Celebrating Holi in Mathura and Vrindavan is something which was in my bucket list since the day I got to know about it, but until this year (2017) my stars never aligned to make this happen. I was planning to go to Mathura since it was going to be a long weekend, but seven of my friends were going to Goa and were trying their level best to convince me to come along.
In hindsight, I am content that I decided to travel solo on my bike and got to see the most colourful Holi ever in my life.
After it stopped drizzling, I started my trip to the holi city form the chaos of Gurgaon, and it took me three hours to reach the destination. The roads from Gurgaon-Mathura is in an excellent condition and cruising on my Avenger with music in the background really gave me the ride I was longing for. Morning drizzle had made the weather serene and the villages of Haryana falling in the way added to the charm of it.
As soon as I entered Mathura, I could sense the positive vibes and the energy and enthusiasm that the city contained. I quickly went to the guesthouse I had reserved on the phone and compared it to other options and found it to be the best one (guesthouse details at the end). The location where you are staying in Mathura is crucial as you would not want to stay far from the happening places. I would recommend staying near Vishram Ghat, as this place is close to all the essential places like Dwarkadheesh temple, Janambhumi, and Holi gate.
On this day, there was no event which was happening, and I spent the evening by strolling on the peaceful ghats of Yamuna and then exploring the local streets from Vishram Ghat to the Holi Gate (the main street of Mathura where there are a lot of options available to eat and enjoy the authentic UP cuisine).
Mathura is filled with varieties of street food and enjoying the tasty Kachori and Jalebi at Oma Pahalwan near the Holi Gate is something which should not be missed. Right opposite to it is Brijwasi sweets, which is the most famous shop in Mathura for the famous Pedas and other desserts. Its ‘badam-milk thandai’ is a must-try item.