(Same day) Mathura from Delhi
Start the trip from Delhi, drive to Mathura and return back Delhi.
Delhi, capital city of the Republic of India. It is one of India's fastest growing cities. It has sprawled over the West Bank of the river Yamuna, straddling the river. The city has two distinct parts, Old Delhi & New Delhi. Old Delhi is centered on the Red Fort built by Emperor Shah Jehan between 1636 & 1658. The streets of Old Delhi are narrow & bustling. The beauty & serenity lies inside the courts of the main buildings.
There are several tourist attractions in the city without which Delhi is not complete. From Red fort, Lotus Temple and Chandni Chowk to Modern art Gallery, Purana Quila and many more, Delhi boasts of an infinite range of touristy places. The Delhi Metro is another remarkable achievement of the city in the recent years.
Vrindavan is a town in the Mathura District of Uttar Pradesh, India. It is the site where according to Hinduism, Lord Krishna spent his childhood days. The town is about 11 km away from Mathura, Krishna's birthplace on the Agra-Delhi highway (National Highway). The town hosts many temples dedicated to the worship of Radha and Krishna and is considered sacred by Vaishnaism.
Vrindavan has an ancient past, associated with Hindu history, and is an important Hindu pilgrimage site. One of its oldest surviving temples is the Govinda Dev temple, built in 1590, with the town founded earlier in the same century. The essence of Vrindavan was lost over time until the 16th century, when it was rediscovered by Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. In the year 1515, Chaitanya Mahaprabhu visited Vrindavana, with the purpose of locating the lost holy places associated with Lord Sri Krishna's transcendent pastimes. Chaitanya wandered through the different sacred forests of Vrindavana in a spiritual trance of divine love. It was believed that by His divine spiritual power, He was able to locate all the important places of Krishna's pastimes in and around Vrindavana. Mira Bai left the kingdom of Mewar and went on pilgrimages. In her last 14 years, Meera lived in a temple called Pracheen Meerabai in Vrindavan. Meera Bai is the most famous female Hindu spiritual poet, whose compositions are still popular throughout North India.
In the last 250 years, the extensive forests of Vrindavan have been subjected to urbanization, first by local Rajas and in recent decades by apartment developers. The forest cover has been whittled away to only a few remaining spots, and the local wildlife, including peacocks, cows, monkeys and a variety of bird species has been virtually eliminated. A few peacocks are left in the city but monkeys and cows can be seen almost everywhere.
Day 1: Delhi To Mathura
After breakfast, drive to visit Mathura / Vrindavan. Upon arrival visit Mathura: Dvarkadhish Temple and take an excursion to Vrindavan which is around 15 km from Mathura, Vrindavan is a little town and a major place of pilgrimage on the banks of Yamuna. It attracts approx. 500 000 pilgrims every year, mainly during major festivals like Janmashtami, Holi and Radhashtami, it is popular for its numerous temples, both old and modern, big and small (allegedly 5000 altogether). Vrindavan is synonymous with the childhood pastimes of Sri Krishna.
Day 1: Mathura To Vrindavan
Continue journey for Vrindavan. Visit Prem mandir, Banke bihari temple.
Day 1: Vrindavan To Delhi
Evening Return back to Delhi for your onward journey with fond memories of trip