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7 Incredible Places To Celebrate krishna janmashtami 2024 In India!

By Meeta Shah on Apr 18, 2024
Themes:  Festival  | Category: Festival | Country:  India

India is a kaleidoscope of vibrant festivals and celebrations, each one more colourful and captivating than the next. Among this dazzling array is the mega-popular Janmashtami – a festival that has travellers of all types going gaga to be a part of the action! Now, who’s up for this adventure? Whether you are a spiritual seeker, cultural enthusiast, or just someone who likes to be a part of a good celebration, Janmashtami is an experience like no other. Krishna Janmashtami is also known as Gokulashtami. This festival is to celebrate the birth of Lord Krishna. It celebrates the birth of Krishna in Mathura and his fun adventures as a child in Gokul and Vrindavan. Now, apart from Mathura, Gokul, and Vrindavan, there are other places to celebrate Krishna Janmashtami 2024 in India

Temples, homes, and towns are adorned with flowers and lights. Devotees dress up statues of Krishna in rich attire, sing bhajans, enjoy yummy prasad offered to Krishna, and stage dramas based on his life. But the main attraction is the famous Dahi Handi ritual. Here, team members make tall human pyramids to break hanging pots filled with butter, curd, and other goodies. It’s like bringing the childhood adventures of Krishna to life! If you wish to experience Krishna Janmashtami this year, then, our India tour packages are just the right fit.

Places To Celebrate Krishna Janmashtami 2024

Celebrate Krishna Janmashtami 2024 at different places in India. Enjoy the happy celebrations and spiritual moments as people come together in temples to mark the birth of Lord Krishna.

  • Mathura – Uttar Pradesh
  • Vrindavan – Uttar Pradesh
  • Dwarka – Gujarat  
  • Puri- Odisha
  • Mumbai – Maharashtra
  • Nathdwara – Rajasthan
  • Udupi – Karnataka

1. Mathura – Uttar Pradesh

Mathura Uttar Pradesh

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The moment you think of Krishna Janmashtami – the first place that comes to your mind is Mathura. 

It is the birthplace of Kanha. The city preps up a fortnight before the actual day of Janmashtami in Mathura. This place is known as the cradle of Krishna and hosts an exclusive ceremony. It is called as Jhulanotsav and swings are set up in the temples. During this festival, Mathura goes fully crazy with celebrations. Huge crowds of people come to the streets. Temples are decorated with flowers. You can hear loud chants and singing everywhere. The main hub of these festivities is the Krishna Janma Bhoomi temple complex. If you want the ultimate spiritual experience, visit Mathura for Krishna Janmashtami 2024. Just being there with all the devotees celebrating Krishna is so joyful. Add Mathura to your Uttar Pradesh Tour Packages for this festival!

Where to Celebrate Janmashtami in Mathura?

  • Radha Vallabh Mandir
  • Dwarkadish Temple
  • Shri Krishna Janmasthan Temple
  • Nandagao

Activities to Enjoy In Mathura during Krishna Janmashtami

  • Experience Jhulanotsov and Ghatas.
  • Engage in Rasleelas.
  • Watch various plays across the city.
  • Explore other temples in Mathura – Banke Bihari Temple, Vishram Ghat, and Dwarkadish Temple.
  • Visit Barsana.
  • Go for a heritage walk to explore Mathura.
  • Engage in Bhajans or kirtans.

Places to Stay In Mathura

  • Centrum Hotel by Brijwasi
  • The Lalita Grand
  • Brijwasi Lands Inn
  • The Radha Ashok
  • Hotel Aryavilas Mathura

2. Vrindavan – Uttar Pradesh

Vrindavan - Uttar Pradesh

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Vrindavan is easily one of the most famous Janmashtami festival destinations in India! This holy town in Uttar Pradesh is where little Krishna had His fun-filled childhood days.

That is why Janmashtami in Vrindavan is a big celebration, all about enjoying the playful pranks of Krishna and innocent fun. The whole city becomes like a big party with lots of colourful decorations, dances, plays about Krishna’s funny tricks and super fun Dahi Handi celebrations. The city has over 1000 temples, all of which celebrate Janmashtami with zeal. Don’t miss the stunning Banke Bihari and Govardhan Hill temples decorated to the nines for Krishna Janmashtami. Being in Vrindavan during this festival is truly a magical experience for you.

Where to Celebrate Janmashtami in Vrindavan?

  • Banke Bihari Mandir
  • Ranganathji Temple
  • ISKCON Temple
  • Radharaman Temple
  • Madhuban

Activities to Enjoy In Vrindavan during Krishna Janmashtami

  • Watch Rasleelas and shows on the life of Krishna.
  • Visit Madhuban.
  • Walk along or take a boat ride on the Yamuna River.
  • Participate in kirtans session.
  • Indulge in local foods.
  • Take a guided tour of Vrindavan.
  • Visit Nidhivan.

