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Monday, 27 April 2015

Mathura

Google Maps: Mathura, Uttar Pradesh, India
Trip: Delhi > AgraVrindavan > Mathura > Delhi

Mathura was calm and bustling at the same time, as expected. The birthplace of Lord Krishna is one of the oldest cities and hence narrow lanes were crowded when we hit the city on a Monday. We parked our car near Holi Gate and entered the realm. Our first destination was Dwarkadheesh Temple. It is on the bank of river Yamuna and draws hundreds of worshippers every morning. We sat there for some time and admired the old structure.

Dwarkadheesh Temple, Mathura

Next in line was Vishram Ghat, a five minute walk from the temple. The cool holy water felt pleasant on a warm summer as we sat at the bank. I took out my camera and took pictures of the colorful boats which were offering trip to the middle of river at dirt prices thanks to the off-season.

Vishram Ghat, Mathura

An hour or so went by fleetingly watching the calm river. We were hungry and settled for a round of snacks near Holi Gate. Brijwasi offers cold badam shake that you will be tempted to declare the best in the world. Exact opposite is Pahalwan Kachori Wala offering freshly cooked spicy kachoris that you can't resist.

Cul-de-sac, Mathura

Later we took an auto and reached Krishna Janma Bhoomi which is marked as built on the jail where Lord Krishna was actually born. The entry check point is ridiculously long and strict. Mobiles, cameras and even handbags are not allowed and be ready for more than thorough frisking at the gate. A majestic mosque overlooks the temple.

Janmabhoomi Temple, Mathura

In search of a clean washroom, we returned back to our car and drove to McDonalds on the Delhi - Agra Highway. It is adjacent to Mathura Oil Refinery and is landmarked by a burning torch. We rested and then decided to take an early leave for home back in Delhi.