Top things to do in Mathura

Top Choice Museum in Mathura

Archaeological Museum

This museum, renovated in 2016, houses a superb collection of religious sculptures by the Mathura school, which flourished from the 3rd century BC to the 6th century AD. Good lighting and English text spotlight some…
Indian in Mathura

Status Restaurant

At the Hotel Brijwasi Royal, this classy place serves up some tasty Indian veg plates, and is deservedly popular. Go for the tandoori platter (₹375).
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…
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…
Hindu Temple in Mathura

Kesava Deo Temple

In the most important temple complex in Mathura, the small, fortresslike 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 lar…
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 dim glow of pastel-hued lights, this bar at the Hotel Brijwasi Royal is an acceptable if somewhat gloomy place to drink to a jazztronica soundtrack. The clientele is mostly men, but women aren't likely…