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A 90-minute (50 km) bus ride from Jammu takes travellers to Katra - base camp of pilgrims bound for the highly venerated Mata Vaishnodevi Shrine in the Trikuta hills. From Katra a 12.5 km trek takes visitors to the temple sited at a height of 5,200 feet above msl (mean sea level). En route to the temple, several interesting landmarks and resting points for pilgrims offer spectacular vistas of the plains below.
As with several other temples and shrines of ancient India, there’s a paucity of recorded history of the Vaishnodevi shrine. However a geological study of the holy cave which houses the temple has revealed the age of its formations to be over a million years. The oldest recorded reference to the temple is of Guru Gobind Singh’s visit to the shrine in the 16th century.
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