While in Mayapur the best place to stay are the ISKCON Guesthouses, if one can arrange for it. If planned 1 month in advance rooms are mostly available through the online reservation portal (www.visitmayapur.com). Alternately one can call the central reception of Gada Bhavan and enquire. They have 5 guesthouses to cater to devotees, but not all are available to visitors. Some are reserved for VIPs, life members, etc. Lunch and Dinner bhog are available at Gada Bhavan and Geeta Bhavan from 1-2 pm and 8:30-9 pm respectively. Coupons have to be collected from the reception of the respective guesthouse at least 30 mins before start time. Bhog at both the places are equally good but price wise there is difference. At Gada Bhavan lunch is INR 70 dinner is INR 50 per head, while at Geeta Bhavan lunch is INR 50 dinner is INR 40 per head. Additionally Khichuri Bhog coupon is available in morning for INR 30 per head near main entrance.
There are lot of budget hotels outside the campus as well, if rooms in campus are not at all available. Some hotels have rooms facing Hooghly river. Toto is mostly available from early morning to attend the Mangal Arati, if staying outside.
While in campus main thing to see is the Chandrodaya Temple and Pushpasamadhi Temple. The former has two altars. First is dedicated to Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and his first disciples. The second is dedicated to Shri Krishna, Radha and eight sakhis. There are altars dedicated to Nrisingha Avatar of Bhagavan Vishnu and A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada (founder of ISKCON) as well. Beside the main temple is a courtyard across which there is a small shrine for Garur Deva (mythical bird vahana of Vishnu). There is also a permanent exhibition on the life of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu through sculptures and 3D paintings. On one corner or the courtyard there are stalls selling puja items and Mahaprasad. Interestingly enough the Mahaprasad here ranges from sweets, pastry, bhujia to noodles and even pasta! Mahaprasad stalls are present at multiple locations within the campus, including the Govinda restaurant (it is open 24 hrs). Do watch the evening arati and the early morning mangal Arati in the main temple. Such confluence of people from all over the world chanting ‘Hare Krishna’ and akhanda kirtan takes the place to another dimension of spirituality. Pushpasamadhi Temple is located behind the main temple (right hand from main entrance). It is the Samadhi of the founder of ISKCON Swami Prabhupada. The temple complex is a huge white domed building surrounded by manicured gardens. Since the current main temple lacks the visual glamour, till the TOVP is completed Pushpasamadhi Temple will continue to be the center of attraction of tourists. Also one may visit the Goshala in the campus. Best to visit in early morning as it is around 10 minutes’ walk from the Guesthouses. It houses large number of cows (more than 200), indigenous and exotic, who are being cared for by ISKCON. Dairy products from Goshala is also available for sale in the campus. Apart from all this, anyone is bound to be mesmerized by the grandeur of huge Temple of Vedic Planetarium (TOVP) being constructed in the campus for an estimated cost to $90 million and to be completed by 2022. It is being claimed to be world’s largest temple once completed. Electric carts are available in the campus for those who are unable to walk as some locations are widely spaced.