While people who plan to reach the place that is most divine and sacred, Maa Vaishno Devi Shrine, they sometimes feel much closer to the nature and hence, decide to go on with the tour and explore the exquisite valleys and places. It may be decided on the spot or pre-planned. It does not matter at all. However, you can get variety of accommodation facilities at Katra as well as numerous tour packages to visit many other places around Katra and get closer to the nature and its beauty.
From 5-star to normal, you will find numerous hotels at Katra. For example, Hotel The Vaishnodevi, Country Inns and Suites (5 star), The White Orchid (5 star), KC Residency and Hotel Asia etc. The services as well as comfort level offered at these and many other hotels are amazing. Nothing beats the scenic beauty these hotels are surrounded by. Furthermore, the cozy environment helps you in relaxing a lot more than you can anticipate. If you are a bit budget conscious and do not wish to go over the board and extravagant while enjoying holidays, then there are many quality cheap hotels for you.
You can plan tour to other places too, in addition to the Shrine. There are many packages that can include places like Jammu, Patnitop, Shivkhori, Gulmarg, Srinagar, Pahalgam etc. Most common tour packages available with various tour operators are:
Kashmir Tour: This package covers 2-nights accommodation at Katra, visiting the Shrine, 3-nights stay at Srinagar, 2-nights at Pahalgam, breakfasts and guided tours. The cost of such packages is around 15,000 to 19,000 INR per person.
Short Kashmir Tour: This package consists of 2-nights at Katra, visiting the Shrine, 3-nights at Srinagar, 1-night at Pahalgam, 1-night at Gulmarg and daily breakfasts. The cost of such packages is around 13,000 to 17,000 INR per person.
The cost of packages is per person and on twin sharing as in year 2010. Prices may fluctuate from time to time.
If you think that these packages do not suit you, you can always make use of customized packages and let the tour operator know about the places you wish to see or exclude and the duration you prefer.
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