What are the useful tips and guidelines for a trip to Katra?
Posted on Dec 11, 2013 by sushma.yadav
Whenever we plan a trip there are often a few important things that we miss out on and it’s just natural. But there are some important pointers that have been mentioned below for your benefit so that you can keep them in mind when you are planning your trip to Katra.
There is a drastic variation in the climate in Katra and the temperature ranges from -14 degrees to even 40 degrees in the summers. But it would be a good idea to carry along light winter clothes if you are visiting Katra in summers. On the other hand if you are coming here in winters then you need bulky woolen clothes that would keep you warm at all times. It is a bad idea to visit the place during the rainy season as the roads going up become slippery and there are chances one may suffer a fall which can spoil the entire trip.
Most people would like to tough it out and walk all the way up to the shrine but you must know it is really not as easy a task as it may seem. In case anyone falls ill suddenly then it is always a good idea to hire a mule here and travel using that. In case your budget for the trip is well planned and you have money in spare then you can even save on time by opting for a helicopter trip. There are a lot of con artists here so you should be especially careful when they offer you deals that seem too good to be true.
It is a good thing to have e-cash with you when you are travelling but it may not prove to be so in this part of the country as most of the places you spend en route to the shrine you would need cash. So make sure you carry sufficient cash when you are walking or moving up to the shrine.
You would not be able to find non-vegan food or alcohol in Katra as it is a religious place and for those people who do have dietary restrictions it would be good to visit the Vaishno dhabas where they prepare food without the use of onions or garlic.
During Navratra festivals here in Katra it may get very difficult to get a hotel booking here so you should have your travel plans finalized a long time ahead. When you are leaving your hotel room lock up and secure your luggage properly in a room because a lot of hotels just take hold of your luggage and refuse to give you rooms later.