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VRINDAVAN

World India Uttar Pradesh Vrindavan
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Vrindavan has long been an important pilgrimage site.  Chaitanya Mahaprabhu is credited with rejuvenating much of the city’s cultural and spiritual heritage in the sixteenth century.

Aside from worshipping and visting temples, look out for the Brahmotsava Festival, which goes on for ten days after Holi in February or March. In the mornings, Hindu pilgrims walk around the city on a path that takes three hours to complete. Start early on at the ISKCON Mandir.Try the food at Govindas Restaurant behind the Krishna- Balaram Mandir. Air conditioning provides a break from the heat, and there is vegetarian cuisine in Indian, Chinese and Italian styles. Drink the local jal-jeera, or cumin water. This tamarind water packs a spicy surprise.

Vrindavan is like many Hindu holy towns, chaotic, intriguing and charming at once. The city is made of old thin lanes. Walk your own way and get off the beaten track before you know it. Non-Hindi speakers will notice the lack of English signs. Ask your way around or get a cycle rickshaw to your destination. The town is also known as the Shelter City for widows. They sing hymns for seven or eight hours a day in bhajanashrams. In return for their singing, they are given money and the hope of spiritual liberation.

Unfortunately, some guides take part in scams where tourists are led to temples. The scam takes place if a large sum of rupees is demanded after a simple prayer ceremony.  A small donation is fair, but walk away if you are being pressured to give a large amount. Try to make sure your guide takes you to temples of your own choosing. Protect you belongings from thieves both human and tailed; Vrindavan’s monkeys are notorious for their light-fingered ways. Stay alert and you should stay problem free.

Get to Vrindavan by taking the train to Mathura. The towns are only twelve kilometers apart, so you can travel between them by taxi or rickshaw.

Vrindavan - THINGS TO KNOW

Category
Historical, Heritage, Pilgrimage
Languages
Hindi & English
Altitude
176m
Best time to visit
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Trodly
Trodly
It can get pretty chaotic and intense here, so take care of your belongings and be aware of your surroundings always.
Trodly
Trodly
English signage may not be there so you will have to ask for directions or rely on Google Maps.
Trodly
Trodly
The priests in the temples may demand donations for some poojas or ceremonies. Do not fall in the trap. Walk out if you are uncomfortable.
Mayank Kamthan
Mayank
Jan 05, 2014
The best way to get around the town is on foot or by cycle rickshaws.
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