In order to visit the Holy Shrine of Mata Vaishno Devi one has to reach Katra first, this is the base camp for onward journey lying at the feet of Trikuta Hills. Katra is a small town of Jammu & Kashmir situated around 50kms away from Jammu takes 2hrs ride. Katra town, it is situated at an altitude of 2500ft above sea level. This is the last point uptill which any modern transport can go but now few Helicopter service providers started their service till Sanjichatt. Katra is around 2hours journey from Jammu. It is a very fast growing town in Jammu & Kashmir. There is a Railway station and bus stand in under progress, it will complete by next 2years of time span. There are many Hotels, Resorts, Coffee Shops, Restaurants and Transporters came up with many new facilities. Katra has a long bazaar stretching from bus stand to Chintamani. One can easily get the articles of daily use. There are many Bhentas (offerings to the deity) are available here.
From Katra a track of approx. 12kms takes pilgrims to the Holy Shrine of Mata Vaishno Devi. One can undertake this track either by foot, on Horses/Ponies or Palanquins, many pilgrims prefer to go on foot. This track can be undertaken only upon completion of the registration formalities at Katra town.