Mathura Tourism

Mathura Tourism

Mathura Info

  • State: Uttar Pradesh
  • Famous for/as: Pilgrimage
  • Altitude: 169 m
  • Pincode: 281001
  • District: Mathura
  • Language: Hindi
  • STD code: 0565
  • Weather: Summer 22 to 45°C, Winter 4 to 32°C

History of Mathura

A small city in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, Mathura is located at the banks of the river Yamuna and is a place rich in ancient history. It is believed to be the birthplace of Lord Krishna and is therefore considered a pilgrimage site for Hindus. Thousands of devotees come every year to offer their prayers and visit the temples here. The Krishna Janambhoomi Temple was built in ancient times at the site believed to be the exact birthplace of Krishna.

Since ancient times, Mathura has been a hub of Indian culture and civilisation. It has been ruled in turns by the kings of Solar and Lunar dynasties and in the process became a site revered by Hindus, Jains, Buddhists as well as followers of the Brahmanical faith.

Apart from the Shri Krishna Janambhoomi, Mathura is home to the famous Jama Masjid, Dwarkadheesh Temple, Gita mandir, and Vishram Ghat which is the sacred spot where Lord Krishna is believed to have rested after slaying the tyrant ruler Kansa. The Government Museum in Mathura is one of the best museums and attracts people with archaeological interest. The museum has some of the best collections of uncommon items from the Gupta and Kushan period (400 BC-1200AD). Most of the artefacts here belong to the Mathura School of Architecture that was parallel to the then famous Gandhara School of Art.

Mathura has contributed significantly to Indian culture through its rich heritage, especially to Hindu culture and tradition. The famous Raaslila of Mathura is an inherent part of Indian culture and is an intrinsic part of the Holi celebrations. Raaslila is the tradition of folk song and dance that depicts the dance of Lord Krishna with the gopis (milkmaids) on the banks of the river Yamuna.

During Holi, Mathura comes alive. The festival attracts national and international tourists to this town. A few kilometers away, tourists can also visit Barsana where the interesting tradition of Lath Mar Holi is observed. Traditionally, for Lath Mar Holi, men and women gather at the Radha Rani Temple in Barsana and women drive away men by beating them with sticks just as Lord Krishna was chased away by gopis when he tried teasing Radha and her friends.

People and Culture of Mathura

Mathura is also known for its milk and is famous for ghee (clarified butter) that is considered one of the best in the country. The place is known for its various milk sweets and Mathura peda and khurchan are famous.

Although devotees throng the place throughout the year, it is best to visit Mathura during the months of October to March since the weather remains pleasant. Summer in Mathura is quite hot. However, the autumn and spring season is quite comfortable and even winter is bright and cool making it a good time to visit the place.

Things To Do in Mathura

Delhi international airport is the closest airport from Mathura at a distance of 147 km. Delhi airport connects with all major cities within the country and abroad. From Delhi, tourists have to hire a taxi to reach Mathura and it costs about INR 2500. Mathura Railway junction is a major rail head with regular train services available from Mathura to Delhi and also to other cities in India. There are regular taxi services available from Mathura to reach nearby destinations. State owned road transport corporation buses ply between Mathura and nearby cities like Agra, Faizabad and Allahabad. There are deluxe buses available from Delhi to Mathura, which costs about INR 500 per head.

Mathura is one of the weekend getaway options for travelers living in Aligarh and Agra.

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Mathura Traveller Reviews

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S verma

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  • S verma
  • 2 Reviews
  •  203 readers

"Review of Vrindaban visit"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Feb 26, 2017
First evening, we visited Mata Vaishnav temple & Prem Mandir & it took three hour, because gate of Mandir closes at 8. 30 PM. Next morning, we visited Krishnajanam bhoomi, Bankebihari &ISKCON temple. Total stay for one night & two days is sufficient for Mathura & Vrindaban visit.
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Prabal Awasthi

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  • Prabal Awasthi
  • Lives in Lucknow
  • 20 photos
  • 75 Reviews
  •  44 helpful votes
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"Mathura ... A holy city"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Feb 17, 2017
I reached Mathura after 90Min drive from Agra at night. Krishna janm bhumi area or area near holidays gaye is best to stay as rush remains till late night .. And right places for local shopping and foods ... Must watch places in Mathura are Krishna janm bhumi and don't forget to have paid thali at canteen over their .. It's plain and tasty. Dwarikadheesh temple at holi gate on bank of yamuna river, is nice place to visit .. More than temple the environment in streets of holi gate and boating in yamuna are main attractions and last but not least are Mathura ke pede . . Chiki. And banana rolls of brijwasi shop
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Pritvi Kanchi

