Mathura is located in Uttar Pradesh, a state in northern India. It enjoys a great location, being situated 50km north of Agra, 145 km south-east of Delhi, just 11km from Vrindavan and only 22km away from Govardhan. It was an economic hub of ancient India, situated at the junction of various significant caravan routes.
There is a host of temples in the city and 25 Ghats across the holy Yamuna River which runs through Mathura. Many people are seen taking the holy dip at dawn on the Yamuna River and in the evening too the scene gets even more majestic and fascinating as during the evening aarti occasion hundreds of candles are set floating onto the sacred Yamuna.
History bears testimony of the fact that once it was a Buddhist centre having 20 monasteries that accommodated 3000 monks but after the advent of Hinduism, it was Hinduism all the way. Mathura also has the distinction of holding one of the primitive historical records. Mathura also finds place in one of the greatest epics of India, the Ramayana. It was also one of the capitals of the famous Kushana king Kanishka. It is a great spiritual destination and the top sites to visit in the city are the Holy Gate, Archaeological Museum, Gita Temple, Sati Burj, Katra Masjid, Vishram Ghat, Kesava Deo Temple, etc.
The Dwarkadhish temple is another attraction in this temple town that should not be missed out by the tourists. The temple is located on the way to Yamuna and is highly venerated by the Hindu pilgrims. Mathura city in Uttar Pradesh is also famous for the production of the images of Buddha and they would also make for some of the best buys for the souvenir hunters. A trip to Mathura would also take you to the Ranghbhumi which is the site where Kansa, Krishna’s uncle was slain by him. Nearby there is also Vishram Ghat where Lord Krishna rested for sometime after killing Kansa. The place is reminiscent of the mythological charm that seems to linger here.
The Government Museum is also among the important tourist attractions and is a must visit for the tourists. The museum is a repository of the largest collection of Kushana sculptures in the nation. Some of the things housed in the museum are stone sculptures terracotta items, gold, silver and copper coins, clay seals, ancient pottery, paintings and bronze exhibits.
Temple Krishna Mathura is a growing tourist hub and hence it offers to its tourists fine lodging options. The city has three star hotels such as Best Western Radha Ashok and Hotel Sheetal Regency. You will also find Economy Hotels such as Hotel Mukund Palace and Hotel Surya International. There are also budget hotels such as Dwaper Resorts and Hotel Kaveri. Mathura has a good transportation network and it can be reached from all corners of India. The nearest airport is Kheria in Agra which connects the cities like Mumbai, Kolkata, Chennai, Bangalore and Ahmedabad.