Mathura is located in North India, Uttar Pradesh, India. This was the birth place of Lord Krishna. Mathura has very important place in ancient history. According to Epic Mahabharata, Mathura was the capital of Surasena Kingdom. This kingdom was ruled by Kansa, uncle of Krishna. According to Garuda Purana, this place provides Moksha. Holi and Jamashtami celebrate so grandly in this place. Along with Hindus this place is prominent to Buddhists and Jains. Mathura Peda is most popular. Silver ornament is worth buying from this place.
What to see in Mathura:
Ghats: This place is most famous for Ghats. At present more than 25 Ghats can be seen here. All Ghats are associated with the life of Lord Krishna. People believe that dip taken in the Ghats will wipe of all the sins.
Jama Masjid: Architecture of this masjid is best example for the Mughals style. It was built in 1661 by Abo-in-Nabir-Khan.
Kusuma Sarovar: It is believed to be place where Radha along with gopikas used to collect flowers and meet Krishna. Visitors conduct aarthi in the evening at this place. Ghats consist of plenty of flora and fauna.
Rangbhoomi: It is located opposite to the post office of Mathura. In this place war took place between King Kansa and Lord Krishna.
Bhuteshwar Mahadev Temple: It is one of the oldest temples of Mathura. This temple was dedicated to Lord Shiva. Temple consists of cave of Patal Devi. She was worshipped by King Kansa.
Mathura Museum: Major attractions of this museum are copper, gold and silver coins, terracotta, sculptures, artefacts belongs to Gupta and Kushan period dates back to 400 BC to 1200 AD.
Sri Krishna Janmasthan: It is the birth place of Lord Krishna. Temple is divided into 3 parts. They are Bhagvata Bhavan, Keshavadeva and Garbha Griha.
Jai Gurudev Ashram: It is one of the famous tourist’s spot of Mathura. Architecture of this temple looks like Taj Mahal.
Other attractions of Mathura: Other attractions of Mathura are Vishram Ghat, Sri Keshavji Gaudiya Math, Kans Qila, Mathura Jain Chorasi, Govinddeo Temple, Potara Kund, Dwarikadheesh Temple, Krishnajanmabhoomi Temple, Raja Bharapuras Palace.
What to see around Mathura:
Radha Kund: It is located 25kms away from Mathura. It is believed that, in this place Krishna and Radha spent their happy time. In this place Krishna killed bull demon.
Govardhan Hill: According to the legends, Lord Krishna lifted the hill for seven days during the great flood. It is located 25kms away from Mathura.
Shyam Sunder Temple: It is located 11kms away from Mathura. Idol of this temple is self manifested image of Radha.
Vrindavan: It is located 11kms away from Mathura. According to Hindu Mythology, Lord Krishna spent his childhood place in this town. Vrindavan Attractions are ISKCON Temple, Bankey Bihari Temple, Yamuna River, Seva Kunj and Nidhuban, Kesi Ghat, Shahji Temple.
Other attractions near Mathura: Other attractions near Mathura are Gopishvar Mahadev temple of Vrindavan, Sri Radhavallabh Vrindavan Temple, Gita Temple.
Getting to Mathura: Mathura is well connected with road and railways. From Kolkata, Pune, Mumbai, Nagpur, Gurgaon, Jaipur, Lucknow etc buses and trains come to this place. Nearest airport is Kheria in Agra which is located 57kms away from Mathura.
Getting around Mathura: Buses and Taxis are available to visit the surrounding places of Mathura.
Best time to visit Mathura: Best time to visit this place is between October to March. During the summer season temperature is too hot.
Where to stay in Mathura: Few budget and mid range hotels are available in Mathura. Few lodges are also available near railway station. Apart from lodges, hotels, Dharmasalas are also available in Mathura.
Where to eat in Mathura: Best restaurants are available to eat in Mathura. Only Vegetarian food is available. Mathura Peda and Chaat are most famous in Mathura.