Make a pilgrimage to the Holy Cave and explore other things to do in Katra

Set in the foothills of the Trikuta Mountains, Katra is the launchpad for pilgrimages to Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine, one of India’s most revered Hindu sites. Along the well-worn route, you’ll discover striking temples, sacred caves, and beautiful mountain vistas. Our concierge is happy to offer suggestions for other things to do in the area, such as seeing the dramatic cascades of the Siyad Baba waterfall along the Chenab River. You can travel just a few minutes from your hotel room to the main market in the town center to browse Kashmiri fabrics and handicrafts or pick up delicacies like dried fruit.

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Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine

3.44 mi / 5.53 km from the hotel
Millions of visitors come from all over the world to make a pilgrimage to the Holy Cave, which is located on the side of Trikuta mountain in Katra. The journey covers 12 kilometers and traces the steps taken by Mata Vaishnavi more than 700 years ago.

Nau Devi Cave Temple

3.12 mi / 5.02 km from the hotel
Enjoy the pools, waterfalls, and lush greenery that surround the cave, and then enter to learn about the temple’s nine goddesses from the resident priest.

Baba Dhansar

3.95 mi / 6.36 km from the hotel
With a temple to Shiva and a free-flowing spring that spills over the forest rocks, Baba Dhansar is a popular place for devoted pilgrims and nature-lovers alike. Be sure to see the hundreds of stone carvings along the temple walls.

Shiv Khori

21.29 mi / 34.27 km from the hotel
This massive cave complex houses one of the most famous temples to Shiva and requires a three-kilometer walk to reach. But the journey is worth it, leading you past many other shrines and natural wonders along the way.

Jhajjar Kotli

7.16 mi / 11.52 km from the hotel
You can escape the heat with a swim and a picnic at Jhajjar Kotli, a mountainous area that both locals and tourists flock to.

Ardh Kuwari Market

2.05 mi / 3.3 km from the hotel
Before you head to the Vaishno Devi temple, stop by this bustling bazaar to sample local cuisine, shop for souvenirs, and admire the handmade fabrics and baskets.

Deva Mai Temple

1.77 mi / 2.85 km from the hotel
An important stop on the pilgrimage route to the Shri Mata Vaishno Devi Shrine, this temple contains an idol of the Divine Mother, who is said to have lived on this site in the form of a child for more than 100 years.

Siyad Baba

11.63 mi / 18.71 km from the hotel
With a drop of more than 100 feet, this waterfall near the Chenab River is one of the largest in North India. Visit during summer to see the towering cascade at its peak.