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Vaishno Devi – A two part series – Part One

Vaishno devi Temple
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  • ­­­­­­We were six friends and one day decided to go Vaishno Devi temple  in Jammu.
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    ♦ 11 March 2010 We got reservation in Garib Rath train which leaves from Kathagodam to Tawi station (Jammu) in every Tuesday once a week at 6.30pm, we paid Rs.568 each. We all were excited about our journey, and we all prepared for it, after some days our dream was going to become true.

    Kathgodam Railway Station

    Kathgodam Railway Station

    ♦ 23 March 2010We went to Haldwani by bus its 90 Km far away from here, we reached Haldwani at 4.30 pm then Babbu bought lower (morning walk kit) and we came back Kathagodam station; we saw the train was ready to leave station; we got into the compartment and took berth. The train was left 6.30pm.We were going to travel 769km nonstop, inside the compartment there was cold because entire compartment was 3AC.It was over night journey for us and that was my first long journey.

    Katra (Jammu)

    Katra (Jammu)

    ♦ 24 March 2010-­­­­­­­We reached in Tavi station (Jammu) at 9.30 am morning, where my friend Jaggi (Jagmohan Singh ) was waiting for us in station arrival gate. He lives in R.S.Pura in Jammu which is 25 km far from Jammu city. He is my best friend, i met him in Almora last year when he had come here with his father. He is graduate from Cyprus University in Cyprus , we met him in station and we all were glad because met him after one year. Jaggi arranged everything for us, we went to hotel where Jaggi booked a six bed room before our reaching. Whole day we took rest in hotel room and evening we moved on market and Jaggi told us next day plan that how can we go to Katra (it is main city to go Vashno Devi).
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    ♦ 25 March 2010We got up in early morning and prepared to go, we went to local bus stop where got bus for Katra. Katra is 40km far from Jammu city. We reached in Katra around 11.30am.Jaggi told us about security and other important things before start climbing. We have to go 13km on foot; it was very long distance for us. One time we felt nervous, how can we reach on the top of Mountain because it is situated 13km far from Katra city however Helicopter facility was also available there but it was too expensive for us .We started journey afternoon, and reached top at 4pm.When we reached there, we saw very rush spread temple area.Finaly we decided that we should be on the queue. There were many devotees come across India wide, not only Hindu devotees but also different religious devotees present there. We got stuck on the queue 6 hours for Mata’s Darshan.After 6 hours we entered inside the Temple and did worship for a while, after that we felt lucky & fortunate. We were getting tire. In spite of doing rest, we decided to go another destination & our next destination was Patnitop, it is situated at between Jammu & Srinagar highway. It is 150km far from Jammu & 100km form Katra city…..

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