Jammu and Kashmir | India
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Katra is categorised as Pilgrimage

View of the Vaishnodevi from Katra
Vaishnodevi Entrance (Photo Courtesy: Abhishek Chandra)
Shiv Khori (Photo Courtesy: Sahuajeet)
Snow peak views from Katra

Reasons to Visit
  • Katra, is a small town an 1.5 hours from Jammu situated in the foothills of the Trikuta Mountains, where the holy shrine of Mata Vaishno Devi is situated.
  • Katra serves as the base camp for pilgrims who visit Vaishno Devi. It is home to plenty of hotels, guesthouses, restaurants, dhabas, fast-food outlets etc.
  • Vaishnodevi is one of the three most visited temples in India.
  • Katra is a one of the most visited pilgrimage getaway and gets visitors from all over all round the year.
  • Devi Temples and Pilgrimages in North India"Vaishnodevi is second most visited temple in India and is accessible via a 13 kms walk or pony ride or palanquin ride from base town Katra (50 kms from Jammu). Vaishnodevi is most significant pilgrimage for devotees from all over India and is considered one of the Shakti Peetha Temples"
  • Significant Pilgrimages in Jammu region"Vaishnodevi is one of the most visited Pilgrimages in India. Its also one of the most organised and one of the 51 Shakti Peetha Temples. Katra is base town from where devotees are required to take 13 km uphil hike (or a palanquin or a horseback). Katra is a popular pilgrim getaway in North India."
  • Shaktipeetha Temples in North India"Vaishnodevi is a major pilgrimage destination and is widely regarded as one of the Shakti Peetha Temples. Vaishnodevi is visited via base town Katra from where pilgrims are required to take a 13 kms hike (or Palanquin ride or horseback ride). Vaishnodevi is a renowned pilgrim getaway and visited alongwith Kangra Valley Temples as part of Devi Pilgrimage itinerary."
  • Popular Pilgrimages ex-Delhi"Katra serves as the base camp for pilgrims who visit Vaishno Devi, one of the most visited pilgrimages in India. Katra is a renowned pilgrim getaway (accessible via train / flight via Jammu or direct to Katra) for travellers from New Delhi."
Access Information

Katra has 8 Hotels approved and listed with Nivalink

Type of HotelsCount

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12 verified holiday itineraries are listed for Katra

Getaway (1-3 nights)2
Short Break (4-6 nights)3
Holiday (7 or more)7

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List of Holidays for Katra


  • Katra Getaway (2 Nights)
  • Katra Getaway with Shivkhori (3 Nights)

Short Break

  • Amarnath Yatra with Vaishnodevi (6 Nights)
  • Devi Temples of Himachal Pradesh and Jammu region (5 Nights)
  • Katra - Patnitop break (4 Nights)


  • 9 Devi Temples of Himachal Pradesh and Jammu region (7 Nights)
  • Best of Kashmir with Vaishnodevi (8 Nights)
  • Dalhousie - Dharamsala with Golden Temple and Vaishnodevi (8 Nights)
  • Dalhousie - Katra - Patnitop Break (7 Nights)
  • Kashmir Break with Vaishnodevi Extension (7 Nights)
  • Kashmir with Vaishnodevi (9 Nights)
  • Pilgrimage Itinerary- HP Temples and Gurudwaras - Jammu - Vaishnodevi - Golden Temple (8 Nights)

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Katra has 3 Transport services that can be booked online. Click here for reviewing and booking them.

Point to Point Transport

ServicesRates Starting From
Car hire - Manali to Katra dropRs. 12966
Pickup from Dharamsala and drop to KatraRs. 5556

Railway Station Pickup or Drop

ServicesRates Starting From
Pickup/Drop between Jammu and KatraRs. 2917

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Katra has 2 Add Ons approved and listed with Nivalink.

Helicopter Tickets2

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List of Service Add Ons for Katra

Helicopter Tickets

Services Rates Starting From
Vaishnodevi Helidarshan - Two wayRs. 6112
Vaishnodevi Helidarshan One-wayRs. 3334

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Destination Ideas

  • Nau Deviyan Pilgrimage Circuit of North India
  • Vaishnodevi Darshan

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  • NameDescriptionCategorySub-CategoryDistance(Kms)
    Vaishnodevi is one of the most visited temples in India. Its accessible via a 13 kms arduous climb or on a palanquin or via a helicopter ride. Enroute to Vaishnodevi temple following temples are also visited by Devotees * Banganga - 01 Km * Charan Paduka - 2.5 Kms * Adhkuwari - 6 Kms * Himkoti - 8.5 kms * Sanjichhat - 9.5 Km * Bhawan - 13.0 Kms * Bhairon Ghati (Via Bhawan) - 14.5 Kms
    Temple or Holy Place
    Devi Temple, Shaktipeetha
    Shiv Khori is a cave temple at 140 km north of Jammu and 80 km from Katra. Buses and light vehicles go up to Ransoo, the base camp of pilgrimage. People walk for 3 km on a track constructed by the Shiv Khori Shrine Board. Lakhs of Devotees come here on a pilgrimage annually
    Temple or Holy Place
    Lord Shiva
  • NameDescriptionCategorySub-CategoryDistance(Kms)
    Ardhkuwari Temple is located halfway enroute Katra - Vaishnodevi yatra. It is believed that Yatra is incomplete without a Darshan of Ardhkuwari Temple.
    Temple or Holy Place
    Devi Temple
    Baba Bhaironnath Temple is a temple that is visited after Vaishnodevi Darshan. It is believed that the yatra is not complete without the darshan.
    Temple or Holy Place

