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5 Popular Tourist Places in Mathura

Updated on March 23, 2018
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Krishna Temple in Mathura


Mathura is in Uttar Pradesh, in the northern part of India. Around 442,000 people live in this holy city, which covers an area of around 3,709 square kilometers. The average elevation of Mathura is 174 meters. Hindus constitute about 82 percent of the population. Hindi is the main language in the region.

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How to Reach Mathura?

Pandit Deen Dayal Upadhyay Airport in Agra, which is around 63 kilometers from Mathura, is the nearest airport to Mathura. Buses and cabs are available from the airport to Mathura.

The city is well connected by rail and road. It has four railway stations. Prepaid taxis are available at these stations. Two national highways pass through the city.

Hotels in Mathura

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Places to Visit in Mathura

These beautiful places make your visit to Mathura an enriching and memorable experience.

Shri Krishna Janmbhoomi Mandir

Shri Krishna Janmbhoomi Mandir (which is also known as Krishna Janmasthan and Keshav Dev Temple) is built around the prison cell where Krishna is said to have been born. Lord Krishna is an incarnation of Lord Maha Vishnu

This beautiful temple was first built thousands of years ago by Vajranabha, grandson of Lord Shri Krishna. It has been built by Hindus and destroyed by foreign invaders at least five times.

The present day temple is the result of efforts by people like Late Mahamana Pandit Madan Mohan Malaviya. He set up “Sri Krishna Janma Bhoomi Trust” in 1951 with the help of Late Seth Jugal Kishoreji Birla.

The reconstruction work started on October 15th 1953 and completed in Feb 1982. The pieces of history recovered from the temple complex are on display for the public in the museum that is located nearby.

This Hindu temple is open between 7.00 am and 8.00 pm daily. It is divided into three parts: the Garbha Griha – the exact place of birth, Keshavadeva and the Bhagvata Bhavan. There is a temple for Ma Yogamaya at the entrance of the temple.

The present day temple is the representation of Hindu architecture. Many devotees throng the temple during Janmashtami and Holi. It is the most revered temple of Lord Krishna. There is no entry fee.

The Mansion, Hotel Ganpati Palace, The Mystic Palms, Hotel Madhuvan and Hotel Ganga Palace are five best places to stay near Sri Krishna Janmabhoomi temple complex.

Shri Krishna Janmbhoomi Mandir

A markerShri Krishna Janmbhoomi Mandir -
Mathura - Deeg Marg, Near Deeg Gate Chouraha, Janam Bhumi, Mathura, Uttar Pradesh 281001, India
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Govardhan Hill

Also known as Mount Govardhana, Giri Raj and Royal Hill, this sacred place is located at around 22 kilometers from Mathura. Hindus believe that Lord Krishna had used this hill to protect his people from heavy rains caused by the wrath of Indra. This 80 feet tall hill is made up of sandstone. Pets and footwear are not allowed.

Vishram Ghat

Located on the banks of River Yamuna in Choubey Para, this ghat is a place of worship. It is around 4 kilometers from Mathura Junction railway station. Legend has it that Shri Krishna rested here after killing his evil uncle Kansa.

It is the main ghat in this holy city, which has 25 ghats. For people following Hinduism, the traditional parikrama (circumambulation of all the important religious and cultural places of the city) starts from Vishram Ghat and ends here.

Radha Kund

Radha Kund is around 27 kilometers from Mathura. This holy pond is well-known for its peace and tranquillity. Thousands of devotees of Lord Krishna bathe here at midnight on Krishnashtami. It is the most sacred place in the world for Gaudiya Vaisnavas.

Legend has it that a demon named Aristasura, in the form of a bull, was killed by Lord Krishna. Radha and her friends told him that for killing an animal he had to purify himself by taking bath in holy places.

The Lord said, “Why should I visit all these places, I will bring water from all these places here and then bathe in them.” He then struck his heel on the ground and all the waters of the holy places entered into Syama Kund.

In a competitive spirit, Radha and her friends also created a kund by digging the earth with their bangles. All the holy rivers then petitioned her to allow them to enter her new kunda. Thus Radha Kund appeared.

Radha Kund is the holiest place in all of Brahma’s creation. Radha Kund and Shyama Kund represent the eyes of Govardhan, which is in the shape of a peacock. This is the place where Radha and Krishna performed their most intimate and most sweet pastimes.

— Radhanath Swami

Government Museum

Popularly known as Mathura Museum, this archaeological museum is located in Dampier Nagar. It was established in 1874 by Sir F. S. Growse, the then collector of the Mathura district.

The Government Museum, which is housed in a fine, aesthetically beautiful, octagonal, red sandstone building, is a leading center for research, study and preservation of the holy city's splendid heritage of art.

The museum is well-known for its collection of ancient sculptures of Mathura school of art dating from 3rd century to 12th century. It boasts of the largest collection of Kushana sculptures in the country.

Plaques from the Sunga period, terracotta pieces of art, inscribed bricks, pottery pieces, clay seals, bronze objects, paintings, gold, silver and copper coins are also displayed.

The museum is open between 10.30 am and 4.30 pm and closed on Mondays and government holidays.

Great place for people who love history.

— Gagnesh Sharma


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