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Top Choice Hindu Temple in Mathura

Kesava Deo Temple

In the most important temple complex in Mathura, the small, bare room known as Shri Krishna Janambhoomi marks the spot where Krishna is said to have been born in prison more than 5000 years ago. The much larger main…
Ghat in Mathura

Vishram Ghat

A string of ghats and temples lines the Yamuna River north of the main road bridge. The most central and most popular is Vishram Ghat, where Krishna is said to have rested after killing the tyrannical King Kansa. Bo…
Indian in Mathura

Status Restaurant

At the Hotel Brijwasi Royal, this well-staffed place serves up some tasty Indian veg plates, and is deservedly popular. Go for the tandoori platter.
Hindu Temple in Mathura

Gita Temple

This serene marble temple on the road to Vrindavan has the entire Bhagavad Gita (Hindu Song of the Divine One) written on a red pillar in the garden.
Religious in Mathura

Janmastami

You can barely move here during Krishna’s birthday, when temples are swathed in decorations and musical dramas about Krishna are performed.
Mosque in Mathura

Katra Masjid

This fine sandstone mosque was built by the Mughal ruler Aurangzeb in 1661. To clear the site, he ordered the destruction of the then-standing incarnation of the Kesava Deo temple, which marked the spot of Krishna's…
Museum in Mathura

Archaeological Museum

This large museum houses superb collections of religious sculptures by the Mathura school, which flourished from the 3rd century BC to the 12th century AD. It was closed for renovation at the time of research.
Tower in Mathura

Sati Burj

This four-storey (17m) tower was built by the son of Behari Mal of Jaipur in 1570 to commemorate his mother’s sati (self-immolation on her husband’s funeral pyre).
Bar in Mathura

Cheers Bar

Bathed in the glow of pastel-hued lights, this bar at the Hotel Brijwasi Royal is a good place to drink to a jazztronica soundtrack. The clientele is mostly men, but women aren't likely to be hassled.
Landmark in Mathura

Holi Gate

This finely carved sandstone archway is one of Mathura's main landmarks.