Here are the top 23 tourist attractions to see in Mathura:

1. Lathmar Holi

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places to visit in Mathura

Holi, a festival of colours that marks the victory of good over evil is one of the main festivals of Hindus. It is celebrated with great vigour and enthusiasm throughout India. Lathmar Holi is celebrated 4-5 days prior to the festivities of other states. However, it is interesting to note how this festival is celebrated in a rather peculiar way in Nandgaon and Barsana towns in Mathura-district of Uttar Pradesh. The towns are located some 42 kms from Mathura and are extremely popular for the celebrations during Holi. The natives are known for their interesting way of playing Holi with not only colours but also sticks. Thandai (a sweet drink) and Holi go hand in hand, so don't miss out on it!

2. Govardhan Hill

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23 kms
from city center
2 out of 23
places to visit in Mathura

Govardhan Hill is an 8km long hill range near Vrindavan that is considered sacred for Vaishnavas. Mythology has it that Krishna challenged penance for Indra and an enraged Indra flooded the village.

3. Shri Krishna Janmasthan Temple

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1 kms
from city center
3 out of 23
places to visit in Mathura

It is believed that this temple is situated at the place where Lord Krishna was born and the result of many excavations has tried to prove this belief.

4. Dwarkadhish Temple, Mathura

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2 kms
from city center
4 out of 23
places to visit in Mathura

The Dwarkadhish temple, touted as one of the holiest temples in the city of Mathura, is famous all over the country for its elaborate architecture and paintings. Built only in the year 1814, the temple is relatively new but is highly revered. Situated within the perimeter of the city's holy gate, near the ghats of River Yamuna, the temple and its surroundings are a hub of a lot of interesting activities. Thousands of devotees arrive here every day to pay their obeisance.

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5. Vishram Ghat

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2 kms
from city center
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places to visit in Mathura

Multiple theerthams present here are well known as ghats with 25 of them present today in Mathura are related to Lord Krishna. It is believed that performance of certain rituals here can get rid one of all past wrongdoings and hence is visited by numerous devotees.

6. Birla Mandir Mathura

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2 kms
from city center
6 out of 23
places to visit in Mathura

True to its name, the Gita Mandir features inscriptions of the holy book in and around the surroundings of the temple. A magnificent idol of Lord Krishna is housed in this temple along with Lakshmi Narayana, Ram and Sita. Intricate carvings and paintings are seen within the temple premises.

7. Rangji Temple, Mathura

4 kms
from city center
7 out of 23
places to visit in Mathura

Rangji Temple is situated on the Vrindavan - Mathura Marg in Vrindavan, Mathura. Dedicated to Lord Sri Goda Ranagamannar - a South indian goddess and Lord Ranganatha - an incarnation of God Vishnu, the temple also follows a south Indian architectural pattern for its insides. But has been designed in the North Indian fashion from outside.

8. Jama Masjid Mathura

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2 kms
from city center
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places to visit in Mathura

The Jama Masjid was constructed in the year 1661 by Nabir Khan, the Governor of Aurangzeb. With its four minarets and mosaic plastering along with the marvelous carvings, this structure leaves one spell bound with its beauty.

9. Radha Kund

18 kms
from city center
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places to visit in Mathura

Situated near Govardhan Hill in the small town in Mathura is the Radha Kund which is famous for the holy pond known by the same name. It is considered to be the supreme of all holy places, containing pure and sacred water, also known to contain magical properties to heal for conception. Purification from sins by a dip in the water is one of the reasons why Radha Kund is a significant pilgrimage site.

10. Kusum Sarovar

19 kms
from city center
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places to visit in Mathura

Located between Govardhan and Radha Kund in Vrindavan, Mathura, Kusum Sarovar is a beautiful reservoir fringed by palatial sandstone building from the bygone era. The reservoir has a flight of stairs which can be used to descend in the pond. The sarovar is believed to have got its name from one of the girl attendants of Radha, named Kusum. The water is ideal for swimming and dips. Kusum Sarovar also has several temples and ashrams in the vicinity.

11. Radha Vallabh Mandir

10 kms
from city center
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places to visit in Mathura

Situated near Gotam Nagar on the cliff near Bankey Bihari temple is the Radha Vallabh Mandir, one of the seven temples of Thakur of Vrindavan. This temple is the epitome of the sacred and divine love of Radha and Krishna, displayed in the rarest form 'Ras-bhakti'. Enshrined by Lord Krishna, the temple does not have a deity of Radha. Instead, it has a crown placed next to Lord Krishna to signify her presence. Radha Vallabh Mandir stands out due to its striking architecture and magnificence decor.

