Vrindavan, around 15 km from Mathura, is a little town and a major place of pilgrimage on the banks of Yamuna. Attracting about 500 000 pilgrims every year, mainly during major festivals like Janmashtami, Holi and Radhashtami, it is noted for its numerous temples, both old and modern, big and small (allegedly 5000 altogether). Vrindavan is synonymous with the childhood pastimes of Sri Krishna.

The name 'Vrindavan' is derived from 'Vrinda', another name for the sacred tulsi (basil) plant. It is said that the entire place was a tulsi grove at one time. According to another tradition, it was named after Vrinda Devi, one of Krishna's consorts. The earliest known shrine in Vrindavan is said to have been built by the local Gosvamis in a large garden called Nidhiban. According to tradition, Mughal Emperor Akbar was taken blindfolded inside the grove where he had some kind of a spiritual experience. As a result, he acknowledged the spot as being holy ground. The main temples of attraction in Vrindavan are...

Madan Mohan Temple

Govinda Dev Temple

Jugal Kisore Temple

Sri Ranganatha (Rangaji) Temple

Bankey Behari Temple

Radharamana Temple

Bankey

Radha Damodara Temple

Sri Radha Gokulananda Mandir

Radha Vallabha Temple

Radha-Syamasundara

Sri Gopesvara Mahadeva Mandir

Jaipur Temple

Shahji Temple

Seva Kunj & Nidhi Van

Imlitala tree (tamarind)

Gopinath Temple

ISKCON Temple

Prem Mandir

Vaishno Devi Temple

Vrindavan Chandrodaya Mandir

Garud Govind Temple

Pagal Baba Mandir

The Kesavdeo Temple

Akshaya Patra

Rasa lila

Vrindavan Parikrama