World India Uttar Pradesh Mathura

Mathura , Uttar Pradesh

Type of Destination
Historical, Heritage, Pilgrimage
Languages Spoken
Hindi & English
Ideal Trip Duration
1 Day
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About Mathura

Mathura is believed to be the birthplace of Lord Krishna. Unsurprisingly it is steeped in legends, temples, and wonder. The city is named in the ancient Indian epic, the Ramayana. The surrounding towns, too, take their place in Hindu legend, as Krishna reputedly traveled to several towns in the region.

Boating on the ghats of the Yamuna River is one alternative activity, but for most visitors, it is the religious elements of the city that draw them here. For those who are not so spiritually inclined, just wandering and talking to the many characters of this city is one of the best activities. During India’s festivals, Holi, Diwali, Mathura lights up with activity and color.

Try the city’s most common breakfast, ‘Kachori and Jalebi’. The dish is a mix of spicy potato curry and a sweet. It sounds odd but all visitors should at least try it. Milky sweets are a specialty here, so feel free to eat sweets after breakfast, too.  Mathura is also a good place to browse books, clothes and leather products.

Ardent temple spotters can look for the Birla Mandir; the Birla family built a range of temples across India, all in magnificent white marble. Mathura is one of the seven holy cities of India. As such, it is thought that Moksha can be attained here. Be careful with your belongings in Mathura, and dress respectfully at all times, as this is a holy city.

The city is well connected by road and rail to all other major cities like, New Delhi, Agra, Lucknow.

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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.
Richa Sharma
Jan 04, 2014
The town is infested with monkeys who steal spectacles, cameras, etc. & then people ask for money to get your stuff back. Be careful with your stuff.
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Richa Sharma
Jan 04, 2014
Chaat and sweets are super awesome here, make sure you eat some.
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