Expressing happiness over the formal inauguration of the Jammu-Katra railway line, the Congress Friday said it was close to party president Sonia Gandhi`s heart.
The long-awaited train service to Katra, the base camp of Vaishno Devi shrine, in Jammu and Kashmir will soon be a reality as railways is gearing up to make the 25-km-long Udhampur-Katra rail line operational shortly.
The much-delayed train service to Katra, the base camp to the famous Vaishno Devi shrine in Jammu and Kashmir, is likely to start from February 2.
The cave shrine of Mata Vaishno Devi situated at the Trikuta Hills in Jammu and Kashmir this year has witnessed the visit by over one crore pilgrims.
Actor Tusshar Kapoor is off to Vaishno Devi, and says he is visiting the Hindu shrine after 24 years.
Himachal Pradesh is set to allow gold-rich temple trusts to melt tonnes of the precious metal in their coffers to turn them into mementoes as is done at the Vaishno Devi shrine in Kashmir.
With about 35,000 devotees each day in this holiday season, authorities have been forced to regulate entry to Mata Vaishno Devi shrine near Jammu.
The President, who is on a two-day visit to Jammu and Kashmir, had yesterday visited the ancient Raghunathji temple in Jammu.
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