Katra Tour Packages

Katra is a destination that has spirituality, adventure, and heritage located in the middle of Jammu and Kashmir. Whether you’re looking for a spiritual trip or an electrifying adventure, Karta has a wide range of tour packages to fulfill all your interests and needs. 
Kiomoi Travels Katra Pilgrimage Tour Packages will take you through the holy paths of the famous pilgrimage destination of Hindus the Vaishno Devi Temple. As you want to have spiritual pathways for seeking blessings and inner calm, you will come across moments of peacefulness and devotion.
Those who are adventure seekers can enjoy our Katra Adventure Tour Package is the route to exciting adventures. Explore the various landscapes, hike through stunning views, and get involved in thrilling activities that will leave you with memories to last a lifetime.
Discover Katra’s rich past with our Katra Heritage Tour Package. Immerse yourself in this lovely destination with an exciting history, architecture, and culture by seeing historic temples, monuments, and cultural sites that tell stories from ancient ages. 
Planning a family vacation? Kiomoi’s Katra Family Tour Packages provide an ideal balance of action, spirituality, and relaxation. Create a lot of unforgettable memories with your loved ones as you experience the beauty of Katra together, participating in activities and attractions suitable for all ages.
For individuals who want to explore beyond Katra, our Jammu and Kashmir Travel Packages 
offer a full itinerary that includes the best of the area’s offerings. From the scenic beauty of Kashmir Valley to the historic charm of Jammu City, take a full tour of India’s northern boundary.

Why is Katra so Famous?

Katra is a base camp for pilgrims visiting the holy place of Vaishno Devi in India’s state of Jammu and Kashmir. Millions of devotees from all across the world visit this blessed temple each year, making Katra a popular pilgrimage destination.
Vaishno Devi: It also known as Mata Rani is a worship place of Hindu Goddess Mata Adi Shakti. The Vaishno Devi Temple is located in the Trikuta Mountains in J&K. It is one of the most important pilgrimage sites of Hindus in India.

Preparation for Yatra 

Booking Accommodation: It’s very important to book accommodation in Katra, the base camp in advance so you can take a rest and then you can start your yatra after having sufficient luggage you require in your trek.
Physical Fitness: The trek to Vaishno Devi involves an uphill walk of 13 Km. We ensure that you’re physically fit to start your journey and that you will be barefoot or on a horse that is your choice. But this is advisable that when you start your trip then do some light exercises. 
Medical Supplies: Carry basic medical supplies like pain reliefs, ban-aids, antiseptic creams, etc. Don’t forget to carry the prescribed medications that you require.
Dress Code: Wear comfortable, simple clothing suitable for trekking. Avoid wearing exposing clothing. 

Safety Tips:
Always follow the designated paths and avoid shortcuts.
Keep your valuables safe and be aware of pickpockets. 
Stay hydrated and take several rests along the walk.

Starting the Yatra:
Registration: Before starting the yatra, you need to register at the Katra base camp. Registration is free, and it helps authorities keep track of pilgrims for safety purposes.
Options of Route: There are two main routes to reach the Vaishno Devi Temple: the first is a traditional trekking route which is from Ban Ganga where travelers start barefoot and the newer route via the  Adhkuwari cave where helicopter services are available. Both routes have their charm and significance.
Pony and Palki Services: If you’re traveling with an old person or you’re unable to trek, then you can avail of pony or Palki service for which you have to pay some amount of fees. These services can take you part of the way or to the temple, depending on your preference. The palki services are mainly for the old people.  

Tips for the Yatra:
Start Early: It's advisable to start the trek early in the morning to avoid crowds and to make the most of the cooler morning temperatures.
Stay Hydrated: Carry water bottles and stay hydrated throughout the trek. There are several water points and refreshment stalls along the route.
Follow Instructions: Follow the instructions of the security personnel and volunteers along the route for a safe and smooth journey.
Respect the Environment: Keep the trekking route clean and avoid littering. Dispose of waste responsibly in available bins.

