Khajuraho Tourism
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Khajuraho Tourism

Khajuraho Info

  • State: Madhya Pradesh
  • Famous for/as: Heritage
  • Altitude: 283 m
  • Pincode: 471606
  • District: Chhatarpur
  • Language: Hindi
  • STD code: 07686
  • Weather: Summer 21 to 45°C, Winter 4 to 32°C


Khajuraho, located in the district of Chhatarpur in the state of Madhya Pradesh is an ancient city. The word Khajuraho is derived from the Sanskrit word ‘kharjur’ which means ‘date palms’. Today, Khajuraho is known all over the world for its temples, which belong to the medieval Hindu and Jain period.

History of Khajuraho

The temples were built by the Chandel monarchs who were originally called Bargujar Rajputs of Rajasthan. The Rajputs moved here when the northern part of India was attacked by the Mlechcha invaders. Khajuraho is known as the cultural capital of the Chandel Rajputs who ruled over this part of India for almost two centuries from 10 AD to 12 AD.

Khajuraho initially had around 80 temples but hardly 25 remain in good condition now. Amongst these, the most famous ones are Chausth Yogini, Brahma, Lalgun Mahadev, Matangeshwar, Varaha, Lakshman, Parshwanath, ChaturBhuja, Ghantai, Vishwanath, Devi Jagdambi, Chitragupta, Kandriya Mahadevi, Vaman, Adinath and Duladev. These temples were built between 950 AD and 1150 AD.

People & Culture of Khajuraho

The temples at Khajuraho are made up of sandstones and are world famous for their erotic sculptures. What is interesting is the fact that these erotic sculptures are only on the periphery of the temple and are not present inside the temples or near the deities. It is believed that this fact implies that to meet god one must leave worldly pleasures behind. The temples have numerous other sculptures depicting the life of a common man in that era.

Khajuraho is now under the protection of the Archaeological Survey of India which has found many more underground temples at this site. The destination is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site and is one of the seven wonders of India. Every evening there is a show here about the art, philosophy and history of Khajuraho. Apart from this, the Khajuraho Dance Festival, an annual dance show of Indian classical dance is a major attraction. It is celebrated to highlight the cultural heritage of Khajuraho temples and preserve them for generations to come.

Things to do in Khajuraho

Temples in Khajuraho are divided into various groups such as the Western group and Southern group. Structures like the Adinath Temple, Chitragupta Temple, Devi Jagdambi Temple, Dulhadev Temple and Kandariya Mahadev Temple are a few of the many renowned temples of this historic city. Holidays packages in Khajuraho cover all the attractions of the city, which travellers can choose from. And if tourists want to visit attractions in Khajuraho beyond temples, then they can visit the Dhubela Museum, Jain Museum, Ajaigarh Fort and the Beni Sagar Dam

Food & Shopping in Khajuraho

Khajuraho has many places to eat and shop. Tourists visiting the city must try some local sweet and savoury items. Many budget restaurants serve a Gujarati thali, which is wholesome and flavourful. Other local delicacies include khichdi and sweets like jalebi, shikanji and burfi among other sweet treats. Also, travellers must buy some local handicraft items like miniature stone sculptures resembling the ones carved on temples as well as silver and brass items.

Travelling to Khajuraho

Khajuraho has an airport of its own which is connected to major Indian cities like Bhopal, Delhi, Varanasi, Mumbai and Indore among others. Tourists can also reach Khajuraho by bus from Delhi and nearby areas. The nearest railhead is at Mahoba, which is just over 60 km away.

Travelling within Khajuraho

The best way to explore Khajuraho is by hiring a bicycle. They can be rented from shops near the main temple complex. Tourists can also opt for hopping on to a cycle rickshaw or just hire a cab for a day to visit all the attractions of the city.

Accommodation options in Khajuraho

Hotels in Khajuraho range from budget to luxury options. They are spread across areas near the airport and in the main city like Jain Temple Road. Many of them organise tours around the historic city for their guests. 

