Katra"Take A Trip to The Tribal Beauty"

  • Katra : 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.The city which is famous as the starting point for the most popular pilgrimage of Vaishno Devi is Katra,  which is approachable on foot along a 14 kms long well laid footpath. Every year, more than 4.5 million pilgrims pass through Katra on their way to the holy shrine.

    This shrine is dedicated to goddess Vaishno Devi which is yet another name of Goddess Shakthi. This temple is located at an altitude of 5200 ft. and the place is full of greenery. As people say about Katra it provides shelter to the pilgrims and help them to fulfill their trip by staying in this city. Katra is connected with all the major cities by railways and road transport which makes it easy for pilgrims to visit this divine city.

    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 6.2 million in 2005. 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.

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    Mata Vaishno Devi - The cave does not have any idols, pictures and statues inside. It is believed that the cave presents with darshan of about 330 million Hindu Gods and Goddesses, who are said to have worshipped Mata Rani. Moreover, it is believed that during pujan and aarti, all the Gods and Goddesses arrive to pay their respect to the Mother. Mata Vaishno Devi is a manifestation of Mother Goddess and is popularly known as Mata Rani and Vaishnavi. The Holy Cave of Mata Vaishno Devi is located at an altitude of 5,200 ft in the Trikuta Hills, which is known as the Bhawan. Tourists have to trek for 12 km from the base camp of Katra to reach the holy cave, which is about 98 ft long. This steep climb can either be covered by foot or ponies or by palanquins.

     

    Bhairon Temple - It is believed that the journey to Mata Vaishno Devi is not complete without the darshan in Bhairon Temple. According to the legends, Bhairon Nath was killed by Vaishno Devi and while seeking an apology, was given a boon of being the last link of the pilgrimage. Bhairon Temple is located at a distance of 1.42 km from the Bhawan. The temple is situated at the highest point of the adjacent hill at an altitude of 6,619 ft. This temple also involves a steep climb which can be undertaken by foot, ponies or palanquins. Darshan inside Bhairon Temple is also in the rock form. It is believed that when Mata killed Bhairon Nath, his head fell at this place while his body remained at the entrance of the holy cave.

     

    Adhkunwari - Darshan in Adhkunwari include darshans of Nav Durga and Bhakt Hanuman. Tourists who directly wish to proceed to the Bhawan, do not need to obtain any group number. Auto rickshaws are available from Adhkunwari to Bhawan for disabled people. An exit on the other end of the cave was created by Mata with her trident, when Bhairon Nath approached the cave. The cave is shaped like a womb and is very narrow. Only one person can pass through this cave at a time. Adhkunwari is located about 6 km from Katra, at an altitude of 4,800 ft. It is a half way mark to the journey to holy cave. Adhkunwari is considered to be one of the most important darshans where Mata Vaishno Devi is believed to have meditated for nine months.

     

    Sanjichhat - Accommodation in the form of rooms and dormitories are available here for the devotees. Apart from the accommodation facility, hygienic food is provided to the devotees at reasonable price. The place also features a hospital, souvenir shop and many other shops. Sanjichhat is an important place as the helipad is also located here. Sanjichhat is a beautiful spot located at a distance of 3.25 km from Adhkunwari. The beautiful view of the valley and snow covered peak of Himalayas can be seen from this spot. It is the highest point on the old track and an end point to the uphill climb. To reach the Bhawan, tourists have to walk downhill from Sanjichhat.

     

    Himkoti - The Shrine Board has developed a view point and is categorised with restaurants, dosa counters, cooked meal shops, medicare shops and cassette counters. Devotees find this place adequately spacious to rest, relax and enjoy the scenic beauty. There is also an artificial pond, a garden and a meditation centre in Himkoti. Himkoti is visited by tourists as the sight gives a beautiful view of the entire valley. It is situated at a distance of 2.75 km from Adhkunwari on the new track. The sight does not have any traditional or religious significance but is visited only because of its natural splendour.

     

    Banganga - It is believed that Mata Vaishno Devi on her way to holy cave created this river with an arrow from her quiver. Being sacred, devotees take a dip into this holy water before preceding their journey. For this purpose, two ghats have been built.  Banganga is located just after the police check post and Yatra Parchi Check Post. This river is said to be associated with the miracles and legends of Mata Vaishno Devi. Water remains in the river throughout the year except when there is an acute shortage in rainfall or snow during monsoon and winter seasons.

     

    Baba Dhansar Temple - Baba Dhansar Temple is located 15 km away from Katra on way to Salal Dam. A huge spring emerging from the rocks forms a number of small cascading waterfalls before flowing into the holy river that merges with the Chenab River. At Baba Dhansar Temple, devotees find a naturally formed Shivling, on which droplets of water fall at a constant pace throughout the year.

