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Mathura Vrindavan: Revisit the childhood of Lord Krishna at the serene Vrindavan

Remember those TV serials of the 80s and 90s in which 'natkhat gopal' would tease the village belles or run about on the shores of Yamuna? All those actions took place at Mathura Vrindavan! This is the real abode of Lord Krishna and is now home to a number of temples dedicated to him. So, thousands of pilgrims and tourists visit this place every year. Situated in the heart of Uttar Pradesh in northern India, this town is a big lure to not just the Hindu pilgrims but also to foreign travelers who seek a dash of spirituality.
Vrindavan was the place where Lord Krishna had spent his childhood and indulged in all his mischievous tantrums! It is the site where he danced amidst the herd of milkmaids and was pampered to pieces by the village girls! It is also a green and wet town which has been blessed by the mighty Yamuna River. The river flows right through the heart of the village and is responsible for the verdure and exuberance of lush foliage and beautiful flora and fauna. So, when you visit Vrindavan you would be greeted by both temples and forests. It is a serene and divine place which will wash away all your anxieties and inject your veins with the true nectar of life.

One of the main temples in the town is the Iskcon Vrindavan! This temple was founded in the year 1975 by Swami Prabhupada, who was a great devotee of Krishna and even spread his tales to western countries like US.

Iskcon Vrindavan is a heavily visited temple and has beautiful idols of Krishna and his muse Radha. Even though Krishna and Radha (childhood lovers) could not unite in the end and were married to different people, their unrequited yet eternal love has survived the test of time and era.

Mathura Vrindavan has many other temples and many of them are devoted to Krishna. But there are also temples which are dedicated to other Indian deities. Some of the must-visit attractions are the Gokulnanda Temple, Radha Raman Temple, Shahji Temple and Gopishav Mahadev Temple.
How to reach: The easiest way to reach Vrindavan is to catch a train. Trains from several parts of the country run directly up till Mathura. There is no airport but buses and luxury buses ply on the route. So, you can also travel via a bus. Delhi (142 km) and Jaipur (233 km) are some major cities in the vicinity. It takes just a few hours to travel from those cities.

Best time to visit: Though one can visit anytime during the year, the best time to visit Vrindavan would be during September-March (especially during the Holi festival in March).

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