How and Where to Donate at Vaishno Devi?

Most of the people going for Vaishno Devi Yatra, are confused about ‘where to donate’? The answer to this question is at ‘Central Shrine Board’. Now the next question is what is this central shrine board? So let’s talk about it in detail.

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Shrine Board:

The Central Shrine Board is used for accepting and maintaining the donations made by pilgrims. This central board is responsible for carrying out many development programs. Due to presence of such a vice community, it becomes easier to maintain the whole record of donations done by devotees, and also to use it for the development work of temple and its surrounding. In J & K there are total four Shrine counters, one is at Bhawan, another one at Sanjichatt, next at Adhkuwari, and last one is at Niharika Complex, Katra.

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The money kept at such a shrine boars are exempted from income tax, so there is no any limit for the maximum amount of money to donate. In today’s fast growing world, most of the people did at least one mistake, and in the return of these mistakes they prefer to donate something at any of the famous religious places. The trend of such donations is more popular in India, due to which there is continuous increment in the donated properties of temples. There are multiple temples in India, whose yearly turnover is more than 10 crores, some of them are Golden Temple at Amritsar, Vaishno Devi Temple at Kashmir, Shirdi Sai Baba Temple, Isckon Temple, Balaji Temple at Hyderabad and so on.

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At these shrine boards, it is not compulsory to make donations only in the form of cash, but cheques and demand drafts are also accepted here. Here the cheques and demand drafts should be payable to Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board, Katra or Jammu. To send these cheques and demand drafts by post, the address of this shrine board is provided below:

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Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board

Central Office, SMVDSB,

Katra – 182 302

Phone – 01991 – 32025

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Due to such a huge rush of devotees in India, there is great demand for such Shrine Boards to maintain the donations. As Vaishno Devi is one of the most famous temples in India, here is also Shrine Boards are more famous, that’s why most of the tourists prefer to stay at ‘Hotels near Shrine Board’.

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Koregaon Park – A Place of celebrations

Koregaon Park in Pune is a place of international cuisines, unlimited celebrations like parties, buffets or any other personalized outdoor catering coming together below one roof with ‘Mojo Buffet’, OUZOS and ‘Grappa Garden’. Koregaon Park is located in the south region of Mula – Mutha River, in Pune. It is one of the most prestigious places in Pune. Previously it was just a residential area with lush green scenery, but now it grows to become a commercial market place in city. Though this region is completely renovated as per new generation, but still the old bungalows and parks are located there in the narrow lanes of Koregaon Park.

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Link to Pune:

Koregaon Park is linked with Pune city via two major roads namely North Main Road and South Main Road. These two main roads are connected by the link road. Aga Khan Bridge also connects Koregaon Park with another famous neighborhood of Pune i.e. Kalyani Nagar. One more road is recently constructed to give a passage for Mundhwa and Magarpatta. The famous cantonment place is at a distance of couple of kilometers from Koregaon Park. Along with this, the main modes of transportation in Pune i.e Pune International Airport and Pune Railway Station are at a distance of 6kn and 3.7 km respectively from Koregaon Park.

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Some of the will – known places in this area, which are popular from the tourist point of view are:

  • Osho International Meditation Resort
  • The Westin Pune Koregaon Park
  • ABC Farms
  • Bund Garden
  • Ruby Hall
  • Magarpatta and
  • American Restaurants

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Along with all this many famous hotels and restaurants in Pune, also come under Koregaon Park suburb. Some of the unique facilities offered at these hotels and restaurants are:

  • Buffet
  • Big Screen TV
  • Business Lunch
  • Fine Dining
  • Friendly Groups
  • Corporate surrounding
  • Private Parties
  • Take Away Counter
  • Indian, Continental, Mughlai, all kind of food
  • Home Delivery

And so on……

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Al such features of Koregaon Park makes it a best place for celebrations, and also due to all this most of the tourists to stay at comfortable hotels in this area.

 

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Darjeeling Mall – Nehru Road Entrance

The Mall is one of the most famous areas, located on Nehru road, Darjeeling. Most of the travellers prefer to stay at ‘Darjeeling Hotels near mall’, due to its prime location, and vicinity to number of other tourist destinations. Let’s take a look of the mall, and its surrounding.

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If we stand in front of the mall and turn anti-clockwise towards left, then there is Bellevue Hotel overlooking the Mall. On the left, there is Dr. Zakir Hussain Road for entering the Mall through a crowded market area. All shops of grocery items, vegetables and fruits are available on this road.

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There is one more narrow entrance or the mall, where a Holiday Home budget hotel is located. There is one Police Assistance Booth, on the left side of hotel. This booth is manned by Darjeeling Police for 24 hours. On the left side of this booth, there is one CCD (Coffee Cafe Day), where most of the youngsters come for a cup of coffee. On its left there are few benches, by seating on which people can enjoy the Mall activities.

