Bustling Hindu Temple Town Between Delhi and Agra
"The Road to Agra leads Past Vrindavan and Mathura"
Our driver proceded from Delhi along the nation's busiest highway to Agra, where the Taj Mahal and Red Fort of Agra are located. But, we were persuaded that given available time, stops in Vrindavan and Mathura would be worthwhile. Vrindavan is a sleepy hamlet compared to busy Mathura, particularly downtown. Our driver honked his horn continuously to push his way through the traffic, and we were surprised by how narrow the road down to the water front really was.
"Life Along the Yumana River"
We visited during the dry season, so the river was not high. We walked across the sand of the riverbed and observed a ferryman transporting people back and forth across the river in a tiny boat with a pole. Also along the riverbank, local people doing laundry and drying it on the sand. It was interesting watching the Hindu laundry workers skillfully fold large sheets. The river is not clean, but I did see a snake swimming in the dirty water.
"Mathura has a fine Hindu Temple and a Mosque"
The town has it's own attractions for those on pilgrimage along the Yumana River. There is a very unusual red and yellow painted Hindu temple with "swatiska" symbols on it, and there's a mosque quite near the river, crowded in among the compact part of central Mathura.