Katra or Katra Vaishno Devi, as it is popularly known, is a small town near Reasi Town in Reasi district in the union territory of Jammu and Kashmir, India, 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 a picaresque region in Jammu and Kashmir and it is known for its famed temple of Goddess Vaishno Devi. The temple is highly revered and every year hundreds of tourists travel to this shrine to pay their respects to the Goddess. Katra also known as Katra Vaishno Devi is the holiest place to Hindu’s. In the foothills of Trikuta Mountains of Jammu & Kashmir State this hill station placed
Significance: The Winter capital & Second Largest Town in the State of Jammu & Kashmir. Nestling in the foothills of the Himalayas, with the river Tawi flowing alongside, due to many temples built here it is also known as city of temples. The main credit to populate this place goes to King Jambulochan.Jammu is the gateway of J&K situated on the bank of river Tawi, it is the place that Raja Jambu Lochan discovered one day while he was on a hunting trip. Legend has it that he came upon a clearing where he saw a sight that left him wonderstruck. A tiger and a goat stood side-by-side, drinking water from the same place in the Tawi River. He was so struck by this unusual sight that he decided to build a city on this land where no living creature seemed to bear enmity towards each other. Earlier its name was Jambupura which became Jammu later.The history of dogra king prevails in the living habits of people of Jammu. In 1730 it became the capital of king Dhruvdeva, from that period till the freedom of India dogra rulers prevailed here.From the point of view of art, culture and history, Jammu has special importance. Location: 305-km from Srinagar, J&K
Arrival at Jammu – On arriving at Jammu railway station / airport, meet our Ihpl representative who will help you take a transfer to Katra. Katra, 50 kms from Jammu, is a temple town which where the holy shrine of Vaishno Devi is located. After you reach Katra, check-in to the hotel and have a comfortable stay at night.
Katra – Patnitop
Katra – Patnitop- Today, you leave for your next destination, Patnitop from Katra. It will take a three -hour drive to reach Patnitop. Patnitop is a beautiful land of mountains, rivers and greenery. Spend a memorable holiday amid natural beauty and tranquility. On reaching Patnitop, check-in to the hotel and experience the enthralling beauty of the place for the rest of the day. Enjoy some time close to nature in this alluring destination. Later, have your dinner and enjoy a comfortable stay at night in the hotel.
Vaishno Devi – Katra
Vaishno Devi – Katra- This morning, you begin with your trek to the holy shrine, Vaishno Devi. Vaishno Devi is considered the Mother Goddess or Maa Durga. A number of devotees visit this holy shrine from all across the world. The distance from Katra to Bhawan is 13 km and the way to reach there is steep. To reach the Bhawan, options like helicopter, ponies and palanquins are available. On reaching the Vaishno Devi Bhawan, seek the blessings of Maa Vaishno who is present there in the form of pindis inside the holy cave. After that, head back to Katra and start trekking. When you reach Katra, late in the night, get back to the hotel and have a comfortable stay at night.
Patnitop – Jammu
After you have your yummy breakfast in the morning, take a transfer to the railway station/ airport and then continue with your onward journey.