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.
Dotted with numerous hotels, guesthouses, restaurants and Dhabas, Katra is a prime destination of Jammu and Kashmir tourism. Being associated with Mata Vaishno Devi Yatra, most of the famous tourist attractions in Katra are religious places like Charan Paduka, Bhairo Mandir and Geeta Mandir.
But what makes Katra a popular tourist attraction in Jammu & Kashmir is not just the spiritual experience that you get, but also the sightseeing opportunities that you can enjoy along with it, for example, in places like Ban Ganga & Tiruka Parbat.
You can also enjoy shopping during your holidays in Katra, which is an exciting & unique experience because many of the things that are found here in its bustling markets, like Kashmiri motifs, cane baskets & stoles, are found exclusively in this region.