Located in the foothills of the Trikuta Mountains, is the beautiful town of Katra in Reasi district of Jammu and Kashmir. The holy shrine of Vaishno Devi, which is the second most important temple in India is located in Katra, making it the second most important pilgrimage destination in India. Every year, million pilgrims from various cities trek for a stretch of 13.5 km to visit the spectacular ‘Devi’.
Although the spectacular Vaishno Devi Temple is one of the major attractions in Katra, there are other places in this pious town that should be explored. Sightseeing is a must-do in this religious town; places like Himkoti, Baba Dhansar, Banganga amongst many others is a feast to the eyes due to its picturesque beauty. Katra being an important religious place in Jammu region can be reached conveniently by air, road and rail from every part of the country.
How to reach Vaishno Devi, Katra by road
Regular bus services ply to and fro the base of the pilgrimage, that is Katra. Buses, at extremely affordable rates, are available from places like New Delhi, Amritsar, Jammu Tawi as the list goes on. You can also take a shared taxi or cab once you’ve arrived at Jammu Tawi.
How to reach Vaishno Devi, Katra by train
The Katra Railway Station was inaugurated recently and it lies on the Jammu-Udhampur-Srinagar-Baramulla Railway Link. It is connected to Delhi and direct trains from Delhi to Katra are available. The Jammu Tawi Railway Station (53 km) is the next nearest railway station. It is the oldest and the most important railway station of Jammu & Kashmir. It is well-connected to all the major cities of the country.
How to reach Vaishno Devi, Katra by Air/Flight
The Satwari Airport in Jammu is the nearest airport to Katra (51 km away) and it is well-connected to all the major cities of India. Taxis can be hired from outside the airport to reach Katra.
Local transport in Vaishno Devi, Katra
Taxis are the most popular mode of transportation. To reach the Bhawan, you can either trek a 13 km distance from Katra. Other options such as palanquins, ponies and helicopter rides are also available.
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