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PLACES TO SEE
- Shri Banke Bihari Temple: This temple is one of the most popular ones in Vrindavan. It is believed that the eyes of the idol, known as 'Thakur ji', are so powerful that it is required to be hidden behind a curtain at all times, and only glimpses when the curtain is opened from time to time.
- ISKON Temple: Also known as Shri Krishna Balaram Mandir, this temple was the first ever built by the International Society for Krishna Consciousness, or ISKON. The temple is welcoming for foreign visitors, and breakfast and lunch is provided here for free.
- Kesi Ghat: On the banks of the River Yamuna, is the Kesi Ghat, which is considered one of the most beautiful banks in India. It is believed that Lord Krishna killed the demon Kesi on these banks and then bathed to celebrate her death.
- Sri Rangji Temple: The largest temple in Vrindavan, this temple is dedicated to Lord Ranganatha, an avatar of Lord Vishnu. The architecture of the temple is of Dravidian style, which is indigenous to the southern part of India.
- Madan Mohan Temple: This temple is not only sacred, but is of great historic value too. The Madan Mohan Temple is the oldest temple in Vrindavan, and dates all the way back to 16th century.
- Jaigurudeo Temple: Resembling the iconic Taj Mahal, this beautiful temple is made entirely of white marble.
- Shahji Temple: Built by the famous jeweller from Lucknow, Shah Kundan Lal, this popular temple showcases Dravidian architecture and gorgeous sculptures carved out of marble.
- Prem Mandir: This is one of the recent temples, but is equally renowned in the city. Built in 2012, the two-storied Prem Mandir or Love Temple, covers a vast ground of 54 acres and is made of Italian marble.
THINGS TO DO
- Nidhivan: This beautiful garden is the place where Lord Krishna is said to have met with his beloved Radha. People are prohibited to enter the garden post dusk.
- Sandhya Aarti: Experience the Sandhya Aarti at ISKON Temple and Kesi Ghat. This is a ritual to worship the deities and involves singing prayers, dancing and lighting up lamps.
- Parikrama: This is a walk in which pilgrims cover all sacred places in Vrindavan, and take rounds of each place, as you cover it. The walk is over a distance of 6 kilometres and takes almost three hours.
- Loi Bazaar: This is the main place for shopping in Vrindavan. You get a variety of authentic handicrafts and incense. You will find a lot of antiques here, along with wood and brass works, that are locally made.
- Khadi Bhavan: This place offers a really good collection of clothes and fabrics made of pure khadi. Along with that, you can also find an array of sculptures, portraits, paintings and jewellery, with images of Lord Krishna carved into them.
Below we have a list of things to do in Vrindavan and the places where you want to spend the best moments of your trip. At the same time, the city offers you the best neighborhoods to explore and new foods to try.
This list should help you in deciding and prioritizing what you should plan on your Vrindavan getaway. Find a mix of must-see tourist spots, underrated local hangouts, and maybe even a few new experiences you can try out.
Make the most of your trip to Vrindavan with confidence.