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  • Located in the Reasi district of Jammu and Kashmir state, the Holy Cave Shrine of Shri Shiv Khori is surrounded by green luscious mountains and is at a tracking distance of 3.5 kms from the base camp Ransoo in Reasi.
  •  Shri Shiv Khori is about 140 kms from Jammu and less than 80 kms from Katra
  • . Another route to reach the Holy destination is from Jammu via Akhnoor - Bhambla.
  •  The village Ransoo separates from Reasi- Rajouri Road at the Kanda Morh and is further 6 kms approximately. 
  • By Air - The nearest domestic airport is Jammu and is well connected to all major locations/ cities in the country like Delhi, Chennai, Mumbai, Jaipur, Srinagar etc. From this airport the Holy Cave of Shri Shiv Khori is a 3 hour drive and transport (taxi) is available from the Airport in Jammu. Most of the major Airlines operate daily from Jammu Airport including Jet Airways, Air India, Spice Jet, GoAir, IndiGo etc. The nearest international airport is Amritsar which is 300 kms from Shri Shiv Khori. By Train - You can reach either Jammu or Katra by Train. Jammu Tawi Railway Station is approximately 107 kms from Shri Shiv Khori. However some trains also go to Katra and it does reduce the road distance to be covered by the yatries (pilgrims) to reach Shri Shivkhori as compared to Jammu. Jammu is well connected to other parts of country through railways. A number of trains all over India are available from Jammu. Railway also runs special Trains during summer and other holidays for the comfort of yatries (pilgrims). By Road: The route from Jammu to Shiv Khori is full of beautiful & picturesque mountains, waterfalls & rivers.Shivkhori is 43 Kms from Reasi, 80 Kms from Katra, 120 Kms from Udhampur, 140 Kms from Jammu and 300 Kms from Amritsar. Jammu and Kashmir State Road Transport Corporation as well as adjoining states (Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Haryana) run transport services on regular basis as well. J&K Tourism Development Corporation also runs it fleet of Tourist transport (Cabs, Vans & Mini Bus) to Shri Shivkhori from Jammu as well as Katra on demand basis. TREKKING: The walk from Ransoo to Shri Shiv Khori is on a steep mountainous track.Ponies are also available on rent to facilitate pilgrims on the mountainous track.You can be carried upto Shiv Khori by palki as well. Generally the walking along the entire track takes about 2-3 hours to visit the Holy Cave and come back. 

Shiv Khori is famous for:

A large fair takes place on shivratri day which continues for three days.In July an estimated 16,000 devotees visit this place. This Holy Cave attracts near about 20 lac pilgrims every .

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Holy cave of Lord Shiva is situated at Shiv Khori (Ransoo) . A large fair takes place on shivratri day which continues for three days.In July an estimated 16,000 devotees visit this place. This Holy Cave attracts near about 20 lacks pilgrims every year. Khori means cave (Guffa) and Shiv Khori thus denotes Shiva's cave. This natural cave is about 200 metres long, one metre wide and two to three metres high and contains a self made lingam, which according to the people is unending. The first entrance of the cave is so wide that 300 devotees can be accommodated at a time.

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In Reasi district, there are many shrines such as Mata Vaishno Devi, Merhada Mata, Baba Dhansar, Siad Baba. Shiv Khori is one of them located in Ransoo a village in the Pouni block in Reasi district, which attracts lakhs of devotees annually. Shiv Khori is situated in between the hillocks about 140 km north of Jammu, 120 km from Udhampur and 80 km from Katra. Buses and light vehicles go up to Ransoo, the base camp of pilgrimage. People have to traverse about 3 km on foot on a track recently constructed by the Shiv Khori Shrine Board, Ransoo duly headed by the Divisional Commissioner Jammu as Chairman and District Development Commissioner, Reasi as vice chairman .

Khori means cave (Guffa) and Shiv Khori thus denotes Shiva's cave. This natural cave is about 200 metres long, one metre wide and two to three metres high and contains a self made lingam, which according to the people is unending. The first entrance of the cave is so wide that 300 devotees can be accommodated at a time. Its cavern is spacious to accommodate large number of people. The inner chamber of the cave is smaller.

The passage from outer to the inner chamber is low and small, at one spot it divides itself into two parts. One of these is believed to have led to Kashmir where Swami Amarnath cave is located. It is now closed as some sadhus who dared to go ahead never returned. To reach the sanctum sanctorum, one has to stoop low, crawl or adjust his body sideward. Inside a naturally created image of Lord Shiva, about 4 metres high, is visible. The cave abounds with a number of other natural objects having resemblance with Goddess Parvati, Ganesha and Nandigan. The cave roof is etched with snake formations, the water trickles through these on Shiva Lingam. Pigeons are also seen here like Swami Amar Nath cave which presents good omens for pilgrimages.

