Mathura and Vrindavan, are the two twin cities located on the banks of holy river Yamuna in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. Mathura and Vrindavan are one of the most important pilgrimage centers in the Country which is visited by millions of devotees annually from all over the world. Being one out of the seven important Hindu religious places, Mathura and Vrindavan plays an important part in Hinduism which is also listed in one of the most popular Hindu epics – Ramayana and Mahabharata.
Mathura and Vrindavan, are the two sister cities that are located at a distance of 10kms from each other and have been the birthplace of Lord Krishna, incarnation of Lord Vishnu. Lord Krishna has spent most of his childhood memories here in both the cities which makes these two places of great significance in Hinduism. There are several sites where Lord Krishna has performed numerous miracles which made these two cities one of the important holy cities in India. Both Mathura and Vrindavan are well-dotted with ancient Hindu temples dedicated to Lord Krishna, Balarama and Radha Rani (True love of Lord Krishna), several gardens where Lord Krishna performed Raas Leela with Radha and other gopis.
Mathura and Vrindavan Tour Packages, will provide you a perfect glimpse of rich culture and traditions of Hinduism where you can witness the devotees of Lord Krishna taking holy dip in the Yamuna, worshiping the cows, chanting the holy words – Jai Shree Krishna or Radha Krishna, enjoying the mouth-watering local cuisines like kachori, samosas, sabji puri, rabri and several other local dishes. Mathura and Vrindavan are also well-known for organizing one of the major Hindu festivals – Holi which was the favorite festival of Lord Krishna. Every corner of both the cities have something to tell about the miracles and childhood memories of Lord Krishna.
Custom Tours India, would love to welcome you to India where we will arrange a fully customized tour of India covering these two beautiful cities where you can feel the spiritual energy of these two cities. Custom Tours India will plan a tailor-made tour of India for you where we will arrange a private tour of Mathura and Vrindavan along with other historical cities of India. Below mentioned places are the top 14 places to visit in Mathura and Vrindavan.
Top 14 Places to Visit in Mathura and Vrindavan
Shri Krishna Janmbhumi
Shri Krishna Janmbhumi is the most important religious place in Mathura as it is the birthplace of Lord Krishna. Lord Krishna’s parents Mata Devki and Vasudeva were captured here by Lord Krishna’s uncle, demon King Kans. This place houses the same prison where Lord Krishna took birth and several temples dedicated to Lord Krishna. The temple was destroyed many times by several invaders like Mughals; however, the building got renovated later by the government.
Dwarkadheesh Temple is the holiest temple in Mathura which is well-decorated with beautiful paintings, sculptures and stories about Lord Krishna’s childhood miracles. The temple was constructed in the year 1814 and is one of the most revered shrines of Lord Krishna who is present here in the form of Dwarkadheesh.
Vishram Ghat is the most important and holiest ghat in Mathura which is situated on the banks of holy river Yamuna. It is believed that Lord Krishna rested here for a while after killing the demon King Kans. This ghat is visited by millions of devotees every year who take holy baths in the Yamuna and worship the river Yamuna by floating diyas and flowers.
Govardhan Hill is one of the important places situated at a distance of 22 kms from Mathura where Lord Krishna performed a miracle during his childhood. During the heavy rains, Lord Krishna picked up the whole mountain on his one finger, saving cattle, friends and village people from the heavy rainstorm. As per Bhagwat Geeta, this hill is considered the face of Lord Krishna which is worshiped and devotees do a holy walk completing a round of 23 kms.
Rangaji Temple is one of the beautiful temples present in the heart of Vrindavan which is dedicated to Lord Ranganatha, a sacred form of Lord Krishna. The temple is influenced by South-Indian and Hindu architecture which makes it worth-visiting. The main attraction of this temple is the huge idol of Lord Vishnu in his resting position, a gold plated pillar, mirror room and a holy Kund. Along with this, one of the idols of Lord Krishna, depicts the groom status of the lord standing with a Gada in his hand.
