Holiday Trip in Katra

Get Spiritual with Katra Holiday Packages

Katra or Katra Vaishno Devi, as popularly known is a small town in Reasi district of the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir. This pious town is located in the foothills of the Trikuta Mountains, where the holy shrine of Vaishno Devi is situated. It is just 42 KM away from Jammu city. The town of Katra mainly serves as the base camp for the pilgrims who want to visit the revered shrine of Mata Vaishno Devi. This town has a flourishing tourism industry that provides a number of hotels, restaurants, guest houses, dhabas and fast-food joints which fit all types of budgets. Over the years, a lot has changed but you should never miss the opportunity to walk through the main bazaar (market) for buying souvenirs, dry fruits, woolen garments, hosiery, leather jackets, and much more. Being a spiritual place, many visitors plan Katra vacation during their holidays. If you are planning a visit, then book a Katra holiday package now on EaseMyTrip.in.
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Best Sightseeing Places in Katra

Before going for Katra travel, you should be familiar with the places you must visit during the trip.

Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine:
It is a famed cave shrine located in the foothills of the Himalayas. Vaishno Devi is amongst the most visited and sacred places among devotees who throng the temple from far and wide. This temple is dedicated to Hindu Mother Goddess and is one of the oldest of all the temples in India.
Charan Paduka:
It is another sacred destination, which is nestled at an elevation of 3380 feet just 1.5 KM from Banganga. It is known that the Goddess Durga decided to stay at this place, when she was chased by Bhairavnath. Devotees from various locations of the world visit the Charan Paduka temple to pay homage at the footprints of the Goddess carved on a large piece of rock.
Banganga:
Banganga is a first main halt for the devotees when embarking on an odyssey from Katra to Bhawan. It is located around 3 KM from Katra. The water of the river is considered very pious where the devotees take holy baths and then start their spiritual yatra.
Bhairon Mandir:

Also called as Kaala Bhairava, Bhairav Mandir is situated at a distance of 3 km from the sacred cave. According to the legends, Bhairav Nath asked for forgiveness for his wicked acts in his last breadth and Vaishnavi exonerated him. It is deemed that the excursion to Vaishno Devi only completes after visiting to Bhairav Mandir, located on the top of the hill and easily accessible from 'Ardh Kawari'.

Trikuta Parvat:

Just 5 miles from Deoghar, en-route to Dumka, Trikuta Parvat is located at a height of 2470 ft above the sea level. It got its name from the three mountains on the hill. One can scout the garden of Shiva where many foliage of wood apple are found. In addition, there is a striking shrine dubbed the Trikutachal Mahadev temple which is devoted to Lord Shiva. It is indeed a famous picnic site which is visited by devotees as well as locals.

Geeta Mandir:

One of the most admired places of worship in the Indian state of Jammu, this temple (Mandir) is situated at a distance of just 2 KM from Katra en-route to the main Bhawan in the foothills of the Himalayas. One can visit this temple to relish the emerald beauty which is unlike anything you have seen. Devotees from far and wide visit the temple annually, though they have to be careful not to take pictures of temple as it is not allowed.

Other Attractions:

Some of the other famous tourist attractions around Katra include, Adhkunwari, Sanjichhat , Himkoti, Charanpaduka, Baba Dhansar Temple and Jhajjar Kotli

Best Time for Holidaying in Katra

The best time to visit Katra is between the months of 'March to October'. During this period the weather in Katra remains very pleasant and hospitable. However, the duration of 'December to March' is also good time to visit if you like snow and chilly winter weather.

Must Buy Things from Katra

A shopping lover will have a gala time in this spiritual city. You will get to buy textiles with Kashmiri embroidery, hosiery items, dry fruits and leather goods. The Main Bazaar of Katra is the best place to shop for souvenirs, dry fruits, Kashmiri carpets, shawls, namdas, phernas, silks, silverware, brassware, Cashmere shawls, Pashmina shawls, Cashmere carpets, wooden furniture, copperware, etc. Sports fan can buy fine quality baseball bats and cricket bats. In addition, Chunri's, Shawls and Sari offered to Vaishno Devi by devotees can be bought from the souvenir shops run by Vaishno Devi Shrine Board. So, enjoy your Katra trip by buying some interesting items from Katra.

Explore Options to Reach Katra

Before booking your Katra holiday packages, you must be aware of the ways to reach this city. To know more, read on:
By Air
Jammu Airport is the nearest airport (48 KM) to Katra. It connects the town to Delhi, Srinagar, Leh, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Pune, Jaipur, Hyderabad etc. From airport, you can hire taxi to reach here.
By Train
The closest railway station is located at Jammu (Jammu Tawi Railway station). You can make use of shared taxis, known as 'service gaadis', take buses or hire private car from the railway station.
By Road
The town of Katra is well connected with roadways as one can easily reach here by road. It is very easy to reach Katra as this town is well connected to all nearby locations. There are regular buses, taxis and other roadways options to reach Katra. So, choose any of the traveling modes and come for a memorable Katra tour.
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