12. Government Museum Mathura

1 kms
from city center
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places to visit in Mathura

Initially known as Curzon Museum of Archaeology, Government Museum Mathura is located at Dampier Park in Mathura, Uttar Pradesh. Also called Mathura Museum locally, the repository is one of the finest in the country and houses a fairly big collection of ancient relics, sculptures, coins and paintings. The museum also displays the discoveries made by noted archaeologists in and around Mathura.

13. Kokilavan

40 kms
from city center
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places to visit in Mathura

Kokilavan, situated near Kosi Kalan in Mathura, houses the famous Shani Temple, dedicated to Shani Dev (Saturn) and his guru Barkhandi Baba. Since the site is located amidst the jungle hence, it has also come to be known as Kokilavan Dham. Saturdays are the busiest days of the week when the temple is visited by local pilgrims and tourists from far and wide.

14. Bhuteshwar Mahadev Mandir

4 kms
from city center
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places to visit in Mathura

Bhuteshwar Mahadev Mandir is a revered Hindu temple situated in Garravkendra, Mathura dedicated to Lord Shiva, also known as Bhuteshwar Mahadev. It is also a Shaktipeeth where the ringlet of Mata Sati fell after her body was destroyed. The shrine is considered auspicious and unique as it is one of the very few temples in the city which is not dedicated to Lord Krishna.

15. Vaishno Devi Dham

9 kms
from city center
15 out of 23
places to visit in Mathura

Vaishno Devi Dham in Mathura, popularly known as Ma Vaishno Devi Mandir is dedicated to Ma Vaishno Devi who is believed to grant boons to her devotees. Established by Shri J C. Chaudhry, the temple is visited by pilgrims to worship the magnificent idol of Ma Vaishno Devi alongside serving the poor.

16. Kans Qila

2 kms
from city center
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places to visit in Mathura

Located on the banks of the serene Yamuna River, Kans Qila is an ancient fortress in Mathura dedicated to Kans - the maternal uncle of Lord Krishna. Situated near the Krishna Ganga Ghat and Gau Ghat, the fort is a popular tourist spot and has been constructed as a fusion of Hindu- Muslim architecture. Kans ka Qila is in a dilapidated state due to negligence but is still thronged by tourists and alike.

17. Gopeshvar Mahadev Temple

2 kms
from city center
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places to visit in Mathura

Situated in Vashimat in Vrindavan, Mathura, Gopishvar Mahadev Temple is Lord Gopeshwar - incarnation of God Shiva in a feminine form. The idol is decorated and decked up imagining it to be a female friend (sakhi) of Lord Krishna. The shrine is especially popular among the devotees and is visited by pilgrims from far and wide.

18. Jai Gurudev Mandir

2 kms
from city center
18 out of 23
places to visit in Mathura

Also known as Naam Yog Sadhna Mandir, Jaigurudev Mandir is dedicated to Baba Jai Gurudev, located on the National Highway 2, between Delhi and Agra. The celebrated man is a revered guruji among the devotees and he also runs a charitable organization and ashram. The temple hosts an annual Bhandaar festival which attracts hordes of pilgrims.

19. Chamunda Devi Temple, Mathura

3 kms
from city center
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places to visit in Mathura

Situated on the Chamunda Devi Marg in Mathura, Chamunda Devi Temple is one of the 51 shaktipeeth.

20. Potara Kund

1 kms
from city center
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places to visit in Mathura

Potara Kund is one of the four kunds in Mathura and is the water pond where baby clothes of Lord Krishna were washed in his childhood. The water tank is made in red sandstone and hs steps to descend inside. The place is a popular tourist spot and is thronged by pilgrims.

21. Dauji Mandir

2 kms
from city center
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places to visit in Mathura

In close proximity to the southeastern region of Mathura, about 18 kilometres from the city is one of the most revered temples of the country, the Dauji Mandir. The temple has stood for over 5000 years since 1535 AD and is one of the oldest temples in the city. The presiding deity of the temple is Lord Balarama, who was the elder sibling of Lord Krishna. Devotees and pilgrims from all over the country gather at the temple to offer prayers in the holy abode of Baladev manifestation of the Lord Vishnu. The temple is a must-visit for all those who are fascinated by mythology, culture, history and spirituality.

22. Dolphin The Water World

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places to visit in Mathura

Sprawling over 14 acres of land area, Dolphin The Water Park was established in 2002 and has been a popular source of recreation and entertainment for the city dwellers and tourists ever since. The water cum theme park offers a variety of rides and fun games both for adults and kids, They also have height based separate swimming pools.

23. Nandgaon

855 kms
from city center
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places to visit in Mathura

Located at a distance of 8 km from Barsana and 50 km from Mathura, Nandgaon is a quaint little town situated at the base of a Nandisvara Hill and which holds immense religious significance. The town is highly revered by Hindu pilgrims as it is believed to be the home of the foster parents of Lord Krishna- Shri Nandji and Yashoda Maiyya. There is also a spacious temple situated atop the hill which is dedicated to Shri Nandji.

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