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iXiGOers Dec 09 2012

What tips does one need to keep in mind for a trip to Mathura?

Aloke Bajpai DEC 10 2012
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From ticket bookings to hotel reservations, everything needs to be in place for an awesome holiday. Yet, there is always something that slips our minds during vacations. Every place has its own charm, its own rules and regulations, keep in mind some of these tips and you’re all set.

  • Reservations

    Mathura, being the birthplace of Lord Krishna, is extremely popular among tourist and pilgrims alike. Make sure to book your tickets way in advance along with hotel reservations lest you have to forgo your holiday. Carry a printout of your hotel booking confirmation and do contact the hotel once before you embark on your journey.

  • Climate

    With a temperate climate throughout the year, you can carry light cottons during summer and sufficient woolens for the winter months. To save yourself from the sun, carry a strong sunblock and put on your favourite shades for an uninterrupted day of sightseeing.

  • Cash

    Carry adequate cash to Mathura, incase you need immediate cash for emergencies. Even though there are numerous ATMs in the city, it may be difficult to browse around for one at the last minute. Also carry smaller denominations like 10’s, 20’s and 50’s to buy those knick-knacks, prasad at the temple and pay for travel within the city.

  • Temple Visits and Festivals

    In Mathura, it being a religious place and very popular among tourists, there will be several people offering you special darshans and sightseeing tours. Be careful of such claims as they may be fraudulent and in such situations it’s best to trust the staff at your hotel to point you towards someone reliable. Also make sure to find out the darshan timings in advance, especially if you go during the festival of Janmashtami. Be careful of your belongings at these temples and especially during the festival of Holi. If you’re allergic to colours or don’t like being a part of the festival, it would be advisable to change your dates as almost everyone who comes here during Holi is expected to participate.

Keep these little tips in mind and be prepared for a fabulous holiday - for after all, what more than perfection will you find in the arms of serene divinity and rich tradition!

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