Located within the Golden Triangle of Delhi–Jaipur–Agra, Mathura in Uttar Pradesh, is the birthplace of Lord Krishna and is known for its culture and heritage. Closely associated with the Hindu epic Mahabharata, Krishna is said to have spent his childhood and adolescence in Braj. According to the Garuda Purana, Mathura along with Ayodhya, Avantika, Kasi, Puri, Kanchi and Dwarka are the seven sites which grant moksha.
Even though the city is linked mainly with the life of Lord Krishna, it is sacred to Jains and Buddhists also. The ghats and the serene banks of river Yamuna give Mathura a tranquil feel. The festivals celebrated in the city revolve around the life of Lord Krishna. Janmashtami and Holi are celebrated with great zeal. Barsana, 27 km from Mathura, is known for the celebration of Lathmaar Holi.
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BEST PLACES TO STAY IN MATHURA
There are a few budget and mid range hotels located close to the places of tourist interest in Mathura. Some hotels also provide facilities to hold business conferences. A few lodges are also available near the railway stations. Apart from hotels and lodges, dharamshalas also offer accommodation at extremely nominal rates.
BEST PLACES TO EAT IN MATHURA
Mathura is famous for its chaat and Mathura Peda. These and other tasty local delicacies are available near Chowk Bazaar. A few restaurants near Sri Krishna Janmabhoomi serve delicious vegetarian food. Apart from that, there are also many restaurants and dhabas across the town that serve delicious food.
BEST TIME TO VISIT MATHURA
The average minimum and maximum temperature of Mathura is as given below. The best time to visit Mathura is also specified.