About 40 to 50-year ago, only a few people knew about the Shiv Khori shrine but it has gained much popularity during decades. In earlier times the number of yatries was just in thousands but after the constitution of Shiv Khori Shrine Board during December 2003, the number of devotees has superseded previous records as the number of devotees in year 2005 crossed 300,000. In year 2016 it  exceed ed 20, 00,000 tourists. Some 30 percent of devotees reach the shrine from within the state and 70 percent from different states of the country.

A 3-day Shiv Khori mela takes places annually on Maha Shivratri and thousands of pilgrims from different parts of the state and outside visit this cave shrine to seek blessings of Lord Shiva. Maha Shivratri festival is usually held in the month of February or during first week of March every year. Keeping in view the increasing rush of pilgrims to the holy cave shrine, the Shiv Khori Shrine Board has taken up a number of steps to develop this spot in a bid to provide more and more facilities to the devotees, like construction of Shrine Guest House at a cost of Rs. 1.9 million at village Ransoo, the base camp of yatra, Reception Centre and Pony shed at an estimated cost of Rs. 8 million, tile work of entire 3-km long track is nearing completion, plantation of ornamental and medicinal plants on track and development of parks etc. Other arrangements like electrification of the cave with modern techniques, provision of oxygen and electric generators, exhaust fans, construction of shelter sheds for yatris with toilet facilities near the cave site, 15 shelter sheds en route Ransoo to cave shrine, railing from the base camp to cave, additional facility of 15,000/EfnrKing water reservoir, proper sanitation, provision of 25 kV capacity electric transformer, cloak room, starting of permanent bus services from Katra, Udhampur and Jammu, Police post and Dispensary and a STD PCO are under active consideration of the Shiv Khori Shrine Development Board.

To meet the ever-growing rush of devotees in having smooth darshans of the Lord Shiva, an exit tunnel has been constructed by the shri Shivkhori Shrine Board this year in February. Recently, the management and development of the Shiv Khori has been taken over by Sri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board who is looking after VaishnoDevi pilgrimage.

 

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How to reach Shiv Khori

  • Located in the Reasi district of Jammu and Kashmir state, the Holy Cave Shrine of Shri Shiv Khori is surrounded by green luscious mountains and is at a tracking distance of 3.5 kms from the base camp Ransoo in Reasi.
  •  Shri Shiv Khori is about 140 kms from Jammu and less than 80 kms from Katra
  • . Another route to reach the Holy destination is from Jammu via Akhnoor - Bhambla.
  •  The village Ransoo separates from Reasi- Rajouri Road at the Kanda Morh and is further 6 kms approximately. 
  • By Air - The nearest domestic airport is Jammu and is well connected to all major locations/ cities in the country like Delhi, Chennai, Mumbai, Jaipur, Srinagar etc. From this airport the Holy Cave of Shri Shiv Khori is a 3 hour drive and transport (taxi) is available from the Airport in Jammu. Most of the major Airlines operate daily from Jammu Airport including Jet Airways, Air India, Spice Jet, GoAir, IndiGo etc. The nearest international airport is Amritsar which is 300 kms from Shri Shiv Khori. By Train - You can reach either Jammu or Katra by Train. Jammu Tawi Railway Station is approximately 107 kms from Shri Shiv Khori. However some trains also go to Katra and it does reduce the road distance to be covered by the yatries (pilgrims) to reach Shri Shivkhori as compared to Jammu. Jammu is well connected to other parts of country through railways. A number of trains all over India are available from Jammu. Railway also runs special Trains during summer and other holidays for the comfort of yatries (pilgrims). By Road: The route from Jammu to Shiv Khori is full of beautiful & picturesque mountains, waterfalls & rivers.Shivkhori is 43 Kms from Reasi, 80 Kms from Katra, 120 Kms from Udhampur, 140 Kms from Jammu and 300 Kms from Amritsar. Jammu and Kashmir State Road Transport Corporation as well as adjoining states (Punjab, Himachal Pradesh and Haryana) run transport services on regular basis as well. J&K Tourism Development Corporation also runs it fleet of Tourist transport (Cabs, Vans & Mini Bus) to Shri Shivkhori from Jammu as well as Katra on demand basis. TREKKING: The walk from Ransoo to Shri Shiv Khori is on a steep mountainous track.Ponies are also available on rent to facilitate pilgrims on the mountainous track.You can be carried upto Shiv Khori by palki as well. Generally the walking along the entire track takes about 2-3 hours to visit the Holy Cave and come back. 

Shiv Khori is famous for:

A large fair takes place on shivratri day which continues for three days.In July an estimated 16,000 devotees visit this place. This Holy Cave attracts near about 20 lac pilgrims every .

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