Katra, popularly known as Katra Vaishno Devi, is a religious town in Reasi district of Jammu and Kashmir which is among the most visited holy destinations of northern India. The gateway to the holy shrine of Vaishno Devi, and located on the mouth of the Trikuta Mountains, this small town receives a great number of religious tourists each year, from all parts of the globe for the Shrine.
Karta is all about the magical and picturesque Mata Vaishno Devi cave-shrine, some 14 kms off the town, which is reached only through a hill trek. Pilgrims chanting "Jai Mata Di" is a sight to savour while trekking along the path to reach the shrine. On the way to the temples, vast stretches of scenic surroundings dotted with lush green landscape greet the pilgrims.
Besides the Shrine, tourists in Katra also get the prospects of getting refreshed and rejuvenated in the tranquil backdrop of natural beauty and calmness. Some other places of worth visiting here include Bhairavnath Temple, Ardh Kuwari Cave, Dera Baba Banda, Baba Dhansar, Shiv Khori and Bhairon Baba Temple. Amid scenic beauty and modern facilities of hotels and restaurant, Karta offers religious essence to make your calm and blissful at the same time!
By Air The Jammu airport, some 48 kms away, is the nearest airport that has regular flights to almost all major Indian cities to link them to Katra.
By Train The Jammu railways station is the nearest with regular trains too some major Indian cities, including Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai etc.
By Road A good network of roads, including the national highway, smoothly links Katra to rest of towns of the region, and India too.
Vaishno Devi Temple is a Hindu temple dedicated to the Hindu Goddess, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Ji. Located in Katra at the Trikuta Mountains, this temple in the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir attracts hundreds of thousands of pilgrims every year and ranks among the most visited religious places in India. A pilgrimage to the Holy Shrine of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Ji is regarded extremely sacred as the Mother Vaishno Devi Ji is known to fulfil the ...