Vrindavan, around 15 km from Mathura, is a little town and a major place of pilgrimage on the banks of Yamuna. Attracting about 500 000 pilgrims every year, mainly during major festivals like Janmashtami, Holi and Radhashtami, it is noted for its numerous temples, both old and modern, big and small (allegedly 5000 altogether). Vrindavan is synonymous with the childhood pastimes of Sri Krishna. The name 'Vrindavan' is derived from 'Vrinda', another name for the sacred tulsi (basil) plant. It is said that the entire place was a tulsi grove at one time. According to another tradition, it was named after Vrinda Devi, one of Krishna's consorts. The earliest known shrine in Vrindavan is said to have been built by the local Gosvamis in a large garden called Nidhiban. According to tradition, Mughal Emperor Akbar was taken blindfolded inside the grove where he had some kind of a spiritual experience. As a result, he acknowledged the spot as being holy ground.

Govind Dev Temple

For unknown reasons the Govind Dev Temple is often referred to as being the Govind Dev Temple of Mathura instead of Vrindavan. It is one of the most important temples in Vrindavan and the main deity here is Govind Dev or Lord Krishna. The Idol was brought to this temple by the Rajput king of Jaipur, Maharaja Sawai Jai Singh II.

Hare Rama Hare Krishna Temple

A temple by the ISKCON society, the Hare Rama Hare Krishna temple is one of the major temples in Vrindavan. The temple is one of the most peaceful places one can visit and is best visited during Janmashtami.

Keshi Ghat

Located at the banks of the River Yamuna, the Keshi Ghat is one of the most important Ghats in Vrindavan. The magnificent Madanmohan temple at the back drop and the Yamuna River provides one of the most spiritually content Ghats in Vrindavan. The Keshi ghat was the place where Lord Krishna took a bath after he slew the demon Keshi and is considered a revered pilgrim spot.

Bankey Bihari Temple

The temple was built by the great Indian music guru Swami Haridas who was also the guru of the famous Tansen, a famous musician in Akbar's court. The temple was built in 1862 by Swami Haridas as he wanted to house an old idol of Lord Krishna in his enjoyer or Bankey Bihari posture and keep it from getting into the hands of the Mughals. One of the major and most famous temples in Vrindavan is not to be missed.

Shahji Temple

Built by Shah Kundan Lal who was a famous jeweler in Lucknow, the temple was named Shahji Temple. The temple is famous for its distinctive neo-Dravidian architecture and stone carvings. The Darbar Kamra is a hall that is decorated with grand chandeliers and wall paintings. The twelve marble carved spiral columns are a marvel to behold.

Ranganathaji Temple

The temple was built in a distinctive Dravidian style and was completed in 1851 and is dedicated to Lord Ranganath a name for Lord Vishnu. The temple sports a majestic gopuram which can be seen from far. The temple is famous for its amazing temple complex and the fine architectural asthetics.

Elevation: 170 m m

Population: 63,005(Census 2001)

By Air

Vrindavan does not have an airport. Nearest airport is Kheria Airport. Vrindavan
53 km away
Kheria Airport (AGR), Agra, Uttar Pradesh
128 km away
Indira Gandhi International Airport (DEL), New Delhi, Delhi

By Train

Instead of Vrindavan you can a get a train to Mathura Cantt. on regular basis. Vrindavan
10 km away
Mathura Cantt. (MRT), Mathura, Uttar Pradesh
10 km away
Mathura Junction (MTJ), Mathura, Uttar Pradesh

By Road

There are no bus routes from other major cities to Vrindavan. Nearest bus stand is Mathura.
10 km away
Mathura Mathura, Uttar Pradesh
45 km away
Bharapar Bharatpur, Rajasthan