Address: KALKA ROYAL KATRA, Opposite Rail Reservation Center, Railway Station Katra (Vaishnodevi)
Jammu & Kashmir (State-182301)
Phone: +91 1991-233673
- Jammu airport 52 kms (approximately 1.5 hours)
- Jammu railway station 50 kms (approximately 1.5 hours)
- Katra Railway Station 200 m (approximately 5 minutes)
THINGS TO SEE
Vaishnav Devi temple
Vaishno Devi”, is one of the holiest Hindu temples in India, dedicated to Goddess Vaishnavi, also referred as Mata Rani. Each year thousands of tourists undertake the 13 km journey from Katra to visit the Holy Shrine and seek the blessings of the deity. It is believed that only those that the Goddess summons get to embark on this holy trip and visit her.
Ardh Kuwari Cave
It lies mid way to the main Vaishno Devi shrine. It is believed that while hiding from a cruel sage, the Goddess Vaishno found this cave and spent over 9 months meditating here. The cave has a large shrine dedicated to three Hindu Goddesses–Kali, Laxmi and Saraswati.
Shivkhori or the “Home of Gods” is a famous cave shrine of Lord Shiva .It is a natural cave, shaped like the “Damroo” of Lord Shiva and is believed to be about 200 meters long, It envelopes a self made lingam, which according to the people is unending.
Patnitop or ‘Patan Da Talab’ meaning ‘Pond of the Princess’ is a hilltop tourist location in Udhampur district. Situated on a plateau in the Shiwalik belt of the Himalayas, Patnitop sits at an altitude of over 2,000 m. The river Chenab flows in close proximity to this picturesque location and is a must visit place in Jammu.
Dera Baba Banda (Katra)
The shrine of Dera Baba Banda is about 3kms from Katra and is frequented by the Hindu-Sikh devotees. This place was dedicated by Guru Gobind Singh to his favourite follower Dera Baba Banda. This place is also considered as a pilgrimage centre by many Sikh followers.
One of the most admired sites of worship in the Indian state of Jammu, Geeta Mandir is situated at a distance of 2 km from Katra enroute to the main Bhawan in the foothills of the Himalayas. One can visit this temple to relish the emerald beauty which is unlike anything you have seen. Devotees from far and wide visit the temple every year, though they have to be careful not to take pictures of temple, as it is not allowed.
Sanasar is a extraordinary hill station in Jammu region, this known town is surrounded by huge conifer trees and has a beautiful view. This spot is also heavy on adventure sports.
Baba Dhansar, falls enroute to Salal Dam, the main attraction here is a naturally formed Shiv Lingam on which droplets of water can be seen falling all year round. An annual fair (Mela) is also organized here during the Shivaratris which is flocked by people from near and far.
Bhimgarh Fort, or the Reasi Fort, is a fort constructed on a hillock approximately 150 metres high. Initially it was built using clay and later reconstructed using stone.
Bagh-e-Bahu (Jammu City)
Bagh-e-Bahu is a beautiful garden on the hill slopes of the Bahu Fort. Known for its flora, fauna and fountains, this garden offers the best view of Jammu city. The Tawi River that runs beneath the hill makes this garden even more attractive.
Nau Devi Temple (Katra)
Nau (9) Devi Mandir is an ancient Indian temple believed to be more than 200 years old. The temple houses 9 faces (pindis) and footmarks of Maa Vaishno Devi, and hence the name.
This temple cave is enroute to the Holy shrine of Vaishnav Devi and is dedicated to the great Saint Bhairov. Legend has it that he was beheaded by the Goddess and the place his head fell, is where this temple is built.
About 1.5 kms. from Banganga and at an altitude of 3380 feet is Charan Paduka, the place where the imprints of Mata’s pious feet are believed to be imprinted on a rock slab.