Places to Stay In Vrindavan

  • Nidhivan Sarovar Portico 
  • Hotel Idhayan Palace
  • Best Western Vrindavan 
  • Hotel Hare Krishna Orchid 
  • Anandam Clarks Inn Suites

3. Dwarka – Gujarat

Dwarka - Gujarat

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For a unique experience of Krishna Janmashtami 2024, visit the coastal town of Dwarka in Gujarat. 

This place is a must-visit during Janmashtami in India as it is believed to be one of the beloved homes of Lord Krishna after He left Vrindavan. The main draw for Janmashtami in Dwarka is the intricately carved entrance of the Dwarkadhish Temple. On this day, people come here early in the morning to see the stunning Sringaar Aarti ceremony.  Every day in Shravana, the Aboti Brahmins of Dwarka do a Janmashtami puja called Nitya Kram. They also have temple ceremonies, morning prayers called Mangla aarti, sing bhajans, and lively garba and raas dances. Add this coastal gem to your Gujarat Tour Packages for an unmissable Janmashtami celebration!

Where to Celebrate Janmashtami in Dwarka?

  • Dwarkadish Temple
  • Rukmini Temple
  • Gita Mandir
  • Bet Dwarka
  • Gomti Ghat

Activities to Enjoy In Dwarka during Krishna Janmashtami

  • Shopping.
  • Watch the Dahi Handi competition.
  • Visit food stalls.
  • Watch the mesmerizing sunset at the Dwarka Beach.
  • Explore Sudama Setu and Rukmini Van.
  • Visit Gopi Talav.
  • Explore the ancient ruins of the submerged city of Dwarka at the Dwarka Underwater Archaeological Site.
  • Join the evening prayer ceremony at Dwarkadhish Temple and feel the spiritual atmosphere.

Places to Stay In Dwarka

  • Hawthorn Suites By Wyndham Dwarka
  • The Fern Sattva Resort Dwarka
  • Lemon Tree Premier Dwarka
  • VITS Devbhumi Hotel
  • Dwarkadhish Lords Eco Inn

4. Puri- Odisha

Puri- Odisha

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Add Janmashtami in Puri to your travel plans, if you wish to watch a grand Krishna Janmashtami. 

This coastal town in Odisha hosts vibrant festivities at the famous Jagannath Temple in Puri. Huge crowds gather to see the beautifully decorated temple and witness special rituals. On Janmashtami day, the deities of Lord Jagannath, Balabhadra, and Subhadra are given a ceremonial bath and dressed up as Krishna in His childhood form. After the prayer ceremonies, a grand Odissi dance show displays the life of Krishna on the temple premises. The festive fervour continues on the streets, with devotees singing bhajans, folk dances, and stalls selling mouth-watering Odiya sweets and snacks. For an offbeat yet enriching celebration, include Puri in your Odisha Tour Packages during Janmashtami!

Where to Celebrate Janmashtami in Puri?

  • Jagannath temple
  • Gundicha Temple
  • Govardhan Peetha

Activities to Enjoy In Puri during Krishna Janmashtami

  • Relax at the Puri Beach.
  • Visit the Konark Sun Temple.
  • Indulge in local seafood.
  • Explore the Sudarshan Crafts Museum.
  • Attend cultural events.
  • Visit Raghurajpur Crafts Village.
  • Attend the Rath Yatra.

Places to Stay In Puri

  • Hotel Golden Tree Puri
  • Sterling Puri 
  • Toshali Sands
  • Pride Ananya Resort
  • MAYFAIR Waves

5. Mumbai – Maharashtra

Mumbai – Maharashtra

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Compared to Mathura and Vrindavan – Janmashtami in Mumbai is a tad bit different. 

Amongst all the typical celebrations, Mumbai’s Janmashtami celebrations stand out. The USP of this festival celebration in Mumbai is the iconic Dahi Handi. It is a formation of a human pyramid created to break the hanging pots. During the Krishna Janmashtami 2024, do not miss popular Dahi Handi hotspots like Dadar, Girgaum, and Ghatkopar. Muscular pot breakers known as Govindas create 7-8 tier pyramids and perform daring acrobatics amid huge cheering crowds. The energy is electrifying with non-stop drumbeats and chants of – Govinda ala re! This song became the iconic song played across the state during this fest. Just being part of the lively vibe is an awesome experience. Don’t forget to add this exciting Dahi Handi tradition to your Maharashtra tour packages for a thrilling Janmashtami!

Where to Celebrate Janmashtami in Mumbai?

  • Dadar 
  • Girgaum 
  • Ghatkopar
  • Ramkrishna Math and Mission – Khar
  • Iskon temple – Juhu
  • Sangharsh – Thane

Activities to Enjoy In Mumbai during Krishna Janmashtami

  • Watch Janmashtami play.
  • Visit local markets.
  • Attend Dahi Handi celebrations.
  • Attend cultural events.
  • Enjoy street food.

Places to Stay In Mumbai

  • Hotel Bawa Regency
  • Ramee Guestline Hotel Dadar
  • Hotel Ameya
  • Hotel Amigo
  • Hotel Sion Fort

6. Nathdwara – Rajasthan

Nathdwara – Rajasthan

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The highlight of Janmashtami in Nathdwara is the famous Shreenathji Temple. 

