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Places in Mathura (See Mathura Tourism)

1. Sri Krishna Janmabhoomi Temple

The temple is believed to be the birthplace of Lord Shri Krishna and it is considered the holiest place in Mathura. Other attractions here are a marble statue of Lord Krishna as well as small shrines of various Gods and Goddesses.

  • Address: Near Deeg Gate Chouraha, Janam Bhumi, Mathura
  • Timings: 5 am to 12 pm and 3 pm to 8.30 pm
  • Distance from GLA University:15.8 km

2. Dwarkadhish Temple

Dedicated to Lord Krishna, the temple is a must visit for its beauty and architecture. The entrance boasts of Rajasthani style architecture with an open courtyard in the centre as well as beautifully carved pillars and a stunning painted ceiling.

  • Address: Naya Bazaar, Mathura, India
  • Timings: 6.30 am to 10.30 am and 4 pm to 7 pm
  • Distance from GLA University: 15.5 km

3. VishramGhat

Out of the 25 ghats Mathura has to offer, VishramGhat, the bath and worshipping spot on the banks of the river Yamuna, is the most important one as it is believed that Lord Krishna rested on this Ghat after killing Kansa. It is made up of marble stone, with a large stone arch and is surrounded by beautiful temples, which offers a stunning view. The highlight here are the thousands of small oil lamps floating down the river that can be seen during the evening aarti.

  • Address: Banks of River Yamuna, Mathura
  • Timings: Aarti 7 pm to 7.15 pm (during summer) and 6.45 pm to 7 pm (during winter)
  • Distance from GLA University: 17.1 km

4. KusumSarovar

This is the place where Radha used to collect flowers and meet Lord Krishna. Apart from its religious significance, this reservoir is a popular day spot for tourists visiting Mathura. KusumSarovar is 450 feet long and 60 feet deep which makes it a great spot for a swim as well.

  • Address: RadhaKunj, Mathura
  • Timings: Open 24 hours
  • Distance from GLA University: 23.4 km

5. Govardhan Hill

Situated close to the Vrindavan, Govardhan Hill is a popular location for devotees and tourists alike. The hill itself is mentioned in ancient Hindu text and it is believed that it was one lifted by Lord Krishna to defeat Indra – the god of rain and thunder.Apart from its spiritual significance, the sandstone hill stands 80 feet tall, and offers stunning views of natural beauty.

  • Address: Near Vrindavan, Mathura,
  • Timings: 7 am to 7 pm
  • Distance from GLA University:38 km

6. KansQila

Another major attraction in Mathura is KansQila or Kans Fort. It is named after Lord Krishna’s maternal uncle and is located on the banks of the river Yamuna. Apart from its holy significance, the fort is a regal piece of architecture and shows off Hindu and Muslim structural influences.

  • Address: Near Krishna Ganga Ghat, Mathura
  • Timings: 8 am to 4.30 pm (open all days including public holidays)
  • Distance from GLA University: 14.9 km

7. Sri BankeyBihariMandir

Sri BankeyBihariMandir is one of the popular Vrindavan temples situated near Radhavallabh Temple in the holy city of Vrindavan.The presiding deity of the temple is Lord Krishna. The deity is worshiped and looked after as a child. The idol is black in color and is beautifully carved. Unlike other temples, the curtains before the deity are raised and shut every few minutes. It is believed that if seen for longer time, the brilliant eyes of BankeyBihari can make the devotees unconscious. There are no bells or conch in the temple because BankeyBihari does not like the sound of bells or conch.

  • Timings: 7.45 AM – 12 PM and 5.30 PM – 9.30 PM in summer, and 8.45 AM – 1 PM and 4.30 PM – 8.30 PM in winter.
  • Distance from GLA University:13.1 km

8. Barsana

Barsana was the birthplace of Radha, the consort of Krishna. Barsana is among well known tourist places near Delhi, best visited during Holi festival.Barsana is famous for Lath Mar Holi. RadhaAshtami is also celebrated with full reverence and devotion. This is celebrated on the ninth day of Hindu month Bhadrapad (August / September)
Distance from GLA University : 35 Km

9. Gokul

This is the town where infant Lord Krishna was brought up in secrecy by his foster mother Yashoda. Situated on the banks of the Yamuna, Gokul is frequented by pilgrims, especially during Janmashtami and Annakut festival. The place is also associated with Saint Vallabhacharyaji who lived here.

