To begin with, two trains -- Delhi-Katra Express and Kalka-Katra Express -- will run on the section, also Shreeshakti Express will also run.
Katra Udhampur Railway Line
Katra-Udhampur rail line is around 25 kilometres long and consists of the 9.4 kilometres long Udhampur-Chak Rakhwal and 15.5 kilometers long Chak Rakhwal-Mata Vaishno Devi Katra sections.
The approximate cost of this section is Rs 1,132 crore. The bridge on River Jhajjar is the longest steel girder bridge in India with a height of 85 metres. There are 8 tunnels and 29 minor bridges on Udhampur-Katra track.
While the Jammu to Udhampur Rail link of 53 km (33 mi) was already operational in year 2005. This have 20 major tunnels and 158 bridges. Its longest tunnel was 2.5 km (1.6 mi) and its highest bridge is 77 m (253 ft) - the highest railway bridge in India.
Now on July 2014, the rail link is also extended from Udhampur to Katra. This section is inaugurated on 4th July 2014 by PM Narendra Modi.
The 53-km-long Jammu-Udhampur railway line was already operational and once the Udhampur-Katra line, which is a part of the Kashmir rail link project, becomes operational the trains would be able to come to Katra directly.
Katra to Banganga section (5 km) is likely to be operational way before the final completion date of 2017-18 for the whole project.
Mata Vaishno Devi Suggested Itinarary including Patnitop
Holiday Travel suggests FOUR DAYS Travel Itinaray for Mata Vaishno Devi Darshan and Patnitop must be included to combine Devi Mata Blessings with Glimpses of Kashmir beauty
Day 1 of VaishnoDevi Yatra: Reach Jammu Railway Station in the Morning, You can catch Trains from Delhi/Amritsar/Mumbai/Kolkata to jammu Tavi. Jammu is well connected with Rest of India, with high speed train links. From Jammu Station, You can Catch a Bus or HolidayTravel Taxi to vaishno Devi, Next stop is Katra. You will reach Katra town by afternoon/late evening. Stay in the Katra Hotel ( Holiday Travel selects Best & Cheapest Hotels for you in Katra), Spend the evening in Katra at your leisure, Do Shopping and enjoy the Breathtaking illuminated Devi Mata vaishno Trek in the Night. Dinner in Katra Town at Vegetarain Bhojnalayas & Full rest in Hotel.
KatraTown_EntryForVaishnoDeviMataJourney ( Courtsey solobackpacker.com)
Day 2 of Vaishno Devi Yatra :- It is Preferred to start climbing for vaishno Devi Mata Bhawan at 4 AM in the Morning, You will Cross, the first point, Charan paduka, will have Pavitra Darshans at AerdhKumari, Little Rest at Sanjhi Chat enroute to Vaishno Devi Mata Cave.
It will take approx 8-9 hours for complete Vaishno Devi Trek ( We suggest you to keep your pace slow, so that you do not get tired). You will Reach Mata Vaishno Devi Bhawan at Noon. Have Snan & Take Darshans & Blessings of Devi Mata ji.
After Darshans of Vaishno Devi Mata, Do not forget to eat tasty Rajma Chawal in Vaishno Devi Bhojanlaya..
Charan padula Entry vaishno Devi
Day 2: Bhairo Mandir Trek from Mata Vaishno Devi Bhawan:- Take rest and start trek towards bhaironghati, which is about 1 hour trek ( little Tough for Aged pilgrims but Palki's are available). After Darshan's at Bhairon Mandir, You can Start to get down from bhairon ghati in evening. Again take Rest at Sanchi Chat. Reach Back Katra in the Night.Have Dinner at katra and Night Stay in Katra Hote.
Day - 3 :- Tour to Patnitop :- Be ready for your leisure trip for patnitop. Patnitop is a beautiful Hill Station about 100 kms away, It will take approx 3 hours by Holiday Travel Taxi to Reach Patnitop. Local Site seeing in patnitop. Evening at your leisure. Night halt at patnitop.
Day - 4 - Patnitop Excursions & Return Back to Jammu.
Excursion to Sanavar :- This Picturesque place is Only 19 Kms. From Patnitop,Must be visited Sanasar Is A Cup Shaped Meadow Surrounded By Gigantic Conifers. A Place For A Quiet Holiday, The Meadow Has Now Been Developed As A Golf Course. It Also Provides Opportunities For Paragliding. Accommodation Is Available In Huts, Tourist Bungalow And Dormitory Of The J And K Tourism Development Corporation.
Excursion to Nathatop :: Nathatop Is One Of The Most Popular Attraction Of Patnitop Is Nathatop. Nathatop Will Offer You A Great View Of Snow Coated Hills. Now These Days Nathatop Is Most Popular Due To Paragliding. Paragliding From Natha Top Will Make You Fill Like That You Are Walking On The Clouds & view of Surrounding Peaks.
In the Afternoon, drive back to jammu to catch your Backward Journey Train. Tour Ends But sweet Momories Remain for ever in your life...