The Shri Krishna Janmabhoomi (birthplace of Lord Krishna) is the main attraction of Mathura and an important pilgrim place of the Hindus for the persons of all faith. The Archeological Museum of Mathura is an important place to visit. It houses an excellent collection of sculptures belonging to the ancient Mathura school of art. The evening Arti at Vishram Ghat, on river Yamuna, is the event to watch.The Dwarkadheesh temple, Kans Kila,Sati Burj, Jama Masjid are other places to see in Mathura.
Vrindavan, around 12 km from Mathura, is a major place of pilgrimage, on the banks of Yamuna. Attracting about 5 lakhs pilgrims every year, it is noted for its numerous temples- both old and modern. Vrindavan is synonymous with the innocent mirth and child like playfulness of Shri Krishna .Important temples to visit are: Sh Bankeybihari,Rangnath,Iskcon,Askhyaypatra etc.
Govardhan is situated 25-km from Mathura . It is named after the name of the "Goverdhan Parwat" which is said to have been raised on the finger and was put in the condition to save the people from the incessant rain which fell constantly for seven days to destroy the people of Braj. The Parwat is 7 Miles in length.and Parikrama is performed around it. The Mansi Ganga which is an artificial lake, was constructed by Raja Man Singh of Jaipur. The dense shady trees the hill ranges and tranquil flow of Mansi Ganga all unite together and make a charming view which the visitor can never forget. Kusum Sarovara is a 460-feet-long lake with the platforms going out 60 feet into the water & is an architectural wonder worth watching. 5-kms to the north of Goverdhan is Radha Kund, a village clustering around two small lake. It is said the Lord Krishna himself bathed here in self-purification.
45-kms to the north of Goverdhan is Barsana the birth place of Radha a favourite devotee of Lord Krishna. It is a famous place for pilgrimage with a regular bus service from Mathura to Barsana via Kosi & Goverdhan. Barsana originally known as "Brahmasaran" lies on a slope of ridge. The four prominent peaks of the hill are regarded as amblematic of the four-faced divinity and are crowned by a group of temple in honour of Ladli ji a local title of Radha meaning 'The Beloved'.
At the foot of a hill 55-kms north-east of Mathura is situated the venerable village of Nandgaon. It is known as the home of Lord Krishna's foster father Nand, in whose memory a spacious temple stand on the brow of the hill.
About 18-kms of the south-east of Mathura connected by a metalled road is Gokul, a suburb of the inland town of Mahavan on the bank of the river Yamuna. Gokul is a celebrated spot where Lord Krishna was reared in secrecy by his foster parents. This place is very Sacred and is also associated with the famous saint Vallabhacharya who lived here for many years.
Baldeo is about 9-kms from Mahavan . In the center of the town stand the famous temple of Baldeo or Dauji, the elder brother of Lord Krishna. Two annual fair are held at Baldeo. One on the Sixth day of the light half of 'Bhadon' called "Deo-Chhath" and other on the full moon of 'Aghan'. the other important places which can be visited from Mathura are Agra, the home of TAJ; Fatehpur Sikari, dargah of sheikh Salim Chisti and Bharatpur, famous for its Bird Sanctuary.