The Holy Shrine of Mata Vaishno Devi
Every year, the Holy Shrine of Mata Vaishno Devi Temple is visited by lakhs of pilgrims who travel all the way from their home to seek blessings of the almighty. The journey to this scenic route begins from Katra. Located at a distance of 43.5 km from Jammu, Katra is the centre of all holy activities that take the pilgrims to Vaishno Devi. The distance between Katra to Vaishno Devi is 16 km and it takes almost 2-4 hour to reach depending on the speed.
Apart from Vaishno Devi Temple, there are a lot of places to visit in Katra. The scenic Patni Top is only two and a half hour away from here. The local markets of Katra are also perfect to purchase clothes, sarees, shawls, souvenirs, and cricket bats. Nandini Wildlife Sanctuary is also one of the most recommended places to visit in Katra. It is popular for bird watching and the tourists who wish to take a detour often explore the interiors of his dense forest. You can add Patni Top and Nandini Wildlife Sanctuary to your Katra tour packages or visit on your own.
Exploring Vaishno Devi and nearby places is easy as a number of Katra tour packages are offered by travel companies operating from here.
Katra has a number of stay options ranging from budget, mid-level and luxury. Most of the hotels in Katra can be booked online or as a part of your trip package. Majority of tourists who arrive here, book one of the many hotels in Katra and then leave for the yatra the next day.
Since Katra is one of the biggest travel destinations in India with lakhs of tourists coming and leaving from here on a daily basis, it is easy to find hotels in Katra without worrying about the vacancy. A majority of budget hotels in Katra offer basic amenities on very genuine prices. Apart from budget hotels in Katra, you can also book premium hotels with luxurious amenities.
Katra bus stand is one of the prime hubs of travel activities. There are a lot of hotels in Katra near bus stand whose prices vary between INR 500 to INR 3000.
A faster way to reach Vaishno Devi is by taking a helicopter service. It is possible to travel from Katra to Vaishno Devi by helicopter. This service makes sure that the old and those who are unable to walk can reach the holy shrine easily. Katra to Vaishno Devi by helicopter service drops you at Sanjichatt from where darshan can be arranged.
One can book their trip from Katra to Vaishno Devi by helicopter via Maa Vaishno Devi website. You can also ask your tour operator to arrange tickets for Katra to Vaishno Devi by Helicopter.
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