Katra is the most popular city of Reasi District of Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir. Many people never heard about the Reasi district but knew it very well. The reason is the Shrine of Shri Vaishno Devi situated there. It is the cultural and religious hub for Hindus. Pilgrims not only from India but also from all over the world visit here. It is the most sacred and spiritual place for Hindus. Every person who believes in Hinduism wishes to visit here once in a lifetime. It is the basecamp for Yatris who start their long uphill yatra to Trikuta Ranges of Himalayas for Mata Vaishno Devi.
Katra city is situated in the foothills of long Trikuta Ranges of Himalayas. The town is just 42KM away from the Jammu bus stand and 35km from Udhampur. The Himalayas covered the whole city from all four sides.
The soil has Limestone in abundance. There are also substantial Oil reserves. A study found that the whole area is prosperous in minerals.
The underground water of the area is also of high quality and used as drinking water. The river Banganga also flows through the city. Hindu pilgrims bathe here before starting their Journey to the Vaishno Devi. Hence, the Geography of the whole area is very rich.
The weather in Katra city is perfect for humans. The minimum temperature observes it is -1 C, and the Maximum temperature goes up to 37C. It is an excellent range for humans. Travelers enjoy the weather in the city a lot.
The city also receives occasional Snowfalls. The average rainfall in a year is 2198.3 mm, and the average rainfall days are 83. Also, the average Humidity of the area is 61%.
The tourism of Katra is flourishing. People from all over the world visited here for Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Temple. It is the most famous and most visited tourist place in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir.
In peak season, 60,000 people visited it, and on regular days, there are nearly 20,000 people per day. In 2018, about 85.87 Lacks people visited it, and in 2019, 79.40 Lacks people attended. Registration is needed before the start of the Journey, which includes an Insurance of 1 Lakhs rupee free for everyone.
Due to these numbers, the tourism industry is flourishing here. Several 5-star hotels are working here. Also, some International hotel and restaurant chains are funding a lot here. The Katra Bazar is also very famous among pilgrims. The Bazaar has many shops of dry Fruits, woolen clothes, parshad shops, artificial jewelry shops. Pilgrims buy a lot of things as a memory of their journey.
Current situation of Tourism in Katra
After the abrogation of 370 Article from Jammu and Kashmir and then converting it into Union Territory. The Tourism of Katra got a great hit by it. The number of tourist numbers has decreased by 70%. It also suffers a lot due to the nonavailability of the internet in the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir. Due to this, pilgrims hesitate to come here.
The rest of the business got quenched by epidemic Covid-19. Now, tourism is Zero, which is a significant threat to the activities there. The government should help these businesses to stand again.
How to Reach Katra
After reaching Jammu, you can take the Bus or Train. By bus, it is 42km away and can take up to 2.5 hours. You can also go by train, and it also takes the same time. But the train route is more comfortable and beautiful.
Katra Railway Station
Katra railway station code is SVDK. The railway station is newly built and has all the modern facilities. It is one of the most beautiful and clean stations of Northern Railways. It is a part of the Jammu Udhampur Srinagar Baramulla Railway Link. Further expansion of the route is under construction.
The route of Jammu to Katra railway track is very appealing. You will experience a number of long Railway tunnels. Lush green mountains and waterfalls will fill your eyes with happiness.
New Delhi to Katra train
It is the easiest route to reach the Railway station. All the list of Trains and their timing is listed below. You can watch this and arrange your journey according to this.
|22461 – Shri Shakti Express||17:30||11H:40M|
|12471 – Swaraj SF Express||04:35||12H:20M|
|22439 – Vande Bharat Express||06:00||08H:00M|
There are also many trains to Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Railway Station but these are the best.
There are many hotels in Katra lounge which can never be full also in peak days. The choice is broad from economy hotels to 5-star hotels. There are also some paid and free Dhams in the city. Some are private Dhams, and some are from Mata Vaishno Shrine Board. You can also get accommodation in Jammu Railway Station. The Langers are functioning day and night. From there you can enjoy meals. Bhojanalyas are also on the whole route.
Journey to Vaishno Devi Temple
It is necessary to get the registration done before you start your journey to Vaishno Devi. After that, you have 6 hrs on the same day to cross Banganga. Now, the question arises, What is the perfect time to start the journey to Vaishno Devi from Katra?
The perfect time is to start your journey in Evening in Summers and the Morning in Winters.
Nearby Places to Visit
- Baba Aghar Jitto
- Baba Dhansar
- Siar Baba
- Mansar Lake
- Nau Devi Temple
- Shiv khori
- Surinsar Lake
- Dera Baba Banda
Katra is one of the most sacred places in India. Never think about how to go there, how we can reach? This year or not? Is this a perfect time? Don’t overthink. Just make a plan and visit it. Vaishno Devi will help you in your journey. Just feel it. The place has everything for your comfort.