Places to visit near Vaishno Devi

Top 13 Places To Visit Near Vaishno Devi

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There are many places to visit near Vaishno Devi which are mentioned on other travel sites. In this post, I will tell you about the places which you can visit when visiting Vaishno Devi.

Being a local of Jammu I know many places nearby and have visited almost all of them. I have seen many tourists searching for places to visit near Vaishno Devi but on the internet, you won’t find many. When I searched for places to visit near Vaishno Devi, some sites even showed places in Himachal Pradesh and in Ladakh. Are they joking? They are so far and so I decided to share all the places which are within a 100 Km radius near Vaishno Devi.

The top places which you can visit near Vaishno Devi are:

  • Baba Dhansar (13 Km from Vaishno Devi)
  • Nau Devi (9 Km from Vaishno Devi)
  • Shiv Khori (77.5 Km from Vaishno Devi)
  • Jhajjar Kotli (16 Km from Vaishno Devi)
  • Patnitop (85 Km from Vaishno Devi)
  • Mantalai (64.5 Km from Vaishno Devi)
  • Sudh Mahadev (88.8 Km from Vaishno Devi)
  • Baba Aghar Jitto (6.5 Km from Vaishno Devi)
  • Siyad Baba (29.5 Km from Vaishno Devi)

This was just a shortlist of places which you can visit near Vaishno Devi. The full list will all the details are mentioned below. So let’s check the places that you can visit near Vaishno Devi.

13 Places To Visit Near Vaishno Devi

I filtered 14 places that you can visit near Vaishno Devi within the 100 Km radius. Below is the list:

1. Baba Dhansar

Baba Dhansar
Source- Trip Advisor

Baba Dhansar is a very scenic and sacred place near Vaishno Devi where you can find many small and beautiful waterfalls. According to locals, Baba Dhansar who was a devotee of Lord Shiva used to meditate there. It is also believed that if you take a bath there your sins are washed. Also, devotees who prayed with complete faith told that their wishes became true. If you want to read more about Baba Dhansar, click here.

Distance From Vaishno Devi, Katra: 13 Km

How To Reach: Take a taxi or auto-rickshaw from Katra Bus Stand.

2. Nau Devi

Nau Devi
Source- Daily Excelsior

Nau Devi is 200 years old cave. Actually, there are two caves and one is dedicated to Goddess Durga and the other to Lord Shiva. The cave which is dedicated to Goddess Durga has pindis of 9 Devis. The other one has Shivling and 2 pindis of Lord Shiva and Maa Parvati. People who visit there experience a sense of fulfillment in the soul. If you want to know more about this place, click here.

Distance From Vaishno Devi, Katra: 9 KM

How To Reach: Take a bus, taxi or auto from Katra City. (It costs 200 to 300 for bus & 500-1000 for auto)

 

3. Jhajjar Kotli

Jhajjar Kotli

Jhajjar Kotli is a picnic spot near Vaishno Devi. This place has a lot of green surroundings and you can get refreshed in the waters of Jhajjar Kotli. A lot of locals come to this spot to enjoy during weekends. There are accommodation facilities which are maintained by Tourism Development Corporation.

Distance From Vaishno Devi, Katra: 16.1 KM

How To Reach: Take a taxi or a bus from Katra to Jhajjar Kotli.

4. Shiv Khori

Shiv Khori
Source- Wikipedia

People believe Lord Shiva meditated in Shiv Khori cave. He created the cave by throwing Trishul on the mountain nearby. When you go inside the cave, you will find 33 Crore impressions of Gods. It is also believed the other end of the cave ends at Amarnath in Kashmir. If you want to know more details about this place, you may click here.

Distance From Vaishno Devi, Katra: 77.5 KM

How To Reach: Take the JKSRTC bus or taxi from Katra.

5. Patnitop

Patnitop
Source – Wikipedia

Patnitop is a beautiful hill station located in the Udhampur district which is nearby Katra. During winters, it receives heavy snowfall and looks like a wonderland. There are many places which you can visit near Patnitop such as Sansar, Nathatop and Madhatop. There are a lot of adventure activities such as cycling, paragliding, skiing which you can do during your visit. I have a complete guide for Patnitop for you guys, click here to know more about it.

Distance From Vaishno Devi, Katra: 85 KM

How To Reach: Take a bus or taxi from Katra.

6. Mantalai

Mantalai
Source- Trip Advisor

If legends are to be believed Mantalai is the place where Lord Shiva and Maa Parvati got married. There is also a divine rock there that is believed to be a sign of their marriage.

Distance From Vaishno Devi, Katra: 64.5 KM

How To Reach: Take a bus or taxi from Katra.

7. Sudh Mahadev

Sudh Mahadev
Source – udhampur.nic.in

In Sudh Mahadev, Goddess Parvati used to worship shivling. According to legends, Goddess Parvati would first take a bath at spring called Gouri Kund and then worship the shivling which is still present there. The shivling is believed to be 3000 years old. There is also a water stream that originates there and disappears.

Distance From Vaishno Devi, Katra: 88.8 KM

How To Reach: Take a bus or taxi from Katra.

8. Baba Aghar Jitto

Baba Aghar Jitto
Source – reasi.nic.in

Baba Aghar Jitto was a farmer and a devotee of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi. He sacrificed his life as farmers were not getting the due share of agriculture crop from Jagirdar Bir Singh. There is also a statue of him near the road.

Distance From Vaishno Devi, Katra: 6.5 KM

How To Reach: Take a bus or taxi from Katra.

9. Siyad Baba

Siyad Baba
Source – reasi.nic.in

In Siyad Baba, there is a waterfall that is believed to be the biggest waterfall in Northern India. Tourists enjoy the waterfall and get refreshed. You should avoid visiting it in the monsoon season. You should definitely visit this place when you visit Vaishno Devi.

Distance From Vaishno Devi, Katra: 29.5 KM

How To Reach: Take a bus or taxi from Katra.

10. Bhim Garh Fort

Bhim Garh Fort
Source- reasi.nic.in

Bhimgarh Fort is also known as Reasi Fort and was renovated by Gulab Singh. The fort has a statue of Goddess Mahakali and the God of Hanuman. The fort also has a temple, a pond, and a treasury. If you want to know more details about the fort, click here.

Distance From Vaishno Devi, Katra: 23.6KM

How To Reach: Take a bus or taxi from Katra.

11. Dera Baba Banda Bhadur

Dera Baba Banda Bhadur
Source- reasi.nic.in

Dera Baba Banda Bhadur was a soldier of Guru Govind Singh. A gurdwara is made in remembrance of him on the banks of the Chenab river. Many people visit the pilgrimage on the eve of Baisakhi.

Distance From Vaishno Devi, Katra: 28.8 KM

How To Reach: Take a bus or taxi from Katra.

12. Salal Power Project

Salal Power Project
Source – Wikipedia

Salal Power Project is a dam located on the banks of the Chenab River. You can visit this place for getting some awesome views and to know about the working of a power project. If you want to know more, click here.

Distance From Vaishno Devi, Katra: 24.2 KM

How To Reach: Take a bus or taxi from Katra.

13. Sulla Park

Sulla Park
Source – Daily Excelsior

Sulla Park is a famous picnic spot near Vaishno Devi. People usually visit it in the summer season and take a dip in water to beat the scoring heat. It’s a great place which you can visit during your trip to Katra.

Distance From Vaishno Devi, Katra: 21.1 KM

How To Reach: Take a bus or taxi from Katra.

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