A Guide to Vrindavan: Things to Do & See

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Brightly coloured vintage doors, saints and seers enrobed in saffron, and smiling locals. Life in Vrindavan is all about love, devotion, and simplicity.

As opposed to the belief that a visit to this holy town might be a cultural shock for many, I’d say it was more of a gratifying experience for us. We were least bothered from seeing dirt or being in a crowd; what melted our hearts was the amount of love that is there. People in Vrindavan are all about devotion and service. They are so happy about life that even a random argument results in smiles in the end. There is no place for enmity, grudges, or rivalry.

A trip in Vrindavan is a sweet assault to the senses – those smiles, ever-so-happy souls, and those narrow lanes with magnificent doors sure to leave the visitor in you feeling happy.

How to explore Vrindavan?

When staying in Vrindavan, it is best to leave your car parked in hotel and explore the entire town on foot.

Most of the places to visit in Vrindavan are based in narrow lanes and accessing them via car is just not possible. So spend your time walking through the narrow alleyways dripping with colourful history and admiring a township where locals greet all the visitors with warm and infectious smiles.

Things to do in Vrindavan

Vrindavan is one of the most significant places of pilgrimage for devotees of Lord Krishna. An interesting fact about this town is that there are almost 5,000 temples in this holy land where Lord Krishna spent his entire childhood.

Ditch the car and opt for an auto ride

Spend your days in Vrindavan walking through alleyways, soaking in the love that holds people in its embrace.

Prowling around the town through the narrow streets isn’t feasible by a car. You can opt for an auto ride that takes you around the nooks and crannies of the town in a hassle-free way. An auto-ride adds to the town’s old-world charm.

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Quirky auto rides in Vrindavan

Get clicked against the vintage doors

Big, vintage doors bolted and secured with huge locks are a common sighting in Vrindavan. While you walk through the serpentine lanes, look out for the vintage doors as they make for some gorgeous photographs.

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The doors in Vrindavan are open to people of all faiths

Soak in the culture

The holy city of Vrindavan is a treasure trove of unfathomable cultural wealth. It’s the ideal place to meet and interact with locals, learn about the life of Lord Krishna, visit revered pilgrim hubs, and devour street food from roadside vendors.
What’s more fun is actually listening to the stories of Leelas of Krishna and Radha. Vrindavan is definitely a town where heart rules! Just surrender your heart in the town of over 300 temples and soak in the culture as much as possible.

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Cutest smiles can easily melt your hearts

A guided tour of Nidhi Van

Onto my favourite temple in Vrindavan. Built on the outskirts of Vrindavan, Prem Van is a beautiful temple depicting significant events surrounding Lord Krishna and Radha’s existence. No humans are allowed entry to the temple after sunset.
The temple is never too crowded as it is a huge complex so no queues as such. It is surrounded by huge bushy forests and a guided tour here is most recommended. Beware as there are many touts acting as guides near the temple.

Hiring one would set you back by 50 INR | Not even a dollar. Make sure you drop by!

Visit Bankey Bihari Temple

It is ardently believed that god really resides in the Bankey Bihari Temple that is thronged by thousands of visitors on a daily basis. There are a number of vendors outside the main temple complex selling garlands and sweets to offer to the deity.

To experience the real mood of Vrindavan, a visit to Bankey Bihari temple is a must.

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It’s easy to meet saints and seers at every corner in Vrindavan

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Pretty flowers & delightful aromas in th elane outside the temple premises

Sample mouth-watering lassi

If there’s one thing even those with an aversion to sweet stuff cannot resist, it is perhaps some ice cold lassi at the heart of Vrindavan.

The market near Shri Banke Bihari Ji Mandir is known for it’s savoury selection of snacks, from pav bhaji to chaat. But the lassi take away the cake for being the king of the good stuff! Super thick, creamy and with some cream on top for good measure, a lassi in Vrindavan is an experience!

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Scrumptious lassi – one glass wouldn’t be enough

Don’t miss out on street food

Street food is an intrinsic part of Vrindavan’s cultural experience. The best part is you don’t have to shell out big bucks to experience the culinary landscape of the town. Try out the mouthwatering tikki, pyaz kachori and an array of Indian sweetmeats including rabri, faluda, kheer and malpuas.

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Foodie’s heaven

This trip was made possible by WranglerDenims. All opinions are our own.

