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Katra Tourism

Katra Info

  • State: Jammu & Kashmir
  • Famous for/as: Hill
  • Language: Hindi
  • Weather: Summer 18 to 31°C, Winter 6 to 19°C

History of Katra

Katra, a small town in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir, is the gateway to the holy shrine of Vaishno Devi. Nestled in the lap of the Trikuta Mountains, the town of Katra is approximately 42 km from Jammu and is a major stop-over destination for tourists visiting the temple of Mata Vaishno Devi.

Katra is also the place where travellers have to register before commencing their journey to the shrine at the top of the mountains.

People and Culture of Katra

Registration at Katra gives the travellers an insurance cover of INR 1 lakh for the 13.5 km journey to the shrine. The town, situated at a height of approximately 750 metres, has plenty of accommodation options for the pilgrims. Free accommodation is also available at Katra which are provided registered trusts in the area. The pilgrims visiting the shrine of Vaishno Devi has risen from 1.4 million to 8.2 million in two decades, and that has only added more number of shops to the buzzing market of Katra. Shops here sell everything from handicraft to junk jewellery, small souvenir items, dry fruits, jackets and offerings for the temple.

Things To Do in Katra

Having a small population of approximately seven and a half thousand, the place is forever buzzing with shopkeepers selling various items and pony rides and auto rickshaws attracting pilgrims at the top of their voice. Earlier, a trek or a pony ride was the only option of reaching the shrine from Katra, but of late, environment friendly autos and helicopter rides have been introduced to make the journey of pilgrims easier.

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Neha Rajput

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  • Neha Rajput
  • Lives in Udhampur
  • 3 photos
  • 2 Reviews
  •  24 readers

"Katra mata vaishno" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Katra is the best holy place to visit. We need to travel 13 km by foot or we can book helicopter from viraaj travels. Best atmosphere. You can purchase prasad. You can also visit the near by holy places like baba dansal, ghar jitto, 9 devis, shivkhori. Also you can visit Patnitop 80km away from Katra. And railway station is just half km away from main Katra.
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Aditya trivedi

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  • Aditya trivedi
  • 2 Reviews
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"Base station for my vaishno devi temple"

  • 3.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
Its base station for my vaishno devi temple yatra, pilgrims start their yatra from here, if you want to go on your foot you can start your yatra from this town on your foot, otherwise you have pony, palaki, or helicopter as options. You may find this town as religious town though its situated in foothills of himalyas but vaishno devi temple is situated at 5700 feet height.
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Patelu33

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  • Patelu33
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  • 1 Review
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"Jay matadi, don't worry, sub ho jayega"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
I am from Gujarat start my journey from Ahmedabad by train our train reach at Jammu at evening 7:30 p. M from that we have we have hired we have a tab Tavera at cost rupees 1250 at there we have also book cover Yatra registration slip from Jammu within 211 half hour we have reached that Katra we already have book our hotel Ishan near bus stand Yatra parchi counter at post rupees 900 for non AC non deluxe room from Goibibo BF state that room is OK location is excellent service is very poor but in Vaishno Devi if you are come for religion me so not necessary for services at evening we have take lunch at punsari Punjab Dhaba Punjabis food but they only Sell Services there Hai price Disha not cleaned poor service secondary morning we have started journey to Mata Vaishno Devi Bhawan we have higher horse rupees 700 Tu Bhavan at there so many people are make service to horse baggage for travelling Ban Ganga to Bhavin at different course but all questar write down at everywhere from next to next sites the average rate of horse is 700 rs Bhavan and 250 rupees from bhavan 2 Bero Dave we have averaged spend rupees 1800 per person from Ban Ganga to Paro by road to Ban Ganga the journey take around 10 hours
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Vinit

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  • Vinit
  • 3 Reviews
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"Jai Maa Vaishnodevi"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
What a place will Katra be given that you are in the laps of your divine maa. Thoroughly enjoyed the ascent and descent of Chittakoot mountain on foot to visit the Bhawna of Maa Vaishnodevi and was really glad that the Shrine Board has provided so many facilities enroute including speakers at regular intervals playing announcements and bhajans at regular intervals, refreshment centers at regular intervals too and clean lavatories.
We were also very lucky in getting the opportunity to attend the Atka Aarti of Maa Vaishnodevi .. I am really sanguine after Katra. We also had a very good stay at The Atrium On the Greens hotel and will recommend it to sophisticated devotees of Maa Vaishnodevi visiting Katra.
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R sai rama rao

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  • R sai rama rao
  • 2 Reviews
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"Divine"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Feb 16, 2017
NO DICTION TO EXPERIENCE. AWESOME, DIVINE, SERENE.
Very good time to reach Katra and have darshan at Mata Vaishno devi.
No hustle bustle traffic due to less crowds during February unlike rest of months.
All hotels rooms are easily available and even logistics are easy to avail at cheaper rates.
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Ravi kiran repaka

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  • Ravi kiran repaka
  • 6 Reviews
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"Best place to stay for Maa Vaishno Devi temple"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Dec 23, 2016
This is our first time to visit Maa Vaishno Devi temple. Read few reviews about this place and booked hotel through Makemytrip. The city looks good and people seems good as well. We reached Katra at 11 pm by bus from Amritsar, we thought it is late night and difficult to reach hotel, but once we entered Katra we understand that roads are quite busy, shops are still open, etc and nothing to worry to get an auto.

As my 1-way helicopter ride is at 1. 30 pm from Sanjichhat, the hotel staff advised me to start my journey from Katra at 5 am by pony which we did. We managed to reach Bhawan by 8:30 am and had Maa darshan. We taken 2 ponies for 2 of us and my kid sat with one of us. Pony guys are very good and they even bring us to Bhairav temple and then to Sanjichhat helipad on-time.

As there are many restaurants where you can walk around for food and shopping. In this winter, warm clothes are highly recommended.

Thank you.
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Ravi Kumar

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  • Ravi Kumar
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 2 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
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"Vaishno Devi Yatra"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Dec 4, 2016
Hotel is good and value for money ..
But apart from all the things from the whole staff Hotel's driver (Rajinder) is too good person with awesome nature.
Rest of the staff requires 2-3 remider to do services.
But is best in class and budget ..
Hotel must try to improve services so that 2-3 remiders are eliminated.
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Santoshkumar varma

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  • Santoshkumar varma
  • 3 Reviews
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"Jai mata di"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Nov 10, 2016
Jai mata di.
Jaikara shera wali ka. Mata rani ka darshan karna hamesha se mere jeevan ka avismarniya avsar raha hai. Jab bhi mata rani ke darbar me aata hoon Mann ko sukun aur shanti milti hai. Jeevan ki saari takleef khatam ho jaati hai.
Jai maa vaishno devi
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Sandesh chavan

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  • Sandesh chavan
  • 3 Reviews
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"Religious Hill station"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Oct 17, 2016
My Vishno Devi situated at Katra over mountain called Trikuta and bhavan is situated at 12. 5 km up. Way to reach at bhawan are ponnies (horses), pithus, halikopter or you can also walk. On half way at 5. 5 km, a destination called adhakvari. View is very nice from top. My Vishno temple is decorated with lot of flowers and bhawan is under gunfa. Thanks & Jai Mata di ..
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Tripuresh dwivedi

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  •  3 helpful votes
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"Decent & Comfortable Stay ..."

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Oct 16, 2016
Overall it was memorable journey accomplished with nice and decent stay at the Imperial. The nearby site of mountains alongwith soothing environment at hotel was a best match. Ambience and service was up to the mark as expected. Better place to visit and stay.
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