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About Katra


Katra is a small municipal town situated at the foothills of the Trikuta Mountains which is a part of the sub-Himalayan Shivalik Range, in the Reasi District of Jammu and Kashmir State of India. Positioned at 32°59′N, 74°57′E 32.98°N 74.95°E Coordinates, and at an elevation of 2474 feet, Katra is about 40 kms from Jammu.

By virtue of being the base camp of the Vaishno Devi Temple Yatra, Katra witnesses the influx of thousands of pilgrim’s everyday to the tune of 8 million people yearly. Katra figures #2 on the list of the most visited religious places in India. The whole town of Katra is engaged directly or indirectly in the Vaishnodevi Temple activities.

Devotees reach Katra and take rest in hotels and lodges here before getting ready to take the forward journey to Mata Vaishno Devi temple. Pilgrims keep their belongings in the hotel rooms or cloak rooms and just carry their essentials and accessories for the Darshan as the journey to the shrine is a 13 km walk.

Katra is predominantly a place of Hindu pilgrimage. Besides Vaishno Devi Shrine, there are many famous temples in and around Katra which hold great significance.

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