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The Sacred Town of Mathura

by Madhav Srinivasan 5 year, 6 months ago

Located in the North Indian State of Uttar Pradesh, Mathura held a lot of historical and economical importance in the ancient period. Its place in the Indian epics is unparalleled and the place narrates stories of Indian history and culture…

Mathura is considered to be one of the seven most holy places in India for Hindus and there are several places of religious and historical significance in Mathura and its neighborhood. Taking a trip to Mathura can be a very good idea, if you intend to spend time witnessing the local culture in India.

What to See in Mathura

Some of these popular places of tourist interest include the Krishnajanmabhoomi (birth place of Lord Krishna, an Indian deity), Jai Gurudev Ashram, Dwarikadheesh Temple, Durvasa Rishi Ashram, Kans Tila or the Old Fort and Sri Keshavji Gaudiya Matha.

The Basantar Park was built in memory of the victory in the 1971 war, and this is a good place to check out too.

If your trip has purely religious intentions, then you can visit the important temples in the region like the Birla Temple, Gayatri Tapo Bhumi (first temple for Gayatri), the Gita Mandir (known for its architecture) and the Siddhi Vinayak Temple. Mathura is a popular place to holiday in North India

Another site that’s a favorite among tourists is the Vishram Ghat, a sacred spot where Lord Krishna is believed to have rested after slaying Kamsa, the tyrant. Boating in the serene River Yamuna can be relaxing and you can complete your trip with a visit to the Hansiya Rani Ghat, which is Rani Hansiya’s bath that’s built from red stone.

When to Visit Mathura

The weather in Mathura is at its best between the months of November and March. Mathura assumes a festive face during major festivals that mark the birth of Radha and Krishna in the month of August. This time period is considered the most auspicious, and the popular Ban Yatra or circumambulation happens surrounding the holy sites in Braj Bhumi, throwing up an opportunity for tourists to sink into Indian culture.

Mathura experiences extreme climatic conditions with temperature during the summers touching 45o C. It goes without saying that the time between April and June is best avoided. For feasting your eyes on beautiful foliages, visit the city during the monsoon (July to September). Winters in Mathura witness the maximum number of visitors and you can explore the city in peaceful and comfortable manner during this time.

The Gateways to Mathura

Mathura is a major railway station and most trains that run between Agra and Delhi halt here. It takes approximately two to three hours to reach Mathura from Delhi and one hour from Agra. The city is also well connected to other major cities by rail. Mathura is a must visit destination for those planning a vacation in Agra

Situated on NH2 between Delhi ad Agra, Mathura is located 50 km to the north of Agra and 150 km to the south of Delhi. State transport buses run through Mathura. If you are planning to fly, Agra is the closest airport that you can land in. Most international and domestic flights land at IGI Airport in New Delhi, and you can take up local modes from transport from here.

A visit to Mathura during this festive season can surely brighten up your trip to India!

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