The shrine of Mata Vaishno Devi, situated at the height of 5,300 ft in-between the folds of the Hill Trikuta Bhagwati is the most enchanting pilgrimage tour in India. This shrine is in the state of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K). The devotees have to walk the last 13kms to reach the shrine. The devotees who are unable to walk the stretch Palki and Pithoos at Vaishno Devi solve their immediate problem. There are computerized Railway Reservation Counter at Katra. The shrine Boards also manages five Bhojanalaya at Vaishno Devi. There are many nationalized and private Banks near Vaishno Devi
The Clock room and other facilities
Many devote who prefers to leave behind their extra luggage before the final Yatra can avail the cloak rooms Vaishno Devi. Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine has facilitated the clock rooms Vaishno Devi. Many hotels, lodges, and guesthouses offer clock rooms Vaishno Devi. However, in general the devotees are advised to travel light for an obvious reasons. The clock rooms Vaishno Devi are completely free of charge.
For many devotees, walking a stretch of 12-13 km is quite tiring and arduous, especially those who are elderly and overweight. However, some prefer to walk all the way. Many shops, sarais and other establishment offer clock rooms Vaishno Devi where you can offload your luggageâ€™s for light walking.
Palki and Pithoos at Vaishno Devi
You can also hire the Palki and Pithoos at Vaishno Devi at the start of the journey. Palki and Pithoos at Vaishno Devi can be hired from the assistance counter of shrine Board. It could be most advisable to hire the Palki and Pithoos at Vaishno Devi if you have a breathing problem or any other ailments. Often it is seen that devotes who went walking needs the Palki and Pithoos at Vaishno Devi while coming down due to exhaustion.
Shelter Sheds and Vishram Sthals
In the entire stretch, the devotees can find the comfort of Shelter sheds at different location all along the track. The Shrine Board has constructed these sheds. From Sanjhichhat to Bhawan the shelter sheds provide the necessary cover.
Bhojanalaya at Vaishno Devi
The Bhojanalaya at Vaishno Devi is mainly at Sanjhichhat. The three other Bhojanalaya at Vaishno Devi are at the main Bhawan. Bhojanalaya at Vaishno Devi serves varied traditional food 24x7. The Bhojanalaya at Vaishno Devi are famous for Rajma Chaval, Chole masala, Parantha, Shahi Paneer, etc.
Banks near Vaishno Devi
The Banks near Vaishno Devi has branches at Katra. Some of the Banks near Vaishno Devi like J&K Bank and Bank of Punjab provide ATM facilities. Other such as Banks near Vaishno Devi like UTI Bank, ICICI Bank, will be installing their ATMs anytime now. The Oriental Bank of Commerce (OBC) and J&K Bank are at the Bhawan complex itself. The Shrine Board in alliance with ICICI Bank has made the facility for the devotees to offer the donation through ICICI Bank ATMs. In the same way, the NRI devotees can donate to the shrine via Money2India system of ICICI Bank.
Railway Reservation Counters
To ease the overall journey of travellers, Shrine board and management committee at Vaishno Devi also arranges railway reservation facility at Vaishno Devi and nearest village Katra. Travellers can book train tickets without paying any extra charge at these locations.