Mathura, the religious town located on the banks of the river Yamuna is the birth place of Lord Krishna. The history of the town dates back to the days of the yore. Popularly known as Brajbhoomi the city is an important spiritual and cultural tourist destination. It also became the part of Mauryan Empire under the reign of the great king Ashoka.
This city nestled in Uttar Pradesh has extreme climatic conditions with very hot summer (March- June) where the temperature rises to 45°C and chilly winter (December- February) yet comfortable during the day. Monsoon (July – September) has good down pours which makes the place look beautiful with fresh natural scenes all around. The best time for visiting this city is between October and November.
The city has rich cultural heritage in its ambience. The art, religion, festivals and fairs showcases the cultural life style of the city. The culture of the city is mirror reflection of various shades of its history, religion and art. Traditional programs like Sanjhee, a colourful art of decorating the ground with flowers, Raaslila is another important aspect of Mathura culture which envisages the belief wherein Lord Krishna along with Gopis danced with enjoyment by performing Raas on the banks of the river Yamuna, Folk dance of Braj is performed on Dooj of Holi where rasiya songs of Lord Krishna and Radha are compulsorily sung in Holi celebrations. Janmashthami and Holi are celebrated with great pomp and enthusiasm. The city also celebrates all other regional festivals with energy and joy.
Mathura, a celestial abode to divinity has many places in its ambience which will create a heavenly spirit in the minds of each and every person visiting this place.
- Krishna Janma Bhoomi Temple
- Dwarkadheesh Temple
- Jamma Masjid
- Vishram Ghat
- Kans Qila
- Gita Mandir
- Potara Kund
- Government Museum
- Kesha Deo Temple
- Mathura Krishna Balarama Mandir
Mathura is famous for its mouth watering sweets like Pedas, Khurchan and Rabris. Pedas of Mathura is the most famous all over for its mouth watering and distinctive taste and it is identification of the city. The common breakfast of the city is “Kachori and jalebi” which is served with spicy potato curry. The city is also famous for its yummy “Samosas” and “Gol Gappas”. Lassi, dry fruit Milk, jaljeera, Thandai are famous liquid refreshments that one can have in Mathura. This city of Lord has dominance of Gujarati flavours on its cuisines so you are bumped up with stalls selling khamans and dhoklas.
The city is not shopper’s paradise yet offers loads of things that tourists can shop for. Being a religious place one can buy many holy and religious articles made of brass and copper, holy books, pendants with images of Gods, incense sticks, clothes, sweets, Milk products like pure and aromatic ghee, cheese and chesse spreads, articles from Govt. Museum, leather shoes from factory outlets on national highway towards Agra. Mathura is known for artistic excellence which is nicely showcased in its handicraft products. You can shop on embroidered pieces of paintings, images, sculptures, silver and textile jewelleries.
There are umpteen number of stay options in holly town of Mathura. You will come across centrally located budget hotels that can be booked over Internet. Other option one can go for are the inexpensive ashrams and guest houses. This holy city of Lord is heaven in earth. One has to visit Mathura to make oneself closer to the Lord.