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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…
Top Choice Hindu Temple in Vrindavan

Krishna Balaram Temple Complex

The International Society for Krishna Consciousness, also known as the Hare Krishnas, is based at the Krishna Balaram temple complex (Iskcon Temple). Accessed through a beautiful, white marble gate, the temple house…
Religious in Western Uttar Pradesh


Perhaps the world's most colourful festival – you've probably seen pictures of people covered in all shades of fluorescent powder – this nationwide party celebrates the arrival of spring and the triumph of good over…
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 Vrindavan

Pagal Baba Temple

This 10-storey temple, a fairy-tale-castle lookalike, has an amusing succession of animated puppets and dioramas behind glass cases on the ground floor, which depict scenes from the lives of Rama and Krishna. Puppet…
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


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…
Hindu Temple in Vrindavan

Rangaji Temple

The largest temple in Vrindavan, this is dedicated to the god Vishnu (of whom Krishna was an avatar). It's built in a typically South Indian Dravidian style, and from the outside looks more like a fortress than a pl…