Destinations within reach from Katra

  • Jammu ( 50 Km )

    Jammu is a point of access for visiting Vaishnodevi Temple, which is 13 km walk from Katra (50 km more

  • Patnitop ( 95 Km )

    Patnitop (112 km from Jammu) is a stopover on the Jammu/Katra - Pahalgam Route in summer (Apr-Oct) more

  • Pong Dam ( 200 Km )

    The Maharana Pratap Sagar reservoir (Popularly known as Pong Dam) in Kangra area and known for its more

  • Daksum ( 225 Km )

    Daksum (8500 ft asl) is a hillside area overlooking coniferous forests and stunning views. Daksum more

  • Kangra ( 234 Km )

    Kangra is district headquarters and visited for the Brajeshwari Devi temple, one of the most more

  • Pragpur ( 250 Km )

    Pragpur, India’s first heritage village lies in Kangra valley in Himachal Pradesh. The famous more

  • Amritsar ( 250 Km )

    Amritsar is a major destination in India where guests arrive to visit the "Golden Temple", a Sikh more

  • Khajjiar ( 255 Km )

    Khajjiar (6500 ft asl) is an off beat destination at 22 kms from Dalhousie known for its Himalayan more

  • Srinagar ( 280 Km )

    Srinagar is the summer capital city of Kashmir. Srinagar is a city famous for its lake experience. more

  • Phagwara ( 288 Km )

    Phagwara lies mid-way between Jalandhar (22 kms) and Ludhiana (39 kms) on GT Road and is home to more

  • Una ( 290 Km )

    Una lies on the Punjab - Himachal border at 120 kms from Chandigarh and is the access point to more

  • Bharmour ( 315 Km )

    A picturesque pilgrim town at 60 kms from Chamba (HP) and visited for the 10th century Chaurasi more

  • Gulmarg ( 320 Km )

    Gulmarg is a ski resort and summer holiday destination situated 46 km southwest of Srinagar and is more

  • Ropar ( 345 Km )

    Ropar lies only 50 kms from Chandigarh. The major pilgrimage destinations in Ropar comprise Naina more

  • Moga ( 350 Km )

    Moga town is situated on the National Highway 95, it is also known as the Moga city is also known more

  • Kalka ( 404 Km )

    Kalka is a railhead at 40 kms from Chandigarh and starting point of the renowned Kalka - Shimla more

  • Patiala ( 420 Km )

    Patiala is known for its heritage buildings and monuments and visited for heritage hotel “Baradari more

  • Kullu ( 425 Km )

    Kulllu area is known for apple orchards and trout fishing besides a range of adventure activities more

  • Kasauli ( 427 Km )

    Kasauli is a small cantonment town in Solan district off Kalka - Shimla Highway and still retains more

  • Bathinda ( 439 Km )

    Bathinda lies in close proximity to the Damdama Sahib, a major Sikh Pilgrimage centre and one of more

  • Raison ( 439 Km )

    Raison is a riverside location 15 kms after Kullu and 26 kms before Manali, known for off-beat and more

  • Shoghi ( 481 Km )

    Shoghi is a wooded area 15 kms before Shimla. There are couple of adventure / nature oriented more

  • Rajgarh ( 484 Km )

    Rajgarh (6500 ft asl) lies on the Solan - Nahan route in remote and unexplored Sirmour district of more

  • Chail ( 487 Km )

    Chail was the summer capital of the flamboyant Maharaja Bhupinder Singh of Patiala and now Summer more

  • Nahan ( 496 Km )

    Nahan is a nature centric getaway and base town to visit Renuka Lake, a local pilgrim centre. more

  • Shimla ( 497 Km )

    Shimla being the famous holiday resort that used to enjoy the status of being the summer capital more

  • Karnal ( 515 Km )

    Karnal lies on NH-01 (GT Road or Delhi - Ambala highway) at 125 kms from New Delhi. Karnal is a more

  • Rohtak ( 629 Km )

    Rohtak Lies at 70 kms from New Delhi where getaway resorts are located which are popularly visited more

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Getting There

Locality NameDescriptionSuitable ForHotels (Nos)
Jammu RoadCountry Inns and Suites, a premium hotel is situated few kms before Katra town on the Jammu - Katra highway.Getaway2
near Check Post500 meters from town centre on the Jammu side. Premium hotels are situated around this area.Pilgrimage2
Town CentreAn area filled with pilgrim hotels and restaurants. Here one takes entry permit (Yatra Parchi) and proceeds to Banganga (2 kms), entrance of the Vaishnodevi Yatra.Pilgrimage2
Reasi RoadRoad connecting Katra with ReasiGetaway/Pilgrimage1
Railway Station KatraRailway Station area in Katra is located 3 kms from town centre and excellent for guests arriving departing by train and visiting Katra for the Vaishnodevi Pilgrimage.Transit/Pilgrimage1
Nearest Airport in Katra
  • Satwari Airport ( IXJ ) , Jammu-50 Kms
Railway Stations in Katra
  • Katra Railway Station ( SVDK ), Katra
Recommended travel connections to Katra from Major Cities.

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