     

    Charanpaduka - It is here that Mata stood after disappearing from Pandit Sridhar bhandara to see if Bhairon Nath is following her. To further precede the journey, tourists touch the footprints of Mata to seek her blessings. Charanpaduka is located at about 2.5 km from Banganga at an altitude of 3,380 ft. It is believed that the imprints of Mata’s feet are engraved on a rock slab.

     

    Darshani Darwaza - There are two gates at this point; the older gate leads to a flight of stairs and the newer gate has a colonnaded porch with parking private vehicles. Moreover, the army assistance counter is also located here. Tourists can reach Darshani Darwaza either by foot or can hire an auto rickshaw.  Darshani Darwaza or Darshani Deodhi, situated 2,800 ft above sea level, is the entry gate to the Mata Vaishno Devi Yatra. Located about 1 km from the bus stand, it is from this point that tourists can have a complete view of the Trikuta Mountain. As per the legends, Mata Vaishno Devi met Pandit Sridhar at this point in the form of a girl child.

     

    Jhajjar Kotli - Jhajjar Kotli is a tourist complex about 15 km from Katra, built at the banks of river Jhajjar. It is located on the National Highway 1A that leads towards Srinagar. The clear, cold water of Jhajjar is the main attraction. Jhajjar Kotli is a tourist picnic spot, which is known for its natural beauty. There is a luxurious tourist bungalow maintained by Jammu & Kashmir Tourism Development Corporation.

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    Jai Maa Inn Hotel, Katra

    Kashmir Road

    Jai Maa Inn Hotel, Katra is Located at Kashmir Road, Katra, Jai Ma Inn Hotels is in close proximity to Darshani Dwar (Approx. 1km) and Himkoti (Approx. 2km). The mythical Darshani Dwar is the starting point for the holy

    2,030.00 Avg/night

    Hotel Mount View, Katra

    Katra Vaishno Devi

    Hotel Mount View, Katra offers comfy and reasonable keep for each business and leisure travelers who looking for some economical decisions.It is a professionally managed hotel in the heart of the city. This property is c

    2,800.00 Avg/night

    Vishal Hotel, Katra

    Behind Durga Bhawan Vaishno Devi

    Vishal Hotel, Katra is located at Arli Road, Katra. It is easy to reach the Aghaar Baba Jitto (Approx. 7km) and Geeta Mandir (Approx. 2km) which is located close to the hotel. Aghaar Baba Jitto was a devotee of Mata Vai

    1,770.00 Avg/night

    Bhawani International Hotel, Katra

    Bus Stand

    Bhawani International Hotel, Katra is located at main bus stand and is close to key tourist attractions like Darshani Dwar (Approx. 1km) and Banganga Temple (Approx. 2km). Darshani Dwar or Darshani Deodhi is the main st

    1,790.00 Avg/night

    Gupta Palace Hotel, Katra

    Mata Vaishno Devi Hospital Road

    Gupta Palace Hotel, Katra is strategically located at hospital road. Some of the nearby places of tourist attraction in the vicinity are Darshani Dwar (Approx. 1km) and Himkoti (Approx. 2km). The Darshani Darwaza is the

    1,150.00 Avg/night

    Mayur Hotel, Katra

    Kashmir Road Katra

    Mayur Hotel, Katra n the heart of Katra closest to the Railway station , to Helipad and to Ban Ganga , Graciously appointed air-condition rooms , with 24 hour room service , Multi cuisine vegetarian Restaurant , in house

    1,890.00 Avg/night

    Ambica Hotel, Katra

    Vaishnodevi

    Ambica Hotel, Katra is located in the heart of town and is easily accessible. Hotel Facilities The hotel also has a health club that is equipped with facilities like steam and jacuzzi.This property is created from fine i

    2,570.00 Avg/night

    Kashmir Residency Hotel, Katra

    Main Road

    Kashmir Residency Hotel, Katra is located at main road, Vaishnodevi. Raghunath temple (approx. 1kms) and Ardhkuwari Mata Gufa (approx. 2kms) are proximate places to explore from the hotel. Ardhkuwari is considered to be

    2,200.00 Avg/night

    Hotel Shree Hari Niwas, Katra

    Katra Vaishno Devi

    Hotel Shree Hari Niwas, Katra Positioned opposite ICICI Bank, Jammu road, Hotel Shree Hari Niwas is flanked by Raghunath Temple (Approx. 1km) and Adhkunwari Mata Gufa (Approx. 2km). Perched on a high altitude, Adhkunwari

