Katra is one of the popular tourist destination in the state of J&K: Katra is the beautiful town lying in the foot of Trikuta hills offering an amazing view to tourists from all over the country and world.

Katra is one of the popular tourist destination in the state of J&K

Hello everyone, today I Rahat Arora sharing with you about Katra the popular tourist destination in the state of J&K.

Katra is one of the popular tourist destination in the state of J&K

Katra is a small town in Reasi district in the state of Jammu & Kashmir, India which serves as the base camp for devotees visiting the most famous Holy shrine of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi. Lot of devotees visit  Katra throughout the year to seek blessings from Mata Vaishnodevi.

Katra is one of the popular tourist destination in the state of J&K

Best way to reach at Katra:

Katra is approximately 50 kms away from Jammu city and is very well connected by the means of road and railways from other states in India. Also you can reach to Jammu Airport by air and from outside the airport hire a taxi or bus from bus stop to Katra. You can choose to reach Katra by road or railways, both routes offer an amazing view to tourists.

Katra is one of the popular tourist destination in the state of J&K
Railway station at Katra

Also to reach Katra by road you will save your 45 minutes but don’t worry if you are planning to visit Katra by train the view surrounded by the railway route is worth to be experience. Being a resident of Jammu city I prefer to visit Katra by road  in my own car.

Watch the video of  road trip to Jammu-Katra highway

Katra is one of the popular tourist destination in the state of J&K

Let me share with you about Sri Mata Vaishnodevi which is the main attraction for tourists to visit Katra from all over the country and world.

Katra is one of the popular tourist destination in the state of J&K

Sri Mata Vaishnodevi is one of the Holiest pilgrimage destination popular as mother who fulfill the wishes of their children all over the country and world.

Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Ji resides in a Holy Cave located in the folds of the three peaked mountain named Trikuta hills situated at an altitude of 5200 ft. The Holy Cave attracts millions of devotees every year from all over the world.  The devotees have to undertake a trek of nearly 12 km to reach Bhawan from the base camp at Katra from where you will have to take Yatra slips from the counter near Katra bus stop.

Please remember to collect your yatra slips before starting a trek.

 

Katra is one of the popular tourist destination in the state of J&K
Yatra slip Counter at Katra

 

Katra is one of the popular tourist destination in the state of J&K
Night view of Sri Mata Vaishnodevi Trek

Devotees reached to Bhawan after completing the trek to seek blessings from Goddess inside the Holy Cave in the form of 3 natural rocks called the Pindies. This is the only temple open 24*7 throughout the year I visit till now. During 9 days of Navratras festival large number of devotees visit Mata Vaishnodevi to seek blessings.

Watch the video of stunning view is Sri Mata Vaishnodevi

You can also reach to Mata vaishno Bhawan by horses or helicopter. Bookings for helicopter can be done from the official site of Sri Mata Vaishnodevi prior to 2 months of your day to visit.

Click the link given below for the official site  of Sri Mata Vaishnodevi

https://www.maavaishnodevi.org/

After seeking blessings from Goddess you need to trek extra 1.5 km to reach at Bhairon Ghati which is must to be visit because of the saying The journey to Sri Mata Vaishnodevi will not be completed if you miss to visit Bhairon Ghati. After visiting Bhairon Ghati you don’t need to go back at Bhawan you can start your trek back towards the base camp at Katra.

Katra is one of the popular tourist destination in the state of J&K

Katra is one of the popular tourist destination in the state of J&K

Availability of accommodation and food at Katra:

I can guarantee on this that devotees visiting Katra will be satisfied in terms of the availability of accommodation facilities at Katra. Here you will see various lodges, Guest Houses, ordinary and luxury hotels, Cottages, Resorts depending upon the preference of the devotees.

As per the availability of food you will see various vegetarian restaurants and dining places at Katra. Being a religious place, the restaurants provides pure vegetarian food to the devotees in which even onion and garlic is not used.

Katra is one of the popular tourist destination in the state of J&K

In the end, I hope you like my blog and this is just a brief information about Sri Mata Vaishnodevi stay tuned to know everything about Sri Mata Vaishnodevi in the coming blog post. Also will be sharing my experience too.

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Hello everyone, I am Rahat Arora, I like to explore and capture good travel memories. Being travel lover I am also (travel blogger) through which I share my experience about places with the combination of exploring the place, culture and cuisines. So, I hope you all like my travel experience.

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