Devi Pindi Temple: Trekking Treasure


A trek to a ‘holy’, rather a ‘heavenly’ place Devi Pindian, a temple near the well-known Vaishno Devi shrine, in the lap of The Himalaya. The Devi Pindi temple is located near Katra district in Jammu region of Jammu and Kashmir. One can reach there with a minibus ride from Katra to Panthal. Then comes the trek on an undefined path.

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It starts with the 5 km trek after reaching Panthal which is an important bus junction of the district. The starting point is marked by a foundation stone which confirms the path. On the only walking track, there lies a water drain flowing with full force on one side and a deep gorge on the other side. Interestingly, one has to balance on one of the sidewalls of the drain which is actually the walking track. The government is still trying to construct a well-formed way to the shrine.

On this adventurous track, there’s a variety of flora and fauna making it sure that every sight is delightful. Huge peaks and hillocks on the way promise to keep the journey magnificent. The surroundings are a visual treat, particularly for a photographer. Near the shrine, there’s a stream which is the source of the drain.

The shrine is managed by a temple priest. The shrine is made in a similar fashion as Maa Vaishno Devi shrine. Here also the ‘teen pindian’ represent the three goddesses.

Bring your own food items when going there. It’s a great place for the people who seek an adrenaline rush. Visit this place to enjoy the untouched and clean beauty. Make it famous! Bring it on the tourism map! Let’s give it the place it deserves!