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"The hometown of Lord Krishna"

Mathura Tourism

India is a country of immense diversity in all fields of life, starting from religious to cultural to historical. Religion has been deeply ingrained into the Indian lifestyle for as far as one can remember, which is why India abounds in cities and towns all across the country which are devoted to fulfilling spiritual desires of people who come to visit these places from far and wide. Mathura is one such place which is considered one of the most sacred lands of India, and is filled to the brim at any point of the year with people looking to pursue spiritual enlightenment. Located around 150 kilometres from Delhi, Mathura is known as the birthplace of Lord Krishna and has many sites of both historical and religious significance.

Shri Krishna Janmabhumi is the most famous tourist attraction in Mathura, as this place is believed to the be the exact place where Lord Krishna was born, and the prison where he was born is now on display for tourists to see. Apart from the prison, the Shri Krishna Janmabhumi also has a majestic temple with idols of Krishna and Radha, making this place one of the top places to visit in Mathura.

Mathura has many temples, both big and small, dotting the entire city, with many of these temples being dedicated to Lord Krishna. The two most important temples in town are the Dwarkadheesh Temple and the Gita Mandir. The Dwarkadheesh Temple is an ancient temple that has been standing from the 1800s and boasts of some of the most stunning architecture in and around this region. If you happen to visit Mathura during the festivals of Janmashtami or Holi, the Dwarkadheesh Temple is the place to be in, as these festivals are celebrated on a grand scale in the premises of the temple. The Gita Mandir is a unique temple in India, and it gets its name from the fact that the walls of the temple are filled with inscriptions from the entire Bhagavad Gita.

If you are looking for more than just the standard tourist fare, then the best way to explore Mathura is by taking a walk around the streets of the city. Every nook and cranny of the narrow lanes and bylanes of this place still retains an old-world charm that belies the urbanization the city has kept up with. There is a lot of history to Mathura that you can experience only by exploring the old-fashioned architecture, the crumbling ruins of old houses, and the genial amiability of the locals who are always willing to show you around.

It is not possible to think of a city as old as Mathura and imagine it not having a delicious history of street food! Don’t forget to try out local snacks like kachodis, aloo-puri and chaat, which are available at any and all eateries lining the streets. Jalebis and gulab-jamuns are also very popular local street food items that are available at all shops throughout the day.


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Mathura Reviews

2 months ago by Online Kirana Traders Pvt Ltd

If you want to tour Mathura, you should keep 7 to 15 days to Visit. Mathura, Goverdhan, Vrindavan and Barsana takes 2 days atleast. Other places like Baldev, Gokul, Nandgaon takes one day.

2 months ago by Surbhi Parashar

Devotees throng here to experience the pious beginnings of the Hindu God. The city has numerous small and big temples along with 25 ghats on the river Yamuna where people taking a dip in the evenings would not be an unusual phenomenon. Mathura was also once a Buddhist centre with around 20 monasteries, however, continuous attacks by Afghans and Mughals left the city in ruins. Most of the ruins are now preserved in the archaeological museums. Major attractions here are religious in nature and include certain sites in relation to Lord Krishna and his parents. Mathura attracts thousands of pilgrims especially on the occasion of Janmashtami (Krishna's birthday) in August or September and during Holi in March as Barsana's (a village in Mathura) Holi is famous worldwide. A trip to Mathura is typically coupled with a visit to Vrindavan, another town in Mathura district, where Krishna spent his childhood days.

2 months ago by Harsh Bhardwaj

Mathura the land of Shri Krishna an awesome place to visit with family and friends. One can get a whole new experience of traditional culture if can manage to visit the city at the time of Holi. Although the citi is not so clean but it's a holy place, once you are there you will feel the spiritual invocation


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  What's Great?

A famous tourist hotspot of Northern India. Famous for its colours, desi-lifestyle and colloquial taste of the state.

  What's not so Great?

Heavily crowded during festivals and celebrations.

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Ideal for weekend getaways, spiritual rejuvenation, festival getaways, photographers, couples/families.

