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Vrindavan Tourism And Travel Guide
22.9° C / 73.2° F
November to April
1 to 2 Days
Kheria Airport (69.4 kms)
Mathura Junction Railway Station (11.4 kms)
Home to about 4000 temples, Vrindavan is a small religious city in the northern part of the country. Its religious significance stems from the fact that Lord Krishna spent his childhood and youth in Vrindavan; tourism in Vrindavan is very popular due to this very reason and thousands of people take a trip to this pious city to offer their prayers and attain blessing from the almighty. There are several things to do; from seeing some of the most beautiful temples built by devotees of Lord Krishna to visiting the villages where he grew up and performed Raas Leela along with Radha, our travel guide to Vrindavan will give you an idea of the places you must visit and the things you can do in Vrindavan.
How to Reach
The closest airport that serves Vrindavan is Kheria Airport in Agra; it is located at a distance of 69.4 km from the city. You can also take a flight to the Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi which is further away, distanced at 167 km from Vrindavan.
Vrindavan is connected to other cities in the state as well as other cities in India through Mathura. You can choose to drive up there or you can take a state run bus from any city in Uttar Pradesh to Mathura and then take a taxi or rickshaw. You can even take luxury busses from other states.
The closest railhead to Vrindavan city is Mathura Junction Railway Station, located in Mathura and distanced at 11.4 km from the center of Vrindavan city. This is the most convenient railway station to travel to, after which you can take a cab, local train or a rickshaw to Vrindavan.
You can get around Vrindavan and go sightseeing by using local transportation like auto rickshaws and taxis. If you are looking to cut costs, you can take the state run busses that are fairly comfortable and cheap.
Weather and Best Time to Visit
The hottest season in Vrindavan is the summer where temperature ranges from 30°C to 45°C. This is the hottest time to visit and sometimes the climate is unbearable to step out, hence making it a not so popular season to visit.
Monsoons in Vrindavan are quite bearable, although the climate remains wet and humid. Temperatures during this time lowers and range from 27°C to 32°C, making the climate good enough to go sightseeing.
The best season to visit Vrindavan is during winters when the climate is absolutely pleasant and very cool. Temperatures during this time range from 12°C to 20°C and in the peak months of January and February, go even lower.
Things to Do
Embark on a Pilgrimage:
Vrindavan is known for the marvelous temples it houses and their structures. Due to the city being Lord Krishna’s birthplace and the place where he grew up, it has immense religious significance. There are various temples like the famous Banke Bihari Mandir, Prem Mandir, Shahji Temple, ISKON Temple and many others in the vicinity that are worth visiting.
Visit Villages around Vrindavan:
Village around Vrindavan like Nandgao, Barsana and Gokul are part of the pilgrimage journey for Sri Krishna devotees. All the three villages are significant to the life of Lord Krishna and Radha, where they grew up and performed Raas Leela together. These villages are a must do in your trip to Vrindavan.
Visit Seva Kund:
Visit the beautiful garden of Seva Kund in Vrindavan that has evergreen bushes and is enclosed by a wall that has marble tiles. This is the place where it is believed that Lord Krishna and Radha perform Raas Leela, even up to this day.
Go on a Boat Ride:
Vrindavan is situated right by the holy Yamuna River and taking a boat ride on this River is an absolute delight. Enjoy a ride early morning or in the evening during the aarti ceremony to get the most out of the lovely boat ride.
Visit the Paagal Baba Temple:
If you want to get a good view of Vrindavan, visit the Paagal Baba Temple that has 11 floors. From the top floor you can get a good view of the entire city which is pretty amazing. The temple is a beauty by itself and is worth visiting.
No matter where you go, food is a vital part of any trip. Vrindavan has a range of street food that can be eaten; spicy chaat, kachori, samosas are some of the best tasting in this city. You can wash the food down with various coolants like lassi, buttermilk or even a nice cup of tea, served in an earthen pot. A good place to start with some street food is Bharti Foods; grab breakfast here and get a taste of authentic Vrindavan food. Spongy khamans, fluffy jalebis and spicy samosas are some items you just can’t miss at this joint. After you are done visiting the ISKCON Temple, you must grab a bite at the ISKCON Govinda Restaurant that offers a wide range of snacks along with sweets. Other than that there are several other restaurants like Ammaji Restaurant and Brijwasi Restaurant amongst many others.
Shopping is a must on every trip and Vrindavan has an array of shops that have different kind of items for everyone. The Bazaars in Vrindavan are one of a kind and are a good place to buy souvenirs and gifts for loved ones and friends back home. The narrow lanes bustling with tiny shops, sell everything from religious items, textiles to handicraft and ornaments. If you like to shop antiques, you must visit the Loi Bazaar in Vrindavan that have wooden antiques for sale; the market also sells religious items like idols of different Gods and Goddesses and aromatic incense sticks. You can also shop for brass items that are quite cheap in Vrindavan as well as Mathura.