Visiting the Temple:
Darshan Timing: The Vaishno Devi Temple is open for darshan throughout the day and night. However, the best time for darshan is early morning or late evening to avoid long queues. And then go to Bharavbaba temple because it is an important trek till after that your yatra will be complete.
Security Check: There are security checks before entering the temple complex. Follow the instructions of the security personnel and cooperate during the screening process.
Photography: Photography is not allowed inside the temple premises. Respect the sanctity of the place and refrain from taking photos.

Return Journey:
Going Down: After visiting the temple, start your going back journey to Katra. You can either trek down or avail of pony or palki services.
Rest and Refresh: Once back in Katra, take some time to rest and refresh yourself before continuing your journey further.
Prasad: Don't forget to collect prasad (blessed offerings) from the temple as a token of your pilgrimage.
Conclusion: The Vaishno Devi Yatra is a spiritual journey that requires preparation, physical fitness, and devotion. Follow the guidelines, stay safe, and soak in the divine atmosphere of this sacred pilgrimage site.

How we can Reach Katra?
A person can reach Katra a town in the state of Jammu and Kashmir with the following means of transportation:
By Air: Jammu Airport which is also known as Satwari Airport is the nearest airport to Katra. From where the visitor can take a taxi or bus to reach Katra, the airport is approximately 50 KM away. The flight to Jammu Airport is connected to all the major cities in India.
By Train: The railway station nearest to Katra is the Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Katra Railway Station, which is well-connected to major cities like Delhi, Kolkata, Mumbai etc. Once a person reaches the railway station they can easily find or book taxis, buses, or auto-rickshaws to reach Katra town.
By Road: 
From Jammu: Katra is connected to Jammu by National Highway 144 which will take about 1-2 hours to reach Katra from Jammu by road. You can hire or can easily find taxis, auto-rickshaws, or buses to reach Katra town.
From Srinagar:  If you are traveling from Srinagar, you can take the NH44 route via Patnitop to reach Katra. The distance between Srinagar and Katra is around 270 KM and it takes 7-8 hours by road.
From other nearby cities: The place is well-connected by road to other nearby cities and towns in Jammu and Kashmir and neighboring states.

Best Time to Visit
March to October is the satisfactory time to go to Katra because of the great weather which best time for outside sports and pilgrimage to the Vaishno Devi Temple. During these months, the temperatures range between 15°C to 30°C, which offers a cushy time for sightseeing and trekking. Try to avoid touring this location for the duration of the monsoon seasons (July to September) because of heavy rainfall and the Winter months (November to February) can be quite bloodless with temperatures dropping beneath freezing factor, however, it's also a beautiful time to visit for people who experience cooler weather and fewer crowds. 

What we can eat?
Katra is a town in J&K that offers an excellent mix of local and North Indian Food. Start your day with a perfect breakfast of Kashmiri tea (‘noon chai’) and ‘kulcha’. For lunch, you can have ‘rogan josh’, a delicious lamb meal served with ‘naan’ or ‘ rice’. Don’t leave ‘kebabs ’ or ‘ tandoori chicken’ for a delicious meal. Vegetarians can enjoy ‘rajma chawal’ and ‘paneer tikka’. For dessert, you can try ‘phirni’ or ‘ gulab jamun’ which fix your for craving sweets. Katra’s different tastes ensure a great culinary experience for any palette. 

Tips to Keep in Mind
While planning your trip to Karta keep the following tips in mind:
Plan Your Visit:  Before you go first research the best time to visit. How to reach what to eat and where to stay.
Vaishno Devi Yatra: If you plan to undertake the Vaishno Devi pilgrimage, ensure you're physically fit as it involves a trek of approximately 13 km uphill. Wear comfortable shoes and carry essentials like water, snacks, and first aid.
Safety: Always be cautious of your surroundings and avoid venturing into isolated areas, especially during late hours. It's advisable to keep a copy of your identification and important documents handy.
Local Culture: Respect the local customs and traditions. Dress modestly, especially when visiting religious sites, and be mindful of local customs and practices.
Medical Facilities: Ensure you have a basic medical kit with you, and familiarize yourself with the location of the nearest hospital or medical facility.

Remember to pack essentials like sunscreen, sunglasses, a hat, and a camera to capture the beautiful landscapes and moments of your trip. Enjoy your visit to Katra!


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