VISIT MATHURA

MATHURA :

SHRI KRISHNA JANAMSTHAN ( BIRTH PLACE OF LORD KRISHNA)

At a distance of 5 km from Hotel Goverdhan Palace, Sri Krishna Janmabhoomi is the most famous temple located in the crowded city of Mathura. The temple is the most important site for the followers of Lord Krishna and Hindus as a whole. Sri Krishna Janma Bhoomi also known as Katra Keshav Dev temple, is the actual birthplace of Lord Krishna. A bigger temple was constructed to replace the old temple during the reign of Emperor Chandragupta Vikramaditya (4th century CE). This temple used to one of the grandest temples in India until it was destroyed by Ghazni Mahmud in 11th century.


TIMINGS
SUMMER TIMINGS 5:00 AM – 12:00 PM 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM
WINTER TIMINGS 6:00 AM – 12:00 PM 3:00 PM – 8:00 PM.


DWARKADHEESH TEMPLE

The most popular shrine at Mathura is the Dwarikadhish Temple to the north of the town, dedicated to Shri Krishna. The temple was built in 1815 by a wealthy devotee, Seth Gokuldas Parikh of Gwalior.


TIMINGS
MORNING 6:30 AM – 10:30 AM
EVENING 3:30 PM – 6:30 PM

GOVERNMENT MUSEUM

The Government Museum, Mathura originally founded by F.S. Growse in 1874, is today one of the leading centres for research, study and the preservation of Mathura's impressive heritage of art. The Museum has also fine collections of stone sculpture and terracotta, gold, silver and copper coins, clay seals, ancient pottery, paintings and bronzes.


Entry Fee: Rs.5 for Adults, Rs.2 for children and Rs.25 per foreigners.
TIMINGS
10:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Closed on Mondays, Second Saturdays and on National Holidays.

VISHRAM GHAT

At a distance of 5 km from Hotel Goverdhan Palace, Vishram Ghat is a sacred bathing ghat situated on the banks of river Yamuna in Mathura.
Vishram Ghat is the main ghat of Mathura and is central to 25 other ghats. The ghat is made up of marble stone and has a large stone arch. According to the legend, Lord Krishna is said to have rested at this place after killing Kansa. The name of the ghat is derived from this particular incidence (Vishram means Rest). The Vishram Ghat is one of the most important ghats as the traditional parikrama starts and ends at this place. The parikrama is the circumambulation of all the major religious and cultural places of Mathura.
Visitors can also enjoy the scenic views of the river and temple on a boat ride at the ghat.


AARTI TIMINGS
SUMMER 5:00 PM – 7:00 PM
WINTER 4:00 PM – 6:00PM

VRINDAVAN

BANKE BIHARI TEMPLE

Sri Bankey Bihari Mandir is one of the popular Vrindavan temples situated near Radhavallabh Temple in the holy city of Vrindavan
The presiding deity of the temple is Lord Krishna. The deity was originally worshipped by Haridas Swami under the name of Kunji-bihari at Nidhivan. The idol of is much older and was worshipped in Nidhivan till 1863. The current temple was built in 1864 by Swami Haridas of the Nimbarka Sampradaya. Later, the deity of Radha Rani was added to the temple. The Bankey Bihari temple is amongst the holiest and famous temples of Lord Krishna.


TIMINGS
SUMMER 7:45 AM – 12:00 PM 5:30 PM – 9:30 PM
WINTER 8:45 AM – 1:00 PM 4:30 PM – 8:30 PM.

PREM TEMPLE

Prem Mandir is one of the latest temples in Vrindavan dedicated to Lord Sri Krishna. The temple structure was established by spiritual guru Kripalu Maharaj. The presiding deities are Sri Radha Govind and Sri Sita Ram.
Prem Mandir built on 54 acres land is a two storied structure. The main structure built in marble looks incredibly beautiful and reflects the true history of Sanatana Dharma.


TIMINGS
LIGHT SHOW TIMINGS 6.30 PM TO 7:30 PM
TIMINGS 5.30 AM - 12 PM 4.30 PM TO 8.30 PM

ISKCON TEMPLE

Shri Krishna Balaram Mandir offers a sight to sigh and to top it up, it is considered to be one of the important ISKCON temples in India.
As you put your steps into the beautiful structure built by white marbles, you will across an archway along with winding peacock stairways on each side.