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Next on the left boundary, there is Hawa Ghar, which is a large two storied structure of concrete to organize cultural programs like Nepali dance and music especially during the high season. On the left side of Hawa Ghar there are again few benches laid out to sit under the pine trees and take a grand view of mountains.

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Between the 2 entrances of the Mall Road, there is a big golden color statue of Bhanubhakta Acharya (the Nepali poet). He (1814-1868) had written the Nepali version of Ramayana.

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Next, towards left, we can see multiple lanes of well-known shops in Darjeeling, which is a great attraction for locals as well as tourists. If you get tired from the shopping, then many stalls of street food are also available near market.

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Next, on the left there is one oxford book & stationary, which is an oldest and best book stores in Darjeeling. To the left of this stationary, there is another famous store established in 1890 and selling unique collections of artwork, special jewelry, curios, and other souvenir items.

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This is all about what the Chowrasta Mall in Darjeeling offers. Along with all this, a couple of things that uniquely characterize the Mall are lots of pigeons all around the Mall, and number of local lads with their ponies and horses offering rides. All these features makes Chowrasta mall in Darjeeling very famous.

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Needs and Rules of Registration at Yatra Slip Counter

Katra is a city where most of the devotees come for taking darshan of ‘Mata Vaishnao Devi’. The most important activity to be done by the devotees after reaching at Katra is getting registered for the Vaishnao Devi Yatra, which is carried out at the Yatri Registration counter (YRC) near the Bus Stand, Katra. This registration can also be done online.

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The registration is done by Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board, which is the only legal and statutory authority for this task. No other private or public organization is authorized to issue the Yatra slip. The process of registration is completely free and is fully based on computerized system. Yatra Registration Counter, known as (YRC) where this registration process is carried out is situated at Bus stand, Katra. Under this process, a visitor has to register his name along with the number of companions, and then a computerized Slip known as Yatra slip/Parchi is issued to him. This Yatra slip is a documentary permission for them to proceed in his journey up to the main Shrine. He needs to cross the first Check Post of Banganga, within 6 hours of the issue of Yatra slip, which is just 1.5 kilometers away from the YRC. If he fails to do this, his slip will be confiscated at the Check Post and he needs to take a fresh slip altogether.

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The entire process of Yatra Registration is fully computerized, which makes it more convenient, smooth and efficient. Yatries who proceed to Vaishnao devi darshan without this slip, shall be turned back from Banganga check post and not allowed to proceed further. In some extreme conditions, if yatri is found at Bhawan/en-route without yatra slip, then he/she will not only be turned back but a disciplinary action will also be taken against him/her.

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It is important to note that, one Yatra Slip is issued for maximum of 9 members of one family or group. For more members, visitors need to take more than one slip. In case if yatries are in large groups, a separate yatra Slip should be issued for each family.

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Due to all such importance of this YRC, most of the visitors prefer to stay at comfortable ‘Hotels near Yatra Slip Counter’.

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Ratagiri Tourism

Ratnagiri, a city in the Konkan coast of Maharashtra, is surrounded by the sea on one side and the Sahayadri ranges on other side. The land is decorated by the beautiful mountains and the sea, which offers some spectacular landscapes.

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The only reason behind the popularity of Ratnagiri district is its delicious ‘Haapus Mangoes’. This unique feature of Ratnagiri, attracts large number of visitors from all over the world, especially in the season of mangoes. Most of the people driving on National Highway 17 (NH17) between Mumbai and Goa will take a diversion pointing to Ratnagiri?

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Along with Haapus, this district also serves many tourist amenities, which are relatively unexplored and free of tourist traps. The best way to enjoy the beauty of Ratnagiri, is to ignore all the guides and just follow any of the road that might end up in some spectacular place. All the mountains and other tourist destinations, makes Ratnagiri just a good driving holiday. Some tips to make your drive more enjoyable are:

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  • Leave early in the morning, particularly in between 5 to 7, so that you can save at least an hour of driving.
  • To grab some typical Maharashtrian fast food, you can stop at ‘Dutta’s Vada-Pavs’ at Panvel.
  • You should not spoil your journey by staying at any of the ridiculous place, some of the recommended places for stay are ‘The Kohinoor Sagar’ and ‘Ratnasagar Beach Resort’.

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The fascinating history of Ratnagiri, offers number of historical palace of Mughals to see. The last Mughal emperor of India, ‘Bahadur Shah Zafar’ was deported here in 1858. ‘Thibaw’, the king of Burma, was built his own house in Ratnagiri in 1910. It is a two-storied, red stone palace built on a land of 23 acres with Italian colored glass window, overlooking Arabian Sea. This beautiful palace is a unique example of ‘Pagoda’ style of architecture.

