When you have made up your mind to visit the holy temple of Vaishno Devi, and have landed at the Jammu airport or Jammu Tawi railway station, it is now time for you to travel to Katra to pay your homage to the Goddess at Mata Bhawan, the main temple of the entire complex, better known in Sanskrit as the Garbagriha. Pilgrims must travel for about 50 odd kilometres to travel to Katra from Jammu. For people who want to travel to pay respects at the Vaishno Devi temple, Katra is the ideal base camp, as people need a place to stay and rest before climbing the Trikuta Mountain hills to visit the temple.
Reaching Katra – a Travel Guide
There are a number of transportation options available for anyone who wants to reach Katra to visit the Vaishno Devi temple. If you are traveling on a tight budget, then standard bus services are readily available, but if you want to travel comfortably, then you should definitely take a luxury Volvo bus or taxis from Jammu. The taxi stand is available at both the airport and the railway station, making it extremely easy for travellers with a budget to reach their destination comfortably and on time.
Many people find it extremely difficult to stay healthy while travelling up or down a hilly road. They might feel nauseous, and may need to vomit. But state owned buses usually do not stop for one sick passenger, so it would be a wise decision to simply hire a private taxi so that you can stop whenever your health starts to fail you. When traveling with your family, this becomes an imperative necessity.
If you take a private car or a taxi from Jammu airport or railway station, you will be able to reach your hotel or accommodation in Katra in about one hour and thirty minutes, depending on the weather and road conditions.
The fare for a taxi from jammu to katra changes almost regularly, depending on the season you are visiting, so it is always a smart idea to enquire about the fare before making your bookings. As said earlier, buses have low fares, and hence are perfect for travellers traveling on a tight budget. But they take about two to three hours to reach Katra. If you want to reduce your journey time, then you might have to pay something around Rs. 300 and Rs. 500 for a basic 4 seater taxi and up to Rs. 1500 for a family car. It is a smart idea to book the taxi for up and down trips, as you might get a discount on the fare.
If you plan to travel alone to visit the holy Vaishno Devi temple, never think about booking a taxi from jammu to katra, because that would mean a huge financial burden on your shoulders. For a single traveler, taking a bus is the best option, as it gives you the freedom to travel however you want. You can even get off at the 40 kilometre marker and hike for the last 10 kilometres, if you are into such things.