Famed as being the birthplace of the highly revered Hindu God Krishna, Mathura is one of 7 cities considered sacred the Hindus. Collectively known as ‘Sapta Puri,’ the other 6 holy pilgrimage centers are Ayodhya (Lord Ram), Haridwar (Lord Vishnu), Varanasi (Lord Shiva), Kanchipuram (Goddess Parvati), Ujjain (Lord Shiva) and finally, Dwarka (Lord Krishna).
Mathura or Brajbhoomi is connected to the national capital Delhi by a network of smooth roads along with the famed Yamuna Expressway; Mathura to Delhi distance being 185 km. Attracting a horde of pilgrims mainly during February/March (at the time of Holi) and August/September (at the time of Janmashtmi, i.e. Lord Krishna’s birthday), Mathura is situated in the western part of the north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. Sehgal Transport runs scheduled buses from Delhi to Mathura as a part of their 1-day tour to Mathura.
The city of Mathura has a rich, ancient history and has been mentioned in the Hindu epic Ramayana. There are numerous places of religious and historic significance and the surrounding towns like Vrindavan, Govardhan, Nandgaon, etc. Vrindavan is a twin city to Mathura, and a visit to Vrindavan is often coupled with a Mathura tour. Sehgal Transport also has a Mathura Vrindavan tour package, the details of which can be accessed on the website.
While the city is majorly linked to the birth of Lord Krishna, it is also religiously significant to the Buddhists. It was once a prominent Buddhist center with more than 20 monasteries, all of which now lie in ruins. Scattered with numerous temples from several ages, Mathura is nurtured by Yamuna River which links 25 ghats along its course through the city. The ghats on the river bank, where the people take their holy dips in the morning and during the evening aarti when thousands of candles are sent out onto the river, are a treat for the eyes and soul.