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Machail Yatra in Jammu And Kashmir– Machail Mata Temple Yatra Start Date - Helicopter - Trek

Machail Yatra is the most popular yatra in Jammu and Kashmir, after the world famous Amarnath Yatra. In 2024, Machail yatra began on July 25 and will end on September 5. The main event during the annual pilgrimage is the carrying of the Pavitra Jadi (पवित्र छड़ी). The annual yatra began in 1981 with a handful of devotees. Today, thousands of devotees partake in the journey.

Machail Yatra Helicopter Service

Helicopter service to Machail Temple is available from Gulabgarh. One way ticket costs around 4000 rupees in 2024.

About Machail Mata Yatra

The annual pilgrimage is held during the same period every year.

The temple is located in Machail Village in Kishtwar District in Jammu and Kashmir. The temple is dedicated to Mother Goddess Durga.

Currently in the temple there is one pindi and three idols of Mahakali (Mindal), Mahalakshmi (Machail) and Mahasaraswati (Chitto Mata).

The temple is made of wood and there are numerous murtis of Gods and Goddesses carved out of wood.

This is a powerful temple of Goddess Durga. She is worshipped here by some devotees as Chandi too.

All the main murtis in the temple are swayambhu – of divine origin.

Machail Yatra Route

  • मचैल धाम तक पहुंचने के लिए जिला मुख्यालय किश्तवाड़ से गुलाबगढ़-पाडर तक का सफर गाडिय़ों पर होता है
  •  जबकि वहां से आगे का करीब 32 कि.मी. का सफर दुर्गम पहाडिय़ों के बीच या तो पैदल अथवा हैलीकॉप्टर से तय करना पड़ता है।
  • हैलीकॉप्टर सेवा  - गुलाबगढ़ से मचैल के बीच एक तरफ का किराया 2270 रुपए प्रति व्यक्ति निर्धारित किया गया है।