Katra or Katra Vaishno Devi, as it is popularly known, is a small town in Reasi district of the Indian state of Jammu and Kashmir situated in the foothills of the Trikuta Mountains, where the holy shrine of Vaishno Devi is located. It is located 42 km from the city of Jammu.
Katra is located at 32.98°N 74.95°E. It has an average elevation of 875 metres (2,474 feet). There also been reports of possible oil reserves in the area.
Katra serves as the base camp for pilgrims who visit Vaishno Devi. It has a thriving tourism industry that offers plenty of hotels, guest houses, restaurants, dhabas, fast-food joints that fit all kinds of budgets. Free accommodation is provided by some registered trusts in the form of Sarais for the poor. The number of pilgrims that visit the shrine every year has increased from 1.4 million in 1986 to 8.2 million in 2009. Over the years, a lot has changed, but one should not miss the opportunity to walk through the main bazaar (market) for buying (do not forget/hesitate to negotiate a bit) souvenirs, dryfruits, woolen garments, hosiery, leather jackets, etc.To reach Vaishno Devi Mandir(temple) the pilgrims have to register at the 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.Environment-friendly auto rickshaws and helicopter services are available, to make the journey a pleasant one.
Katra (Vaishno Devi) is a Historical and popular destination to visit with family, individual.
Amritsar Local sight seeings and Scenic places include the following nearby places and can be done in a day visits
Mata Vaishno Devi, Katra
Bhairon Temple, Katra
Baba Dhansar Temple, Katra
Darshani Darwaza, Katra
Jhajjar Kotli, Katra
9 devi Temple,
Shivkhori (A spiritual place) is Located in the Reasi district. The Holy Cave Shrine of Shri Shiv Khori is surrounded by green mountains and is at a tracking distance of 3.5 kms from the base point Ransoo in Reasi. Shiv Khori is about 120 kms from Jammu and less than 80 kms from Katra.
If you are intrested in Adventures tour then youj can visit Patnitop that is 100 kms from Katra and camping as individual or in Group,We also make packages for paragliding in Bir-Billing.This is the famous place 270 kms away from Dharamshala.
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