Location: Katra town lies in Udhampur district, in the foot of Trikuta mountains; some 48 km from Jammu and 13 km from the holy cave of Vaishnodevi.
Best Time To Visit: March to July. Yatra season to the Vaishnodevi shrine- March-April and September-October.
Located at an altitude of about 2500 feet above sea level, Katra serves as the base camp for the Yatra (journey) to the Holy Shrine of Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Ji. Every year, more than 4.5 million pilgrims pass through Katra on their way to the holy shrine. The cave shrine of Goddess Vasihnodevi is located at an altitude of around 5,200 ft. A railhead is being made from Udhampur to Katra to facilitate the pilgrimage. Katra is the last destination uphill accessible by any modern transport (except the helicopter). Pilgrims cover the next 13 km to the holy shrine on horseback, palanquins, or on foot.