ShriThakuraniGhat: It is a popular Ghat where ShriVallabhacharya received Darshan of Shri Yamuna Maharani. Thus, this place seeks special reverence from the followers of Lord Vishnu especially those from the Vallabha sect.

Nanda Bhavan: The divine Architect Vishwakarma had built Nanda Bhavan 5000 years ago. Located on a hill, it was the house of Nanda, foster father of Lord Krishna. In this house, young Krishna and his brother Balarama were brought up while his birth parents were imprisoned by King Kamsa in Vrindavan.

Raman Reti: Raman Reti is believed to be the sand in which Lord Krishna played as a child. In more recent times, about 200 years ago, the famous Saint, Swami Gyandasji did a severe penance at Raman Reti for 12 years. Pleased with his devotion, The Lord appeared before him and today you can find a Ramanbihariji Mandir at that spot. Today devotees roll over the sand here and seek the blessings of Lord Krishna.

Rangbihariji Temple: The main idol of Rangbiharji temple is the exact image of Lord Krishna described by Swami Gyandasji as he was the one who had the opportunity to see the divine.
Distance from GLA University: 30.1 km

Places in Agra (See Agra Tourism)

1. Taj Mahal

Taj Mahal, an ivory white-marble mausoleum, is the perfect example of the intricacy and brilliance of Persian and Mughal architecture. It was constructed by Emperor Shah Jahan, in memory of his beloved wife, Mumtaz Mahal. Today, the Taj Mahal is a UNESCO World Heritage Site and it continues to hold the same magical appeal, attracting approximately eight million tourists a year.

  • Opening Hours: 6 a.m.–7 p.m.
  • Distance from GLA University: 85.9 km

2. Agra Fort

Agra fort, the red sandstone and marble architecture exudes power and grandiosity. It was primarily begun by Emperor Akber in 1565 as a military structure and was later transformed into a palace by his grandson Emperor Shah Jahan. Some of the most iconic structures in Mughal history are still a part of this fort, such as Shish Mahal (Mirror Palace), Diwan-e-aam (Hall of general audience) and Diwan-e-khaas (Hall of private audiences). The Amar Singh gate, which was originally built to confuse attackers with its dogleg design, is now the sole point of entry to the fort.

  • Opening Hours: 6 a.m.–7 p.m.
  • Distance from GLA University: 77.3 km

3. Mehtab Bagh

Constructed just opposite the Taj Mahal, Mehtabbagh is a char-bagh (four garden) complex that is considered the ultimate viewing point of the magnificent marble mausoleum. The garden is open from sunrise to sunset and is considered a photographer’s haven because it is the point from where you can take some unique photographs of the Taj with a gorgeous backdrop.

  • Opening Hours: 6 a.m.–7 p.m.
  • Distance from GLA University: 76.7 km

4. Tomb of Itimad-ud-Daulah

This tomb is the first to be built in white marble instead of red sandstone, which officially marked the cessation of red sandstone from Mughal architecture. Itimad-ud-Daula is sometimes referred to as the “baby Taj” or a draft of the Taj Mahal, as it has been constructed with the same elaborate carvings and pietra dura (cut-out stone work) inlay techniques.

  • Opening Hours: 8 a.m.–12 a.m.
  • Distance from GLA University: 74.3 km

5. Fatehpur Sikri

This is a historic city among the places to visit near Agra. The city was founded by Akbar who was a powerful Mughal emperor. FatehpurSikri was the capital city of the Mughal Empire for many years before Agra took this position. Akbar was instrumental in envisioning the city. He commissioned the building of gardens, harems, planned roads, mosques, and utility structures.

  • Distance from GLA University: 77.1 km

Places in Delhi (See Delhi Tourism)

1. QutubMinar

Standing at 73 metres high, the QutubMinar is the highest tower in India, located at the famous Qutub in Delhi. The tower was built using a combination of Irani and Afghani architectural styles.Along the sides of the tower, you can see inscriptions of scripture text and a few carvings. Just next to the QutubMinar is the Quwwat-us-Islam Mosque – the first ever mosque built in India.

