The perfect luxury stopover in pilgrim town

Looking for luxury accommodation in Vrindavan, the Hindu holy town in Uttar Pradesh that is fast becoming a wedding destination? Nidhivan Hotels & Resort, the town's first four-star property, is the answer.

Comfortable rooms equipped with high-tech facilities, an inviting vegetarian menu and spacious halls for marriages and other functions are the highlights of the property, which opened here a few months ago.

"Vrindavan is slowly growing as a wedding destination, especially for Marwari and Aggarwal communities, so we are basically targeting that section of society with our hotel," Saurabh Goel, director, Radiance Residency & Resorts Pvt Ltd, told IANS.

Nidhivan Hotels & Resort is esily accessible, a two-hour drive from Delhi and the NCR region. It aims to be a one-of-a-kind destination in Vrindavan.

About two kilometers from the city centre and 12 km from the famous Krishna Janambhoomi Temple in Mathura, Nidhivan Hotels & Resort is on the Gopalgarh Tehra Road.

Nidhivan, the name inspired by one of the most famous, religious and mysterious places at Vrindavan, offers in-house facilities designed to suit the needs of not just pilgrims but also interanational tourists, corporates and families.

"With the addition of the four-star equivalent Nidhivan we have added luxury and comfort to religious celebrations," Goel said.

Spread over an acre, the seven-floor property has 68 centrally air-conditioned rooms.

Food is strictly vegetarian and includes north and south Indian cuisine as well as Chinese and Continental dishes.

Executive chef Paltu Bhattacharjee said they are geared up for both expats and devotees from across the world.

"We have introduced purely vegetarian continental dishes that suit the foreign palate. The local favorites are Indian Mughlai delicacies," he added.

For weddings or other ceremonies, the 4,500 sq ft Grand Ballroom is apt as it can accommodate over 250 guests.

Those looking at larger gatherings can opt for the well-maintained and manicured lawn that can accommodate 650-700 people.

"We also provide various day trips to Vrindavan, Mathura, Goverdhan, Nandgao and other parts of Braj for our guests. A Hop-on Hop-off service is also available for visits to selected temples around Vrindavan," Goel said.

Protecting the environment plays an important role in the hotel's philosophy.

"The holy place should not be exploited with pollution and harmful products; so we have taken special care of this. We have managed to create a new pious and eco-friendly destination, especially for pilgrims to Vrindavan and Mathura and followers of Lord Krishna," Goel said.

The hotel is also working on lucrative packages.

These will offer guests a tour around Braj re-tracing the footsteps of Lord Krishna, starting from Mathura, where he was born, to various locations where he lived or performed miracles.

The guided tour would provide a lot of insight into Krishna, his early life and Hindu culture.

However, those looking for a swimming pool, spa and fitness areas during their stay will have to wait as these facilities are still under construction.

Getting there:

Approximate two hours drive from NCR via Yamuna Expressway.

One can also go by train till Mathura and then by car.

Tariff: Rs.4,000 inclusive of taxes and breakfast per day for a double room.

(Nivedita can be contacted at nivedita.s@ians.in)

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