Now that we have heard a lot about Vrindavan and it's grand Holi celebration, I know it's now on the list of your next vacation. Let's look at the ways to reach there.
Vrindavan is the land of the Gods and goodness therefore the culture, the vibe and the food it offers, you won't get it anywhere else in the world. The delicious foods prepared with love as a main ingredient are knocking your phone screens now and I know like us, you too can't wait to taste them.
Vrindavan was once home to the makhan chor - Kanhaiya. So butter and milk are highly consumed food products here and along with them, the city also has a big sweet tooth. You will get most of the food joints labeled as pure vegetarian. While walking on the streets, you would find many buttermilk, milk badam, tea, samosa and jalebi vendors.
FROM THE STREETS:
Lassi: The lassi here is different from the other parts of the country. Lassi from Vrindavan has a creamy and thick layer of malai at top and the bottom is filled with dry fruits.
Satvik Samosa: Ever heard this adjective with Samosa before? No, right. This is an unique kind of samosa prepared without onions and garlic. These samosas are served with tempting green chutney or satvik aloo curry.
Kachori: The hot and spicy moong daal kachori are drenched in desi ghee for frying and are prepared without onions and garlic. Vrindavan also offers a sweet version of kachoris filled with dry fruits and khoya.
Makhan Mishri: This is served as an offering of love by many temples. This food is said to be bal gopal's favorite food and is served in an earthen pot with sugar cubes layered on top of butter.
Jalebi: The hot and mouth melting jalebis are served in a cone made with dry leaves. This amazing dish is enjoyed with a layer of cold rabdi on top.
SOUL SATISFYING FOOD STORES:
The food stores in the city offer some greatest and delicious dishes of all times. The aroma coming out from these food stores will compel you to stop, eat and relish the taste.
Speciality: Sweet Kachoris, Moong dal halwa, Handcrafted chocolates.
Price Range: This self service restaurant is budget friendly and price ranges from ₹120 to ₹400.
Address: Bhaktivedanta, Swami marg, Bankebihari colony.
Timings: 7:00AM to 11:00PM.
Bharti Foods Restaurant:
Speciality: Jalebi and Khaman
Price Range: The dishes are served at a low price. Everything is under ₹500.
Address: Bhaktivedanta, Swami Marg, Bankebihari colony.
Timings: 10:00AM to 11:00PM.
Hare Krishna Guest House Prasadam:
Speciality: Healthy,hygienic and home like food.
Price Range: You can get a full satvik (without onion and garlic) food thali of Indian food at a minimum price of ₹25.
Address: In the campus of ISKCON temple
Timings: 08:00AM to 10:00PM.
LUXURY FINE DINE
The Vrindavan is a city of magic, wonder and devotion. The luxurious food restaurants standing in the city serve magic and health on your plates layered with devotion for their God and guests.
Speciality: Serving ayurvedic and organic foods.
Price Range: ₹1500 for two people.
Address: Parikrama marg, Shree Bindu sewa sansthan.
Timings: 07:30AM to 11:00PM.
Hotel The Royal Bharti:
Speciality: Satvik Indian and continental food.
Price Range: ₹1000 for two people.
Address: Gopal Garh, Omaxe township.
Timings: 9:00AM to 1:00AM
11 Flowers Rooftop and AC Restaurant:
Speciality: Vegan and gluten free options.
Price Range: ₹800-1000 for two people.
Address: Near Balaji ashram
Timings: 09:00AM to 11:00PM.
While you are on your way to seek the spiritual bliss in Vrindavan, you will also require a comfortable stay where you can relax and get rid of all the tiredness caused by dancing on Lord Krishna's flute.
STAYING IN OFF SEASON
Even though the land of Vrindavan is at the heights of joy during the festival of holi but let me tell you, this city never stops having fun. Stories of Krishna are mixed in air thus, all seasons welcome tourists from all over the world.
Nand Atithi Bhawan:
Description: King sized beds, non ac rooms, 24x7 check in available, attached bathrooms, daily housekeeping, CCTV cameras and fire extinguishers available in the hotel.
Address: Near ISKCON temple.
Price: ₹442 per night
Description: Compact and comfortable rooms with attached bathrooms facilitated with ac and wifi.
Address: Bankebihari marg
Price: ₹553 per night
ENTERING IN THE FESTIVAL SEASON
Whole city gets coloured in the devotion of Lord Krishna during Holi and weeks before it. Tourists from all over the world come to experience the grand festival of colorful joy and thus, the hotel rates are higher than usual during this time of the year. The hotels offer a lot of attractions in form of free gifts and welcome treats during Holi.
Kridha Residency-A Boutique Hotel:
Description: The name of the hotel itself celebrates love of Krishna and Radha. The rooms are big and spacious, decorated with paintings of lord Krishna. Attached bathrooms, private balcony, refrigerator, free wifi and ac rooms available.
Address: Bhaktivedanta, opposite Prem mandir.
Price: ₹2400 per night
Attractions: Gift boxes given to each guest. Free breakfast at Dasaprakash Restaurant.
Description: The rooms are spacious with king sized beds, free parking and wifi, guides and cab booking services available too.
Address: H-3, Krishnapuram, nearby Birla mandir.
Price: ₹1500 per night.
Attractions: Serving of butter in an earthen pot as a welcome snack. The staff dresses as ancient Braj people during the festival.
TAKING THE 5-STAR TREATMENT
5-star restaurants are always a delightful experience. When the vibe of Vrindavan is blended with such luxury, it becomes an unforgettable experience. Following are the 5-star hotels of Vrindavan:
Hotel The Royal Bharti:
Description: Free wifi, free breakfast, availability of shuttle bus service and laundry, spacious rooms with attached balconies and bathrooms.
Address: Gopal Garh, Omaxe township.
Price: ₹5592 per night.
Hotel Hare Krishna Orchid:
Description: Free internet, pool and gym area, indoor gaming zone and well illuminated big rooms with attached bathrooms.
Address: Behind Prem mandir
Price: ₹4289 per night.
Whole city of Vrindavan is pure magic created out of devotion, faith and love and it has embedded a beautiful tale from history in each of its corners. Here are some must try options curated from the city's heart to make your trip complete.
FROM THE VISITORS:
Experiences are always valued as they can teach you a lot. Let’s go through the experiences of some people who got an opportunity to celebrate Holi in this beautiful city and feel the spirituality of holy land through our phone screens.
SHOOTING IN THE CITY –
Kheria Airport is situated 70kms away from Vrindavan.
Nearest Railway Stations:
Vrindavan Railway station which is just 1km away only has direct trains from Mathura.
Mathura Junction is located at 11.65 kms from Vrindavan and connects 580 trains.
Kosi Kalan railway station with a distance of 34.07 kms brings 126 trains.
Hathras Junction is 43.3 kms away from Vrindavan calls for 112 trains.
Nearest Bus Stands:
Vrindavan Bus stand connects buses from all major cities.