• UTTAR PRADESH

    Govardhan temple in Mathura

    Long weekends are like a drop of rain on barren lands, for the time pressed urban professionals. Therefore, we planned a three day trip to Mathura, Vrindavan and Bharatpur during the Republic Day weekend. Here is an account of the first day’s visit to the popular Govardhan temple. The day we reached Mathura, our hotel manager surprised us with the info that all temples close at twelve noon and reopen at four in the evening. I did not remember this practice from my previous visit in 2005. So a little baffled and disappointed, with less time in hand, we proceeded towards the farthest temple- Daan Ghati Govardhan Temple.  P.S- Nothing much has…

  • UTTAR PRADESH

    Prem Mandir in Vrindavan

    My recent trip to Vrindavan in Jan 2018 was 13 years after my first visit in 2005. Of course a lot has changed since then. From better roads and hotels to newly constructed temples and parking lot, Vrindavan surprised us both. Had heard lot about Prem Mandir, from a couple of friends and it made it to our “must see in Vrindavan” list soon. Established by Jagadguru Kripalu Parishat, an international, non profit, spiritual, charitable trust, the temple complex on 54 acre land, is made with white Italian marble. Prem Mandir is dedicated to Radha- Krishna and Ram-Sita. The foundation was laid in 2002 while it opened to public in 2012…

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    UTTAR PRADESH

    Inside Rangji Temple in Vrindavan

    The holy town of Vrindavan, is home to ancient history dating centuries ago. The karamabhoomi of Lord Krishna, Vrindavan hustles with people all year, irrespective of the weather. Among several temples dedicated to Lord Krishna, I found a temple from the South Indian origin, the Rangji Temple in Vrindavan. Driven by curiosity, husband and I could not stop ourselves from visiting this beautiful temple, much different from others in the town. Dedicated to Lord Vishnu, Rangji Temple is a beautiful concoction of the north and south Indian architecture. The glorious history Build in 1851, this is the largest temple of Vrindavan that houses Lord Vishnu, Lord Ram, Goddess Sita, Lord Lakshman, Lord…

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    EXPERIENCES,  TRAVEL STORIES- India,  UTTAR PRADESH

    Food trail in Mathura and Vrindavan

    Going on food trails has always been exciting for me, especially while traveling. Soaking in the culture is an essential of my travel experience. Food is an obvious and important part of any culture and tasting local cuisines is hence a must-do in each trip. Keeping aside the hygiene factor for once, let me boldly state that you would find the true essence of local cuisines at roadside dhabas or street vendors. They are the ones who have kept the specialty and authenticity alive. Here is my experience of food trail of Mathura and Vrindavan in Uttar Pradesh. AROUND SHRI KRISHNA JANMBHOOMI My first food trail experience was in the…