Budget hotels are considered cheap and dirty options by travelers. They are usually looked down at as a last resort while travelling. Contrary to popular belief budget hotels are a far cry from such low perceptions. Budget hotels around the country have improved significantly and they can compete with a host of two star hotels. Many budget hotels offer clean rooms at reasonable prices.
They are ideal for large families and bachelors. There are several budget hotels around the town of Katra. Some of the well known Vaishno Devi hotels in the budget category include Hotel Ambica, Hotel Asia Shripati, Hotel Bandhu Palace, Hotel Bhawani International, Hotel Durga and Hotel Durga Palace. The town of Katra sees an influx of devotees during the main pilgrim season. Most of these pilgrims prefer to stay at low budget hotels. Usually, budget hotels get booked early. When visiting Katra on pilgrimage, it is advisable to book a hotel well in advance.
Hotel Ambica is located on the foothills of the Trikuta Mountain. The hotel Vaishno Devi Shrine can also be found in close proximity. It is located at a short distance from the holy place and it is very easy to travel to the shrine from the hotel. The travel desk or the front desk of the hotel will be able to help you with travel arrangements to the shrine. Trips from Delhi to Vaishno Devi can be arranged by a phone call to the hotel.
The main attractions in Katra are located close to the hotel as well. Facilities available at the hotel include laundry, front desk, parking, medical facilities and doctor on call. The hotel has 56 rooms in all. You can choose from deluxe and single rooms depending on your budget. Railway pickup and drop services can also be booked through the hotel. The hotel has a health club with a Jacuzzi, fitness center, and sauna and steam room. Massage services can also be arranged on demand. The hotel has a 24 hour ATM.
On the whole, the Ambica is one of the best budget options in town. It is ideal for a short period like that of the pilgrimage. Shopping facilities are available within the hotel premises and 24 hour security is available at the hotel. The trip from Katra to Vaishno Devi is short and can be made with one of the hotel taxis.
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