India is known as a diversified country, out of which Hinduism is India’s most followed religion. India is full of religious places and pilgrim destinations.
One such state which is known for its pilgrim tourism is Uttar Pradesh. Mathura and Vrindavan are two holy places in Uttar Pradesh.
Mathura is eternally connected with the supreme personality of the Godhead. It is considered to be the abode of Lord krishna.
Vrindavan is situated in the district of Mathura, and is regarded as a place that brings joy and pleasure.
The city of Mathura is located in the western part of the state of Uttar Pradesh. whereas Vrindavan just 10 km away from Mathura, the place where Lord Krishna spent his childhood.
1. Shri Krishna Janmabhoomi (birthplace of Lord Krishna):
It is the main attraction of Mathura. A small room that represents a prison where Lord Krishna was born. This small room is located at the backside of the temple.
2. The Archeological Museum of Mathura:
It is an important place to visit. It houses an excellent collection of sculptures belonging to the ancient Mathura school of art.
3. The Vishram Ghat:
This Vishram ghat is located on river Yamuna. It is a bath and worship place on the banks of river Yamuna. The main attraction of the ghat is the Aarti that happens every evening.
4. Dwarikadhish temple:
Lord Krishna is worshipped here as ‘King of Dwarka’ and thus the name Dwarkadish was given to the temple. The main attraction of the temple is the beautiful deity of Lord Krishna which is made up of black marble and deity of Radharani, made up of white marble.
These are some of the major places in Mathura which are definitely not to miss. Now if I talk about vrindavan here is the list of must visit places.
1.Bankey bihari temple:
it is one of the most popular temples of vrindavan. Presiding deity in the temple is of Lord Krishna standing in the Tribhanga posture.
The deity is worshiped and looked after as a child. Unlike other temples, the curtains before the deity are raised and shut every few minutes.
It is believed that if seen for longer time, the brilliant eyes of Bankey Bihari can make the devotees unconscious.
2. Iskcon temple:
It was the first temple to be constructed by International Society for Krishna Consciousness (ISKCON). The presiding deity of the temple is of Lord Krishna-Balaram, which is housed under the central shrine of the temple.
3. Prem Mandir:
Prem Mandir is one of the latest temples in Vrindavan dedicated to Lord Sri Krishna. The sanctum has the beautiful deities of Radha-Krishna on the ground floor and Ram-Sita on the first floor.
There is a beautiful garden around the temple premises with fountains. There is also a Musical fountain along with light show. People are mesmerized by the patterns which are brilliantly made by the colored lighting and water.
These are few major places to surely visit, not to forget to visit other temples and historic places.
Best time to visit mathura and vrindavan:
From July till September (monsoon season)
Mathura and vrindavan during the rainy season of monsoon comes alive and remains fresh, with a good amount of rainfall.
The important festival of Krishna Janmasthami occurs, around August/ September. The city gets filled with devotees, who offer their devotional services to Lord Krishna.
From December till February(winter season)
Winters are pleasant and comfortable. Overall, it is the best time to visit Mathura
You can attend the colorful festival of Holi, celebrated in the month of March that animates the whole of Mathura.
How to reach mathura and vrindavan:
Air transport: The nearest airport in Mathura is located in Agra, lies in the range of 60-65 km away from the center of Mathura City.
The nearest international airport to Mathura is New Delhi, which lies around 165-170 km. There are regular flights to other important cities in India via Agra Airport also.
By train: Mathura is extensively connected to both central and western India Railways connectivity. Most of the major trains at this route take a halt at Mathura Railway Junction.
By Road: Roads are in good conditions and are connected to all the major cities in the country. Frequent Luxury buses are easily available from Delhi to Mathura and Agra to Mathura.
Taj Expressway is the best option to reach Mathura efficiently from New Delhi. Cabs and Private Taxi services for Mathura are easily available at affordable prices, from Delhi to Mathura as well as Agra to Mathura.