About Katra Tourism

Situated at the base of the Trikuta Mountains, Katra, a major religious destination in Jammu, is the base camp for the devotees who are visiting the sacred shrine of Mata Vaishno Devi. The expedition to the shrine from Katra is a walking journey of around 13 km and is full of beautiful views, and although it is visited throughout the year, the best time to visit it is from March to October.

Travelers can easily access Katra, a small town in Udhampur District, from Jammu city, which is around 45 km away.

Best Time to Visit Katra


Summer Season in Katra

It gets very hot in Katra during the summer, with the temperature rising to 40°C regularly. Despite that, it receives a lot of tourists during this time.


Monsoon Season in Katra

Monsoon arrives in end-July & continues till mid-September. The temperature drops by a few degrees & becomes quite comfortable.


Winter Season in Katra

Winter starts from October and continues till February. Visitors should carry woollen clothes as it can get very cold. In terms of sightseeing, it is the best season.

Popular Tourist Attractions in Katra


Vaishno Devi Temple

Most popular Hindu pilgrimage destinations in India, Mata Vaishno Devi Cave Temple nestles in the Trikuta Hills in Katra, Jammu & Kashmir.


Charan Paduka

Charan Paduka, the religious site on the way to Vaishno Devi temple, is where paying homage is symbolic to touching the feet...


Ban Ganga

Ban Ganga is a holy river where devotees like to take a dip before continuing the Mata Vaishno Devi Yatra.


Bhairon Mandir

For Bhairon temple in Katra, it is believed that the Vaishno Devi Yatra is only considered complete when the devotees pay... .


Trikuta Parvat

A sacred place in Katra and is visited by Hindu devotees who come for Mata Vaishno Devi Yatra.


Geeta Mandir

En route Mata Vaishno Devi Temple, the sacred Geeta Mandir in Katra is one of the sites for the Hindu devotees to pay homage.

Top Things to Do in Katra



The spiritual places in Katra which you should visit are the holy shrine of Mata Vaishno Devi, Charan Paduka...



Explore the town of Katra, Trikuta Parbat & Ban Ganga.



While shopping in Katra, look out for Kashmiri clothes, dry fruits, cane baskets, dried apples, Pashmina stoles & Kashmiri chilies.

How to Reach Katra?


By Air

Jammu Airport, located at a distance of almost 50 kilometres, is the nearest airport to Katra. You can hire a taxi after reaching the airport to reach Katra.


By Rail

Katra has its own railway station called Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Katra Railway Station on the Jammu Udhampur Srinagar Baramulla Railway link. The other nearest railway station to Katra is Jammu Tawi, located at a distance of almost 54.7 kilometers.


By Bus

State and national highways connect Katra to Jammu, while direct buses are available from Chandigarh, Delhi, Dharamshala, Amritsar & Pathankot.

Katra Travel Guide by Category

Accommodation in Katra

Katra welcomes an enormous number of pilgrims throughout the year, and the accommodation options range from budget to mid-range hotels, located in close proximity to the railway station. Other staying options in Katra include ashrams and guesthouses which provide rest and relaxation to pilgrims.

Top Things to Do in Katra

One of the top things to do in Katra is to visit the famous Hindu pilgrimage destination, Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine located in the Trikuta Mountains. It is visited by Hindu pilgrims in large numbers, and you too can plan a visit to Katra & seek the blessings of Mata Vaishno Devi, which is best done between March to October.

Top Attractions in Katra

One of the top tourist attractions in Katra is the Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine, a major Hindu pilgrimage destination in Jammu which attracts a large number of devotees to the Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine.Besides seeking blessings of Mata Vaishno Devi, there are other top tourist attractions in Katra which you can explore during a family sightseeing tour like Darshan Dwar, Ban Ganga, Bhairo Mandir, the three peak Trikuta Parbat & Geeta Mandir.

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. What is the best way to reach Katra?

From Jammu Airport, located about 50 kilometers from Katra, you can hire private vehicles and taxis to reach Katra. From Udhampur Railway Station, located almost 41.3 kilometers away, you can hire taxis and private vehicles to reach Katra.

Q. How far is Vaishno Devi from Katra ?

Vaishno Devi is located almost 15.4 kilometers away from Katra, or a driving distance of about 1 hour 6 minutes.

Q. Does Prepaid Sim Work in Katra?

No Prepaid Sim works in any part of Jammu and Kashmir, including Katra. You will have to purchase Postpaid SIM cards before visiting Katra, as only Postpaid Sim cards work in Jammu and Kashmir.

Q. How Far is Jammu from Katra?

Katra is located 49.1 kilometers approx from Jammu, or at a driving distance of 1 hour 17 minutes. 

Q. Are there good hotels in Katra?

Katra is an important base town for pilgrims going to Vaishno Devi Temple, so there are various accommodation options, ranging from luxury and budget to mid range hotels. You will also find guesthouses and ashrams.

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