    2,600.00 Avg/night

    Varun Hotel, Katra

    Kashmir Road Katra

    Varun Hotel, Katra is located at Kashmir road. The hotel is surrounded by places of religious importance like Aghaar Baba Jitto (Approx. 6km) and Bhairavnath Temple (Approx. 2km). In order to complete their holy journey,

    1,930.00 Avg/night

    KC Residency, Katra

    Reasi Road Katra

    KC Residency, Katra is stands tall at Reasi Road in Katra and has hindrance free access to places like Vaishno Devi Temple 4 km (approx.), Bhairon Temple 3 km (approx.), Adhkunwari 42 km (approx.), Banganga 4 km (approx.

    6,000.00 Avg/night

    Hotel Ishan, Katra

    Bus Stand Circular Road

    Hotel Ishan, Katra is located near Police Station, circular road. Guests can visit nearby tourist destinations like the Vaishno Devi Temple (Approx. 2km) and the Bhairon Temple (Approx. 2km) from the hotel. Vaishno Devi

    1,690.00 Avg/night

    Hotel Chinar, Katra

    Katra Road Katra

    Hotel Chinar, Katra is located at Jammu road. The hotel is close to Geeta Mandir (Approx. 1km) and Aghar Baba Jitto (Approx. 8km). Aghar Baba Jitto is a cool and scenic spot located amidst beautiful hillocks. Other popu

    1,870.00 Avg/night

    Hotel Subash International, Katra

    Ban Ganga Road Katra

    Hotel Subash International, Katra is located at Ban Ganga road is surrounded by places of interest like Adkuwari Mata Gufa (Approx. 2km) and Banganga Temple (Approx. 2km). Pilgrims bathe in the holy waters of Banganga Ri

    2,290.00 Avg/night

    Chirag International Hotel, Katra

    Main Market Katra

    Chirag International Hotel, Katra is located at Jammu road. Devotees can visit the Vaishno Devi Temple (Approx. 2km) and Bhairon Temple (Approx. 2km) to seek divine intervention. The holiest Vaishno Devi Temple lies at

    1,820.00 Avg/night

    Hotel Atithi International, Katra

    Jammu Road

    Hotel Atithi International, Katra is located at Jammu road. Situated in a prime area of the city, the hotel has places of religious importance like Raghunath temple (Approx. 1km) and Himkoti (Approx. 2km) close to it. Th

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    The Atrium On The Greens, Katra

    Near Katra Railway Station Katra

    The Atrium On The Greens, Katra is located on railway road in Katra. Local attractions include Aghar Jitto, Baba Dhansar and Shivkhori.This property is created from fine interiors with pure surroundings that creates a co

    3,490.00 Avg/night

    Devi Grand Hotel, Katra

    Near Katra Toll Barrier Reasi Road

    Devi Grand Hotel, Katra is located near Katra Toll barrier on Reasi Road. Other sightseeing places nearby are Maa Vaishno Devi Temple, springs at Baba Dhansar. This property is created from fine interiors with pure sur

    2,750.00 Avg/night

    Shanker Palace Hotel, Katra

    Jammu Road

    Shanker Palace Hotel, Katra It is constructed on Jammu road in Katra and has hindrance free access to places like Peer Kho Cave Temple 20 km (approx.), Baba Dhansar 15 Km (approx).This property is created from fine inter

    3,000.00 Avg/night

    Kapoor Palace Hotel, Katra

    Main Road Katra

    Kapoor Palace Hotel, Katra is situated at Main Bazaar enjoys proximity to Geeta Mandir (Approx. 1km) and Aghaar Baba Jitto (Approx. 6km). The holy shrine of Baba Jitto is the Aghaar Baba Jitto. Baba Jitto was a famous r

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    Mata Vaishno Devi - The cave does not have any idols, pictures and statues inside. It is believed that the cave presents with darshan of about 330 million Hindu Gods and Goddesses, who are said to have worshipped Mata Rani. Moreover, it is believed that during pujan and aarti, all the Gods and Goddesses arrive to pay their respect to the Mother. Mata Vaishno Devi is a manifestation of Mother Goddess and is popularly known as Mata Rani and Vaishnavi. The Holy Cave of Mata Vaishno Devi is located at an altitude of 5,200 ft in the Trikuta Hills, which is known as the Bhawan. Tourists have to trek for 12 km from the base camp of Katra to reach the holy cave, which is about 98 ft long. This steep climb can either be covered by foot or ponies or by palanquins.

