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About Vrindavan - Uttar Pradesh Tourism

Vrindavan is a small town that is known among tourists as the place where Lord Krishna spent his childhood. Located about 15 km from city of Mathura, Vrindavan is known as city of temples, with more than 5000 temples located here. This popular pilgrimage town is full of tourist sites that are connected with the childhood stories of Lord Krishna. Located on the banks of River Yamuna, this beautiful small town reminds travelers of the childhood tricks and youthful 'rasleela' performed with Lord Krishna. 

The name 'Vrindavan' is derived from the term 'Vrinda', which is another name of Tulsi plant. There are many ashrams and temples built here by the followers of Lord Krishna in this holy city. The most prominent of these temples are Govindji temple, Banke Bihari temple, ISKCON temple, Madan Mohan temple, Rangaji temple, and Gopeshwar Mahadev temple. There are also numerous ghats and sacred tanks in the city, with the most popular one being Govind kund and Brahma kund. Another must visit tourist attraction in Vrindavan is the Nidhi Van, which is believed to be the playground of Lord Krishna. It is said that Lord Krishna still comes here every night to play 'rasleela', and no one is allowed here after evening Aarti. Devout pilgrims also take the Vrindavan parikrama, which is path around the town that is considered customary among devotees. 

Opposite to the Vrindavan town, across the Delhi-Agra highway, is located the small town of Govardhan. This town is associated with the story where Lord Krishna raised the Goverdhan hillock on his finger to save the people from the seven day incessant rain. Pilgrims visit this place to take the Govardhan parikrama which is 7 miles in length. The main tourist attractions here are Kusum Sarovar - a beautiful lake built by Raja Suraj Mal; and Mansi Ganga - an artificial lake built by Raja Man Singh. 

History of Vrindavan - Uttar Pradesh Tourism

Vrindavan holds an important place in the Hindu mythology and is an important pilgrimage site for Hindus. It is believed that Vrindavan lost its place in history till 16th century, when it was rediscovered by Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. Chaitanya Mahaprabhu was able to find locate various place in and around Vrindavan that were related to Lord Krishna's pastimes. Slowly the forestation around Vrindavan has gone with time due to urbanization and development.


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