One of India’s most popular hospitality brands, ITC Hotels, has launched its newest venture—the Welcomhotel Katra. We tell you why your next stay should be there! By Anushka Goel
One of India’s most popular and fast-paced hospitality brands, ITC Hotels, has launched its latest hotel—the Welcomhotel Katra. The property has 83 guest rooms, a swimming pool, and an array of activities to keep guests engaged. From exquisite culinary experiences with regionally-inspired meals to breathtaking views and massage therapies, this property has it all!
Located 45 kilometres from Jammu airport, Welcomhotel Katra is an idyllic destination nestled amid pine trees in lush green valleys that can be viewed from the resort. Indoors, the hotel itself is dotted with miniature hand paintings created by budding artists from the region.
Welcomhotel Katra offers its guests ITC Hotels’ quintessential culinary experience. The WelcomCafe, for instance, serves gourmet, vegetarian international and regional cuisine—making it the finest in Katra. The traditional WelcomSthalika brings the best of the region’s vegetarian cuisine on a platter. In each space, the ingredients are locally-sourced from the region’s farming community, ensuring the produce remains fresh and seasonal. The WelcomSthalika, prepared in a sattvik style, represents Jammu’s cuisine with dishes such as Jammu rajma, ambal, shingare ki kadhi, mewe ka kofta and tumba ajwain aloo finding a spot on the menu. Ingredients such as the Jammu rajma, walnuts, almonds, badi masala, tumba ajwain, shahi jeera and more, underline each dish. These ‘local love’ meals let guests explore rich temple cuisine by recreating exclusive meal experiences.
When here, discover holistic Ayurveda experiences and therapies for an overall reboot of the body and mind at the soon-to-open Kaya Kalp Spa. The hotel also offers an ideal indoor and outdoor space for events, weddings and celebrations, making your day extra special with its seamless banquet space spread over 2,750 square feet.
The finest property in the city, Welcomhotel Katra also brings joy to travellers seeking a fulfilling experience. With spiritual tourism on a constant surge, this new addition ushers a welcome change to the city’s expanding inventory. The mention of Katra may bring to the fore images of Mata Vaishno Devi shrine, but the city has a lot more to offer—each which the hotel lets its guests experience.
Welcomhotel Katra serves as the base camp for those wanting to visit not only the shrine, but also nearby tourist attractions, including Patnitop. Located 85 kilometres away from the hotel, the route to this hill station boasts beautiful pine and cedar trees. What’s more, Patnitop is the only hill station in the region where one can see snowfall in the winters, making it a must-visit for locals as well as guests.
Another exciting offering at Katra is river rafting. The thrill of rafting in the white waters of Chenab is an unmissable experience for all adventure junkies, and Welcomhotel Katra’s location allows people to engage in this experience and a lot more!
Speaking on the launch, Anil Chadha, COO, ITC Hotels says, “Brand Welcomhotel continues on its expansion spree, offering guests beautiful destination properties such as Welcomhotel Katra—popular for its scenic beauty and spiritual air. Katra truly offers the best of enriching experiences, for both pilgrimage and leisure. The globally acknowledged DNV platinum-certified ‘WeAssure’ health and hygiene protocol at our hotels enables travellers to enjoy their holiday with complete peace of mind.”