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“Dirty road, poor planning, pathetic infrastructure, congested, traffic jam” 2 of 5 stars
Review of Govardhan Hill

Govardhan Hill
Nr. Vrindavan, Mathura, India
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Ranked #3 of 33 things to do in Mathura
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“Dirty road, poor planning, pathetic infrastructure, congested, traffic jam”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2012

Dirty road, poor planning, pathetic infrastructure, congested, traffic jam. Approaching Goverdhan for a parikrama is in itself energy sapping. Approaching Goverdhan itself is more tedious than the actual parikrama. Parking your car itself is a tougher task than the actual parikrama. Parikrama is taking rounds by foot around Goverdhan hills. If you believe God resides in your heart, if you respect your parents as God, if you love your children like little angels, if you love your wife as she is an angel, then divinity is all around you. Let your soul be at peace and tranquility in the peaceful surroundings of your near and dear ones. The infrastructure here is not yet geared up to handle the flood of pilgrims that it handles every year. This is not for everyone. Only those who can struggle hard, tenacious enough, this is for them.

Visited August 2012
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“Govardhan on Kartik-Sunday”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2012

Its more than 4 years since my last trip to Govardhan. Myself along with Deepak Singh and Kamal Sareen had planned to do Parikrama of Govardhan on Sunday 25th Nov'12.

As planned we started early morning (6:00 am) and refilled CNG on Faridabad and took left turn to Govardhan on the highway. The road to Govardhan (21Kms) is horrible. AS it was sunday and Kartik month there was heavy rush and no parking space. We parked our Car on the road and started the Parikrama. The climate was pleasant and the atmosphere was very much charged.

There were many people and groups. Many groups were doing the parikrama doing bhajans & singing along with the Musical instrumentation. People were also doing Aarati(Carrying incense sticks) and Abhisekh (Carrying Milk pots).

Sick and elderly people were on Cars and Hand pulled carts. The whole length is covered with stalls selling beverages, fruits and juices. There were many beggars also pestering the pilgrims.

By 6:00 pm we had completed the circumnavigation. We returned via Mathura the road was Good on this path. Reached home by 12:00 Night

Visited November 2012
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“The Holy Hill”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 8, 2012

The drive to Govardhan is about an hour long from Mathura.
The main temple in Govardhan is the jatipura temple. The temple is basically the foot hill of the trip a devotee must take on foot. Expect dirty conditions, flies and greedy people. But at the same time the feeling is awesome. Take a glass of milk and as per the instructions put it on the hill.

Visited October 2012
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“Good experience”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 27, 2012

We'd never been on this kind of parikrama before, so we didn't know what to expect. But now that we have finished it, I must say it was a good experience. We started the parikrama at 8 PM and finished it around 2.30 AM. The best time to do this is in the night. Remember you'll have to walk bare foot and most of the parikrama path has tar roads - so if you do in the day, your feet might get burnt badly. The down side of doing this in the night is you may not get to see the Govardhan hill - we didn't get to see it. There will be many people who will be doing this in the night - so you won't be alone in any part of the journey. The journey is about 23 kms - and there are 2 parts to the parikrama. The 'badi' parikrama is 14 kms and the 'choti' is 9 kms. You will typically start with the 'badi' and you'll find it suprising how quickly you'll finish this - we did it in about 2.5 hrs. Probably because you're starting afresh. There are pukka roads all along and there are shops selling refreshments all along (we were surprised to see that the path goes into Rajasthan border and comes out back into UP when you're finishing the parikrama). The real deal is the choti parikrama. The path here takes you thru the small village lanes too. We found this the difficult of the 2 stretches. A tip: don't try to rest too much. The more you rest, the more you won't feel like getting back up and putting your feet on the road. Another useful tip is wear a pair of socks while doing this. We did it bare foot and towards the last 3 kms of our journey, our feet were begging for mercy. That's because your feet can only take so much of pebble pricks beyond which it starts to protest. We didn't feel tired at all, just our feet was aching cos of the pebble pricks. So wear a socks and you should enjoy this.

Visited September 2012
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“Inspiring to the traveller !”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2012

An uphill climb brings you to the temple premises. Believed to have been lifted by Lord Krishna on his finger, this hill is of historical significance. The temple is well maintained and ringing of the bells and the aarti in the evenings takes you away from your humdrum existence to a place where peace reigns.

Visited June 2012
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