Thursday, 8 November 2012

Vaishno Devi Yatra report

Some important milestone of this journey was:
·         With Maa Vaishno grace, it was my 16th journey to Vaishno Devi shrine.
·         Left  from Ambala for Jammu via Hemkunt express at 9.30 PM on 03.11.2012
·         Reached Jammu Tawi at 4.40 AM on 04.11.2012.
·         Took bus from Railway Station and reached Katra at 7.00 AM
·         After taking Yatra Parchi, I took a shared auto for Banganga.
·         As I was carrying a very light bag on my back and also having sufficient time and energy, moved from BanGanga on foot and walked at constant speed.
·         Reached Adkumari at 9.00 PM. skipped the temple and took new shortcut to Bhawan.
·         Took 30 minutes break for Breakfast and  Tea at Himkoti (10.00 AM)
·         Reached at Bhawan at 11:00 AM
·         After having a bath in chilled water, have Darshan of Maa Vaishno Devi Shrine.
·         Went to Lord Shiva cave adjacent to shrine.
·         Started return journey at 12.15 PM, reached Bhairon Temple at 12.50 PM after 1.5 KM steep hike.
·         After Darshan, again started walking. As there is no ascend after Bhairon but only descend, walking speed increased.
·         Reached Banganga at 4.00PM. After little shopping reached Katra Bus stand at 4.30 PM
·         Used more than 3500 stairs (up+ down).
·         Completed whole journey (Katra to Katra) in 9 hrs. Shortest time for me. Previous shortest time was 10.00 hrs.
·         Reached Railway station at 7.45 PM. My seat was booked in Shalimar which departed at 9PM and reached Ambala at 4.45 AM (05.11.2012)
·         Reached home at 05.30 AM.
·         Jai Mata Di… Jai Mata Di… Jai Mata Di… Jai Mata Di… Jai Mata Di… Jai Mata Di… Jai Mata Di…


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