Holi at Gokulगोकुल : गोकुल के बच्चे और गोपियाँWidows HoliHere widows come together and celebrate this festival of colors with utmost joy at Pagal Baba Temple.Basic InformationHow to reachNearest Airport: DelhiNearest Railway Station: MathuraGet a shared auto outside railway station/ bus stops for Vrindavan.Stay in Vrindavan during HoliVrindavan has a lot of options to stay, but booking your room in advance is always the best option because most places are packed during the festival. Most of the rooms here are simple and are available at very cheap prices (starting from Rs.300 per night for a double bedroom). My stay : Tulsi Niwas, Vrindavan 7895637108 (To book in advance or to ask directions )Warnings and PrecautionsBe careful with the monkeys as they snatch specs and phones while walking in the streets and you have to buy frooti for them to return not guaranteeing the one piece. You should be careful with the thefts especially man carrying wallets and phone in pockets. When I was there 2 of my friends lost phone and wallet both and there is no sense of FIR and police station visits. Women must be especially cautious in large celebrations and on crowded streets as the combination of color, chaos, alcohol and bhang (an intoxicant made of cannabis leaves) can create an anything-goes atmosphere that men take advantage of, for groping and occasional sexual assaults. With the proper precautions (go out in a group, ideally with some men included) you should be able to keep the celebration a joyous one.If you are travelling alone or your main purpose is photography, prefer the dates 2-3 days before the actual Holi as crowd gets worsened as the holi approaches near and thefts and sexual assaults/ groping become common even inside the temples. Women become the main target for water gun shots and balloons.2018 Holi dates23rd Feb 2018 - Barsana Lathmar Holi24th Feb 2018 - Nandgaon Holi26th Feb 2018- Phoolon wali holi , Banke Bihari Temple 4PM27th Feb 2018 - Gokul Holi & Widows Holi1st March 2018 - Holi at Banke Bihari Temple / Holika Dahan in the evening2nd March 2018 - Holi Procession at Mathura and across India
Krishna Janma Bhoomi Mandir
This is basically the prison where Krishna was supposed to have been born. It has now been converted to a temple where all devotees can come to pay homage to the birthplace of their dear Lord. Mathura is just a stone's throw away from Delhi and is reachable in a day trip from Delhi.
I returned to my guest house for a quick nap, and then walked to the Krishna Janambhoomi temple. This temple is built around the prison cell where Lord Krishna is said to have been born. People were flocking in the temple and bhajan and kirtan made the environment lively. Some people were also celebrating holi with flower petals and overall atmosphere was quite energetic.After a light dinner, I called It a day and slept early only to wake up with full energy the following morning.Day 2
Sri Krishna Janmabhoomi Temple Complex
Mathura was where Lord Krishna was born thousands of years ago. The Krishna Janmabhoomi Temple is built right in the heart of the very populated city of Mathura. The neighbouring towns of here are Vrindavan and Govardhan. The Krishna Janmabhoomi Temple is the prime attraction of Mathura and is built around a stone walled cell inside which the monstrous King Kamsa had imprisoned Devaki and Basudeb to whom Krishna was born. This cell is now the garba griha or the innermost temple and the whole place which was once a horrible prison was beautified to form this lovely temple. The temple is red in colour and has a number of engravings on the walls and beautiful carvings done here. This place is an important place of pilgrimage by the Hindus.
Government Museum Mathura
Mathura is said to be the birth place of Lord Krishna and he had spent his childhood with his foster parents in Vrindavan, both in Uttar Pradesh. These two places are thus famous pilgrimage places for the Hindus. The main railway station which serves the city is the Mathura Junction Railway station which is on the Agra- Delhi chord of the Agra- Mumbai and Agra- Chennai Lines. The station is said to have 10 platforms. This station is connected with almost all major stations of the country. There is everything here starting from a computerised reservation counter, phone booths and eating and waiting areas.