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Nestled in the foothills of the Trikuta Mountains, Katra is a holy town famous for its revered Vaishno Devi temple. The town offers breathtaking views of the surrounding hills and valleys. The local cuisine is a delicious blend of Indian and Kashmiri flavors, with street food being a must-try. Visitors can choose from a range of budget-friendly to luxury accommodations,

Making it accessible to all types of travelers. Apart from the temple, the town boasts several other attractions, including the Bhairavnath Temple, Adhkunwari, and Himkoti. A visit to Katra promises an unforgettable spiritual and cultural experience.

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Katra is renowned as the base camp for the sacred pilgrimage to the Vaishno Devi shrine. It is nestled in the foothills of the Trikuta Mountains in Jammu and Kashmir, India. Thousands of devotees visit Katra every year to embark on the spiritual journey to the holy shrine of Vaishno Devi.

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Katra is well-connected by various modes of transportation. The nearest airport is Jammu Airport, which is approximately 50 kilometers away. From there, you can hire a taxi or take a bus to reach Katra. If you prefer train travel, the nearest railway station is Katra Railway Station, with regular train services from major cities in India. Additionally, Katra is also well-connected by road, and buses and taxis are available from nearby cities.

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The best time to visit Katra is during the months of March to October, as the weather is pleasant and suitable for outdoor activities. However, the peak pilgrimage season is during the Navratras, which usually fall in the months of March-April and September-October. It is advisable to avoid visiting during the monsoon season (July to September) due to heavy rainfall and the risk of landslides.

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Katra offers a delightful culinary experience with a variety of local dishes. Some popular local delicacies to try include Rajma Chawal (kidney beans curry with rice), Kalari Kulcha (fried cheese bread), and Ambal (tangy and spicy tamarind chutney). Don't forget to savor the traditional Kashmiri tea, known as Kahwa, which is infused with saffron and spices. Several restaurants and food stalls in Katra serve these authentic local dishes, providing visitors with a true taste of the region.

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Apart from the holy shrine of Vaishno Devi, Katra is surrounded by scenic beauty and offers several attractions for tourists. One such attraction is the Bhairavnath Temple, located atop a hill near Vaishno Devi. The Ardh Kuwari Cave, situated halfway to the shrine, is another notable spot. Additionally, visitors can explore the scenic Banganga, which is believed to be the place where Mata Vaishno Devi quenched her thirst. The Vaishno Devi Temple Board also organizes helicopter rides to Sanjichhat, providing breathtaking aerial views of the region.

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