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Katra Travel Guide

Katra, famous for the holy shrine of Vaishno Devi is a popular tourist destination in the Reasi district of Jammu and Kashmir. It is located at a distance of 42 km from Jammu in the foothills of Trikuta Mountains. The idol of Goddess Lakshmi is housed in a very small cave shrine here.
There are numerous transport options to Katra from almost all the parts of India which make the city easily accessible. You need to cover a trek of around 12 km to reach the shrine from Katra. October to March is the best time to visit and when it comes to visiting the nearby attractions from Katra, tourists are spoilt for choices! One can visit Khajjiar, Udhampur, Palampur, Spiti, Una and Anantnag from Katra. Also, the city has a lot of options for shopaholics. Ardh Kuwari market, Katra Main Bazaar and Lavanya Shopping Complex are the most famous markets for buying woolen garments, dryfruits, and leather jackets here.
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How to Reach Katra
The pilgrimage town of Katra in Reasi district of Jammu and Kashmir is a popular tourist destination. The holy shrine of Mata Vaishno Devi being located here, Katra witnesses year round tourist movement. Situated around 42 km away from Jammu on the foothills of  Trikuta Mountains, Katra can be reached by road, rail and air conveniently from Jammu.
 
How to Reach Katra by Air
 
As Katra does not have an airport of its own, Jammu Airport serves as the nearest airport. Also called Satwari Airport, it connects Jammu to prominent Indian cities like Delhi, Kolkata, Chandigarh, Mumbai, Amritsar and Chennai via regular service of direct and stopover domestic flights. Passengers can hire a taxi from outside the airport to travel a distance of around 40 km to Katra.
 
How to Reach Katra by Road
 
Katra is connected by state and national highways. It can be directly reached via buses from Jammu which run at frequent intervals. Direct buses to Katra are available from Delhi, Chandigarh, Dehradun, Patiala, Amritsar, Dharamshala, Pathankot and many other cities of north India. All these buses offer affordable and comfortable journey.
 
How to Reach Katra by Rail
 
A good number of trains from places like Kolkata, Pathankot, Amritsar, Delhi and Chandigarh run to Jammu Tawi Railway Station, an oldest and important railway station of the state. Good news is that Indian Railways recently introduced Katra's own railway station which lies on the Jammu Udhampur Srinagar Baramulla Railway Link. Direct trains from Delhi are available for Katra Railway Station.

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Can we check in at Raddison square around 9-10 pm as we will return from bhawan around this time?
Just inform the Hotel Mgr abt it and I feel that They wont have any Objection provided you have Booking for that Day.
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I want to book a hotel near Katra Main Bazaar. Please suggest.
vidya guest house is a veri cheap and best hotel.300m from main katra market. you can stay there.
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Hello please inform about status of New Route for Mata Vaishno Devi from Katra , Is it open now or when it will be open ?
It’s open ...U can go from new route but u can’t find there any horse...it’s banned there
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Which hotel can provide early check in? I will be in Katra at 8 am on 21st of September and want early check out on 23rd. I don't want to pay any extra charge.
many hotels provide early check-in free of cost if rooms are vacant. Otherwise you will be required to pay extra charges for early check-in.
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Sir, hotel today wale pick up and drop ki service dete hai kya station se?
Dear sir we Have free pick up and drop from katra railway station and Ban ganga . Also a Best Budget Hotel we have in Katra . Regards Arun sharma Hotel Shree Ram
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