Located in the foothills of the Trikuta Mountains, Katra is a small town in the vicinity of the Mata Vaishno Devi Temple. The picturesque and quaint little town of Katra is one of the best travel destinations for Hindu pilgrim. The Vaishno Devi Temple is one of the holiest shrines for Hindus where performing a pilgrimage is believed to be sacred and where the Goddess fulfills every wish of her devotees. Come to seek the blessings of Mata Vaishno Devi and return with immense happiness and peace.
A quaint little town, also known as ‘the Gateway to Vaishno Devi Temple’, Katra is indeed a popular tourist destination, located at a distance of around 42 kilometers from Jammu, in the Reasi district of Jammu & Kashmir.
According to Hindu Mythology, those who visit the holy cave shrine of Mata Vaishno Devi will be granted all their wishes. Popularly known as “Mata Rani”, the Goddess Vaishno Devi is a manifestation of the Hindu Goddess Durga. It is believed that during the pooja or aarti hours, other Goddesses visit the caves to pay their respects to ‘Mata Rani’.
Devotees undertake an uphill trek of around 14 km to reach the shrine, located at the Trikuta Mountains. It takes around 6 to 9 hours to reach the caves which are among the 108 shakti peethas. Ponies, palanquins and helicopters are available and can be hired to reach the temple.
The Bhairon Mandir also known as 'Kaala Bhairava', situated at a distance of 3 kilometers from the sacred cave is a very important travel destination in Katra for tourists and devotees. It is believed that the excursion to Vaishno Devi only completes after visiting the Bhairon Mandir.
Another holy site which attracts devotees from various geographical locations of the world and considered one of the top tourist attractions is the Charan Paduka. A sacred destination at a distance of 1.5 kilometers from Banganga. According to local mythology, Goddess Durga stayed at this place when she was being chased by Bhairavnath. It is also one of the best places to visit in Katra if you want to enjoy serenity and tranquility.
Banganga, located just 3 kilometers away from Katra, is another important travel destination for pilgrims embarking on an odyssey from Katra to Bhawan. The pilgrims consider the water of this river pious and take holy baths in it and then, they begin their spiritual yatra. This place also offers a view of the enchanting landscape that surround it.
Katra is one of the best places to visit for a shopper where she can leisurely stroll in the markets and enjoying shopping for exquisite garments and textiles embellished with fine Kashmiri embroidery, a rich variety of dry fruits, woollen clothes, and leather items.
The scenic town of Katra thrives on the religious industry and offers fewer things to do and places to see. Some of the best places to visit in Katra are Vaishno Devi Cave Temple, Bhairon Mandir, Banganga and Charan Paduka. It also provides travellers and nature lovers with very panoramic views of the Himalayas and its majestic landscape to relish a relaxing holiday.
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An important base town for the pilgrims to the Vaishno Devi Temple, Katra is a very popular travel destination and has many accommodation options ranging from of budget and mid-range hotels near the railway station. There are also provisions for guesthouses and ashrams, where the devotees can rest and relax before and after performing the pilgrimage.