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Katra / Vaishnodevi

Katra is a small town in Jammu which is located at the distance of 50 kms from the main city. This place serves to be the base camp for all those who wish to visit the popular temple of Vaishno devi located at Trikuta hills. Once you have reached Katra from Jammu, you just need to trek for about 13 kms and you can reach this famous shrine of Vaishno devi. This shrine is a crown of Trikuta Mountains and it is a part of lower Himalayas region. You can see the images of three deities at this place including Mahakali, Maha Lakhmi and Maha Saraswati. Many people visit this place for spiritual purification and rejuvenating their soul. Shrine of Vaishnu Devi is considered to be very holy and sacred by the people. There are three popular temples located at this shrine. You need to trek through the whole route in order to give a visit to all these destinations.

At the temple of Vaishnu Devi, all pilgrims need to enter in small groups through the very narrow opening and along the ice cold waters. Last halt before you reach the actual shrine is Bhawan where you can get arrangements for changing or keeping your valuables.

Katra Photo Gallery

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Aghar Jitto
Jahan Kosha
Vaishnodevi Way

If you have already visited the Mata Vaishnu Devi temple and still have some time left with you, there are many tourist attractions which you can visit in and around Katra:

Jahan Kosha is a tourist destination in Katra which is just 1 km away from this place.

Kadam Sharif is a magnificent mosque located near this place and it contains the replica of Hazrat Mohammad. You can also visit Shiv kori. It is a naturally formed Shiv Lingam which captures the heart of every tourist visiting this place. This cave is in the shape of Lord Shiva’s Damroo which means it is wide from two ends but congested at the center. At certain inside the cave, a person can hardly crawl through it. It is truly a heavenly feeling to visit this sacred cave.

Another tourist destination near Katra is Aghar Jitto. It is a shrine of Baba Jitto who was a devotee of Vaishnu Devi. This has been a myth that if you make a single dip in the holy spring water flowing from front of shrine, miracles occur to pre-natal women. It is a place from where you can lead towards the actual Vaishnu Devi shrine.

How To Reach Katra

In order to reach there by air, you can reach airport of Jammu. From this airport, you can get road links to this shrine.

There are many trains by which you can reach Jammu from all major cities. 50 kms from Jammu, there is Katra which is directly connected to Vaishnu Devi. Katra is connected to Jammu through National Highway.

By going through the 13 km trek from Katra, you can reach the inner shrine of Vaishnu Devi. There is cave of Shiv Khori which is also a very famous tourist destination at Vaishnu Devi Katra. You can also stroll through a sacred shrine of Dera Baba Banda.

Apart from this you also have regular bus service to Leh Ladakh on this route. Apart from this you can also hire private cabs to reach Leh Ladakh so that you can enjoy your private time with your family or friends.

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