Shopping in MathuraShopping in Mathura is an enjoyable treat. Since most of the shopping areas are near to the temples of the city, you can achieve two things in a single stroke, viz. offering prayers at the temple and making some interesting and memorable purchases. There are plenty of things to buy in Mathura.
Pede, Sweets & Milk Products in Mathura
Mathura is well known for ‘Mathura Ke Pede’, a special sweetmeat, a handy crossover between laddoos and besan ki barfi, made from cardamom, pure ghee, khoya (khoya is made by thickening milk), and a good mix of sugar. You would love the sheer taste and fragrance of the pedas. The 'Kesaria Peda' with the unforgettable flavor of the saffron is a rare delicacy to be savoured. Pedas are a dry dish, so they can be easily carried in boxes to your respective homes.
Another confectionery you must look out for is 'Khurchan', which is a semi liquid form of peda. You will also be surely taken in by delicious cheese and cheese-spreads, not to forget the pure and aromatic desi ghee.
Shringar clothes for Deities
Attractively woven rosary beads, pendants with images of various deities, gorgeous copper utensils and intricately designed brass statues will whet your appetite for worship.
You can buy valuable rudraksha malas associated with Lord Shiva, ideal for meditating and chanting. Beautifully crafted idols of Krishna, in his various forms, especially when he plays the flute with His beloved, Radha, in brass/copper/clay/Ashtdhatu (made of 8 elements) as well as bright and colorful shringaar clothes for your favourite deities and other pooja articles like incense, flowers etc., you name it, you will find them all in Mathura.
Books in Mathura
You can easily find books on virtually each and every aspect of life at good and affordable rates in Mathura. These books can be useful to spend your spare time with.
Souvenirs in Mathura
You can also carry back a souvenir of your Mathura trip by looking for exclusive miniatures of Astadhatu, the busts of Hindu deities, especially Lord Krishna, in all His forms, ranging from early childhood to youthful adulthood.
Where to Shop in Mathura
The best shopping places of Mathura are located close to the Dwarkadheesh Temple at Naya Bazaar and Tilak Dwar. You can also go to Bengali Ghats, Chatta Bazaar and Chowk and some other very popular market places as well as many famous shops and shopping centers for sweets, Krishna pictures, garments and books.
For Pedas, sweets and milk products, the best places to shop are the Brijwasis (various outlets in Mathura) and Radhika sweets.
You will find shringaar clothes, brass/copper/ashtdhatu/clay miniatures and bust of Hindu deities, rosaries, rudraksha malas at the Radha Madhav Shringaar Kendra at attractive prices. One of the best places to buy books in Mathura is the Gayatri Tapobhumi. Finally, ashtdhatu souvenirs, you can have from the Government Museum in Mathura.
Malls in Mathura
A few malls have sprung up in modern Mathura that house branded and international products. Some of the good malls in the city are the Pacific Mall which houses the Big Bazaar (the hyper supermarket store chain) just opposite the Mathura Refinery, Highway Plaza, Ahuja Men’s wear and the Shanti Saree Store, all the last three being located in Krishna Nagar.
Shops to Look Out For in Mathura
Brijwasi Royal Mithaiwala
This one is probably the biggest food shop that you will come across in Mathura. Ranging from sweets and snacks to beverages and flavored cold slush’s, it has an array of items to pick out from. It is located at Holi Gate.
‘Radika sweets’ on Sonkh Road is one of the most famous sweet shops in Mathura, especially for pedas.
Shankar Mithaiwala at Holi Gate is one of the oldest sweet shops in Mathura. It sells pedas and other sweetmeats of decent quality.
Located on Bharatpur - Mathura Road, this army outlet is worth a visit if you wish to buy family garments of everyday use at reasonable rates.
All of these modern international outlets have sprung up in Krishna Nagar. Although the clothes and garments here are priced comparatively on the higher side you need not worry about the quality of the items purchased!