A 75-year-old woman died of cardiac arrest when she was on her way to the cave shrine of Vaishno Devi in Trikuta hills in Reasi district here, the police said today.

Balmati Devi, a resident of Bihar, collapsed while she was going to Bhawan from the base camp in Katra last evening, after complaining of severe chest pain, a police official said.

She was immediately taken to a hospital where she was declared brought dead, he said.

Devi was accompanied by family members and her body was handed over to them this morning after completion of legal formalities, he said.