The beauty of Jammu and Kashmir(J&K) is something beyond imagination. It redefines the nature and reflects the authentic beauty which one must visit in their lifetime. The panoramic view of J&K includes the white lofty Himalayan range, apple orchards, beautiful lakes, valleys, shikharas, house boats, toy trains, gardens, wildlife, local markets, and other mesmerising destinations which are admired by tourists throughout the year. Awarded with the phrases like “Switzerland of India” “Paradise of the Earth” “Heaven on the Earth” by travel bloggers, it entertains the tourist throughout the year. It’s also referred to as the land of queer beauty and sheer adventure.
Jammu and Kashmir are said to be protected by “Mata Vaishno Devi”. Over the years, tourists gather from all over India and abroad to visit the Vaishno Devi’s temple to offer their prayer and obtain blessings. It is a place where people of religious bent of mind gather in large number having a sacred belief in their mind and heart for the Goddess.
The journey to this holy shrine was not easy in past. The Katra junction rail link was inaugurated by Prime Minister, Mr. Narendra Modi on 4 July 2014 at 10:00 A.M. This connecting junction was a gift by the Indian Railways to the passengers who found difficult journeying to Vaishno Devi. No matter from which direction of India you are commuting to this exotic natural beauty. Drop at Katra junction, rest and recreate your plan to visualize the unparalleled beauty of J&K. The Katra junction has few world-class and efficient facilities for the travelers planning a tour to J&K. Some of the major facilities at Katra junction are:
Smooth-running escalators and Lift: The ground floor of the station is well equipped and connected with lifts and escalators to ease the commuting of passengers from one corner to another. Lifts are specially made for the use of senior citizens. They operate 24 hours. The first floor accommodates 8 retiring rooms and a cafeteria for the passengers who can wait for their train. You can check train running status via RailMitra and accordingly plan your journey.
Tourist Assistance: For the convenience of the pilgrims, Katra junction has a separate section to help the tourists and assist them for any information. Details like availability of hotels, rented or free accommodation, buses, taxis, restaurants etc. can be easily known right after you deboard the train.
VIP Lounge:The station has a VIP lounge for the passengers to rest. The lounge is equipped with facilities like free Wi-Fi, 24 hours reception, doctor-on-call, etc.
Fully Air-Conditioned Hotel:Your search for a luxurious hotel at Katra will end at Katra junction itself. The air-conditioned hotel has single and double bedroom with facilities like complimentary breakfast, HD television, free Wi-Fi, wheelchair access, internet in the lobby and best catering services for the comfort of passengers. Keep checking the PNR status, if you don’t have a confirm ticket. Once the tickers are confirmed, you can easily checkout and board the train. Till the time, rest and enjoy the luxuries.
Multi-cuisine Restaurant: Katra Junction will not let you devoid of good food. It has a multi-cuisine restaurant which serves popular dishes of India and international cuisines.It is run by IRCTC.
Shopping lounge:The two-storey main building has two lifts, multi-cuisine restaurant and a shopping lounge run by the Indian Railways Catering and Tourism Corporation. Shop your necessities and move for the returning journey.
This picturesque beauty and the environment-friendly tourist spots has attracted many tourists from the past and will continue to attract the same in future. Book your tickets and explore the exceptional beauty of Vaishno Devi. Do avail these world-class facilities for the ease of a wonderful stay.