How To Reach Katra
Surface - Traveling to Katra by road, in a bus or a private car, is the most convenient, as you can head directly to Katra without necessarily halting at Jammu, which is a compulsion if traveling by trains or air. Travelers can take a by-pass from Kunjwani, 10kms off Jammu, and proceed to Katra.
State-owned public transport and private buses are ply from all major north Indian cities to Jammu. Both standard and deluxe buses are available. The roads are well maintained and the scenery beautiful.
From Katra, it is a trek of 12 kilometers (.4 miles) to reach the Holy Caves. Though yatris traverse the distance on foot to prove their devotion to the Goddess, ponies and rudimentary palanquins are available for those who want to avail it.
One of the quickest ways to undertake the pilgrimage is by helicopter, which drops you 3 kilometers (.8 miles) from the Bhawan, at Sanjhi Chatt. However, this option is also more expensive. It can upto Rs 1,225 for a one-way trip and Rs 2,450 for return. Electric cars are also available to take you from adh-kuwari to the Bhawan.
Train - Jammu is connected to the rest of the country by rail. It is an overnight journey to Jammu from New Delhi. Additional trains ply during the summer season and holidays, when it is the peak season for paying devotion to the Holy Shrine. Jammu has trains to all the metros as well as superfast trains to Trivandrum, Kanyakumari, Ahmedabad and Patna.
It is recommended that you refer to the train schedule some days before your visit as the schedule keeps changing.
Air - The nearest airport to Katra is at Jammu. All major airlines fly to Jammu from Delhi, offering convenient connections. The flight takes about 80 minutes from Delhi. Jammu is well connected from Mumbai and other metros as well. However, most flights will stopover at Delhi.