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Author: Prerna

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24 Comments

  • Reply ada September 4, 2017 at 11:05 am

    Ive never heard about Vrindavan but it looks so beautiful. ! Looks very colourful over there! I love that vintage door! And I also can’t wait to visit India for that street food! I always hear how amazing it is! That snack looks interesting ! 😀

    • Reply admin September 14, 2017 at 8:06 pm

      That’s awesome Ada – Hope you manage to visit Vrindavan on your much anticipated trip to India 🙂

  • Reply Hang Around The World September 4, 2017 at 1:26 pm

    Thanks for this great overview about Vrindavan; really liked how did you wrote this post, lots of good info.
    It looks like a colorful and animated area (we love this), plus we know that here the street food is delicious, right?
    We love your photos too much!!

    • Reply admin September 14, 2017 at 8:02 pm

      Perhaps there’s no shortage of finger-licking street food in Vrindavan (and India).

  • Reply Indranil Chowdhury September 6, 2017 at 10:39 am

    We haven’t been to Vrindavan yet, but this post has got us thinking. The photos are lovely. Would love to have that glass of lassi right about now.

    • Reply admin September 14, 2017 at 8:00 pm

      You guys should definitely visit Vrindavan, Indranil – you’ll love it 🙂

  • Reply Ania Travels September 6, 2017 at 2:47 pm

    I’ve never heard of Vrindavan before but it looks beautiful. I must admit I went onto google images to see more images. I would love to go.

    • Reply admin September 14, 2017 at 7:58 pm

      he he, that’s the impact of this place, Ania. Hope you make it to Vrindavan soon 🙂

  • Reply Tom @ Abroad American September 6, 2017 at 5:52 pm

    oooOOOooo that lassi sounds delicious and that street food looks delicious! I, like other commenters, have never heard of Vrindavan before, but I know of India’s wide range of cultures, regions, and cities. I can’t imagine ever running out of places to go in the subcontinent.

    • Reply admin September 14, 2017 at 8:04 pm

      We had a lot of fun on this getaway, Tom. And just like you said it, you can never run out of places to explore in a country as big and diverse as India. So make sure you take a long-ish trip there 🙂

  • Reply Oursweetadventures September 10, 2017 at 2:55 am

    This seems like a very enjoyable town to explore. We always like walking through towns as opposed to driving so we will take your advice if we find ourselves there. We would enjoy learning about this culture and especially the beliefs. That is some of the best parts of traveling, learning about the culture.

    • Reply admin September 14, 2017 at 7:57 pm

      I am so sure you will. India is a beautiful place and it takes some time to soak it all in but exploring it can be so damn rewarding, especially towns as culturally rich as Vrindavan 🙂

  • Reply Liana September 15, 2017 at 10:41 am

    Thanks for this overview of Vindravan, and it seems very interesting and enjoyable to explore! I always like to go on tours, and check out the surroundings by myself, and check out how locals are living! That is some of travelling and learning about a new culture! xx

  • Reply Tahnee September 18, 2017 at 7:10 pm

    Wow what an amazing place!! Your pictures are so beautiful xx

  • Reply Niki September 18, 2017 at 9:58 pm

    I think Vindravan would suit me! I love everything you said! Also it looks so picturesque – definitely on my bucket list 🙂

    • Reply admin September 20, 2017 at 8:46 am

      Definitely Niki. Vrindavan has that mysterious aura surrounding it – hope you get to visit super soon 🙂

  • Reply Lisa September 19, 2017 at 12:23 am

    Your pictures wonderfully illustrate the beauty of Vindavran! Looks like it has much to offer:)

  • Reply Kirti September 19, 2017 at 2:30 am

    Lovely pics 😍

    • Reply admin September 20, 2017 at 9:27 am

      Thank you Kirti 🙂

  • Reply kristal September 19, 2017 at 2:34 am

    This place looks like it is such a fun places to visit. It looks live and people looks like a lot of people streets.

  • Reply Elizabeth September 19, 2017 at 6:40 am

    What an absolutely stunning place to visit! I’ve never been to India, and it’s a place I’d love to explore one day.

    • Reply admin September 20, 2017 at 9:29 am

      Indian is an assault to the senses, Elizabeth. But make sure you put Vrindavan in your itinerary as it won’t disappoint you 🙂

  • Reply Kelley September 19, 2017 at 2:48 pm

    Your trip looks amazing. Loving the gorgeous photos and your style, too. 🙂

    • Reply admin September 20, 2017 at 8:45 am

      Thank You Kelly! We appreciate your kind comments 🙂

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