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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

What can be a suitable itinerary for Mathura?

Anupriya Bedi DEC 10 2012
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An itinerary can be like a compass on a trip, guiding you in the right direction and helping you make the most of your trip. Well, you won’t need to rely on a marine device for a trip to Mathura. Just follow this itinerary and explore the city the way it deserves to be!

Day 1

  • Assuming you arrive at Mathura in the morning, you can start by visiting the Krishna Janmabhoomi Temple Complex and get insights into the fabled birth of Lord Krishna and his struggle against his cruel uncle Kansa. The temple has a museum too and walking through the museum will be like taking a journey into the past, pictures telling the mystical and religious tales surrounding Krishna’s birth, life and times. Keep around 2 hours for this temple and the museum. In stark religious contrast the the Jama Masjid right next door, bringing forth a curious mix of cultures and history. Visit the premises to understand the roots of Islam in India. You should take about an hour to explore this beautiful mosque.


  • It should be close to lunchtime by now, so have a delicious, hearty meal at one of the several small restaurants and dhabas along the Krishna Janmabhoomi Complex. Once you’re done with lunch, you could head to the Dwarkadhish Temple, which is about 2 km from the Krishna Janmabhoomi temple. You could choose to walk or take a rickshaw, depending on the weather and how much you like walking. This would take you a maximum 1 hour to cover.

  • Head straight to the beautiful suburb of Vrindavan, about 10 km (40 minutes) from here. You should try heading to Nidhivan first, as it shuts right at sunset. Explore the beautiful garden and trees here and understand the companionate relationship that Lord Krishna shared with Radha and his other gopis.

  • Your next stop could be the astoundingly beautiful ISKCON Temple, all built in magnificent white marble, standing as an evidence of the spiritual purity that the entire town stands for and by. The temple is popularly known as Raman-Reti and houses idols of Krishna and his brother Balaram, along with Radha with her Shyam Sunder. The temple complex is also the samadhi (final resting place) of the philosopher and founder of ISKCON, A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada, a white marble tomb that pays respect to his life and contributions. If you’re here around Janmashtami in September/October or for Holi in March, be sure to visit this temple for the sheer air of enthusiasm and celebration. You would need a good 2 hours for this temple, by which time it will be late evening. Make sure to stay for the night aarti at 8pm, an experience which will guarantee unprecedented peace.
  • Head to the Brijwasi Sweet Shop outlet here in Vrindavan and make sure to carry some delicious, fresh pede home with you. You don’t want to miss this speciality of Mathura, at any cost! Also buy idols of your favourite deities and dresses for them from the Radha Madhav Shringar Kendra at Vrindavan (near the Radha Sneh Bihari Temple).

  • You can head back to your hotel in Mathura, preferably in an auto which would be a safer option at night. Have a filling meal at the hotel, or if there’s still time, head to the Krishna Janmabhoomi Temple for the night aarti. Have a good night’s sleep for you would need for the next day’s adventures!

Day 2

  • You could ideally start your day early and head straight to the famous Bankey Bihari Temple, which would be around 25 km from the centre of Mathura. Experience the refreshing calm of the morning aarti and you’ll find you’ll soul magically rejuvenated. After the aarti, you could satisfy your grumbling tummy with a lovely breakfast of kachori and jalebi from the several local shops around the temple. The temple and the aarti would take you around 2 hours to properly explore and experience.

  • After this, you could visit the picturesque Radha Kund, right next to the Bankey Bihari Temple and experience the mystical tales of Radha and Krishna. You can sit here for as little as 10 minutes and as long as a few hours, depending on your mood and the amount of time you have.

  • The Goverdhan Parvat Parikrama also begins from here, so if you have the time take this fabled circumambulation around the Goverdhan Parvat. A parikrama or circumambulation of the hill is believed customary and holy and is about 23 km long. It could take you about 5 to 6 hours to complete at a comfortable pace, so make sure you eat a light lunch before embarking on this journey. You could ideally begin your parikrama from the path that merges with the one near Radha Kund. This will enable you to return back to Vrindavan without taking a detour.

  • Come back to Mathura for that one last night aarti, after which you can eat a hearty meal and down it with a filling glass of cool lassi. Don’t forget those yummy gulab jamuns for dessert. Rest at your hotel this night and get ready to pack your bags and head home!

With your own travel guide-map, exploring Mathura can be quite an adventure, a treasure-hunt where you explore the hidden traditions and history of the city. Add your own bits to this itinerary and get ready for an unforgettable trip to Mathura!

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