TIMINGS
SUMMER 7:00 AM – 12:45 PM 4: 30 PM – 8:30 PM
WINTER 7:30 AM – 12:30 PM 4:00 PM – 8:00 PM

GOKUL

The most celebrated of Shri Krishna's abode, Gokul lies to the west of Sadabad, 1.6 km from Mahavan and 15 km south-east of Mathura, on the Mathura – Etah metalled road. It was here that Lord Krishna was brought up in concealment by Yashoda his assumed mother, in the rural beauty of this village on the banks of the Yamuna.
Gokul attained importance during the time of Vallabhacharya (1479-1531) when it became a major centre of the Bhakti cult. The three oldest temples in the place are those dedicated to Gokulnath, Madan Mohan and Vitthalnath, said to have been built around 1511. Important sites worth visiting in Gokul include the Gokulnath Temple, Raja Thakur Temple, Gopal Lalji Temple and the Morwala Temple.


TIMINGS
SUMMER 7:30AM - 10:30AM 3:00 PM - 8:30PM
WINTER 7:30AM - 10:30AM 3:00 PM - 4:30PM

MAHAVAN

Around 18 km from Hotel Goverdhan Palace , lying on the left bank of the River Yamuna, is the place of pilgrimage of Mathuranath. It is famed for its Chaurasi Khambhas (eighty four pillars). The palace of Rohini, the mother of Baldeo is now the Chhathi-Palana Temple. Other important temples include the Shymlalji Temple, the Yogmaya Temple, Tranairatri Temple and the Mahamall Rai Ji's palace.


TIMINGS
MORNING 4:00 AM -11:00 PM
EVENING 4:30PM - 8:30 PM

BALDEO

Baldeo is 20 km south-east of Hotel Goverdhan Palace on the road to Sadabad. It derives its name from the famous temple dedicated to Balram, the elder brother of Lord Krishna. It was built by Shyam Das of Delhi 200 years ago. The main image in the sanctum is that of Balram with his spouse Revati.


TIMINGS
SUMMER 06:00AM - 10:30AM 3:00 PM - 9:00PM
WINTER 07:00AM - 12:00PM 3:00 PM - 8:00PM

GOVARDHAN

Govardhan is situated 22 km west of Hotel Goverdhan Palace on the state highway to Deeg. A famous place of Hindu Temples, Govardhan is located on a narrow sandstone hill known as Giriraj which is about 8 km in length. The young Lord Krishna is said to have held Giriraj up on the tip of a finger for 7 days and nights to shield the people of Braj from the deluge of rain sent down by Lord Indra.


Radhakund

Just 5 km north of Govardhan and 26 km west of Mathura, Radhakund is a large lake, where Shri Krishna is said to have killed Arista – the bull demon. To celebrate this event, every year on the 8th day of the dark half of the month of Kartik, a large fair is held here.


BARSANA

Barsana, 50 km to the north-west of Hotel Goverdhan Palace and 19 km north-west of Govardhan, is situated at the foot of a hill that is named after Brahma. Barsana was once the back of Radha-Rani, Krishna's beloved and consort. Temples dedicated to the divine couple ornament the four elevations of the hill.
The main among them is the Radha-Rani Temple, more fondly referred to as the Ladliji Temple. The other three are the Man Mandir, Dargah and Mor-Kutir temples. The area between the hill housing the Radha-Rani Temple and the adjoining one is known as the Sankari-Khor. This is the venue of the annual fair held in the month of Bhadon (July-August). Barsana is famous for its 'Latthmar' Holi-celebration of the festival of colour that is unique to this town.


TIMINGS
MORNING 5:00 AM -12:30 PM
EVENING 4:30PM - 8:30 PM

Nandgoan

Nadgaon lies 8.5 km north of Barsana on the metalled road to Hotel Goverdhan Palace (56 km). According to tradition, it was the back of Shri Krishna's foster father, Nand. On the top of the hill is the spacious temple of Nand Rai, built by the Jat ruler Roop Singh.
The other temples here are dedicated to Narsingha, Gophinath, Nritya Gopal, Girdhari, Nand Nandan and Yashoda Nandan which is located half way up the hill. A little beyond is the Pan Sarovar, a large lake with masonry ghats along its sides. Legend has it, that this was the place where Shri Krishna used to take his cows for water.


TIMINGS
MORNING 07:00 AM -01:00 PM
EVENING 03:00 PM- 9:00PM