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The Colourful Canvas of Uttar Pradesh

One of the most colourful cities of Uttar Pradesh, Mathura is famous as the birthplace of Lord Krishna. The city is dotted with temples and over 25 ghats on the banks of river Yamuna. Mathura is also one of the Sapta-Puri (Seven sacred cities) according to Hindu mythology. The city has also been chosen as one of the heritage cities for HRIDAY-Heritage City Development and Augmentation Yojana.
Apart from the religious significance, the city is also famous for its industrial and commercial base. Mathura has a rich, exotic cultural aura adding to its aesthetics. It carries with it a taste of colloquial texture and vibrant lifestyle. The landscape is dotted with temples of significance. Mathura is also exclusively famous for its Braj culture and the Raslilas and Sanjhees.

History of Mathura

The history of Mathura can be dated back to 2500 years ago. Also known as Brij Bhumi, Mathura is believed to be the land where Shri Krishna was born and spent his youth. Mathura is also mentioned in the Hindu epic Ramayan, and in the accounts of Alexandrian astronomer Ptolemy. He refers to it as "city of gods" aka Modoura. Other than being a revered Hindu site, the city holds great importance for Buddhists and Jains as well. At around 400 AD, under the rule of Kushan dynasty, Chinese ambassador Fa Hien mentions the presence of a great number of Buddhist monasteries in the city. Soon after, the city fell under the Muslim rule- Mahmud of Ghazni, during which most of the temples were demolished. To follow that, Aurangzeb also ransacked the sacred city. Soon after that, the city was seized by the British. Later at the time when Hiuen Tsang visited Mathura, the number of monks plummeted from 2000 to 3000. Also, the resurgent Hindu movement of Bhakti cult bought back the city from ashes. The temples were resurrected and now it has a steady inflow of tourists and maintains the charm it first had.

Culture of Mathura

The city has a bright and vibrant feel to it. You can hear chants of “Radhe Radhey” on the streets or find people referring to themselves as “Brajwasis”. The city has dance dramas, folk songs, devotional dances etc. all in praises of Lord Krishna, as it is his birthplace. Mathura bursts with tourists and pilgrims all through the year who take an active part in the pooja rituals and customs. The Awadhi cuisine inspires the food, all of which is predominantly vegetarian. Krishna Janmashtami is the biggest and the most popular festival of the city for obvious reasons. Other festivals celebrated are Diwali, Holi, Radheashtmi, Basant Panchmi etc.

Itinerary

Day 1- Reach Mathura in the morning. Freshen up and have breakfast. Try out the local North Indian snacks for breakfast. Post breakfast, you can head towards the Keshav Dev Temple. You can walk around the numerous temples across the city. Head towards the Katra mosque and the Sati Burj. The latter is a huge tower in the memory of his mother by Behari Mal of Jaipur.

Day 2- You can head towards any of the numerous temples for the early morning aarti. Later, you can visit the museum. It remains closed on Monday. You can also shop at the local bazaars for colourful handmade artefacts. You can spend your evening near the Yamuna ghats and experience the grandeur of the place.

Note- If you plan your trip around Holi or Janmashtami, indulge and experience the rich local flavours of Braj culture. Mathura is alive throughout the day and night but is generally overcrowded with tourists during peak seasons.

The standout of the town's cuisine are its sweets and milk products. Pede, a form of sweet dish made from condensed milk, is a specialty here. Other than these one must try Kachori, Jalebi, Chaat, Panipuri, Samosa, Dhokla, Aloo tikki and Lassi. One can also find delicious typical North Indian platters.


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Latest questions by travellers on Mathura

Answer: Mathura is a laid back temple town that offers you a very peaceful experience. You can go during Ganga Dussehra, in May, or Buddha Purnima. Both times see some very beautiful activities at the Ghats of Mathura. Visiting during February-March, for the Holi celebrations at Nandgaon, Barsana and Mathura, is a different experience altogether. Holika Dahan here is also a great attraction in Mathura.


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