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.
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 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
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'.
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
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
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
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:
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.
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.
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.