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Along with this many other palaces are also there, some portion of them may collapse at any time, but still you can visit them to take a beautiful view of whole city. Ratnagiri also hosts a house where Lokmanya Keshav Bal Gangadhar use to leave. It is a nice example of kokani architecture.

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Ganpatipule, which is one of the most religious places in India, is at a close proximity to Ratnagiri. This district is easily accessible from both Mumbai and Pune. All these features of Ratnagiri, attracts large number of national and international visitors which are demanding for best ‘Ratnagiri Hotels’ at an affordable rate.

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IT Boom Boosts In Pune

Many businesses like Hospitality, Consumer service and Real Estate, has been benefited by the progressive growth in IT sector, especially in Pune at a great extent. The business ventures have gained a lot from IT boom in Pune. Now a days every single business is depends on the IT sector, whether it may be a production business, or advertising business, packaging and handling business, travel industries and many other too. In every business IT software’s are used for maintaining records, and also to run their business more efficiently rather than that of manual work. Such a boom of IT sector helps in reducing human efforts by reducing their work.

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In India, Pune serves the biggest IT hub at Hinjewadi. Not a single thing is there to decline the immense contribution made by IT industry to the development of Pune. Due to such an immense growth, Pune has become one of the most famous IT hubs in country. Such a fast development has transformed Pune from being a tier II city to India’s seventh biggest metropolis.

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The IT Park in Hinjewadi, is divided into four phases. Three of them have finished their construction and development too, whereas fourth one is under construction. Such a huge IT Park provided employment to number of people, not only belonging to Pune, but also to people from nearby states, cities, and so on. Along with best education, Pune also provides a best employment opportunity, that’s why most of the student’s prefer to go to Pune, for higher studies or for jobs.

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Hinjewadi IT Park contributes to the development of city. All the roads connecting to this area are wide and of large capacity. Such an immense development increases the rates of properties in Hinjewadi. Builders and other monopoly businessman have also got good opportunities, due to this IR Park. Many businessmen or clients from other states and foreign too also visit big companies at Hinjewadi. For such visitors, big and posh hotels are required in the nearby areas. Ultimately there is great demand for Star category ‘Hinjewadi Hotels’ by the outside visitors.

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As Hinjewadi suburb of Pune, provides almost all facilities of a daily routine, with immense services. Therefore most of the people working at this IT Park, prefer to stay in the same area. In such a way, the boom of IT sector in Pune, contributes largely to the huge growth in the educational, production, chemical, packaging, and advertisement industries in India.

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Mountaineering In Sikkim

Sikkim shares a mountainous border with Nepal in the west, with China in north and east. Most of the peaks in the Sikkim Himalaya are considered to be sacred as the Sikkim’s people worship the nature deities. Doug Fresh field was one of the early mountaineers to visit Khanchendzonga area in 1899.Paul Bauer made first attempt to reach the summit in 1929 and second attempt in 1931 and reached an altitude of 26,000 ft. CharlescEvans in 1955 defeat Kanchendzonga below few feet the summit. In 1977 Major Prem Chand reached a few feet below the summit and in 1987 Assam Rifles expedition attempted the peak. Hukam Singh and Yoshio Ogata in 1991 defeat the peak.

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In west Sikkim, peaks like Kabru which is 7338 meter were climbed in 1935 by C.R.Cook and Kokthang, Ranthong peaks were climber much later. There are many peaks around Kanchendzonga which are tempting and an open invitation to climbers.

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Trekking Peaks

Mt. Thingchinkhang which is 5603 meter snd Mt. Jopunu which is 6010 meter are located in western Sikkim and under the KAnchendzonga National Park. It is famous for natural beauties, bio-diversity, sacred lakes and snow-capped mountains. Some other peaks across Okhlathang valley are Gocha, Ranthong, Kabru sisters, Siniolchu. Mt. Makalu in Nepal is also seen from these peaks.

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Peaks In West Sikkim

Name Of Peak Height Location
Frey Peak 5830 Meter Chauringang
Mt. Tenchenkhang 5603 Meter West Sikkim
Mt. Joponu 6010 Meter West Sikkim

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Peaks In South Sikkim

Name Of Peak Height Location
Lama Wangden 5868 Meter Lachen
Brumkhngse 5635 Meter Yumthang

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For all above peaks permits will be issued by Home Department.

May to October is the best season to climb in Sikkim. The Indian Mountaineering Foundation is the country’s top body that helps in organizing mountaineering journey. Foregin expeditions have to book a peak along with a peak fee. It is compulsory for journey in Sikkim to take a license officer from Sikkim Mountaineering Association along with license officer from Indian Mountaineering Foundation (IMF).

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Such a beautiful experience of Mountaineering in Sikkim, enlights more beautifully your best selected ‘Sikkim Holiday Packages’, and gave you unforgettable memories.

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