Just an hour's drive from Agra, on the banks of the river Yamuna, is situated the birthplace of Lord Krishna. The entire land is dotted with magnificent temples, dedicated to various aspects of his life. The twin cities of Mathura and Vrindavan, where he was born and where he grew up, still resound to the sound of his laughter, antics and his magical flute. Gokul, Barsana and Goverdhan are the other township associated with the legend of Lord Krishna. Gokul is the hideout where Lord Krishna was secretly brought up- away from the eyes of his maternal uncle Kansa. His consort Radha belonged to Barsana, where the unique Holi festival Latthamar Holi is celebrated with great gusto. At Goverdhan, Krishna raised a mighty mountain on his little finger to protect the locals from the wrath of rain-god Indra. Some of the famous temples are:
Mathura: Dwarikadhish Temple, Shri Krishna Janmbhoomi Temple, Gita Temple( Birla Mandir)
Vrindavan: Bankey Bihari Temple, Sri Krishna-Balram (ISKCON) Temple, Prem Mandir, Govind Dev Temple, Sri Rangji Temple, Priyakant ji Temple, Shahji Temple
Keoladeo National Park or Keoladeo Ghana National Park formerly known as the Bharatpur Bird Sanctuary just 55 km west of Agra in Bharatpur, Rajasthan is a famous avifauna sanctuary that hosts thousands of birds, especially during the winter season. Over 230 species of birds are known to be resident here. It was declared a protected sanctuary in 1971. It is also a World Heritage Site. Keoladeo Ghana National Park is a man-made and man-managed wetland and one of the national parks of India. The sanctuary is one of the richest bird areas in the world and is known for nesting of resident birds and visiting migratory birds including water birds. The rare Siberian cranes used to visit this park in winters but this central population is now extinct. According to founder of the World Wildlife Fund Peter Scott, Keoladeo National Park is one of the world's best bird areas.
Firozabad, a city 37 km from Agra is the center of India's glassmaking industry and is known for the quality of the bangles and other glass wares produced there. Firozabad with the changing time has entered into new era of Glass Manufacturing, it has become a major hub of manufacturing different Glass based items and has registered its global presence. All sorts of glass articles, including jars, candle stands, glasses, flower vases, and electric wares such as decorative lights, bulbs and all other sort of glass articles are prepared in this city. These articles are painted with vivid colors and innovative patterns. Etching is also done on some products to enhance their beauty.