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"Lord Krishna's childhood abode"

Vrindavan Tourism

One of the oldest cities on the banks of Yamuna, Vrindavan is considered to be one of the most important places of pilgrimage for the devotees of Krishna. It is said that Lord Krishna had spent his childhood in Vrindavan. The name of the city has been derived from Vrinda (meaning basil) and van (meaning grove) which perhaps refer to the two small groves at Nidhivan and Seva Kunj. Since Vrindavan is considered to be a sacred place, a large number of people come here to abandon their worldly life.

The city of Vrindavan hosts hundreds of Lord Krishna and Radha temples scattered throughout, the most famous ones being Banke Bihari temple, ISKCON temple. The vibrant surroundings perfectly depict the playful and benevolent nature of Lord Krishna. Located along the waters of River Yamuna, the numerous temples set amidst the thick woods and lush greenery of Vrindavan are the major attractions here. Also known as Vrindavan, this city derives its name from the groves of Brinda and Vana meaning forest.

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Holi Celebrations in Vrindavan Dham

Holi is one of the most famous festivals that are celebrated in India and is celebrated on a grand scale across the country. However, the Holi celebration in Braj is the most famous. Braj is a historical region that covers Mathura, Vrindavan and some areas in proximity. Holi in Braj attracts tourists and pilgrims in huge numbers every year from all over the world. This is mainly due to its unique customs and traditions. The Banke Bihari temple celebrates the phool-vali-holi (Holi with flowers). It is also considered to be the most. Just as the name suggests, it is played with flowers and not with the traditional colours. It celebrated on the Ekadashi before Holi.
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Legends of Vrindavan Dham

Around 15 km from Mathura, Vrindavan is a town of innumerable temples dotted across its landscape. According to legends, Lord Krishna spent his childhood days in the town of Vrindavan. It is a prominent and most dearly loved town by devotees of Lord Krishna. Vrindavan borrows its name from Vrinda, which means Tulsi (Holy Basil) and the town was said to be a basil-grove once. Vrindavan is widely famous for its extravagant mentions in scriptures and anecdotes related to Lord Krishna. The town is peculiarly flocked by widows, hence Vrindavan is also a city of widows.

History of Vrindavan Dham

Vrindavan is said to be as old as the Maurya Dynasty that ruled the city from 325 BC to 184 BC. During the 3000 BC, Vrindavan was known as an urbanised trade and commercial settlement. It was rediscovered in the year 1515 when the saint Chaitanya Mahaprabhu went out on a venture to look for the birthplace of Lord Krishna. The city was built in the year 1590. During the last 250 years, the forests and grove in Vrindavan have been subjected to urbanisation. The forest cover has been slowly cleared by apartment developers and only a few patches of forest are left.

Restaurants and Local Food in Vrindavan

The food in Vrindavan is only pure vegetarian and often even without any onion or garlic. However, the city's food is still quite flavourful and is full of colours and richness in it. A typical platter here is incomplete without Aloo-Puri, Pakoras and Lassi. The town also houses quiet a variety from traditional snacks and delicacies on the street to global cuisines with the finest cheesecakes, salads and lasagna. The other relishes of the town that you must try, include Hing ki Kachori, Kachori-Sabzi, Chana- Bhatura, Chhole-Poori as well as sweets such as Pedhe, Laddos, Rabri, Jalebi, Kheer, Kalakand, Khurchan, Balushai and many more.
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Suggested Itinerary

Day 1- Reach Vrindavan in the morning. Freshen up and head towards the Banke Bihari mandir for the morning Aarti. You can spend your day visiting various temples in the vicinity of Vrindavan and perform the Vrindavan Parikrama, a tour around the holy town. If you are interested in puppet shows, do visit the Pagal Baba Temple. Later, you can feast your soul at one of the ghats for the evening Aarti and the spiritual zeal of the devotees.
Day 2- The Govardhan Hill is around 8 km from Vrindavan and considered a pilgrimage spot by devotees. You can head towards the hill on foot. Alternatively, you can visit the ghats for the morning Aarti. Festivals like Holi, Janmashtami and Radhashtmi attracts lakhs of tourists from far and wide. You can also stroll around Nidhiban and Seva Kunj.

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Holidify's Opinion

What's Great?

Extremely vibrant, lively and colourful town of Uttar Pradesh.

What's Not So Great?

Congested during festivals. Weather is quite hot during the summer months.

For Whom?

Ideal for families/couples, devotees, pilgrims and weekend getaways.

How To Reach Vrindavan

The nearest railway station is at Mathura (12km) and the nearest airport at Delhi (142km). Taxis are available for transport to the destination. State buses connect Vrindavan to other neighbouring cities. You can easily get sharing autos to and from Mathura at all times - this charge only around INR 40 per trip.

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Aman Shrivastava 4 months ago
It's the most exquisite temple that I have ever visited in India. Shri Kripalu Ji Maharaj is the greatest spiritual master ever born in India as he has been conferred with the title of 'JAGADGURUTTAM'. He has beautifully infused divinity in the entire campus of Prem Mandir.
Pintu Bansal 1 year ago
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Gaurav Das 1 year ago
Vridavan is a place of devotion, no money needed there. Krishna is present everywhere in Vridavan. Must be visit 8 Oldest temples there. Nidhivan, Bankebihari Temple, Iskcon, RadhaRaman etc. its so peaceful place and feel Krishna everywhere. I believe you defiantly get mercy of Krishna. Have lassi and Puri there it awesome. Go there with devotion not a visitor. Best time to visit on HOLI and Kartik Mas.
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