Vrindavan is a sacred town in the Mathura district of Uttar Pradesh. Sometimes also referred to as “Mathura Vrindavan” because Mathura to Vrindavan distance is only 11 km. Good Place to visit near Agra. According to Hindu Mythology, Lord Krishna spent his days of childhood there. This city has many temples dedicated to Krishna and Radha and it attracts a massive number of worshipers daily. A few famous are “Banke Bihari Temple Vrindavan” and “Prem Mandir Vrindavan”.
There are very tidy lanes that remain overcrowded by visitors at almost every hour of the day. You may find a lot of information about what to do in Vrindavan but this article is to educate you about what not to do in Vrindavan. Since it’s a heavily crowded town, keeping a few things in mind will make the visit pleasant and safe.
Is Vrindavan Safe?
The answer is simple, “Yes” until you are well aware of the following important points before you travel to this sacred place.
1. Avoid hiring any local guide at Vrindavan
Remember, there are no hidden stories or hidden tourist spots in Vrindavan to visit. All the famous stories are easily available on the internet. No matter how alluring an offer may seem, do not take a guide. Take special care if you are a first-time visitor. It’s a waste of money and can get you in trouble if you come across someone with malicious intentions. We have explained more about this in the next point.
Local especially near “Banke bihari temple Vrindavan” does portray that they have good knowledge of history, and they may be correct as well, but verify their ID, take them only if they are authorized by local govt or tourism department.
Be safe, but do enjoy the essence of this sacred place.
2. Do your research and do not try visiting all the Temples
Is Vrindavan Safe? In Vrindavan,of all vrindavan temple temples the “banke bihari temple vrindavan” in main. At Vrindavan Dham, you may also visit Nidhi Van or Nidhi Upwan and Prem Mandir vrindavan. It suffices to see these three temples. Occasionally you may find someone (a guide or a local person) telling you that there is the main temple (other than mentioned above), that you must visit in “Mathura Vrindavan”. If you don’t do so, then your visit is useless. In case you agree, then they might take you to some temple where you may get robbed or looted or kidnapped, or tortured.
So be safe and don’t trust everyone. We are writing this by our own experiences. People are taking advantage of this holy place and will try to fool you in case you are a first-timer.
3. Don’t tease Monkeys in Vrindavan
Vrindavan place is heavily populated with monkeys, and their unity would amaze you. If you tease a single monkey, then the entire gang of monkeys will come to his rescue. You will surely be in trouble. Don’t consider monkeys as fun there and do not tease them by any means.
Also, so local shop-owners have some strategic readymade “rescue plan” in case these naughty monkeys take some belonging of yours. maybe your Glasses, Cap, Bottle, Food Item.
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4. Don’t wear glasses
Monkeys in Vrindavan are highly obsessed with sunglasses and specks. If they notice you wearing one, they would come and snatch them to wear themselves. No matter how weak your eyesight is, avoid wearing glasses. If you have to wear them, then be careful.
Some items you may need to take utter care of:
- Food Items
So, be safe with these naughty hosts of the place. Do not tease them and do not keep your things loose.
5. Avoid visiting after sunset
Most of the temples in Vrindavan closes at 8 PM. So is important from the perspective of both safety and rules both. Temple doors in Vrindavan get closed after 8 pm, so you should be cautious about timings. The happening streets look deserted and scary in case you are lost inside the city after dark, the same market which was filled with people few hours before would haunt you.
Of course, it is a personal experience, based on what we faced, but it is advisable to be plan-ready when you visit any place post-sunset. It might look calm and photogenic but you need to know the other side of the situation before actually facing it.
Prem Mandir Vrindavan Is located near the authorized parking of the city, so planning it at the end of the trip is always a good idea.
If you are sure of what you doing then no matter what the time of the day is, go ahead and do it.
List of Places to Visit in Vrindavan
- Banke bihari mandir vrindavan
- Nidhi Upvan
- Prem mandir Vrindavan
- Vrindavan bazaar or Local Street Market near banke bihari mandir Vrindavan
- Iscon Temple Vrindavan near Prem Mandir Vrindavan
It is a pious town to visit, yet please take care of the above points to avoid bitter experiences.