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Excursions

Vrindavan (10 km)
The town is intricately woven with the playful pranks of Lord Krishna. Once noted for its fragrant groves, Lord Krishna spent an eventful youth here. Places of interest are Banshivat, Ramji Ka Bagirha, Bankey Bihari Temple, Gopinath Temple, Govind Deo Temple, Guda Vihar Temple, Jaipur Temple, Jugal Kishore Temple, Kunj Galliyan temple, Madan Mohan Temple, Radha Ballabh Temple, Rangaji Temple, Krishna Balaram Temple (ISKCON), Seva Kunj, Dwarakadeesh Temple, Kalya Ghata, Radha Damodara Temple, Kesi Ghata, Radha Ramana Temple and Shahji Temple. During February – March, Ras leela festival is celebrated.

Gokul (16 km)
Situated on the banks of the Yamuna River, this celebrated spot is where infant Krishna was brought up in secrecy to escape the wrath of the tyrant Kansa. Its most important temple is that of Gokul Nathji.

Mahavan (18 km)
Situated on the left bank of the Yamuna River, this place is associated with Lord Krishna’s childhood. Its places of interest are temples of Mathura Nathji and Assi Khamba, which follow the contemporary style of Buddhist architecture.

Baldev (20 km)
Named after the elder brother of Lord Krishna the town’s main attraction is a temple dedicated to Baldeo (Dauji), which stands in the centre of the town.

Barsana (21 km)

Holi is joyfully celebrated in Braja, especially at Varsana (Latmar Holi), Nandagram and Dauji. In the afternoon gopas (men) from Nandagram come to Varsana and play Holi with the local gopis (women) of Varsana. The women hit the men hard with long bamboo staffs. The men carry shields to protect themselves. Barsana originally known as Brahmasaran lies on a slope of ridge. The hill is crowned by a group temple is honor of Lali Ji, a local title of Radha meaning 'the beloved'.

Govardhan (26 km) (Jatinpura)
A hillock believed to have been held aloft in the air by Lord Krishna on his finger for 7 days and nights to protect the people of Brij from rains. On the summit of Govardhan hill is a temple built in 1520 by Vallabhacharya.

Sonkh (32 km)

An excavation site, it has valuable relics on display.

Deeg (37 km)
12 km from Govardhan, this town in Rajasthan is renowned for its forts, palaces and beautiful Mughal gardens.

Bharatpur (43 km)
Famous for the Keoladeo Ghana Bird Sanctuary, it is located in the sate of Rajasthan and a wonderful place for the tourists to unwind with nature by their side.

Agra (56 km)
Agra is famous for the world-renowned monument the Taj Mahal, built by Shah Jahan.

Nandgaon (60 km)
Known for the house of Lord Krishna’s foster father Nand, in whose memory a temple was built in the mid 12th century AD. The other important site of the town is the Pan Sarovar, one of the four celebrated lakes of Braj Bhoomi.


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