Katra, nestling in the foothills of the Trikuta Mountains, is quite famed as a base camp for pilgrims who come to visit the holy shrine of Vaishno Devi. Also known as Katra Vaishno Devi, the region of Katra is a small locale in the Reasi district of Jammu and Kashmir. It is situated at a distance of 42 km from the city of Jammu and 14 km from the highly venerated shrine of Vaishno Devi. A trip to Katra is worth experiencing as it is the only place that offers a breathtaking ambience of nature in unison with God.
One of the most sacred pilgrim sites in the country, Vaishno Devi Shrine, the abode of goddess Vaishno Devi outshines all other religious places with its absolute sanctity and serenity. This pious site, perched at a height of 5300 ft, boasts of countless sagas of goddess Vaishno Devi. The utmost beauty of the rocky pathways complemented with picturesque natural surroundings make the journey from Katra to the Vaishno Devi Temple worth the experience. The 14-km route from Katra to Vaishno Devi is mostly covered by devotees by foot. However, pony rides and palanquins are also available to help aged, handicaps and infants reach the temple comfortably.
The gateway to the Vaishno Devi, Katra thrives as a blooming tourist destination. An adequate number of markets have been established over the time, and people coming for a Katra tour can indulge themselves in shopping for dry-fruits, souvenirs, leather jackets, and woollen garments from these markets.