Mathura serves as the governmental hub for the district of the same name in Uttar Pradesh. In the olden days, the city of Mathura served as a financial and business center, situated at the intersection of major wagon train itineraries. At present, Mathura is a fast developing area and houses more than 2.5 million inhabitants.
Mathura Travel Guide provides you all essential details about Mathura is located in the state of Uttar Pradesh. Tourists travel to Mathura as it is famous as the hometown of Lord Krishna and is a major tourist destination in Northern India.
Mathura is a major city in Uttar Pradesh and a popular pilgrimage hub in North India. The distance from Agra is around 50 km and the distance from Delhi is around 145 km. Mathura is located towards the north of Agra and to the southeast of Delhi.
Mathura Travel Tips
If you are planning to travel to Mathura, you may consider the following:
- Reaching Mathura wont be a problem whether you are travelling by rail or road. To avoid any hassle while commuting within the city, prefer travelling by public transport (auto, rickshaw, etc), even of you are travelling by your own conveyance.
- Traditional food and sweets including jalebis, lassi, pera, kachoris are a must try.
- Put your donations only in the donation boxes placed in the temple complexes. Never get misguided by the thugs and false local guides.
- Avoid carrying cameras and mobile phones to any of the temple premises as most of the temples do not permit any such devices in the vicinity due to security reasons. Even the car keys with remote buttons for central locking are not allowed in Krishna Janma Bhoomi Mandir of Mathura. Lockers are available to take care of your valuables.
- You may also like to plan your trip to Mathura during the month of March when it looks even more endearing during the festival of Holi.
How to Reach Mathura
The city of Mathura is aptly connected via railways and roadways.
The nearest airport is located at Kheria in Agra and the distance is about 57 km. The closest international airport is the Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi and the distance is 155 km.
Roadways perfectly join Mathura to the other parts of Uttar Pradesh and India. National Highway 2 which joins Delhi with Howrah runs across the city. It joins with NH 3 (extending to Mumbai) and a segment of this road is known as Mathura Road.
National Highway 11 which joins Agra with Bikaner and National Highway 93 joining Moradabad in Uttar Pradesh are major highways as well. Mathura is also joined by Yamuna Expressway.
Train services from important locations in India like Mumbai, New Delhi, Chennai, Kolkata, Indore, Hyderabad, Gwalior, Bhopal, Ujjain, Jabalpur, Lucknow, Rewa, Varanasi and Kanpur are available to Mathura. There are four railway stations in Mathura.
The largest railhead is the Mathura Junction. It joins the city with the northern, western, and southern parts of the country.
Mathura Cantonment station joins the city with eastern parts of the state. Local train services are available from the Bhooteshwar station to Delhi NCR, Delhi, Bharatpur, Agra, and Alwar.
Krishnajanmabhoomi is another railhead which joins Vrindavan through rail bus. Patna to Mathura train services are available from Varanasi, Sultanpur, and Lucknow. Majority of the trains connecting Delhi and Agra stop at Mathura.
Shopping in Mathura
Markets and Handicrafts of Mathura
Shopping in Mathura is a true delight. If you are a booklover, you will find books on every facet of human life in Gayatri Tapobhmi, which is located in Vrindavan Road, Mathura.
You will find ingenious works of Pandit Shriram Sharma Acharya and thousands of books. Books are available in different languages including English, Hindi, and other local languages of the country. Gayatri Pariwar is a non-profit seeking organization. Other than books, you can purchase the following items:
- Pooja articles
- Copper/brass pooja articles
- Milk products
- Mementos from Government Museum
- Synthetic sarees
- Pictures of Lord Krishna and other deities
- Krishna Janmabhoomi Temple
- Dwarkadheesh Temple
- Jamma Masjid
- Vishram Ghat
- Kans Qila
- Gita Mandir
- Potara Kund
- Government Museum
- Kusum Sarovar
- Kesava Deo Temple
Last Updated on : May 09, 2013