(Last Updated on : 01-12-2015)
Pilgrimage Tourism in Udhampur District offers quite a lot of religious sites which are thronged by thousands of pilgrims every year. Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Mandir
is one of the oldest shrines of India, located at a height of 5300 feet on the sacred Trikuta Hills of the Shivalik Hill Range. The Bhawan, the holy Sanctum of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Ji is about 13 Kms away from the Base Camp Katra and is connected with a mountainous track. The Goddess Vaishno Devi's abode is in 100 feet long cave with a constricted opening. The divine cold and crystal clear water washes the lotus feet of the Mata's "Pindian". There are three natural pindies representing Maha Sarswati, Maha Lakshmi, Maha Kali which represent creative, preservative, and destructive aspects of the Super Power. It is a very old shrine whose reference is found in the Veda
and ancient scriptures.
Historic temple Sudh mahadev is situated in the Chenani Tehsil of Udhampur District is 2800 years old. The temple is one the oldest Shiva Temples of Jammu & Kashmir State. Thousands of pilgrims visits the temple particularly during the three day fair held on the occasion of Jeshta Purnima
(i.e. Full Moon of June). The striking location of Sudhmahadev temple and Mantalai Ashram adds to the exquisiteness of the place. The Shiv Khori Shrine, one the natural wonders of the region, is considered second only to the Holy Shrine of Mata Vaishno Devi. This supernatural cave is situated in a hillock in Runsoo, a small village in Reasi Tehsil at a distance of about 112 Kms from Udhampur. The cave of the Shiv Khori is about half Kilometer long with very narrow, low entrance, but about 250 feet of the narrow, zigzag passage leads to the very large, high hall inside the cave with the capacity of five hundred people at a time.
Pingla Mata is located at a small hillock in village Pinger in Ramnagar Tehsil, about 20 Kms from Udhampur. The sacred Shrine is about 6 Kms away from the village Kaua on the Domail- Ramnagar Road and is connected with the track. The Shrine consists of small cave where the celestial power lies in the shape of Pindies. The cave of Pingla Mata seems a small hole from outside but it has as much room inside as to provide accommodation to at least five hundred people at a time. The total track consists of lush green pine trees which motivate the devotees to move on. Shiv Parvati Cave Shrine is a natural shrine of the district. The most important attractions of the Holy Shrine are nine and half feet high naturally formed rock Shiva Lingam being protected by Shesh Nag, Joint Parvati Lingam on the left along with the Damroo beat at right, Nandi, Shankhas, Amrit Kund and innumerable images of other deities of Hindu religion.