     

    Bhairon Temple - It is believed that the journey to Mata Vaishno Devi is not complete without the darshan in Bhairon Temple. According to the legends, Bhairon Nath was killed by Vaishno Devi and while seeking an apology, was given a boon of being the last link of the pilgrimage. Bhairon Temple is located at a distance of 1.42 km from the Bhawan. The temple is situated at the highest point of the adjacent hill at an altitude of 6,619 ft. This temple also involves a steep climb which can be undertaken by foot, ponies or palanquins. Darshan inside Bhairon Temple is also in the rock form. It is believed that when Mata killed Bhairon Nath, his head fell at this place while his body remained at the entrance of the holy cave.

     

    Adhkunwari - Darshan in Adhkunwari include darshans of Nav Durga and Bhakt Hanuman. Tourists who directly wish to proceed to the Bhawan, do not need to obtain any group number. Auto rickshaws are available from Adhkunwari to Bhawan for disabled people. An exit on the other end of the cave was created by Mata with her trident, when Bhairon Nath approached the cave. The cave is shaped like a womb and is very narrow. Only one person can pass through this cave at a time. Adhkunwari is located about 6 km from Katra, at an altitude of 4,800 ft. It is a half way mark to the journey to holy cave. Adhkunwari is considered to be one of the most important darshans where Mata Vaishno Devi is believed to have meditated for nine months.

     

    Sanjichhat - Accommodation in the form of rooms and dormitories are available here for the devotees. Apart from the accommodation facility, hygienic food is provided to the devotees at reasonable price. The place also features a hospital, souvenir shop and many other shops. Sanjichhat is an important place as the helipad is also located here. Sanjichhat is a beautiful spot located at a distance of 3.25 km from Adhkunwari. The beautiful view of the valley and snow covered peak of Himalayas can be seen from this spot. It is the highest point on the old track and an end point to the uphill climb. To reach the Bhawan, tourists have to walk downhill from Sanjichhat.

     

    Himkoti - The Shrine Board has developed a view point and is categorised with restaurants, dosa counters, cooked meal shops, medicare shops and cassette counters. Devotees find this place adequately spacious to rest, relax and enjoy the scenic beauty. There is also an artificial pond, a garden and a meditation centre in Himkoti. Himkoti is visited by tourists as the sight gives a beautiful view of the entire valley. It is situated at a distance of 2.75 km from Adhkunwari on the new track. The sight does not have any traditional or religious significance but is visited only because of its natural splendour.

     

    Banganga - It is believed that Mata Vaishno Devi on her way to holy cave created this river with an arrow from her quiver. Being sacred, devotees take a dip into this holy water before preceding their journey. For this purpose, two ghats have been built.  Banganga is located just after the police check post and Yatra Parchi Check Post. This river is said to be associated with the miracles and legends of Mata Vaishno Devi. Water remains in the river throughout the year except when there is an acute shortage in rainfall or snow during monsoon and winter seasons.

     

    Baba Dhansar Temple - Baba Dhansar Temple is located 15 km away from Katra on way to Salal Dam. A huge spring emerging from the rocks forms a number of small cascading waterfalls before flowing into the holy river that merges with the Chenab River. At Baba Dhansar Temple, devotees find a naturally formed Shivling, on which droplets of water fall at a constant pace throughout the year.

     

    Charanpaduka - It is here that Mata stood after disappearing from Pandit Sridhar bhandara to see if Bhairon Nath is following her. To further precede the journey, tourists touch the footprints of Mata to seek her blessings. Charanpaduka is located at about 2.5 km from Banganga at an altitude of 3,380 ft. It is believed that the imprints of Mata’s feet are engraved on a rock slab.

     

    Darshani Darwaza - There are two gates at this point; the older gate leads to a flight of stairs and the newer gate has a colonnaded porch with parking private vehicles. Moreover, the army assistance counter is also located here. Tourists can reach Darshani Darwaza either by foot or can hire an auto rickshaw.  Darshani Darwaza or Darshani Deodhi, situated 2,800 ft above sea level, is the entry gate to the Mata Vaishno Devi Yatra. Located about 1 km from the bus stand, it is from this point that tourists can have a complete view of the Trikuta Mountain. As per the legends, Mata Vaishno Devi met Pandit Sridhar at this point in the form of a girl child.

     

    Jhajjar Kotli - Jhajjar Kotli is a tourist complex about 15 km from Katra, built at the banks of river Jhajjar. It is located on the National Highway 1A that leads towards Srinagar. The clear, cold water of Jhajjar is the main attraction. Jhajjar Kotli is a tourist picnic spot, which is known for its natural beauty. There is a luxurious tourist bungalow maintained by Jammu & Kashmir Tourism Development Corporation.

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