Vrindavan is a sacred town in Mathura district of Uttar Pradesh. It is at a distance of 11 kms from Mathura. According to the Hindu Mythology, Lord Krishna spent his days of childhood there. This city has many temple dedicated to Krishna and Radha and it attracts massive number of worshipers on daily basis. There are very tidy lanes that remain over crowded 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 specifically educate you about what not to do in Vrindavan. Since it’s a heavly crowded town, keeping a few things in mind will make the visit pleasant and safe.
Avoid Hiring any local Guide at Vrindavan
There are not many hidden stories or hidden spots in Vrindavan to visit. All the famous stories, one can easily get from internet. So no matter how much lurking an offer may seems, do not take a guide, especially 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 wrong intentions. More about this is explained in next point.
Do your research and do not try to visit all temples
In Vrindavan, main temple is Shri Banke Bihari temple and you can visit Nidhi Van and Prem Mandir also. But do not try and extend your visits, if someone (a guide or a local person) tells you that there is a main temple (other than mentioned above), that you must visit in Vrindavan else your visit is not of any worth. We are writing this by our own experiences, these guides will tell you the same thing and will led you to some temple and there you might need to extract all the money that you are carrying. So be safe and don’t trust everyone.
Don’t tease Monkeys
This place is heavily populated by monkeys and you would be amazed to see their unity. If you would tease a single monkey, then the whole gang of monkeys will come to his rescue and you surely will be in trouble. Don’t consider monkeys as fun there, and do not tease them by anyway.
Don’t wear glasses
Monkeys in Vrindavan are highly obsessed by sunglasses and specks. If they notice you wearing one, they would come and snatch them and will wear themselves. No matter, how weak your eye sight is, avoid wearing glasses. If you have to wear them, then be careful.
Avoid visiting after dark
This is important from the perspective of safety and time both. Temple doors in Vridavan get closed after 8 pm, so you should be cautious about timings.
It is a pious town to visit but do take care of above points to avoid bitter experiences.