Vrindavan in Mathura district of Uttar Pradesh is close to Delhi and Agra and just 15 kilometers from Mathura. The town falls in the western part of the religious Braj Bhoomi, or land of Lord Krishna.
Vrindavan is a small town, conveniently located near Delhi and other tourist spots of UP. At one time it was the town of the widows- who came here to live and die in the Ashrams. The Ashrams are still here and so are the widows. There are also a number of cowsheds or goshalas here. The forest cover has dwindled and there is now increased urbanization with real estate development around the town.
There are no big hotels but you can stay in the Ashrams. Mathura is the closest big city, which has mid range and budget hotels. As this town is in the cow belt, milk based sweets are a specialty, though Indian cuisine is readily available.
|Time Zone||IST (UTC +5:30)|
|Area||13.49 sq km|
|Population (2001 census)||56, 692|
|Main Languages||Hindi, Brajbhasha and English|
|Elevation||170 m (560 ft)|
Best time to visit Vrindavan
Summer is scorching here with temperatures reaching over 40° C. The monsoon months of July and August also are not good for travelling on roads which turn to muddy slush. The temperature is perfect in October and November or in March-April and best for travelling and sightseeing. However in December and January it can be very cold at night, though the day time temperature is fine.
Gorakhpur is well connected with all the major Indian cities by rail and road network. The tourists can travel Gorakhpur by availing the National Highway 28 and National Highway 29. The tourists from a number of nearby cities like Varanasi, Lucknow, Allahabad, Delhi, Agra, Mumbai can take these routes to reach Gorakhpur. There are a number of direct trains communicating between Gorakhpur and cities like Lucknow, Delhi, Mumbai, Varanasi, Kanpur. Apart from the rail and roadways, the tourists can opt for airways for the Gorakhpur travel. The airport of Gorakhpur is located at a distance of 8 kilometer from the heart of the city. The regular flights to Gorakhpur are available from Kolkata, Lucknow, Varanasi, Delhi.
Some of the places of tourist interests in Gorakhpur include Gorakhnath Temple, Gita Vatika, Arogya Mandir, Gita Press. Gorakhpur also offers wide array of entertainment opportunities in the form of parks, theaters, sporting activities and auditoriums. Kusumhi Vinod Van, Indira Bal Vihar, Premchand Park, Govt. Whee-Park, Nehru Entertainment Park and Pt. Deen Dayal Upadhyay Park are few of the parks in the city to attract a large number of tourists.
How to Reach Vrindavan
Vrindavan is well connected by road. The closest broad gauge railway is at Mathura, on the North Central railway line. Mathura is connected to all major cities of India such as Delhi, Mumbai, Agra, Jaipur, Gwalior, Chennai, and Lucknow etc. How to reach Vrindavan is therefore, not at all inconvenient.
Mathura is close to Vrindavan and easily accessible by tongas, cycle rickshaws, buses and taxis. There is no airport in Vridavan. The closest are the Delhi international Airport and the domestic airport at Agra.
The nearest airport is at Agra which is around 50 kilometers away. Regular flights connect it from Delhi, Kolkata, Varanasi, and Mumbai.
The Delhi International Airport is the nearest airport for international flights and other destinations in the country. All major airlines connect Delhi.
This small town is 150 kilometers from Delhi and 50 kilometers from Agra. As it falls on the Golden Triangle circuit of Delhi-Jaipur-Agra it has excellent roads connecting it.
There are regular buses and taxis from Delhi. UP roadways and Haryana roadways buses also connect it to Mathura and other towns. The main bus stop in Vrindavan is near the ISKCON temple.
However, within the city, rickshaws are the preferred mode of transportation. The streets are narrow and it is best to walk to the temples in the market.
Vrindavan has a railway station, though it does not have too many connections. Mathura is the closest big station and connected to all the major cities.
Shopping in Vrindavan
Handicrafts and markets in Vrindavan
There are a lot of religious trinkets, calendars, cassettes of devotional songs, pictures and idols of gods and goddesses which you can pick up while shopping in Vrindavan.
Musical instruments and earthen ware are also sold. Temples normally have a small area where religious paraphernalia such as incense and vermillion is sold in packages.
The narrow lanes also have many sweet shops where all Indian sweets are available. The specialties of course are the milk based products such as pedas, milk cake and lassi. There are a number of shops selling these and if you are not squeamish about flies, you can have them from any shop.
Last Updated on : 27/09/2013