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Katra Tourism

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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.

Katra is one of the weekend getaway options for travelers living in Jammu and Amritsar.

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Vidyasagar Mehta

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  • Vidyasagar Mehta
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 84 photos
  • 92 Reviews
  •  93 helpful votes
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"Jai mata di" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Katra is know for mata vaishno devi shrine. It is the holy place for hindu religion. People from all over the country or international come to the holy shine. Its an hike of 15 km to hold shine cave. The hike has many steep slopes and average time taken for an hiker to reach the shine would be around 3 to 4 hrs. En-route the hike there are many pit stops for the Pilgrims to get some energy and rest. While on hike you will see people encouraging other people with jai mata di and some holy songs. Overall enjoyed and I was blessed with matas blessing
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Sk bablani

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  • Sk bablani
  • 5 Reviews
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"Visit to Katra" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Journey from Delhi to Katra was uneventful, Barring the delay of 3 hours by Malwa express.
Enjoyed the nice stay at the IRCTC guest house at the station which has private and dormitory accommodation. Food lounge adjoining the guesthouse and also restaurant at the station serve good food.
Using the pick up and drop service of the guest house went to Darshan Deori and started the journey. From Ban Ganga tried to hire the ponies for faster and less tiring journey of 12 Kms till Bhavan from Banganga point of the journey. The pony owners against the notified rate of Rs. 700 wanted Rs. 900 and later on protesting were willing to charge Rs. 800/- for the 12 KM trip on the hills. There is no system of authority. The only authority seems to be jawans, who only talk loudly and are truly dominating and authoritative. Such a police force needs to learn from Delhi Police or CISF as to how to behave with civilians.
So travelled, on foot and found that all the facilities of the shrine mentioned on the route, saying that the raincoats are available against deposit of Rs. 300/- are only on paper. They do not have any stocks to give.
Food is fine and maintenance of cleanliness of route is also good. No maps are displayed on route for the benefit of the pilgrims/tourists. Local citizens native to Katra are nice people and I found them honest and sweet natured while talking.
Pony and Palki bearers shout due to congestion, as the roads are narrow at points, seeking space and may cause some accidents on pilgrims. Road needs to be widened further,
At Ardh Kwari point, the Battery car charges Rs. 300 per passenger ( a distance of about 6 Kms for going to Bhawan and is operated by Shrine board. This cart service is very erratic. Against a feet of about 20 cars which I counted at their garage, only 6 or so were operative that day. And they operated, only 5 trips The Shrine board has a very defective system of allocating or selling Battery car tickets. They give priority to their own known people and very few ticket are sold on counter even to old people and the ticket seller insists he will give once ticket, even to a couple where both persons are old above 65. On 2. 9. 2017 it rained and after standing in the queue for over 1 hour I failed to get the ticket which were given to 5 people or 6 max. And counter was closed saying it will open at 4. 30 pm. There was no space to sit. If I move out of queue to sit somewhere, there was no assurance that I will ever get a chance to buy a ticket as I would loose my appointed space in the queue .
However crowd management system at the Bhawan is excellent and arrangements are OK. The Shrine board bhojanalay have a limited menu and food is not available round the clock, where as the visitors are coming round the clock.
Overall experience was good, except that travel by pony/battery car was not good. If you are young and energetic better walk on way or climb the stairs. Whole uphill journey of 12 Kms takes about 5. 5 to 6 hours
I wish all the pilgrims best of journey and pray that Mata's Blessings shower on them.
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Aniket Mishra

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  • Aniket Mishra
  • 2 Reviews
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"Mata vaishno devi"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Hotel has a modern and new look & feel, with big, spacious rooms that gives cozy feel to the tired guests. Food is great and service is very prompt. Hotel staff is friendly and very supportive. We even got a complimentary pick and drop till Banganga. Overall a very memorable family stay, highly recommended for staying whenever you are visiting Vaishnodevi.
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Neha Rajput

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  • Neha Rajput
  • Lives in Udhampur
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"Katra mata vaishno"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 months 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 Jun 9, 2017
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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"Jay matadi, don't worry, sub ho jayega"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted May 22, 2017
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
  • 3 Reviews
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"Jai Maa Vaishnodevi"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted May 1, 2017
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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  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Feb 16, 2017
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
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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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