Some 2 km southwest of the much famed Radha Kund, Kusum Sarovar is a historical site and a pond which is counted amongst the top tourist attractions in Govardhan. It is believed that Radharani (the love interest of Lord Krishna) used to come to this place to collect flowers, and thus, the name comes - Kusum, which stands for flowers and Sarovar for the pond. Such is the charm of this beautiful pond that one can spend hours soaking the enduring beauty and serenity of this historical site in Govardhan. Kusum Sarovar is one of those famous places of tourist interest that lies on the route of Govardhan Parikrama. Adding a unique grandeur in the setting of Kusum Sarovar is the imposing monumental structure in the backdrop which was built by Jawahar Singh - the king of Bharatpur. On all four sides of the Kusum Sarovar, there is a series of steps that lead upward to the historical building. The arcaded walls that surround the pond boast a depth of around 60 m.
Constructed in the year 1764, this historical construction, which also includes cenotaphs was erected in the memory of Jawahar Singh’s father - Maharaja Suraj Mall. The main tomb, which is located in the centre, boasts an area of 57 sq ft and is built on a beautifully ornamented plinth. On both sides of this tomb, there are located two other historical structures that are equally stunning but are comparatively smaller in size. It is said that these constructions represent the two queens of Maharaja Suraj Mall - Kishori and Hansiya. The entire construction is supported by a 460-feet-long terrace along with a pavilion, which serves as the cover protecting both the ends of the structure. Along with that, this beautiful tourist site in Govardhan also includes 9 two-storey booths that are built in such a magnificent way that together they depict a stunning front.
Not just this, the inner part of the tomb is beautifully adorned with some exquisite paintings depicting the pastimes of Radha and Lord Krishna. Along with that it also houses a replica of the lotus feet of Lord Krishna and Radha. On a whole, Kusum Sarovar is one of those tourist destinations in Uttar Pradesh that serve as the perfect epitome of beauty, history and serenity at one place.
Kusum Sarovar remains open all days of the year. One can visit the place any time between 6 in the morning and 6 in the evening.
This popular historical place remains open for tourist for the whole year, and hence, one can plan to visit it at any time. However, the best time to visit Kusum Sarovar are the months of winter season. Marking its beginning in the month of October, the winter season in Govardhan enjoys a pleasant weather condition that remains ideal for tourism. The season ends in the month of March.