There are two routes leading from Adikuwari temple to Bhawan. You can board battery operated cars from second route. The cost of battery operated cars is variable. But, you can board the car for around Rs 350 per person that would take you straight to the bhawan in extremely comfort zone.
You are only eligible for the VIP Darshan, if you hold a valid return ticket of Helicopter for the same day. For more information you need to check with the local tourism department.
Yes, this is possible. After you touch down at Jammu Airport, you can hire a rental cab to Katra. It would take approximately 2 hours to reach Katra. Book the Helicopter from Katra to Sanchichat (the total flight time is approx. 8 to 10 mins). After 3 hours of journey to Mata Vaishno Devi shrine, you return back to Katra and get laid back in your hotel room. Thereafter, quickly transfer to railway station to resume your journey to your home destination.
The helicopter ticket at present is available @ Rs 1,039 /-per person for one side. Mind it, there are no subsidiary rates, or commissions, or processing fee etc.
Well, the precise time of flight from Katra is between 08:30 A.M to 5:00 P.M. The flights operate on daily basis. If you want more information on flight timings, or anything else, visit the website of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine board.
It is important to note that Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine board has not authorized any local travel agents to book Helicopter tickets online. In case you are making any bookings through the local travel agents, you are doing it solely at your own risk factor. The tickets shall be cancelled and there will not be any refunds made whatsoever. There is also the possibility of legal action.
There are varieties of ways in which you can book the Helicopter tickets. It would be safe if you book the tickets from official website of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi shrine board. Tickets can also be booked through: www.maavaishnodevi.org .
The transportation cost would entirely depend on the number of persons in a group. If you are hiring an Innova, which can easily accommodate around 6 to 7 passengers, the cost would roughly be around Rs. 1500 either way. The cost varies, and therefore, you need to check it out with local taxi rental company.
Train is possibly the best economical and safest means of transportation to reach Katra. You are going to enjoy the travelling and it would turn out to be pleasurable experience.
The temple is open on all the days. However, during the time of Aarti, temple is closed for devotees. All devotees who are allowed entry into the temple premises will sit for the Aarti and seek blessings of Mata Vaishno Devi.
The ideal time of visiting Mata Vaishno Devi is middle of April, immediately after the Navratras festival. There is heavy rush during this time of the season. You need to pre-book the tickets for comfortable darshan of Mata Vaishno Devi.