Mehandipur Balaji is a temple crossroad in the city of Hindaun in Rajasthan. It is a part of the Karauli district and lies close to the Aravalli Range. The nearest major urban agglomeration is the city of Bharatpur at a distance of 81 km north-east. The state capital of Jaipur is not too far either and lies at a distance of 158 km west.
Places to Stay
Being a town without proper lodging facilities, Bharatpur is the best option to stay in the region with a good variety and range of budget hotels among which Swaraj Resort (Tariff – Rs. 500), Tourist Palace Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 700), Babali Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 600), Hotel Tourist Complex (Tariff – Rs. 700) are worth exploring.
The official language of the area is Hindi.
The important festivals celebrated are Holi in March, Dusshera in September-October, Diwali in November, the fasting month of Ramadan and the two Eid(s).
Places of Interest
The main places worth a visit in Hindaun are Hiranyakashayap-ka-kua, Prahladkund and the temple of Nrasingh-ji. There are several places of interest in Bharatpur, some of which are Keoladeo National Park, Lohagarh Fort, Fateh Burj, Laxmi Vilas Palace, Kishori Mehal and others. Mathura in Uttar Pradesh (118 km to the north-east) is famous all over the word for temples dedicated to lord Krishna, as this is supposed to be the place of his birth. Vrindavan (a part of Mathura) is where Krishna spent his childhood days. Among the must-see spots is the picturesque Prem Mandir.
How to Get There
The closest airport to the city is the Sawai Mansingh International Airport in Jaipur at a distance of 160 km.
The city has its own railway station in the form of Hindaun City Railway Station.
Mostly state-run buses serve the city and connect it to other cities. Private services are also in the race; an example being that of Shree Krishna Travels. Buses to the area are available from Jaipur as well as Bharatpur. When you book your bus ticket online you don’t need to go to ticket counters and stand in long queues.