Mathura is a historic city in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. It is located approximately 55 kilometers (34 mi) north of Agra, and 145 kilometers (90 mi) south-east of Delhi. One of the Sapta Puri, the seven cities considered holy by Hindus, Mathura is the birthplace of the highly revered Lord Krishna. Mathura and Vrindavan, often considered twin cities, are located only 10 kilometers away from each other. One side of Mathura is stretched across the river Yamuna, which is lined with 25 ghats, best visited during dawn when you can witness locals and tourists taking a holy dip, and at dusk when hundreds of diyas (earthen lamps) are floated during the daily aarti (prayer).
Mathura is dotted with many big and small temples, most of these temples being dedicated to Lord Krishna. Shri Krishna Janmabhumi is the most famous tourist attraction in Mathura, as this is believed to be the exact place where Lord Krishna was born, and the prison where he was born is on display for tourists.
Mathura is flooded with tourists and pilgrims during the two main festivals - Janmashtami (Lord Krishna's birthday) which occurs in August/September, and Holi which occurs in February/March. The best way to explore Mathura is by taking a walk around the streets of the city.
Explorations & Experiences in Mathura-
- Shri Krishna Janmasthan Temple
- Dwarkadheesh Temple
- Govardhan Hill
- Radha Kund
- Vishram Ghat
- Lathmar Holi festival
- Birla Mandir Mathura