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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

What are the top activities that can be done in Mathura?

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When planning a trip, you don’t simply want to lay on your hotel room’s bed and watch TV. You want to go out there and experience the place, soak in its character and understand its mesmerising culture. Step out and you’ll find there’s a lot you can do in Mathura. Pick from one of these popular activities in the divine town:

  • Pray

    In the city where Lord Krishna is believed to have been born, where people dedicate their entire lives towards bhakti, where you’ll find a temple of great importance on every street - you get the drift! Visit the beautiful temples here, each with their own story and history and feel the force of divinity seep inside your soul. From the Krishna Janmabhoomi Temple Complex, the beautiful ISKCON Temple, the magnificent Bankey Bihari Temple to the serene Nidhi Van and Radha Kund, there’s an epiphany waiting for you at every step you take. With temples so close to each other in this small town, temple hopping is a real possibility here, filling your days and nights with the joyous celebration of devotion.

  • Eat

    When you’re busy temple hopping and offering fervent prayers, there’s always that growling tummy that needs your attention. Mathura is a foodie-haven, where wafts of freshly fried kachoris and jalebis will reach your nostrils every now and then, teasing your tastebuds and make you crave for a quick meal. Try the Mathura-special lassi (sweetened, thick buttermilk), served in a mitti ka kulhar, the ideal drink to push down those lovely pakode that you’ll find almost outside every temple here. For those with a sweet-tooth, the gulab jamuns and jalebis are a must-try, fried and freshly-served right in front of your eyes. Of course, you can’t miss the pede, the special sweet preparation that Mathura is famous for. Basically, fold and hide those calorie charts on your trip to Mathura!

  • Shop

    Taking a trip can mean that you have those never-ending shopping lists, especially from your friends and family. Though Mathura is not traditionally a shopping destination, you’ll find several knick-knacks to carry home with you. Buy a whole host of Krishna and Radha idols, rudraksha necklaces and chanting strings, dresses for deities and lovely incense. But most importantly, don’t forget to buy the famous peda from either Brijwasi Sweet Shop or Radhika Sweets and take home sweet (quite literally!) memories.


These activities may seem unconventional, but they certainly will make for an exciting, memorable holiday. Let the good times roll in!

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