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Good place to visit

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Gaurav dhingra
8th Oct 17

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1Hike to the temple of Vaishno Devi
Hike to the temple of Vaishno Devi

“Katra is the city where you start Shri Vaishno Devi padayatra. The city has a good market, a lot of choice for food items. It's trail of approx 12.5 km one way. But it's not much steep. So if you have good endurance level, you can walk through.” shares HolidayIQ reviewer Shashank Vaidya.

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2He Travelled Only By Sleeper Class
He Travelled Only By Sleeper Class

"I was sure that this journey was going to be interesting. With the help of a friend, I set my itinerary and the rest is history!” he says. Bhandary’s first stop was Udupi and thereon, he went on to explore Kochi by Netravati Express and headed towards Kanyakumari - the last railway station in South India.  He adds further. “One of the most interesting journeys was aboard the Vivek Express, the longest train India that takes 76 hours to reach Dibrugarh from Kanyakumari. I have mostly travelled by second class, except the Delhi-Katra Shri Shakti Express, which was air-conditioned.” Some of his other memorable journeys have been travelling to New Jalpaiguri via the Brahmaputra Express and the toy train ride in Darjeeling. 


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3Absorb the palpable divinity
Absorb the palpable divinity

HolidayIQ reviewer Aryan describes the city, "Katra is a place that words cannot describe. The magnificence is impalpable and spirit rejuvenating. Here you get the finest blend of the mountainous and spiritual holiday." HolidayIQ reviewer Punit says, "Must visit places are Mata Vaishno Devi Bhawan and Bhairo Baba Bhawan which is above the cave of Mata." HolidayIQ reviewer Himanjal shares, "The view of Trikuta Parvat from the balcony as well as the helicopter flying to the temple is simply amazing."

HolidayIQ Suggestion: Take the environment-friendly autos and helicopter rides up to the shrine.


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4Legend claims darshan happens only when she calls on you
Legend claims darshan happens only when she calls on you

HolidayIQ reviewer Peeyush says, "Katra serves as the base camp for pilgrims who visit Vaishno Devi. To reach Vaishno Devi Mandir the pilgrims have to register at Katra before starting the trek. By registering, the pilgrims get accident insurance while on the trek for 1 lakh INR. It is a trek of 14 km. There is another trek (1.5 km) from Vaishno Devi temple for Baba Bhaironnath. It is said that the pilgrimage is not complete until you visit this temple at last. The scenery throughout the trek is picturesque."

HolidayIQ reviewer Dhiren Shah says, "There is a restriction on the number of persons per day. You have to take receipt (entrance pass) before you start on the track to Vaishno Devi. It's advisable to purchase tokens online from Vaishno Devi site which will save time and also ensure that you get the timely access.


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5The gateway to Mata Vaishno Devi
The gateway to Mata Vaishno Devi

HolidayIQ reviewer Abhinav says, "Katra is a nice religious place with vaishno devi shrine it's main attraction. Also, while climbing up, the shrine board has given many facilities on the way like sitting arrangements, food stalls, washrooms. They have good food in the restaurants."

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6 reviews

Katra visit

Katra is very nice holy place. It is so good visit - I would like to visit again and again. Food is not so good, too much spicy. But scenery is so good. Hotels need to improve. Sight seeing in Jammu is too good. There is a waterfall which is stiff and nice. Multiple good temples including 9 Durga temple.

Sk bablani

Sk bablani5.0/5

4 reviews

Visit to Katra

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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Katra Overview

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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