Vrindavan also called Brindavan is an ancient city on the banks of river Yamuna. It lies on the eastern bank of the Yamuna while Mathura lies on the western bank of the Yamuna. Lord Krishna was born in the prison cell of the evil King Kamsa to Vasudev and Devaki in Mathura. Fearing Kamsa, baby Krishna was transported to the other side of the river Yamuna with the help of five headed serpent spreading its hood to protect the baby. This was Vrindavan. Here he grew up under his foster parents, Nanda and Yasoda. Vrindavan was then a village of cow herders. This place is known for its beautiful groves. This is the town where Lord Krishna grew up, slayed demons, stole butter, played with gopis and eventually met and fell in love and later married Radha. Today it is considered to be one of the major pilgrimage centers and a popular place to holiday in North India
for Krishna followers all over the world.
Plan you trip to Vrindavan for a single day as there are not a lot of places to see in the town. There are about 4,500 temples in and around Vrindavan. Most of these temples are dedicated to Lord Krishna as a child. The temples here are said to be the best of all the Hindu temples in the world. All these temples are decorated with precious and semi precious stones. The most famous of these is the Bankey Bihari temple. Visit the Bankey Bihari temple first on the day of your tour, as this is said to house a very powerful idol of Lord Krishna. The idol is said to be so powerful that the eyes of the statue are always closed and rarely shown to devotees. This temple also houses a special idol of a black bodied Krishna and is a must see place for those on Mathura tour packages
Spend the afternoon swinging by the very famous ISKCON temple which has been built entirely from funds from overseas. These two temples are completely built by marble and intricately carved pillars and walls adorn the premises. Next up, visit the Govind Dev temple, which is the oldest temple built in the 15th century. The temple looks beautiful till date even without any major renovation. The major festivals that are celebrated here are the Brahmotsava festival, Janmashtami, Holi and Radhashtami. The best time to visit Vrindavan is during September. One should not forget to taste the tasty lassis and jeera water here. The best idols of Lord Krishna in all sizes are the specialty here.
The nearest major city to Vrindavan is Mathura which is well connected by rail and road to all the major cities of North India. The nearest airport is at New Delhi, just a three hour journey and numerous packages from Delhi
are available. Nearby cities which are prominent are Agra, Gwalior and Alibargh. Traveling around Vrindavan would be a problem because of the crowd and congestion so it is best to take a walk for short distances and catch a cycle rickshaw for long distances.
One should always plan for Mathura and add an extra day of visit to Vrindavan or enjoy a trip to Agra
. This is because Mathura is a developed city and has a lot options when it comes to accommodation. If one chooses to stay in Vrindavan there are only a limited number of hotels and a few guesthouses at ISKCON temple. On the whole a one day trip for a couple to Vrindavan from Mathura would cost around Rs.1000. If the stay is at Vrindavan the cost would approximately be Rs.2500 for two days. For the spiritually inclined, a stay at Vrindavan is recommended.