The best time to visit Khajuraho is from September to March.

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Kamlashank Carpenter

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  • Kamlashank Carpenter
  • Lives in Delhi
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"Khajuraho is India's pride" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted Today
In my view khajuraho is the world famous name of Indian places. It is very nice place to visit with your female partner. The architecture of the temple is wonderful. I think the the mind of the ancient people was so good so they used it in such a mind blowing way.
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Rajeev Bohra

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  • Lives in Jaipur
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"Best week-end get away from delhi with multi activity" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
Khajuraho has a small village charm and has excellent hotels - all located along a 3km road between the airport to the main temple complex (akin to golden mile of Las Vegas..)

Preferably hire a Cycle/Scooter/Motorcycle for local site seeing at your own pace. They are decent young guys (forgetting their name) who bring the vehicle to your hotel & collect it again at your call. The vehicles we got were extremely well-maintained.

Do hire a guide at the main temple complex to bring interesting in-sights to the table for all the statues & temples etc. I can recommend a Mr Shatrughan who I found to be a very decent & articulate guy. I thoroughly enjoyed his company. Do not miss the Light & Sound show at the main temple complex every evening at 7:30PM.
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Vaibhav Narain

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  • Vaibhav Narain
  • Lives in Lucknow
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"A temple with historical culture" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
Khajuraho is nice with its very beautiful art. Everyone must visit Khajuraho one time. They are art and not nudity, some family hesitate to visit khajuraho. I love khajuraho and hotel chandela is very beautiful and has very beautiful interior and good service. Khajuraho temple is very old and very good with historical culture.
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Subodh Bisht

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  • Subodh Bisht
  • Lives in Gurgaon
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"Great Architecture of Chandela Dynasty"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Khajuraho...!!!! Generally Khajuraho name erotic temples comes in our mind. First I will share about Destination later about the story of Erotic postures. Same 5 Years backstory. Our group reached Jhansi Railway station then our booked bus moved towards khajuraho. On a way we visited to Orchha where we saw Old jahangir palace one of orchha major attraction which is now converted into Heritage hotel property some of it's part. Ram Raja mandir is also there but i did not visit as i believe God is inside all of us. After orchha visit we proceed to Khajuraho. Now the time we reached at India's most fascinated destination "Khajuraho". We checked in to hotel. After fresh and up we were free till evening so we rented a bicycle and after a fun ride we reached at Raneh waterfall which is 21 km far from Khajuraho.

When we saw the destination I remembered so many movies had used the place for shootings. We came back from Raneh and reached Khajuraho again. Visited nearby temple in Khajuraho. There are so many temples. In Evening we went see the Khajuraho dance festival. We enjoyed the show mainly the song "Zara kholo ji kevadiya rey sarkar, zara kholo ji" still I remember the lines I heard. Song has little touch of sufi, semi classical and folk so it was like a mixture. The dancer performed there that was amazing, out of the world. Leaved the places after show finished then back our hotel for overnight stay. Had a dinner and overnight stay. Next morning, now the times came to see the amazing architecture of chandel dynasty in the morning time. There are five temples which are most famous for architecture. When I saw architect of those temple, Now words to describes. Outstanding!!! So now I am going to tell the about erotic postures.

The temple they built was based on a meditation. They believed that sex is like a meditation when you forget about everything and focus your mind only in one direction which gives us pleasure, happiness, reduce stress and so many things. You will see the different positions which can be used during sex. Even you will find the sculpture which show one woman satisfying three men. It's little about the Erotic Sculpture and statues. For more knowledge you should visit this place that what the reason behind this temples. So till afternoon we had visited all 5 temples. Now again we were free so we rent a auto and reached again to raneh fall. Enjoyed the boat ride at Benisagar Lake. After that we came back to our hotel for overnight stay. Whenever find a time visit to see these marvellous example of Architecture of Chandela Dynasty.
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Dharmendra Tripathi

