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Vrindavan Travel


Vrindavan the birthplace of Lord Krishna is referred as 'Lila Bhumi',or the place where he revealed himself. It is here that Lord Krishna used to indulge in Raslila, the dance with Gopis, or milkmaids. Among the numerous temples in Vrindavan, the most impressive is the Govind Dev Temple, which was built by Raja Man Singh of Amber in 1590. Another important temple situated here is the Rangaji Temple whose architecture is a mixture of Rajput, South Indian and Italian style. Other temples in Vrindavan are the Krishna Balaram Temple, the Radha Ballabh Temple and the Madan Mohan Temple.

It is Vrindavan, a village - once noted for its fragrant groves, is where he spent an eventful youth. There are numerous other little spots in the area that still reverberate with the enchantment of Shri Krishna.

Set in idyllic environs, this beautiful city has many jewel palaces and temples surrounded by the best of nature's bounty. The regal swans in the waters of the Yamuna, among the beautiful lotus flowers, the kadamba trees, fragrant flowers and the sweetly singing make it place of spiritual peace.

Attractions in the city

The Pagal Baba Temple
This temple was built by Pagal Baba and has eleven stories in all. It is considered to be one of the more modern pieces of architecture. The temple's creator, Pagal Baba, died only a few years ago but his infectious spirit lingers on in the playfulness of his disciples who are ready to welcome the devotees into the temple interior.

Bankey Bihari Temple
The Bankey Bihari temple houses a sacred image of Krishna known as Thakkur Ji, which shows Krishna with an almost blackened body. This one of the most important and vibrant temples in the city where one can expect to see devotees engaged in simple acts of worship such as ecstatically clashing small cymbals together as they move in time to ancient rhythms. Rangaji Temple
This temple dates to 1851 and is a mixture of architectural styles, comprising of a Rajput entrance gate, a soaring south Indian Gopuram (gateway tower), and an Italianate colonnade.

Iskcon Temple
This is one of the most splendid and most impressive temples in Vrindavan which was built with funds from devotees overseas. The temple structure in itself is outstanding where the marble buildings almost radiate light and exhibit intricate carvings.

Madan Mohan Temple
Madan Mohan Temple on the riverside is the oldest structure in Vrindavan. This 60 foot high temple was opened in 1580 on a 50 foot hill called Dvadasaditya Tila, next to the Yamuna.

Govinda Dev Temple
Govinda Dev Temple was a grand seven-story structure, with an altar of marble, silver and gold. Architecturally this temple is one of the finest in North India. A sculptured lotus flower weighing several tons decorates the main hall ceiling. It was built in 1590 by Raja Man Singh from Jaipur, a general in Akbar's army. It was said to have cost ten million rupees and several thousand men were working for five full years to complete it.

Jugal Kisore Temple
Jugal Kisore Temple (Kesi ghata temple) is one of the oldest temples of Vrindavan, completed in 1627. After Akbar's visit to Vrindavan in the year 1570, he gave permission for four temples to be built by the Gaudiya Vaisnavas, which were Madana-mohana, Govindaji, Gopinatha and Jugal Kisore. It is sometimes called the Kesi ghata temple, as it is located next to this ghata.

Sri Ranganatha (Rangaji) Temple
Sri Ranganatha (Rangaji) Temple is a south-Indian temple that is 30 meters high with three gopurams (gateways), a tall shikhara (crown) and gold-plated decorations. This South Indian style temple was built by the wealthy Seth family of Mathura in 1851 and is dedicated to Lord Sri Ranganatha or Rangaji, a form of Lord Vishnu lying down on the Sesa Naga (divine serpent).

The Banke Bihari Temple
The Banke Bihari Temple, built in 1864, is popular across India. There are curtains in front of the richly decorated idol. After the main prayers the curtains are drawn apart to give darsan (viewing) to a long line of devotees. The curtain before the Deities is not left open like at other temples but every few minutes it is pulled shut and then opened again.

Radharamana Temple
Radharamana Temple was established in 1542, after the Deity self-manifested from a salagram-sila on the full moon day of Vaisakha (April/May). Radharamana means 'one who gives pleasure to Radha.' It is one of the many names of Lord Krishna.

Radha Vallabha Temple
Radha Vallabha Temple is another very popular temple of Vrindavan which was founded by Harivamsa Gosvami. In this temple, there is no Deity of Radharani, but a crown has been placed next to Krishna to signify her presence.

Jaipur Temple
Jaipur Temple, one of Vrindavan's most opulent temples, was built by the Maharaja of Jaipur, Sawai Madhav, in 1917 after 30 years of labor. The fine hand-carved sandstone is of unparalleled workmanship, the huge pillars that hold up the roof are each carved from one solid rock, and the intricately fashioned marble on the altar is reminiscent of the Mughal period.

Other places to visit

Vrindavan Tours Mathura
This city lies in the vicinity of Vrindavan and is the place where as per Hindu mythology, Lord Krishna born. The place is closely linked with many episodes in the early life of Krishna. The main places to visit are Shri Krishna Janmabhoomi, Vishram Ghat, Sati Burj, Kans Qila, Jama Masjid, Dwarkadheesh Temple, and the Archeological Museum.

Gokul and Mahaban
These are stationed close to Vrindavan and are the places where Krishna was secretly raised. During Janmashtami, the birthday festival of Lord Krishna, (in July/August) thousands of devotees visit these places.

This is the place where Krishna's companion, Radha was born. The place is especially interesting during the festival of Holi when the women of Barsana attack the men of nearby village Nandgaon with sticks and play the Lathmar Holi.

The city of Agra, once the capital of great Mughals and city of Taj Mahal is around 67 km off Vrindavan.

How to reach

How to reach By Air : The nearest airport is Agra around 67 km away from Vrindavan. There are regular flights to other important tourist destinations of India such as Delhi, Mumbai, Varanasi, and Khajuraho. The nearest international airport is Delhi, which is connected to almost every important city in the world with major airlines.

By Rail : Though Vrindavan itself is a railway station, the major railway station nearby is Mathura on the Delhi-Chennai and Delhi-Mumbai main line. Several express trains connect Mathura from other major cities of India like Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore, Calcutta, and Agra. Three local trains leave Mathura Junction each day (6.30 am, 3.40 pm & 7.40 pm) for the station in the south of Vrindavan.

By Road : Vrindavan is connected to Mathura and all other places of interest in Braj by bus services and is on direct road link from Delhi and Agra. Getting to Vrindavan from Mathura is very easy as there are frequent buses, shared tempos, and taxis available throughout the day.