Vaishno Devi Yatra Parchi: Once a pilgrim reaches Katra, He/She has to obtain a yatra parchi from the permit counter of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board. The Permit counter is located adjacent to bus stand and taxi stand.The Permit is known as in Local Language as "Yatra Parchi" and permit counter is known as "Yatra Parchi Counter".The counter remains open everyday from 6:00 am to 10:00 pm.About 23,000-24,000 pilgrims are permitted to proceed everyday on rush days from Katra to Vaishno Devi Ji.
Offline Yatra Parchis are given to Pilgrims free of Cost (Except for Online Yatra Parchi) on a first come first served basis.In case the number of pilgrims coming for darshan on a particular day exceeds 23,000 - 24,000, the remaining pilgrims are issued "Yatra Waiting Slips" from the same counters.A maximum number of 9 persons can be registered against one yatra parchi by the staff on duty.Each parchi contains the name of the leader of the party.His/Her place of residence and the number of males, females and children in the group of the nine.
Children below 5 years of age are not entered in the yatra parchi.Corresponding entries are made simultaneously by the staff in the registers maintained by the board to keep track of the pilgrimage.A senior officer of Shrine Board sits at the counter to supervise and monitor things.A group number is allotted to each yatra parchi.
Validity of Yatri Parch is 6:00 hours,which means that devotee is required to cross first check post located at Banganga with in 6 hours of the issue of the yatra Parchi.In case,he fails to do so,he will have to get a new yatra parchi.It is worth mentioning here that any yatri who is not in possession of Yatra Parchi will be turned back from Ban Ganga Check post and will not be allowed to proceed further.In a rare case,if a yatri is found in En route-Bhawan without Yatra Slip, he/She shall not only be turned back but a disciplinary action can be taken against him/her.
Offline Yatra Parchi can also be obtained from the Saraswati Dham Jammu free of cost
Benefits of Yatra Parchi
- Once you get yourself registered at the Yatra Registration Counter (YRC),you will will issued a Yatra Parchi.When a yatra parchi is issue to devotee, He/She will get an insurance cover of Rs 100000/- (For Majors) and Rs 25000/- (For Minors) against any accidental casualty (Not Including Natural Deaths including Heart Attacks)
- The Yatra Parchi is to be preserved till you have a darshan of Mata Ji and you will have darshan only on the basis of group number mentioned in your Yatra Parchi.
Online Yatra Parchi
Apart from getting the Yatra Parchi at the designated counters in Katra,It is now possible to get the Yatra Parchi Online.For obtaining Online Yatra Parchi,you have to get registered yourself as a Devotee on the Official Website of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board (www.maavaishnodevi.org) .Rs 50/- will be charged per devotee against the Online Yatra Parchi