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.