Vaishno Devi 1 Night 2 Days Tour Package
Vaishno Devi Shrine is near Katra Town. Nearest Airport and Railway station is Jammu. Indian Railways ply many Trains to Jammu. Many Volvo Buses ply between New Delhi and Jammu/Katra. It is 2 Hour drive from Jammu to Katra. Many cheap option to travel from Jammu Railway stations are also available. You will pass through town of Nagrota before reaching Katra. Katra is 15 Km from Domel on left side of the Jammu Srinagar National Highway. Katra has Bustand, where luxury and volvo buses arrive from Delhi via Jammu. Trikuta Hills where Maa Vaishnavi resides will be visible as you approach Katra Town from Domel. Vaishno Devi Temple Darshans have a special significance during Navratris or Navratras during which SMVDSB and JKTDC organises special programs in Katra town. Many people visit the shrine during festivals like Diwali or Holi.
Arrival – Katra – Vaishno Devi darshans
Pick up from Railway Station/Airport in the early morning and transfer to Hotel. After getting fresh, proceed for Mata Vaishno Devi Bhawan- one of the most popular pilgrimages of India situated in the lap of Trikuta mountains across Katra town at an altitude of around 5200 feet. Yatra by Helicopter. If time permits, visit Bhairo Temple & return back to Katra in the evening. Overnight stay at Katra.
Katra – Jammu – Departure
After breakfast, check out from the hotel & proceed for Station to drop at Airport/Railway Station for your onward journey with sweet memories of the tour.
KATRA Veshnu Devi
Situated at the foothills of Trikuta mountain, Katra is the gateway to Vaishno Devi shrine, the second most important temple in India. Katra lies on national highway 1C about 42 km from Jammu. The town serves as base camp for pilgrims on their way to Vaishno Devi which is 13 km uphill. Yatris or pilgrims also have to get their Yatra Parchi (token numbers) at Banganga in Katra. This Yatra Parchi is essential for every pilgrim going to Vaishno Devi Temple.
At an elevation of 2474 ft above mean sea level, the town thrives on the religio-tourism industry. Katra is a shoppers’ paradise. The markets of Katra stock dry fruits, garments and leather goods. It is a good place to buy garments embellished with Kashmiri embroidery. Katra is a shopper’s paradise. You can buy textiles with Kashmiri embroidery, dry fruits, hosiery items and leather goods. Main Bazaar is the best place to buy souvenirs, dry fruits, etc. Kashmiri carpets, namdas, shawls, phernas, silverware, silks, brassware, Pashmina shawls, Cashmere shawls, Cashmere carpets, copperware, wooden furniture, etc. can be bought in Katra. If you are a sports fan, then you can buy good quality cricket bats and baseball bats. Chunri’s, Shawls and Sari offered to Vaishno Devi by devotees can be bought from souvenir shops run by Vaishno Devi Shrine Board.
The best time to visit Katra is between the months of March to October. During this period the weather in Katra remains pleasant. December to March is also good time to visit if you like snow and do not mind the winter chill.