Vrindavan is a sacred town in Mathura district of Uttar Pradesh. It is at a distance of 11 km from Mathura. 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. 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.
1. Avoid hiring any local guide at Vrindavan
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.
2. Do your research and do not try visiting all the temples
In Vrindavan, the main temple is Shri Banke Bihari temple. Along with it, you may visit Nidhi Van and Prem Mandir. 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 Vrindavan. If you don’t do so, then your visit is useless. In case you agree, then they will take you to some temple where you would be robbed. So be safe and don’t trust everyone. We are writing this by our own experiences.
3. Don’t tease Monkeys
This place is heavily populated by 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.
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.
5. Avoid visiting after sunset
This is important from the perspective of safety and rules both. Temple doors in Vrindavan get closed after 8 pm, so you should be cautious about timings.
It is a pious town to visit, yet please take care of the above points to avoid bitter experiences.