Is Mathura worth a visit ?

#1 Jul 1st, 2009, 21:39
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I shall be in Agra for a day and a half in October. I am on a tight schedule but I hope to see the Taj, the baby Taj, Agra Fort, Akbar's tomb, Fatepur Sikri as well as doing some souvenir shopping.
However I hear that Mathura is worth a visit as there are some great temples there as well as some ghats by the river.
It has been described to me like a small version of Varanasi.

Can anybody advise if they think it is worth a visit and if so which of the other above items should I miss out on.

#2 Jul 1st, 2009, 23:59
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Vrindavan, 10 km from Mathura is worth a visit, but you can skip Mathura itself on a tight schedule. Vrindavan is where the temples are. Krishna's birthplace is in Mathura, not really worth a visit except for devout Hindus.

Check out the Vrindavan threads with the search function.
#3 Aug 3rd, 2009, 17:29
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thanks Atala
#4 Jan 4th, 2011, 03:32
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I realy liked wandering the streets of Mathura. Artisans at every turn making sweets, cakes, puppets, lassi, Fascinating place. The saddest bit was that the city street workers were smashing up the ancient red sandstone blocks in the streets and replacing with tarmac. Just because the blocks needed resetting. I was horrified. They don't recognise what they have. My visit was Jan08

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