Tuesday, September 2, 2014


A fortnight back, visit to the shrine of Mata Vaishno Devi via Katra alongwith my OLD parents and others was a marvellous experience.

From Ludhiana I reached Pathankot by train. Stayed with my relatives overnight.

In the morning boarded another train called DEMU at 4.30 am from Pathankot (Punjab) in India. Cleanliness was excellent. Thanks to Indian Railways,

My parents were with me. That was a great feeling, satisfaction and best experience of my life.
The train crossed many tunnels and bridges.The scenery of hills, forests, waterfalls, flowing rivers was mesmerising. I was completely lost and enjoyed the journey.

At 11 am, the train reached Katra station.

The beauty of the station beats many international airports.

Electric elevator, international level open restaurant, A/c lounges, unique antique departmental store are the part of this newly inauguarated railway station by Shri Narender Modi, Prime Minister of India on 4th July,2014 built at a cost of about Rs.1154 crores.

We enjoyed the breakfast at the restaurants. Rates are very reasonable. Even the rates are less than the rates at restaurant in our cities.

Slept for a while, refreshed and deposited the bag of articles in the locker.

Visited the shrine on next morning. Arrangements by Government run Vishno Mata Shrine Board are excellent. All young and old walked without any fear. The entire route up to the shrine  is fully shaded.

I think, this is the nearest and the cheapest "health pilgrimage" from Delhi and surrounding areas.

Fresh, unpolluted air, pure water from the natural water falls energises the body and cleanses the body-systems.I will be spending 2 days every month here to keep my body fit.

Trains are aplenty from all stations like Delhi up to Jammu and Udhampur and even up to Katra. Even new trains from Bombay, Ahmedabad and other far off stations have started.

We enjoyed a lot. The cost was as if we have visited a Fun Park in our city.

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