This 17th-century temple in Rajasthan houses a very special 7-foot-tall black idol of Lord Krishna that devotees believe was self-manifested by Him. On Krishna Janmashtami, the entire Nathdwara town erupts in devotional festivities. The Shreenathji Temple is elaborately decorated with fresh flowers, twinkling lights and vibrant rangoli designs. Huge ceremonial processions are held where thousands sing melodious bhajans and perform folk dances. However, the most divine experience is witnessing the breathtaking Shringar Aarti ritual. The Krishna idol is bathed in holy waters, and then, adorned with exquisite silk clothes, jewellery and ornaments by priests amidst the chanting of prayers. This is followed by a grand aarti ceremony. Devotees from across India throng Nathdwara on this day, filling the temple town with spiritual energy. Don’t miss including this soul-stirring Janmashtami in Nathdwara on your Rajasthan Tour Packages for blessings of Shreenathji!

Where to Celebrate Janmashtami in Nathdwara?

  • Shreenathji Temple

Activities to Enjoy In Nathdwara during Krishna Janmashtami

  • Watch the Abhishek Ceremony
  • Watch Jhulanotsov
  • Take part in Seva activities
  • Taste local delicacies
  • Engage in various darshans during the day.

Places to Stay In Nathdwara

  • Radisson Hotel Nathdwara
  • The Sky Imperial Hotel Sugam
  • Shree Vallabh Vilas Lords Plaza 
  • Jüsta Brij Bhoomi Resort, Nathdwara 
  • The Marutinandan Grand

7. Udupi – Karnataka

Udupi – Karnataka

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Often known as the Mathura of the south – Udupi in Karnataka is one of the best places to experience Krishna Janmashtami in 2024

For a unique Janmashtami experience, head to this coastal town in Karnataka known for its beautiful Krishna temples. The Krishnapur area hosts vibrant festivities around the Sri Krishna Matha temple complex. Early in the morning, before the sun rises, people come together to see the Sri Krishnaavatara ceremony. This special event shows the moment when Krishna was born. It’s like watching a play with fancy statues showing the scene. Everyone chants and the temple bells ring, making the atmosphere holy and special. After the puja, a grand chariot procession is held with the deity of baby Krishna being taken around the streets amid joyous singing and dancing. Don’t miss the tasty Krishna Prasadam being distributed. For a unique cultural experience, combine this colourful Janmashtami in Udupi with sightseeing in your Karnataka Tour Packages!

Where to Celebrate Janmashtami in Udupi?

  • Udupi Sri Krishna Matha
  • Anantheshwara Temple
  • Ambalpady Mahakali Temple

Activities to Enjoy In Udupi during Krishna Janmashtami

  • Take part in the procession
  • Have the special prasad
  • Explore the various temples in the city
  • Watch the folk dance
  • Visit the Malpe and Kaup Beaches

Places to Stay In Udupi

  • Samanvay Boutique Hotel
  • Paradise Isle Beach Resort
  • Wild Woods Spa and Resort
  • Malpe Sea Front Cottages
  • Essentia Manipal Inn


Immerse yourself in the kaleidoscope of the rich cultural fabric of India by being a part of the jubilant festivities of Janmashtami! From seeing baby Krishna’s birth rituals in Mathura to the crazy Dahi Handi fun in Mumbai, every place celebrates differently. Whether you want spiritual experiences or just want to enjoy the lively festival energy, Flamingo Travels has special Janmashtami tour packages. Watch the colourful processions; savour the prasadam, and watch various cultural dances and shows. But book soon as these tours get filled soon with many travelers wanting to celebrate Krishna’s birthday. So contact Flamingo Travels right away to reserve your spot!

FAQs regarding Krishna Janmashtami 2024

Which month is Aashtami for Krishna?

It is on the eighth day, Aashtami, of the month of Shravana in the Panchanga, or Hindu calendar. This usually falls in August or September.

Which place is famous for Janmashtami?

Vrindavan is one of the famous places for Janmashtami in India.

Where is the birthplace of Krishna?

Mathura is the birthplace of Krishna.

Which city is famous for its Dahi Handi celebration on Janmashtami?

Mumbai is famous for its Dahi Handi celebrations for Janmashtami in India.

Which temple to visit on Janmashtami?

Visit the Krishna Janmasthan Temple in Mathura – Uttar Pradesh on Janmashtami.

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Meeta Shah
Meeta Shah

I graduated in commerce from Bombay University and run a family-owned business where we believe in transparency, trust, knowledge distribution and provide quality tours to our customers. According to me “Customers are our brand ambassadors and employees are our biggest Strength”. I also believe that “Travel brings knowledge, Knowledge brings opportunity and Opportunity brings prosperity”. With God’s grace was awarded the “Best Female Entrepreneur of India” by Tourism awards Gujarat. And currently, I am actively involved in key decisions and itinerary staff management in the travel industry. 

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