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Mathura, better known as the Braj Bhoomi is the birthplace of Lord Krishna. Located on the banks of river Yamuna in Uttar Pradesh it attracts pilgrimages and tourists from all over the world every year. The entire city has many small lanes which are filled with shops selling all kinds of stuff ranging from sweets to glittering jewellery. There are many small and big temples and along with ghats (river banks) where people take a dip in the evenings while attending the aarti. The festival of colours - Holi deserves a special mention. During this time, Mathura transforms into a city of flowing colours and is definitely a sight to watch

How to Reach Mathura

Mathura enjoys good connectivity with rest of India. It lies at a distance of about ~150 km from Delhi, and 58 km from Agra, the city of Taj. Since Mathura does not have it’s own airport, the nearest airport would be Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi that connects to all the major cities in the world. You can get down here and take a taxi or a train to Mathura. You’ll be glad to know that most trains travelling between Delhi and Agra make a stop at Mathura. The Taj Express is the fastest train and takes just 2 hours to reach Mathura.

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More On Mathura

Mathura is considered one of the most sacred lands of India, and is best for people looking to pursue spiritual enlightenment. The entire city is dotted with temples dedicated to Lord Krishna but the 2 most important temples in town are the Dwarkadheesh Temple and the Gita Mandir. Besides temples, you can take a tour of the Govardhan Hill, go on a boat ride at the Vishram Ghat, enjoy the old-world charm of Kansa Qila, or even take a dip in Kusum Sarovar, Radha Kund and other holy ponds. We’d recommend you to book a full day tour with an Odigos’ guide to enjoy the best of the city.
The holy city of Mathura situated in Western Uttar Pradesh is not only famous for its well-known temples but also for its food and delicacies. One thing that you ought to keep in mind regarding restaurants and local food serving spots in Mathura is the fact that most of these serve vegetarian food. However, milk and milk products are extensively used in large quantities, especially for the preparation of mithais(sweets) like peda, rasmalai, malpua and many more. When in Mathura you should try delicacies like Dubki wale Aloo, Ghewar, Kachori and Jalebi, Soan papdi, Aloo chaat and Thandai. It is said that the taste of Mathura is best enjoyed on the streets rather than in fine dine restaurants.
Since Mathura is a small town with extremely narrow roads we’d advise you to take a Ghoda-Ghadi(horse cart) or a cycle rickshaw. It’ll be an interesting experience and suitable for travelling around to different temples and should cost a nominal ~70 INR. We assure that you’ll be in awe of the history and stories held by the city of lord Krishna.

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