The city and its people perhaps know of no other god or goddess than Krishna. And why do they need to know when they could proudly claim their city as the birthplace of one of the most worshiped deities in Hinduism
So Mathura goes on romancing Lord Krishna as fervently as it has done for ages. Perhaps no other place can boast of as many temples dedicated to Krishna as this city. Every stone, every inch of space, and every blade of grass seem to be associated with this or that tale of Krishna. And this romance reaches its peak on Lord Krishna’s birthday, otherwise known as the festival of Janmashtami, when festivities, pujas and special events like Jhulanotsava erupt at midnight and go on throughout the day.Once a center of Buddhism, during the Mauryan dynasty, the city of Mathura, located on the banks of the Yamuna River, is now a part of the state of Uttar Pradesh. It belongs to a culturally rich region known as ‘Braj’ or 'pasture'. It is believed that this region was home to cattle breeders and herders, a community to which Lord Krishna himself belonged. The city’s many temples and shrines were damaged during the11th century A.D. After the rule of the British, Hinduism once again returned to this place to revive the stories of Lord Krishna. The cultural and spiritual tour of India remains incomplete without a trip to Mathura.Visitors must arrive in Mathura during the festivals of Janmashtami and Holi. The latter is famously called as ‘Braj ki Holi’. The locals throng the city temples and get drenched with colors while singing devotional songs in praise of Lord Krishna. The city and its nearby villages are popular for another special kind of Holi, known as the 'Latth Maar Holi', during which the women chase the men of the neighboring village and mockingly hit them with sticks, though all in good fun. It recreates the times of Krishna, when he used to tease and play with his beloved Radha.Visit the beautiful temples of Mathura for their unique spiritual vibe, architecture and ancient myths. Among the most prominent are Krishna Janma Bhoomi Mandir and Dwarkadhish Temple.Take a morning stroll through Yamuna's many Ghats when devotees arrive to take a sacred dip in the river. In the evening, temples near the Ghats are beautifully lit and a lively Aarti is performed, before countless candles are floated in the waters of the River Yamuna.Formerly a Buddhist center, little survives as a reminder of that age. A visit to the Archaeological Museum of Mathura still offers a great insight into how Buddhism had once flourished here. Among the ruins, you will find exquisite Buddhist sculptures.Travelers to Delhi often combine a pilgrimage to Mathura for its close proximity. You will find frequent buses for Delhi and Agra from the city’s New Bus Stand. Tempos and shared auto rickshaws are available within the city.Be respectful of each temple’s rules and rituals.Avoid eatables or drinks from strangers
Mathura is not well connected to other major cities of the country via regular flights. The nearest airport is in Agra at a distance of 47kms.
Airports: Agra Airport
You can easily get regular trains to Mathura from other major cities of the country..