Radha Vallabh Mandir
Radha Vallabh Mandir is one of the seven important temples dedicated to Thakur Ji, a form of Lord Krishna. Here, devotees come and worship the bond of love between Lord Krishna and Radha. Here, you will see a crown placed close to the idol of Lord Krishna as her consort.
Nandgaon is a small town situated at a distance of 50 kms from Mathura. This town is the home of Lord Krishna’s foster parents Mata Yashoda and Nandlal where Lord Krishna was raised and spent most of his childhood. The town is beautifully decorated with several ancient temples dedicated to Lord Krishna and Balaram, several places where Lord Krishna used to play with his friends, ponds where Krishna used to take his cows to drink water.
Barsana is the birthplace of Radha Rani, the love consort of Lord Krishna. Barsana is famous for the grand celebration of Krishna’s favorite festival, Holi. Devotees visit here from different parts of the Country to play Holi and to witness the holy places where Radha Rani used to spend her time with her friends.
Banke Bihari Temple
Banke Bihari Temple is the most popular and holiest temple in Vrindavan which is dedicated to Lord Krishna, who is present here in the form of a child standing in Tribhanga position. The main attraction of this temple is the beautiful black idol of Lord Krishna and is one out of the seven important temples dedicated to Thakur Ji. You will be amazed to see that there are no bells or sounds in this temple, you can only chant “Radha Rani or Radha Krishna” in this temple which makes it unique and different from other temples.
Prem Mandir is one of the newly added structures in the holy city of Vrindavan. The temple is also known as “Temple of God’s Love” as the temple is dedicated to Radha Krishna and Sita Ram. This two-storey massive temple is a fine example for Hindu architecture which is built of white marble and sandstone. The temple is beautifully decorated with colorful lights in the evening and is surrounded by several statues depicting the fine miracles performed by Lord Krishna.
Radha Raman Temple
Radha Raman Temple was constructed in the year 1542 and is one of the oldest temples in Vrindavan which is dedicated to Lord Krishna. It is believed that the idol of Lord Krishna is self-manifested which attracts thousands of the devotees every year. You may witness a beautiful crown placed alongside the Lord Krishna, who represents Radha Rani as her consort. You will be amazed to see the beautiful architecture of the temple dotted with pillars, chandeliers and statues depicting Lord Krishna life.
Nidhivan is a small garden place which is situated in the heart of Vrindavan which is covered with unusual hollow trees which convert into gopis every night when Lord Krishna comes here to perform Raas Leela with her love, Radha Rani. After the evening prayer rituals, the whole place is vacant and the temple is decorated with bride’s decorative items, glass of water and sandalwood bed which is found used up every morning. No one is allowed to stay inside after 7pm and nearby houses also close their doors and windows. You will be amazed to see the different energy present at this location.
Keshi Ghat is one of the most important ghats present on the banks of Yamuna River in Vrindavan. It is believed that Lord Krishna rested here after killing the demon horse sent by Kans in order to kill Lord Krishna. You will be amazed to see the beautiful evening aarti performed here daily where devotees flow diyas and flowers to worship the holy River Yamuna.
ISKCON Vrindavan is one of the most beautiful temples situated in Vrindavan which is visited by millions of devotees every year. The temple is dedicated to Lord Krishna, incarnation of Lord Vishnu and Balaram, sibling of Lord Krishna. The temple was built by Swami Prabupada, the founder of ISKON. The major attraction of this temple is the idols of Sri Sri Gauri Nitai, Shri Shri Radha Shyamasundra, Lord Krishna and Balaram. You may see several foreigners chanting Radha Krishna here.
Above mentioned places are the most important places to visit in Mathura and Vrindavan which provides the perfect glimpse of Hindu culture and traditions. Custom Tours India would love to have you here with us so that you may also witness the beauty of these two sister cities of India. We will be happy to arrange a tailor-made tour of India including these two important pilgrimage sites where you can explore the places with a fully customized tour of India exploring Mathura and Vrindavan along with other historical places and cities of India.