  • Location: Mehrauli
  • Entry Fee: Rs. 15 (Indians), Rs. 250 (foreigners)
  • Timing: Sunrise to Sunset

Distance from GLA University: 125 km

2. Safdarjung’s Tomb

Safdarjung’s Tomb is situated inside the Lodhi Estate. The tomb was built in 1754 by Safdarjung’s son, Shuja-ud-Daula, as a mausoleum for his late father.Highlights of the Safdarjung’s Tomb are the Moti Mahal, BadshahPasand and Jangli Mahal, which are small canopies, and the gorgeous white marble dome that sits on top of the mausoleum. There is a lovely garden that borders the tomb and a few pathways where one can enjoy walks.

  • Location: Lodhi Estate
  • Entry Fee: Rs. 15 (Indians), Rs. 200 (foreigners)
  • Timing: Sunrise to Sunset

Distance from GLA University: 129 km

India Gate

Located in the heart of the city, the India Gate monument was built by Edward Lutyens in honour of all the Indian and British soldiers who died during World War I. Just next to the India Gate, there is another memorial called the Amar JawanJyoti that was built to honour Indian soldiers of the 1971 Indo-Pak war.

  • Location: New Delhi
  • Entry Fee: Free
  • Timing: Sunrise to Sunset

Distance from GLA University: 127 km

4. Red Fort (Lal Qila)

The Red Fort or Lal Qila is synonymous with the Mughal Empire in Delhi. Made entirely of red sandstone, this fort was designed using floral motifs and calligraphy on the walls.Shaped like an octagon, the fort was commissioned by Shah Jahan in 1638. The site has been granted a UNESCO world heritage site status and it is the venue for the Indian Prime Minister’s Independence speech.

  • Location: ChandniChowk
  • Entry Fee: Rs. 10 (Indians), Rs. 250 (foreigners)
  • Timing: Sunrise to Sunset (Tuesday to Sunday)
  • Distance from GLA University: 132 km

5. Humayun’s Tomb

Built nine years after his death, the tomb of Humayun is a magnificent monument that stands in Delhi. A true example of exquisite design, Humayun’s Tomb is worth visiting for its fine Mughal architecture.

  • Location: Mathura Road
  • Entry Fee: Rs. 10/- (Indians), Rs. 100/- (foreigners)
  • Timing: Sunrise to Sunset
  • Distance from GLA University: 125 km

6. Jama Masjid

The Jama Masjid has the distinction of being the largest mosque in India. The mosque took six years to complete and was also the last magnificent monument to be built by Shah Jahan. The eye-catching red and white minarets, the large dome, and high rise arches near the entrance of the prayer hall of the Jama Masjid are very typical of Mughal architecture.

  • Location: ChandniChowk
  • Entry Fee: Rs. 200 (for cameras and video cameras)
  • Timing: 8 am onwards
  • Distance from GLA University: 133 km

7. Baha’i House of Worship (Lotus Temple)

The imposing Baha’i House of Worship stands tall in the Bahapur area of Delhi and is constructed entirely out of white marble. It is famous across India because of its unique and modern shape. Designed to look like a lotus, the temple doesn’t house any idol. This is because the Baha’i do not believe in idol worship.

  • Location: Kalkaji
  • Entry Fee: Free
  • Timing: 9.30 am to 5.30 pm (Tuesday to Sunday). Opened till 7 pm during the summer
  • Distance from GLA University:122 km

8. DilliHaat

Somewhat of a flea market, DilliHaat is open all through the year. Go here to buy and have a look at locally made traditional artefacts, handicrafts, woven bags, gorgeous fabrics, traditional Indian furniture, and more. There’s also food stores here that serve amazing and delicious locally made delicacies.

  • Location: DilliHaat
  • Entry Fee: Rs. 20 (adults); Rs. 10 (children)
  • Timing: 11 am to 9 pm
  • Distance from GLA University:128 km