It was the sixth day of our stay in Uttar Pradesh and we woke up to a lazy morning. The day was unplanned and we started making schedules for the day ahead. So finally we arrived at a unanimous decision of making a visit to the Goverdhan Hill in Uttar Pradesh. Scenic beauty of the state is much fascinating and truly amazing. I was longing for such a place since a long time. It was not a tough task for us to reach out to the place, as it is located in the heart of Mathura. People traveling from Delhi can also make ways to Goverdhan Hill by bus and trains. It is at a distance of 208 kilometers from the country capital.
Goverdhan is also known as Giriraj Mountain which descends from the pious Goverdhan Hill. The hill has its own historic importance. According to the vast Hindu mythology, Lord Krishna held this vast hill on his tiny finger to save the people from the natural calamities. People visiting the Goverdhan Hill can also make visits to other holy place seen here like Haridev Mandir, Mukharbind, Radha Kund, Kusum Sarovar, Daan-Ghati Mandir etc. The Kusum Sarovar is a beautiful river which is 450 feet long and about 60 feet deep. It stands as a major spot of attraction in the city. People make circular revolutions around the hills of 20 kilometers, called ‘parikrama’ which is believed to be a very religious procession.
The Goverdhan Hill is surrounded by Manasi-Ganga Lake from all sides. The lake resides calmly amidst the town and the water of the lake enhances the sanctity. Being one of the major centers for religious activities, there are large numbers of accommodation facilities available around the town so as to provide residential service to the devotees. Dharmashalas, lodges and even few hotels occupy the town for the large gathering of people.
The history of the Goverdhan Hill dates back to 5000 years and the cultural traditions still remain afresh in the air of the town. The best time to visit the place is during the month of October to March. Ours was a perfect timing, and hence we could enjoy the cool breeze along the becalming rivers in the town.