Archaeological Museum

Top choice in Mathura

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 2300-year-old Buddhas, as well as towering Kushan-era royal statues and later Sunga- and Gupta-era Hindu icons. It was Mathuran artists who created some of the earliest images of Buddha.

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1. Sati Burj

0.76 MILES

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2. Vishram Ghat

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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…

3. Katra Masjid

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4. Kesava Deo Temple

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5. Pagal Baba Temple

4.39 MILES

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6. Krishna Balaram Temple Complex

5.29 MILES

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7. Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir

5.48 MILES

When complete, this Hindu temple should be the tallest religious monument in the world, at around 700ft tall. Construction is underway but will take years.

8. Madan Mohan Temple

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Set atop a hill and marked by three sandstone towers of varying size and shape, this is the oldest temple in Vrindavan, built in 1580. The main entrance…