and showed him a way to a cave on Trikuta Mountain which houses her ancient shrine. Shridhar gladly did as told, discovered the holy shrine and devoted his life to her service. Later, the word spread everywhere about the shrine of Mata Vaishno Devi.
Vaishno Mata
According to the holy writ, before the great war between the Kurus and the Pandavas was about to begin in Kurukshetra, Lord Krishna advised Arjuna to worship Goddess Durga to obtains her grace. During his prayers, Arjun Arjun addresses the Divine Mother as ‘ Jambookatak Chityaishu Nityam Sannihitalaye’, which translates into ‘you who always dwell in the temple on the slope of the mountain in Jamboo’ (‘Jamboo’ comes from Jamboodweep, also refers to, India and its surrounding lands in ancient times). Pleased with his devotion, the Divine Mother grants Arjun the boon of victory over his enemies. It is also believed that the Pandavas have visited the shrine of Vaishno Devi on Trikuta mountain.
 
Helicopter
Helicopter services start from Katra on the foothills and the flight will drop you at Sanjhichatt. This visit to the sacred Shrine, enveloped by the clouds is the beginning of a breathtaking heli-hop.
A. Guidelines for Availing Helicopter Ticket at "Current Heli-Ticket Counter"
1. Yatra Registration Slip is mandatory for availing Helicopter ticket at "Current Heli-ticket Counter".
2. ID Proof of all the members of family (who intent to avail Heli ticket) will be required for current booking.
3. Proof of travel documents by Air/Train/Bus/Taxi is required likeTrain/Bus Tickets or any other proof.
4. Yatries shall beware of Touts/Travel Agents taking money for Helicopter Tickets.(Rate of Ticket (one side) Rs.1730/- per person.)
5. The tax rates as applicable shall charged on the date of Travel at the respective location in Katra/Sanjichhat.
B.   Guidelines for  Online Heli ticket Booking
You can register by click on New Devotee sign up create user name and password, close all links and open the website page again. Logon with the user name and password, click on Helicopter Services,  select date, route, no. of passenger, time etc.,  enter other passenger detail. At the end click on payment gateway, link open the bank site you can enter credit card number, CVV number (at back side of credit card) and expiry date. If the bank will accept your credit card and the message appear for Non secure site you can click on yes. Your booking is completed. You can obtain the printout of said page.

Please Note: In case the devotee has failed to take the print out of the reservation or in case any problem is being faced during transaction.
It is essential that the Devotee must check its Transaction Status in Successful Transaction details, Failed Transaction details and Refund Status of Failed Transaction details by simply login into the Online Services on our website with their correct username and password before repeating any transaction or making any new transaction.
If your Transaction is clearly showing up in the Successful Transaction details, then you need not to repeat the same reservation. You can simply take the printout of your reservation by clicking on the re-print option.
If your Transaction is clearly showing up in the Failed Transaction details, then your Transaction could be of Failure Status and no reservation is allotted against the Failure transaction. 
The mere deduction of amount by the respective Bank of the Devotee shall not be considered as confirmation for the reservation.
In case the amount has been deducted by the Bank and the transaction is showing-up in the “Failed Transaction details or Refund Status of Failed Transaction details”, then the Transaction could be of failure status and no reservation is allotted against the Failure transaction.The Devotee is requested to please forward their Transaction details viz.Track ID No/ Trace No, user ID and transaction date to online@maavaishnodevi.org for reconciliation and processing the refund case.  
Any refunds against the failure transaction shall be made online in due course of time into the respective card accounts of the devotee.
For any refund issue please send request at online@maavaishnodevi.org within 30 days after the date of travel. No request for refund shall be entertained beyond the specified period.
 
1. Passengers are requested to report at the departure heliport one hour before the notified departure time of the flight or at Reporting Time mentioned in the PTD. Passengers reporting beyond these timings shall be treated as “NO SHOW” , no refund against the NO SHOW Ticket.
2.Children below 2 years of age will be carried free of cost. However, such children shall be carried in the lap of the accompanying adult. In case of  dispute regarding age of infant, valid proof of age shall be the deciding factor.
 
HELICOPTER OPERATIONS
(A) The Helicopters shall operate subject to fair weather condition, clear visibility of the range prescribed by the DGCA and clearance by the ATC.
(B) The flight from Katra to Sanjichhat takes a total of approx. 08 minutes.
(C) 5-6 passengers can be accommodated in one flight. 
(D) One way fare from Katra to Sanjichhat or Sanjichhat to Katra (Fare  Rs.1730/- ) perpassenger and Katra-Sanjichhat-Katra (Fare Rs.3460/-) per passenger.
(E) Helipad is approx. 2 Km. from Bus Stand Katra at Udhampur Road.Vaishnodevi Bhawan is approx. 2.5 Km. from Helipad Sanjichhat.
(F)Online Helicopter Booking once done, shall not be Postponed or Pre- poned. However, in respect of online booked helicopter tickets for travel on Katra – Sanjichatt- Katra sector, the following policy for the cancellation and refund of helicopter ticket shall apply:
 
Online Helicopter tickets booked through Shrine Board’s website shall be cancelled through Online Mode only, which facility is available on Shrine Board’s official website. No request for cancellation of Online helicopter tickets shall be entertained through any mode other than Online cancellation. Request for such cancellation by approaching any of counters of SMVDSB through physical production of tickets etc. shall not be entertained under any circumstance.
Yatris who have booked their helicopter tickets through Shrine Board's official website can cancel their helicopter tickets online by logging on the website with their username and password. 
70% of the Fare shall be refunded to the Yatris who have booked their helicopter tickets through Shrine Board’s official website, and have subsequently cancelled their tickets online for whatever reasons. Remaining 30% of the amount for the booked ticket shall accrue to the Shrine Board as processing charges.
 

Tour Itinerary


Tour Furnished below


Day   1   :    Board train from Howrah (Jammu Tawai Exp.)
Day   2   :    Full day at train.
Day   3   :    Arrival at Jammu & transfer to Katra. (In the evening Vaishnodevi Darshan).
Day   4   :    Full day rest. Night stay at Katra.
Day   5   :    Katra to Pahelgam.
Day   6   :    Pahelgam to Chandanbari (Yatra start). Night stay at Seshnag.
Day   7   :    Seshnag to Panchtarani  via Sonmarg. Night stay at Panchtarani.
Day   8   :     Panchtarani (6km) to Gufa (Baba Darshan). Night stay at Srinagar.
Day   9   :    Srinagar local sightseeing (Mughal Garden, Shalimar Garden, Nishat Bagh, Hazarat Bal and Shankaracharya Mandir). Night stary at Srinagar.
Day  10  :     Srinagar to Gulmarg and back. Night stay at Srinagar.
Day  11  :     Full day free to relax. Night stay at Srinagar.
Day  12  :     Board train from  Jammu railway station (Jammu Tawai Exp.)
Day  13  :    Full day at train.
Day  14  :     Reach at Kolkata.THE TOUR ENDS.
 
Documents  require
7 Copies of coloured passport size photo (each).
Xerox copy of Voter/Aadhar Card.
2 Postpaid connections

N.B. : THE ITINERARY MAY BE ALTERED AT ANY TIME DUE TO THE CONVENIENCE OF OUR TOUR MANAGER.