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How to Reach Katra

By Air:
Jammu Airport (Code IJX) which is 40 kms away and 2 hours travel time is the nearest airport to Katra. As Katra doesn’t have an airport, one would have to fly into Jammu and then drive down to Katra by J&K TDC buses, private buses, pre-paid taxis and shared taxis. Jammu connects to all major Indian cities by Air.

By Rail:
Katra doesn’t have a railway station and the closest railhead is Jammu Tawi (JAT) in Jammu – 40 kilometres away from Katra. Jammu connects to the rest of the country through Udhampur, Delhi, Mumbai and Kolkata. Once in Jammu, shared taxis or shared jeeps or J&K SRTC and private buses are available to take you to Katra. It takes about 2 hours by road from Jammu to Katra and may cost between Rs. 500 – Rs. 800 one way by taxi depending on the time of the year. A rail-link between Jammu and Katra is underway.

By Road:
Buses, taxis and shared-taxis ply to Katra via National Highway 1C from Jammu and Udhampur frequently every day. Transport in between these cities is frequent because of the huge influx of pilgrims who travel to Katra from various directions to visit the Vaishnodevi Temple.

The distance of 40 kms from Jammu to Katra takes about 2 hours by road as this route is hilly, undulated and windy. Private taxis cost between Rs. 500 – Rs. 800 one way from Jammu to Katra. Taxi-operators also operate on per-seat-basis. If you are driving via Jammu and wish to avoid going into Jammu city, there is a by-pass available as well. Just before entering Jammu city, drive 35 kms straight on National highway 1A till you reach Domel where the road bifurcates – one leading to Srinagar and the other to Katra. From Domel, take the National Highway 1C and drive 17 kms to Katra which takes about 45 minutes travel time.

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