Sunday April 5, 2020

Mathura: Ripe destination for domestic tourists

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source: indiatourismpoint.com
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By NewsGram Staff Writer

Mathura:  Mathura district has evolved from a major pilgrimage centre for the Hindus to a major tourism hub for visitors from within the country.

Around 10 crore people annually visit the holy places connected with Lord Krishna and his beloved Radha — mostly for circling the holy Goverdhan hill that the Lord Vishnu incarnate lifted on his little finger.

With a string of festivals taking place round the year, there are no seasonal ups and downs here, as the district is fast evolving as a favourite getaway for busy urbanites from the national capital, who wish to mix pleasure with religion.

In recent years, the Braj circuit that also includes Agra, has become very popular. Weekend tourism has picked up and visitors are combining pilgrimage with pleasure. Mathura’s profile is all set to further change as it has been listed as a heritage city for development.

“No other district in India attracts so many visitors — call them pilgrims or tourists — as Mathura district does. The pressure never ends. It is the favourite getaway point for people from Haryana, Punjab and Delhi who drive in through the Yamuna Expressway over the weekends or on festivals,” says restaurant owner Mahesh Kumar.

The ghats of the Yamuna river in Mathura and Vrindavan — where the evening ‘aartis‘ have become a major attraction for the pilgrims, the Mathura museum, the Birla Mandir, dozens of ashrams in Vrindavan, the temple of Bihari-ji, Rangji temple, the renovated Brahm Kund, the newly- constructed Prem Mandir and the ISKCON temple are among those figuring high on the list for tourists.

Vrindavan, with over 2,500 small and big temples, and scores of sprawling ashrams of the old and new-age gurus, is now just 90-minute drive from Noida via the Yamuna Expressway.

For the vegetarians, Mathura and Vrindavan provide a wide choice of foods and sweets made of milk. “No visitor forgets to buy the famous Mathura peda,” says Mangal Shukla, a panda in Vrindavan.

The transformation of the district into a major tourist hub has been facilitated by the state government, which is executing a dozen-odd infrastructural projects in the district to provide better and efficient connectivity, parking slots, shelter homes and a ‘haat’ for local products that include dresses for deities, garlands of diverse range, brass statues, hindolas and ritualistic paraphernalia. The silver industry of Mathura has emerged as a major revenue generator for the district.

“The Mathura Vrindavan Development Authority has taken up many projects for providing facilities to domestic tourists. Mathura parliamentarian Hema Malini wants to exploit the tourism potential of the district for economic development.

“She has adopted Radha’s birthplace Raval for development. Better road connectivity has helped increase tourist inflow to Gokul, Mahavan, Goverdhan, Barsana and Nandgaon,” say members of the Braj Bachao Samiti in Mathura.

Work on a ropeway to connect the Radha temple on the hill in Barsana has begun along with widening of the road from the Yamuna Expressway to Vrindavan. Even the road to Goverdhan is being beautified and the 21-km ‘parikrama marg‘ has been streamlined.

“In Goverdhan, a number of hotels have come up while Vrindavan too boasts of quality hotels. The hotel industry in Mathura is upbeat as business has picked up in recent years. A large number of political conventions are now regularly held in Vrindavan, which has brought the area on the tourism map,” says guest-house owner Rakesh Sharma.

Earlier, only the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh held its conferences in Vrindavan, but now the Rashtriya Lok Dal chief Choudhary Ajit Singh and Congress vice president Rahul Gandhi too have been attracted by the charm of Vrindavan.

(With inputs from IANS)

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Here are Some Beautiful Honeymoon Spots in India

Has coronavirus ruined your honeymoon plans? Here are some suggestions for you

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There's plenty of time for a honeymoon, but in the interim, for couples looking for some alone time, here's a list of what India has to offer. Pixabay

BY PUJA GUPTA

It’s not just the markets that are facing the brunt of COVID-19, love is too.

But a mini-moon in India might just be the break you can take after a hectic big fat wedding. Escape the daily routine, forget all your stress, turn off your phone, connect with nature and just pay attention to your partner as you embark on a entire lifetime together. There’s plenty of time for a honeymoon, but in the interim, for couples looking for some alone time, here’s a list of what India has to offer.

1. Munjoh Resort in Andaman Island

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Goa is a beautiful place for couples who want to chill at a resort and make their honeymoon special. Pixabay

Think of the vacation and Andaman pops into your mind! India is blessed with one of the most gorgeous and breathtaking Islands – ‘Andaman’, or should we say ‘Maldives’ of India! Andaman & Nicobar is among the most sorted and affordable mini-moon packages in India with plenty of beautiful stay options. One of the most romantic and luxurious stays in Havelock and Port Blair is Munjoh – Luxury Boutique Resort. A beach house meant only for you- to revel in, do as you please, private and decadent. It is a welcoming haven with a range of rooms to suit families, honeymooners and even one specifically designed for solo travellers, plus a private beach in one of the world’s most beautiful locations. The enchanting beaches, sparkling blue water, romantic serene, makes it a perfect getaway for the couples.

2. The Rain by Vista Rooms in Alleppey, Kerala

Since Kerala is known for its purest environment in India, this retreat proves it correct. It provides you with the best and purest views of the nature along with the modern interiors. This place is worth the experience, as it is both luxurious and comfortable for your stay. This is the vision that greets you at Alleppey, rightly also called the eVenice of the East’.

3. Fazlani Nature’s Nest in Lonavala, Maharashtra

If you both looking for the most therapeutic stay in one of India’s most popular wellness retreats, your search stops here. Overlooking the pristine waters of Mawal, Fazlani Nature’s Nest offers luxurious cottages, an organic farm-to-fork restaurant that allows you to pick your own vegetables for the salad, an orchard, delightful afternoon duck parades and an equine therapy that promises to detress your tired mind. Just two hours from Mumbai and Pune, this is the most romantic getaway you always wanted!

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Since Kerala is known for its purest environment in India, couples can plan their honeymoon over there. Pixabay

4. Ashore Villa in Goa

Relax in the lap of luxury at Ashore villa Morjim Beach. This ultra-luxurious villa with contemporary art deco architecture and modern furniture is ideal for families and friends. There are multiple spots in the villa to unwind and relax. One can relax in the infinity pool or the rooftop lounge while soaking in a mesmerizing sunset. The terrace, with a sky bar, as well as a steam room is perfect for an evening barbeque or cocktail soiree.

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Villa Ashore living by the Sea is located in a serene, tranquil location in Morjim and overlooks the beach. Morjim is popular as the home or nesting ground for Olive Riddle turtles and the tantalizing sea is ideal to learn surfing, wakeboarding or to unwind on the shores while reading. (IANS)