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  • Pritvi Kanchi
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 232 Reviews
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"Must-visit destination"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jan 11, 2017
I had been to Mathura by train in the month of December 2016. Mathura is a must-visit destination in the tourism circuit of Uttar Pradesh. The must-visit attractions around Mathura include the Krishna Janma Bhoomi Mandir, Kusum Sarovar and the Mathura Museum. The Krishna Janma Bhoomi is the revered birthplace of Lord Krishna who is the 8th incarnation of Lord Vishnu. He was born in a prison cell and this is a must-visit, especially during the twin festivals of the Hindus Krishna Janmashtami and Holi. The Kusum Sarovar is 450 feet long and 60 feet deep. This is the exact place where Lord Krishna met Radha. The evening Aarti is a must-visit occasion for ardent devotees of Lord Krishna. The Mathura Museum is also known as the Curzon Museum of Archeology. This Museum houses rare artefacts dating back to the Gupta and the Kushan Empires. This museum was built in the year 1874. Interestingly, the photo of this museum has appeared on stamps issued by the Indian Government.
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Khan asir

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  • Khan asir
  • 5 Reviews
  •  3 helpful votes
  •  1517 readers

"The best place to visit on janamastmi"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Oct 27, 2016
Mathura is the birth place of lord krishna and being a birth place of god it is very religious place not only hindu you can find all religions here even the foreiner in indian religioua dresses. The main places to visit are gokul, janambhumi, vishram ghat, prem mandir, kans kila, dwarika dish temple and many more.
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Dr durgaprasad

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  • Dr durgaprasad
  • 2 Reviews
  •  914 readers

"Good experience"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted May 28, 2016
Though we stayed at Vrindavan, we visited Mathura Krishna Janamsthan. Outside the temple the guides trouble you, but as you enter the temple due to the police you're safe. The overall experience was fine. At Vrindavan, it was difficult to get through some temples like the Banke Bihari, but other temples were peaceful and good to visit.
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Piyush Dhavle

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  • Piyush Dhavle
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 22 photos
  • 13 Reviews
  •  8 helpful votes
  •  7785 readers

"A magical destination"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Apr 23, 2016
I was little unfortunate on that trip, been there post Diwali.

Things didn't work out as I planned, I was there for hardly 4 hours. But what I felt was magical. Goosebumps at every temple we visited to bow our head.

Out of words to write my experience in words.

I forgot everything running in my mind as soon as I saw the idol of Lord Krishna.

Mathura was on my list for long time, felt good that I was here finally.

Don't get lured by the Pujaris out there, Pujaris know very well that how to scoop out your money, and the saying is true that God wants our devotion not money.

Visited Pagal Baba Mandir and Prem Mandir on my way back.

And most important, if you're in Mathura don't skip local food, especially chat, made in pure ghee, and lots of love to add more flavor.
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  • 3 votes

Abhinav Kumar

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  • Abhinav Kumar
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 290 photos
  • 171 Reviews
  •  157 helpful votes
  •  97667 readers

"Holy Land of Lord Krishna"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Apr 21, 2016
This would be the one of those important place for must visit. Those who love to visit religious places or want to dig out belief and myths about Hinduism must visit Mathura and nearby places. Primary attraction of this city is Krishna Janmbhumi followed by Dwarkadhish temple, Vishram ghat etc. Once you cover these places in Mathura city you must walk to nearby famous places like Vrindavan, Govardhan, Nandgaon, Gokul and Barsana etc. Transport options are easily available. All the attractions in Mathura city can be covered in one or one and half day in non peak seasons. If you visit on weekends or festival time keep much time.
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Rajan singh singh

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  • Rajan singh singh
  • 2 Reviews
  •  1071 readers

"An excellent experience"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Apr 5, 2016
Such an amazing place for those who believe in god. Awesome experience. I visited here twice. I'm also excited for my next trip to Mathura.

Must visit place:-Krishna Janmabhoomi Temple, Dwarkadhish Temple etc & some god temple at vrindavan.
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Vijay Phirke

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  • Vijay Phirke
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  • Lives in Thane
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  • 19 Reviews
  •  2 helpful votes
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"Land of Lord Krishna"

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted Mar 30, 2016
Mathura is a land where Krishna was born. Gokul is the place where Krishna was shifted immediately after birth and brought up by Nand and Yashoda. If you are the person who wants to live life with full of joy and fun so this place is not for you. Only holy peoples can survive there. The pujaris tell you irrelevant stories about place which are not likely understandable to peoples and force you to pay money to god. The same is the case of Gowardhan and Vrindavan. Only Prem Mandir is a good place to visit. I shall not recommended anyone to go that place, but single visit without paying anything to pujari's & guides. We hired a taxi from Agra with a drop at Mathura station after all sightseeing on 29/09/2015.
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Nikhil Somani

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  • Nikhil Somani
  • Lives in Bikaner
  • 2 Reviews
  •  1537 readers

"Amazing place to visit"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Mar 25, 2016
At overall there are no words to say for this amazing holy place Mathura and Vrindavan. Especially the holi of Mathura, Vrindavan and Barsana is very attractive.

The lassi of Vrindavan, the pedha of Mathura and the Prem Mandir and Krishna Janm Bhumi Iskcon temple, Yamuna Ghat and many other temples are likely to be visited.
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