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Old 14th October 2011, 20:23   #16
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Planning to visit in January. Is it a good time to visit this place in January?
If you are OK with the winter season then there is no issue at all. But do the trek in day time.

Shrine is open 24*7, 365 days. And yes rush will be less.
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The shrine is open round the year. It would be the coldest month in the year though. You can expect less crowds during this time.
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If you are OK with the winter season then there is no issue at all. But do the trek in day time.

Shrine is open 24*7, 365 days. And yes rush will be less.
Thanks! Much appreciated! Will get back with some tentative dates to seek some help.
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Reviving an old thread. Guys how to book the helicopter ride to the shrine? The official website for the same shows no dates available for a whole month and you cannot book for after a month. Is there any other trick/travel agent to approach for making a booking?
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Reviving an old thread. Guys how to book the helicopter ride to the shrine? The official website for the same shows no dates available for a whole month and you cannot book for after a month. Is there any other trick/travel agent to approach for making a booking?
Just been to Vaishno Devi on 30 Mar. Couldn't get chopper tkt for upward journey. So walked up. But got tickets for all four of us on return leg from the Global Vectra counter at the top. I have had a similar experience during an earlier trip in Oct 2011 too. I think some of the hotels offer packages with heicopter included. Officially tickets can only booked online thru the shrine board site.
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I will be visiting the shrine again this weekend. It's been almost 5 years since my last visit.

Anything particular that I need to consider apart from usual trip preparation ?

We are planning to start our trek on Saturday night as we want to attend the morning Aarti ( The one that is aired on Shraddha channel).

PS - Though for the past one month I was doing lots of cardio exercises to prepare myself for the 13 km long trek, I am now having cold and mild fever sinc last 2-3 days. I am bit better today, hoping to be back in shape by Friday. Anything specific for this scenario?

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We completed darshan on 13th April.
I think you are well prepared for the trip. No worries.
Depending on what time you are planning to start the climb, it gets really chilly on top in early morning. We started our climb 4:30 AM and were able to reach dham at 9:30 AM. We had two kids (10 and 6 yrs old) in our party.
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