By anish on Feb 28, 2006
Recent India Trip Feb 2006
I was in India and went to visit the holy Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine on Feb 18.
First I traveled by bus with a couple of friends to the town of Katra. We then
took an auto-rickshaw to Ban Ganga which forms the Holy Entrance for the trek.
The temple is located at 5200ft above sea level and is 13 kilometers (~8 miles) away from Ban Ganga.
One could walk along the serpentine paved path or walk up the steps all the way to the top.
We walked along the path and took the steps most of the way down.
Here is a View of Trikuta Hills taken about 50 miles away shows the serpentine trekking route
to the top of the hills ( see the white dotted lines). I have seen people run, crawl and roll up
the entire path. Our visit (or darshan) was successfully done within 8 hours.
On an unrelated topic, here is a picture of an Elephant near my house in Jammu Tawi.