Bhairon Nath Mandir, which is located about a couple of kilometres from the Vaishno Devi temple has been known to be a tough trek. The trek is roughly an hour long and is usually quote difficult for the elderly. Well, not anymore. A new ropeway system as just been inaugurated from the Vaishno Devi Bhawan to the Bhairon Baba Mandir, reducing the journey to time to just 3 minutes.
The ropeway can carry 800 people every hour and will be operational one way only. The project cost around 85 crore rupees. The cabins and equipment are comparatively modern, with parts that were imported from Switzerland. The ropeway system is jointly built by the Damodar Ropeways Construction Pvt Ltd and Garaventa AG, Switzerland. Although it was ready to operate in early November, the trials began on 26 November 2018 and were completed within in a week.
The trials also included mock drills for rescue operations and disaster management. Evacuation drills were also practised by the DMTF or the Disaster Management Task Force of the shrine board. A section of SDRF police force FROM Reasi also took part in the drill. The inauguration took place a month later by the Jammu & Kashmir governor Satya Pal Malik.
According to statistical data, only 30 per cent of pilgrims visiting the Vaishno Devi temple push forward to the Bhairon Baba Mandir which is due to the steep climb. This is likely to change since the inauguration. The ropeway fee is heavily subsidised and is set at 100? per person.
Mata Vaishno Devi Ropeway Price
INR 100 per person
Vaishno Devi Mandir
Tickets are available on the spot at Bhawan