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Katra or Katra Vaishno Devi is popularly known, is a small town in Udhampur district of the Jammu and Kashmir, India. It is situated in the foothills of the Trikuta Mountains, where the sacred temple of Vaishno Devi is located.Katra is located at an elevation of 754 meters (2,474 feet). Katra is situated in the Reasi district of Jammu and Kashmir. This attractive destination is located about 42 kilometers from the city of Jammu.Katra usually serves as the base camp for all those devotees who visit Vaishno Devi and this has made Katra one of the most famous tourist destinations. Hindi, Punjabi and Kashmiri are local languages of Katra.

The main bazaar of Katra is worth to visit which is famous for woolen garments, hosiery, leather jackets etc which are of excellent value from this place. One should also buy dryfruits which are the speciality of this state. Katra is located at 32.98°N 74.95°E.It has an average altitude of 754 metres (2,474 feet). As of 2011 India census, Katra along with Ban-Ganga had a population of 37569.

Katra is about seven - eight hour drive from Srinagar, Katra become famous because of the Vaishno Devi cave temple. Pilgrims gather here in millions to this holy temple town of the Goddess Vaishnodevi. This shrine is believed to be built by the Pandavas and it is one among the oldest of the all the temples in India and situated at an elevation of 5200 feet. The temple portrays almost all the deities of the Hindu Pantheon. High amidst the snow clad mountain peaks, the shrine has a commanding view of the wonderful Himalayas.


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