what to see in vrindavan?

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we are planning to drive to taj from delhi. On our way back we are thinking of taking a few hour break at vrindavan. what would you recommend to see there? is it possible to visit the town in a few hours? i am interested in some pretty temples, ghats, aarti ceremony(what time?), peaceful village scenary, nature etc.
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There is lots to see, of course, since there are supposedly several thousand temples there (in every home one, adding to the many public ones). Problem is, if you arrive around noon or after, most public temple doors (to the shrine rooms) will be closed until about 4.pm. The gods worshipped are then taking rest, as is imagined.

I would suggest that you turn your itinerary around, and go from Vrindavan to the Taj. Say, stay one night at Vrindavan after Delhi, see the evening Pujas in some of the temples in old Vrindavan (most beautiful with classical Indian music and singing at Radha-Raman Mandir in the old center of town), and arrange a taxi for the following morning to go to the Taj, which is just 50 km (30 miles) away.

Evening Aartis are around 7 pm. Ask individually at temples. A temple with exceptionally beautiful murtis is Radha-Damodhar. Take a Rickshaw, they'll get you there.

If you are set on going to the Taj first, then you should try to be in Vrindavan at around 10 am so you have two hours to explore the old town temples around Loi Bazar. Beware of the monkeys who are expert in stealing glasses from your nose without you even noticing it. (Remedy: carry a stick, for sale in shops for 30 Rs)

Nature is a bit abused in these parts, because this is a major pigrimage site in India with lots of rubbish and sewage, but improvements have been under way over the years. The Yamuna is a bit on the dirty side there, I am not sure how you would like it. If you are optimistic, you could check out the Keshi Ghat, a building in Rajasthani style. There is a Ponton bridge nearby which you could cross to the other side where nature is a bit better preserved. Thereyou can see the large turtles swimming in the Yamuna, and resting at the side.

Trees in Vrindavan are called Kalpa-Vriksha, Wishfulfilling trees. You might be interested in this sort of connotation and belief.

In case you are interested in Buddhist Art, the small Museum in Mathura has a few exceptionally beautiful images of the Buddha. Mathura was an important center of Buddhist Art from 2nd to 6th century. Not surprising that the Taj was built a thousand years later by master artisans coming from an old sculpting tradition.
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THANKS a lot Atala!!!! This is so helpful, excatly the kind of info i wanted.
appreciate it!!!
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Any recos on where to stay in vrindavan for a night? we need a good quality, safe, AC place.
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Atala has covered a lot of things here, and he seems to have a lot more knowledge that I have about the place, however I was there couple of weeks back, and also visited Mathura, it is hardly 10 km from Vrindavan, I simply loved the ambiance of the Krishna Janambhumi Temple complex in the evening, especially the chanting going in the hall without any loudspeaker or mikes was simply amazing, you tend to get overtaken by the flow of enthusiasm of the devotees over there...

Also there is 'Dawarka Dheesh' temple, which even though is in a crowded bazaar, however once you are inside is very well maintained and very peaceful (as peaceful as big/famous temple can get)

In Vrindavan, go to 'Banke Bihari' Temple, that is the main center of the pilgrimages carried out in Vrindavan. Its located in a narrow lane, middle of a busy bazaar, but the experience in simply wonderful..make sure you try a 'Tikki' (Potato Patty) and a Lassi...

And last but not the least..go for Govardhan Parikrama, a lot depends on the time you have, there are two of them, I will recommend the smaller one..its 9 km and would take several hours depending on speed at which you can walk...you can also take a cycle rickshaw for the same..it can be done in a car as well, but I will not recommend it..you have to experience those lanes and buildings and locals and devotees...
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Originally Posted by rebellious View Post Any recos on where to stay in vrindavan for a night? we need a good quality, safe, AC place.
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http://mathura-vrindavan.com/radhashok/

it's at Mathura which ic 15 km. from Vrindavan.
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thanks for replying yo'll
anyplace cheaper than the best western?
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The International Guest House at Mathura (right next to Krishna Janma Bhumi) has one good room that it gives to Westerners. Rs 100 when I was there last, hmmm, 5 years ago? It is clean but basic.

Else if you do not come at busy festival time, check out ashrams in Vrindavan. see under Barsana Village thread.

Or ask the Pujari directly at Radha-Raman Temple.

If you want to catch the small temple town atmosphere, stay in Vrindavan old town, around theabove temple mentioned. The atmosphere there is out of this world, esp evenings and early mornings.

Banke Bihari is a special temple favoured by Hindi folks. Definitely worth seeing. themore classic Bengali style is seen at the other temples.

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