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    Best time to Visit Mathura: Whole Year

    Category : Pilgrimage: Pilgrimage

    Duration(days) : 2 Days

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    Mathura is an ancient historic city in Uttar Pradesh. 
    Mathura is believed to be the birthplace of Lord Krishna. The Shri Krishna Janma-Bhoomi is located at the center of Braj or Brij-bhoomi. It is one of the seven cities (Sapta Puri) considered holy by Hindus. 

     

    At ancient times, Mathura was the capital of the Surasena Kingdom, ruled by Kansa the maternal uncle of Krishna.

    The famous Keshav Dev Temple in Mathura, is an ancient temple built on the site of Krishna's birthplace (an underground prison).

     

    Vrindavan is the twin-city to Mathura, both of these cities have many places of historic and religious importance. Vrindavan is where Krishna spent his childhood days.
    The sacred Yamuna river flows through Mathura and lot of religious activities are conducted on the 25 ghats lined on this holy river.

     

    Mathura attracts thousands of pilgrims, particularly during Janmastami (Krishna’s birthday) in August/September and Holi in the month of February/March. 
    The unique Holi festival Latthamar Holi is celebrated with great gusto in Mathura. 

     

    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. 

     

    Mathura is famous for its special sweet dish called the ‘Peda’ 


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    Sri Krishna Janmabhoomi Temple Complex

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    The current Sri Krishna Janmabhoomi Temple Complex area is believed that this temple is situated at the place where Lord Krishna was born. Lord Krishna was said to be born in a prison cell and the exact location of the prison cell is now occupied by a temple. There are many small shrines of various gods and goddesses also in this complex.
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      Gita Mandir

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      Gita Mandir features inscriptions of Bhagvad Gita (the Hindu holy book) in and around the surroundings of the temple. There are many intricate carvings and paintings in the temple; and also there is a huge statue Lord Krishna along with Lakshmi Narayana, Ram and Sita in the temple.
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        Dwarkadheesh Temple / Dwarkadhish temple

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        Dwarkadhish Temple was established around 150 years ago by a devotee of Lord Krishna. It is located near the banks of river Yamuna and is one of the most visited temples in Mathura. This temple is known for its beautiful architecture, carvings, paintings and idols of Krishna, Balaram and Radha. The temple here is elaborately designed and colorfully painted. The temple is known for its amazing swing festival. The temple derives its name, as the Lord Krishna idol is depicted in the form of "King of Dwarka" here.
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          Rangbhoomi

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          Rangbhoomi is considered as the place where the fight between Krishna and his maternal uncle, Kans took place. Krishna killed his maternal uncle and freed his parents from his imprisonment. Rangbhoomi is also known for its architecture which is built by king Ashoka during his reign.
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            Jama Mosque / Jama Masjid

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            The Jama Masjid was constructed in 1661 by the Governor of Aurangzeb - Nabir Khan. It is a beautiful architecture with four minarets, mosaic plastering and marvelous carvings. It is one of the major historical monuments in Uttar Pradesh, and is located close to Janma Bhoomi Mandir.
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              Ghats (Bank of River Yamuna) / Vishram Ghat

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              Mathura has 25 ghats across the holy Yamuna River. A visit to all 25 ensures a complete pilgrimage of Mathura. The famous of all is 'Vishram Ghat', which literally means the resting place. According to the legend, it is at this ghat Lord Krishna rested after a long battle with the king Kansa. The evening aartis and the sight of small oil lamps floating on the river surface; provides a splendid sight to the tourists.
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                Radha Kund

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                The pool of the Radha Kund is said to be formed when with the water that emerged when Lord Krishna struck this spot. Thousands of pilgrims visit this sacred pool for blessings. It is also believed that Lord Sri Krishna took bath here for self-purification after killing Arista, the bull demon.
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                  Kusum Sarovar

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                  Kusum Sarovar is a beautiful water reservoir located near Radha Kunj. It is believed that Radha used to meet Lord Krishna near this tank. This calm and serene place is highly photographed in Mathura; especially during the evening aarti times.
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                    Kans Qila / Kans Fort

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                    Kans Qila belonged to Lord Krishna’s maternal uncle - Kans. However, the present structure of fort was built by Raja Mansingh I in the 16th century; in a unique Hindu and Mughal styled architecture. It is built near the banks the Yamuna River.
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                      Mathura Museum

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                      Mathura Museum was constructed in the year 1874. It houses various ancient archeological findings dating back to the Kushana and the Gupta Empire. This museum has a unique architecture and houses many important artifacts.
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                        Govardhan Hill

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                        Govardhana is a 8 km long hill located near Vrindavana and is one of the major pilgrim spots for the Vaishnavites. According to the Hindu Mythology, this hill was once lifted by Lord Krishna to defeat Lord Indra (the God of rain and thunder). The auspicious Govardhan Puja is celebrated the day after Diwali in a great pomp.
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                          Gokul

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                          Gokul is the town situated on the banks of the Yamuna; where infant Lord Krishna was brought up in secrecy by his foster mother Yashoda. It is about 15 km from Mathura. Some of important places of attraction in this town are: Shri Thakurani Ghat, Nanda Bhavan, Raman Reti, Rangbihariji Temple.
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                            Barsana

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                            Barsana is known as the birth place of Radha. It is about 50 km from Mathura. Barsana lies on a slope of ridge and is a famous place for pilgrimage. Some important places to see in barsana are: Shriji Temple, Maan Mandir, Mor Kutir, Krishna Kund or Radha Sarovar, Sankari Khor.
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                              By Air
                              The nearest domestic airport to Mathura is at Agra (57 kms) and international airport is at Delhi (162 kms)

                               

                              By Train
                              Mathura is well connected with the major rail routes of the country. 


                              By Road
                              National and international highways connect Mathura to the major cities in the country. 
                              Here is some important distances of the neighboring cities from Mathura.
                              Vrindavan (14 kms)
                              Gokul (13 kms)
                              Govardhan (25 kms )
                              Agra (57 kms)
                              Delhi (162 kms)