Mathura, a holy city in Uttar Pradesh is known for its beautiful temples and has been chosen as a one of the cities for Heritage City Development and Augmentation Yojana (HRIDAY) by the Government of India. Mathura lies 182 km from Delhi and is easily accessible by road and rail. It takes approximately 3 and half hours to reach Mathura from Delhi by road. Trains take about the same amount of time too. Tourists now have the option of picking up bikes on rent in Delhi from the now popular Delhi bike rentals to visit Mathura and other cities. Hiring two-wheelers is a more cost-effective and fun-filled way to see places. The bike rentals in Delhi also offer scooters on rent for the same purpose. People willing to ride to Mathura by road can easily hire bikes in Delhi.
Mathura is the birth place of Lord Krishna and is a pilgrim city for Hindus. It is one of the oldest cities of India and many ancient temples bear testimony to this fact. It is also called Brij-Bhoomi or Krishna-Janam Bhoomi. It has a number of ancient temples that pilgrims visit to offer their prayers.
The Krishna Janam Bhoomi Temple is said to be the birthplace of Lord Krishna. Lord Krishna was born in a prison cell and now the temple stands at that very place which is flocked by tourists and pilgrims all year round, especially during Janamashthmi.
The Dwarkadhish temple which was built around 150 years ago is also dedicated to Lord Krishna. This temple is known for its swing festival in monsoons and Lord Krishna is depicted as the King of Dwarka.
The Govardhan Parvat is another famous pilgrimage site of Mathura. It is said that it was this hill that Lord Krishna lifted on his little finger to defeat the God of Rain, Indra. Radha Kund is the place Lord Krishna slew a demon bull. He struck the earth and the pool was formed. It was named ‘Radha Kund’ after Radha, Lord Krishna’s consort who is worshipped with him. The Kusum Sarovar, located near Radha Kund is the place where the two lovers used to meet. The evening Aarti of the Kusum Sarovar is its main attraction.
Jama Masjid of Mathura, built by Abd-un-Nabi in 1662 AD is one of the most famous mosques of UP. It is visited by several pilgrims of the Muslim community every year. It houses the tomb of the Mughal governor.
Pilgrims wishing to pay Mathura a can do so by road as bike hiring in Delhi has become the latest trend. They can get all kinds of two-wheelers on rent in Delhi and choose from a large fleet of bikes.