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  • Dharmendra Tripathi
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"Great place for tourists to visit any time"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Best place ever I seen is Khajuraho. There are so many temples and every temple has its own story and teaches us a great and enjoyable lesson. If you are going to Khajuraho stay in Chhatarpur because it is a medium city so it is not costly and very comfortable for stay. When visiting these tourist place Chhatarpur is a great city, a city of Maharaja Chhatrasal. It is famous for tourism due to its nearby famous tourist places like Dhubela Museum, Jatashankar MP tourism, Rainfall the great Waterfall and most known ever Khjuraho just 37 km away from Chhatarpur.
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Bilawal Dua

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  • Lives in Indore
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"A great place to visit"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
It is the best place to visit with your family and friends. I went there with my wife. Really enjoyed time spent there. I have visited many places in Madhya Pradesh but this was the best I found. I'll highly recommend it to heritage lovers. Though travelling is little difficult, as there are no trains.
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Rounak Rai

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"World heritage and well-maintained"

  • 7/7
  • Posted Apr 6, 2015
The temples of Khajurao is well known in all over world and it has beauty, wonders, history, story and many other things. Sculptures and relief work on outer and inner wall of temples are outstanding and decorations of walls, pillars, tombs are really magical. Nature is peaceful and a Hindu-Jain religious destination which is also a picnic spot. It also has an international airport, railway station and a well-maintained highway to drive. It's an outstanding destination to visit.
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Ravi Kumar

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"Very beautiful place and romantic sculptures"

  • 7/7
  • Posted Apr 3, 2015
Ever seen before the romantic, erotic sculpture nearly 1000 years ago but seems to be very new till now. Particularly couples feeling very very pleasant. Staying in Taj Khajuraho 5 star hotel is very comfortable and a very reasonable budget. Visit Khajuraho once in life is a wonderful experience.
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"Land of temples with erotic sculptures"

  • 4/7
  • Posted Mar 25, 2015
The drive to Khajuraho from Bhopal was painful with no proper sign boards. However, we were kicked about being in the land where the temples are famous for their erotic sculptures and their historic importance. Being at this World Heritage site we realized how each person visiting Khajuraho has a different perspective towards these medieval Hindu and Jain temples. As we walked the stairs of the first Eastern wing temple we saw a flock of people. One of the ladies in the group was appalled by the erotic sculptures and since she couldn't go back in time and raise objection to these structures, she choose to vent her disgust on the local guide.
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"An heritage place"

  • 7/7
  • Posted Mar 17, 2015
I visited Khajuraho during the 1st week of march 2015. It is historically famous & a UNESCO heritage place. It is the apex centre of archeological talents & skills. Lifes ecstasy in all ways especially through erotic sculptures are made in the four walls of the various temples. The main temples are in the western group. Mathangeeswara mahadeva temple is the only temple where daily pooja is going on and the presence of priest we see.

All the other temples are under the control of archeological survey of India & as such no such poojas. Among the temples Lakshmana temple is having big architectural infrastructure. Opposite to this we see Varaha kshetra & Lakshmi Mandir. Left side of lakshmana temple is Kandariya Mahadeva temple and in the same compound Jagadamba temple.

In the extreme end side of the complex there is chitragupta temple. Walking towards front wee see Parvathi temple Shiva temple & Nandi shrine. The entry to the temple complex is Rs/-10/-ticket. The entire temple complex is decorated with gardens & similar items. The various human feelings are exhibited through beautiful erotic sculptures in all the temples.. An archeological museum is also functioning in the main road opposite to the temple.

The main temple in the southern group which is 4 km away from khajuraho are chaturbhuj temple & duladeo (siva ) temple. Also in eastern group we see vamana temple & Brahma temple. The sculptures in all the temples are similar. The artistic talents exercised in its construction is highly appreciable.
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