Me and my wife went to visit temple of Mata Vaishno Devi and booked our hotel tickets with our travel agent. We went by Jhelum Express that departs at around 9.30 pm from New Delhi railway station and reach Jammu at around 12.30 pm next day. Thereafter, one can take a normal or deluxe bus to Katra, which is around 2-3 hours from Jammu by bus.
We stayed in this hotel for 2 days. The Yatra slip counter is just a few steps away. Note that Yatra slip is mandatory and is for free before you head for Mata Shrine, which is around 12.5-km (one side) though you may take helicopter if elderly or unable to walk that long. You may opt for pitthu (horse) that is cheap.
Regarding the hotel: It was a good and affordable hotel with vegetarian menu as non-veg is not allowed in Jammu, especially Katra. Staff was friendly and guiding.
- Also Known As:
- Surya Palace Hotel Katra, Jammu