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Mathura District

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Sacred & Religious Sites · Bodies of Water · Mountains
Mathura district situated along the banks of the river Yamuna is a district of Uttar Pradesh state of northern India. The historic town of Mathura is the district headquarters. The District is part of Agra division. Mathura is bounded on the northeast by Aligarh District, on the southeast by Hathras District, on the south by Agra District, and on the west by Rajasthan and northwest by Haryana state. Mathura district is an important pilgrimage centre of Hindus.Historical backgroundMathura has an ancient history. According to the Archaeological Survey of India plaque at the Mathura Museum, the city is mentioned in the oldest Indian epic, the Ramayana. In the epic, the Ikshwaku prince Shatrughna slays a demon called Lavanasura and claims the land. Afterwards, the place came to be known as Madhuvan as it was thickly wooded, then Madhupura and later Mathura.In the 6th century BCE Mathura became the capital of the Surasena mahajanapada.The city was later ruled by the Maurya empire (4th to 2nd centuries BCE) and the Shunga dynasty (2nd century BCE). It may have come under the control of Indo-Greeks some time between 180 BCE and 100 BCE. It then reverted to local rule before being conquered by the Indo-Scythians during the 1st century BCE.
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Prem Mandir - Shyama Shyam Dham ©
Religious Site
Prem Mandir - Shyama Shyam Dham Vrindavan
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
ISKCON Vrindavan
Religious Site
ISKCON Vrindavan Vrindavan
4.7
Duration: 2h 30 min
Krishna Janmabhoomi Temple
Religious Site
Krishna Janmabhoomi Temple Mathura
4.4
Duration: 2 hours
Govardhan Hill ©
Mountain
Govardhan Hill Mathura
4.1
Duration: 2 hours

Historic Sites in Mathura District

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Banke Bihari Temple ©
Religious Site
Banke Bihari Temple Vrindavan
4.0
Duration: 2 hours
Krishna Janmasthan Temple Complex ©
Religious Site
Krishna Janmasthan Temple Complex Mathura
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
Dwarkadhish Temple
Religious Site
Dwarkadhish Temple Mathura
4.1
Duration: 2 hours
Mata Vaishno Devi Dham ©
Religious Site
Mata Vaishno Devi Dham Vrindavan
4.5
Duration: 2 hours

Hidden gems in Mathura District

Akshaya Patra
Scenic Walking Area
Akshaya Patra Vrindavan
4.7
Duration: 4 hours
Seva Kunj ©
Garden
Seva Kunj Vrindavan
4.4
Duration: 2 hours
The Sacred Lake Kusum Sarovar ©
Outdoor Activity
The Sacred Lake Kusum Sarovar Vrindavan
4.7
Duration: 2 hours
Krishna Balaram Mandir ©
Landmark
Krishna Balaram Mandir Mathura
4.6
Duration: 2 hours

Kid-friendly things to do in Mathura District

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Elephant Conservation & Care Center
Zoo
Elephant Conservation & Care Center Mathura
4.5
Duration: 1h 30 min
Barsana Shri Radha Rani Temple ©
Religious Site
Barsana Shri Radha Rani Temple Mathura
4.8
Duration: 2 hours
Rangji Temple
Religious Site
Rangji Temple Mathura
4.5
Duration: 2 hours
Govinda Dev ji ©
Religious Site
Govinda Dev ji Vrindavan
4.5
Duration: 2 hours

Nature in Mathura District

Radha Kund Lake ©
Water Body
Radha Kund Lake Govardhan
4.5
Duration: 2 hours
Vishram Ghat
Water Body
Vishram Ghat Mathura
3.5
Duration: 2 hours
Radha Kund ©
Water Body
Radha Kund Mathura
4.2
Duration: 2 hours

Museums in Mathura District

Government Museum Mathura ©
History Museum
Government Museum Mathura Mathura
4.1
Duration: 2 hours