Katra town lies on the foot of the Trikuta Hills which is the adobe of the famous Mata Vaishno Devi. This city about 48 kilometers from Jammu city is the base camp for visiting the Mata Vaishno devi shrine.
Vehicles go up to Katra only and the journey to the holy shrine which is 13 kilometers from this place is done on foot along a well laid footpath.
Every year, more than 4.5 million pilgrims pass through Katra on their way to the holy shrine. Being a base camp this city is the city of hotels and lodges. Devotees reach Katra and take rest in hotels and lodges and get ready for the forward journey keeping their belongings in the hotel rooms and / or clock rooms and just carry the necessary clothes and accessories for the Darshan as everything is to be carried along the 13 km walk.
Accommodation in Katra
Accommodation provided by Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board (SMVDSB)
For the benefit of the tourists and pilgrims, Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine Board provides economical, clean and well maintained accommodation at various places from Jammu to the holy Shrine. Due to heavy rush and liking for this accommodation it needs to be booked in advance which can be done online through their website www.maavaishnodevi.org
This accommodation is available at
Jammu city: Vaishnavi Dham and Saraswati Dham near Railway Station
Katra town: Niharika Yatri Niwas and Shakti Bhawan situated at the Bus stand and Trikuta Bhawan, situated near the second Yatra counter.
Accommodation for the Yatris is also available at Adkuwari, Sajichatt and at main Bhawan.
Contact Telephone numbers: +91-1991- 232367, 232238, 232225, 233036, 232125, 232281
Enquiries and reservation +91-1991- 232025
Other Hotels and resorts
Being a base camp to Mata Vaishno Devi, Katra is the city of hotels. Tourists can easily find hotel accommodation in Katra as there are hundreds of hotels, resorts and lodges in Katra from five star hotels to low end budget lodges catering of every section of devotees.
As this town witness the arrival of thousands of devotees per day, Katra hotels indeed are reasonable enough to provide good services at lesser cost due to their high occupancy rates.
All the hotels in Katra are generally good at comfort, facilities as well as the price. The hotels in Katra also maintain the sanctity of the place as alcohol and non vegetarian food is not served to the guests and is neither available in the local restaurants.
During the peak tourist seasons, it is preferable to book hotels in advance, but still you can find accommodation if you do there directly without booking any hotel. This way you can bargain a good price and stay in the hotel of your choice by inspecting it.
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