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Weekend Getaways from Kolkata - Mayapur
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Mayapur Quick Facts
  • Mayapur, 130 km from Kolkata
  • Recommended family getaway
  • 1 or 2-day holiday destination
  • Famous for Iskcon Temple

A town steeped in Krishna bhakti, Mayapur is the district headquarters of Iskcon in West Bengal. A lovely destination fit for a weekend getaway, Mayapur is frequented by religiously inclined and families looking for a quick break from the daily grind.  Its easy accessibility from Kolkata has made Mayapur a popular family getaway. It is just 130 km from Kolkata and regular train and bus service is available to the nearest point to Mayapur.

Mayapur is situated on the banks of the Hoogly near the confluence of the Hoogly and the Jalangi. It is one of the nine islands of Navadwip. Founded by Bakti Vinod Thakur, Mayapur was earlier known as Miyapur. It holds a special significance for followers of Gaudiya Vaishnavism since it is the birthplace of Chaitanya Mahaprabhu and hence is an important religious center. Chaitanya Mahaprabhu was the one who started the Hare Krishna movement and taught the widespread mass chanting and singing of Hare Krishna.

Places to see in Mayapur
Sri Chaitanya Chandrodaya Temple

Being an important religious center, Mayapur has many temples dedicated to Vishnu and to other deities. The most important of all however is the beautiful Iskcon Temple also known as Sri Chaitanya Candrodaya Temple that attracts thousands of devotees and tourists from different parts of India and world. The temple has a statue of Lord Radha Krishna along with the eight gopis. It also houses an exhibition section, which depicts the life and work of Sri Chaitanya. The temple’s timings are from 7.30 am to 1 pm and from 4 pm to 8.30 pm. 

Another place of interest is Sri Chaitanya Math located one kilometer past Sri Chaitanya's birthplace. Murari Gupta's House located behind the Sri Chaitanya Math near the bank of the Ballal Dighi is the place where deities of Rama, Sita and Hanuman were worshipped by Murari Gupta and his family. The Chand Kazi's Samadhi is another main landmark in Mayapur. Chand Kazi was the Muslim magistrate of Navadwip, who with his men broke the mridanga of Srivash Pandit. He had opposed the sankirtana movement where people collectively chanted Hare Rama, Hare Krishna on the road, but he later became the disciple of Sri Chaitanya. The Jagannath Mandir is another place worth checking out in Mayapur.

Places near Mayapur
Gaudiya Math Temple

Navadwip across the river is an interesting place where you can visit Praudha Maya, Siva Temple and Gaudiya Math Temple. Regular bus service is available from Mayapur to Navadwip. One can also take boat ride to reach Navadwip from Mayapur.

Santipur is just an hour drive from Mayapur by bus or a taxi. Here the house of Advita Acharya, avatar of Lord Vishnu, is located.

Places to Stay at Mayapur

There are a number of hotels and places to stay in Mayapur. Besides hotels such as Janbhitirtha Hotel and Sushil Mandal, a traveller can stay at dharmashala near the temple itself. Rooms and cottages need to be booked in advance before going. Check hotels in Mayapur

How to reach Mayapur

By Air: The nearest airport is in Kolkata, 130 km away.

By Train: Regular train service is available to Krishnanagar from Howrah and Sealdah railway stations. Regular buses and autos are available from Krishnanagar bus station to Mayapur.  One can also catch Howrah-Katwa local train and get off at Navadwip station and from there rickshaws are available to Mayapur.

By Road: Iskcon temple provides buses to Mayapur which depart daily from the Iskcon Kolkata Temple at 6 am and arrives in Mayapur at 10 am. There is also direct local bus to Mayapur, which departs at 7am from the Esplanade bus stand.

Best Time to Go: You can visit any time during the year. The months of February and March witness the Gaura Purnima festival. Shri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu's 'appearance day' is celebrated at this time.

About Mayapur: Mayapur Information & Fact File
Altitude 4 meters
Summer 41 (max) & 36 (min) Degrees Celsius
Winter 29 (max) & 10 (min) Degrees Celsius
Best time to Go September to February
Monsoon June to September
Summer March to May
Winter November - February
Clothes Light and heavy cotton wear throughout the year
Nearest Airport Kolkata Airport, 130 km
Nearest Railway Station Krishnanagar & Navadwip
Bus Station Mayapur
Hospital & Doctor

Krishnanagar, 40 minutes away has ample medical facilities

Places to see Iskcon Temple, Sonargouranga, Sri Chaitanya Math, Chand Kazi's Samadhi, Murari Gupta's House and the  Jagannath Mandir
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