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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

What places can one explore around Mathura?

Kshitiz Ahuja DEC 10 2012
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Hopping from one temple to another, feasting on all the food you possibly can and taking home some lovely pede for those sinful indulgences. Wait, this holiday isn’t over yet! There’s an entire league of places that you can visit around Mathura, especially if you have some extra time on your hands. Explore these popular destinations around the city for a little holiday within a holiday:

  • Delhi

    The seven times destroyed capital city, Delhi speaks through its diverse ethnicity, culture and tradition, food and language. The political and business center of the country and just about 145 km from Mathura (3 hrs by road), Delhi boasts of being the perfect blend of history and modernity. From temples to nightclubs, there is a little something for everyone. Undoubtedly the most multi-ethnic city in the country, it has preserved its history but has not forgotten to develop its due course to become one of the most modern cities in the country. Laden with few of the best universities in the world, Delhi also boasts of the best research centers, theaters, performing art centers and museums. The city features architectural brilliance of the British and Mughal buildings such as the Rashtrapati Bhawan and Red Fort to the contemporary brilliance of several amusement parks, shopping malls and party hubs. Not only is the city popular for its culture and celebrations, it is also known for its diversely delicious food from all the regions of the country. From street food to posh multi-cuisine buffets, you’re going to go home with one happy tummy, and of course, heart.
  • Agra

    The city that boasts of having one of the seven wonders of the world and three UNESCO World Heritage sites, Agra is a treat for history and architecture lovers. The medieval city located on the banks of the river Yamuna just 60 km (1.5 hrs by road) from Mathura, it is one of the most visited cities in the country. Laden with rich history and culture, Agra is not only famous for its Mughal art and culture but is also known for its food, chat and the famous Panchhi ka Petha. The city, even after being one of the hottest cities of the country, is visited in high numbers every day. The nightlife might not be something worth mentioning but the beauty that this old city acquires at the night makes you love it and relish every bit of it. Peoples' hearts here are as grand as the Buland Darwaza, the sight of Taj Mahal is as sweet as the petha for the eyes and shopping on the streets in the sunny afternoons is as chatpata as the famous Daal Moth. Come to the city for a weekend's exploration of architectural marvels such as Fatehpur Sikri, the feel of an old city and to know for yourself what this city, described as paradise in the Mahabharata, is so popular for.
  • Kosi

    Home to the famous pilgrim site of Kokilavan Dham, this industrial hub in Uttar Pradesh offers a unique blend of history and modernity to its visitors. Experience the widespread cult of Krishna-bhakti in this town that is in close proximity to the more popular Mathura. Just a 100 kms from Delhi and about 45 km from Mathura, Kosi or Kosi Kalan is a popular industrial town in Uttar Pradesh. It offers a unique amalgamation of the three cultures of UP, Haryana and Rajasthan, being at the crossroads of these three states. The name of the city is derived from the Sanskrit word kosh, which means a treasury, which Kosi in fact was for the ruler Nanda Raj. Home to the three sacred tanks of Bisakha Kund, Maya Kund and Gomati Kund, this little town is wrapped in myths and folklore. Devotees of Lord Shani throng to Kosi to pay their respects at the divine Kokilavan Dham. With a growing economy, this town will offer you modern comforts within a traditional, old world ambience.

Make sure you keep ample time in your itinerary for Delhi and Agra, mammoth cities in themselves with a plethora of places to explore and things to do. Extend your vacation and go back home with ever more memories. Sounds like a plan, doesn’t it?

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