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Katra, Vaishno Devi Overview

The shrine of Vaishno Devi, one of the most important places of worship in India calls the little town of Katra its home. Located in the Uddhampur district of Jammu and Kashmir, Katra is mostly visited by devotees of Lord Shiva. The pilgrimage route is only complete when Shiv Khori, 1.6 km away from Vaishno Devi is also visited. Katra has a large collection of water bodies which can be easily accessed.

Growing as a tourist attraction, people now have access to helicopters and eco friendly vehicles. Katra is worth visiting, even if you are not on a pilgrimage, because attractions like the Banganga, the Chenab river, and a large amount of peaks around offer great places for mountain climbing and family outings.

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Best Time To Visit Katra

Even though Katra is a place you can visit all year round, for less crowd, it is best to go by mid April or after Diwali.

Stay Near Katra

There are a host of hotels, and resorts to suit every style.

Food At Katra

At Katra, one can find themselves indulging in lip smacking and popular items from across cuisines. One can enjoy local Kashmiri, Indian, Continental. Some of the staple favorites of the area, especially at local dhabas and eateries are Rajma Rice, Chole Bhature, Poori Aaloo etc.

Restaurants Near Katra

One can find fine dining experiences, restaurants, dhabas, local stalls and eateries at Katra as well as along the way to Shiv Khori. Manoranjan Dhaba, Sagar Ratna, Punjab Haveli, Pooja Vaishno Dhaba are some of the popular places to eat in the town.

Sample Itinerary For Katra

Day 1: Jammu - Katra Pick-up from Jammu airport / railway station upon arrival and transfer to Katra followed by check-in at the hotel. Proceed for Darshan to Mata Vaishnodevi Temple. Overnight at Katra. Day 2: Katra - Patnitop (80 Kms) After breakfast, transfer to Patnitop which is perched on a beautiful plateau, at an altitude of 2024 m, across which the Jammu-Srinagar highway passes. Patnitop offers beautiful picnic spots, peaceful walks and breathtaking views of the valley of the Chenab basin and the Pir Panjal range beyond. Day at leisure to enjoy the natural beauty. Overnight at Patnitop. Day 3: Patnitop- Jammu (112 Kms) After breakfast, transfer to the Jammu railway station / airport to move to onward destination.

How to reach Katra

  • Air: Closest airport to Katra is in Jammu. From here you will easily be able to get road transport.

  • Rail: The Katra railway station of the northern railways provides service for the town.

  • Road: One can find direct buses as well as cabs to Katra from Jammu.

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