Khajuraho Tourism

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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Khajuraho Traveller Reviews

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Kausik Mandal

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  • 34 Reviews
  •  9 helpful votes
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"Past is still present here . ."

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Jun 16, 2016
We had a dream to visit this place for long and finally it has come true. Reached the place via Satna though we overlooked the better option as this place has a railway station itself. We found this place as a very small city or we can better call it as a developed village. Everything is within a short distance. Sculptures depicted on the temple wall reflect the purest form of excellence of those ancient artists. The light and sound show was okay. Food options were very poor.
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Vamsidhar kuncha

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  • Vamsidhar kuncha
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"A good tourist place to visit"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted May 18, 2016
Khajuraho monuments are very well maintained and M. P. Tourism employees are welcoming. As we alighted at the Khajuraho railway station, employees of M. P. Tourism approached us offering help for accommodation and guidance for visit to monuments. There are several hotels to stay of various categories to suit all budgets. The premises of the monuments as well as monuments themselves are very well-maintained. Definitely a good tourist place to visit.
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Karan bhagat

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  • Karan bhagat
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"A well preserved Heritage"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Apr 18, 2016
If you are planning to take a vacation, spend some alone time with a limited scope of activities, then Khajuraho is a good place to be on your short list.

The list of places can be googled. But I must say that the temples are well-maintained, the guides know what they are saying and are very professional. It is possible to bargain a deal with a friendly guide and he would show you all the places around.

Decent multi national food and accommodation is available.

We have been there twice and checked out 3 local properties. Try Radisson Jass Hotel or Taj Chandela. Ramada can be avoided as it is an old property and in need of serious repairs and hence not worth the price.

Khajuraho is a place for cheap destination weddings, so do ask if the hotel is hosting any large groups for weddings. We made this mistake on recent trip (16th April stay at Ramada, Khajuraho) and it totally spoiled the ambiance, swimming and dining experience. You would not like to be sitting as an uninvited "baarati" with the group at breakfast. Cheers.
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Sudhir bhatia

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  • Sudhir bhatia
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"Photography retreat"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Apr 2, 2016
Places to visit :
1- Western Group Of Temples
2 - Eastern Group Of Temples
3 - Sound and Light Show
4 - Raneh Fall
5 - Panna Tiger Reserve
6 - Pandav Fall
7 - Three Museums

Western Group Of Temples, Falls and Tiger Reserve are the main points of Visit. It is a perfect Place for Photography. For visitors please keep in mind it is only 2.5 day trip. Best time to visit is in the month of october- when the falls have enough water and sun is not harsh.
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Manoj kumar Ray

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  • Manoj kumar Ray
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  • Lives in Delhi
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"Historical city"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Mar 19, 2016
Ever since my wife and me visited Khajuraho about 20 years ago and when I learnt there that every year there is a dance festival around February, I developed a strong desire to visit the place again. This February that dream of mine materialised. 5 of us, a group of senior citizens decided to be there and we planned and made a package tour with the help of M P tourism office located in Janpath hotel, New Delhi.

They lodged us at Hotel Jhankar, a very decent place staffed with excellent, amiable people who took real good care of us. Temples were awesome quality. I wonder what kind of human beings were they who could sculpt such wonderful temples. What progressive were they that they could depict their beautiful but bold thoughts in the images sculpted on the outer wall.

Dance programmes were mesmerising and ecstatic. Awesome. A must visit for every one but must see them with mature mind and thoughts. We also visited Raneh falls, mini Arizona. Visit in dry time to see its beauty. Also Panna reserve forest. On our return journey we spent one night at Orcha. Beautiful palace on the bank of river Betwa. Also, visited Jhansi ka rani fort.
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Pradeep Kumar

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  • Pradeep Kumar
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  • Lives in Delhi
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"Less crowdy & historically rich town"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Feb 4, 2016
Khajuraho is a world famous for its temples which were built 1100 years ago. Khajuraho town is a very small town with a population not more than 20, 000. But tourists flock here every time during the year. It has many hotels and good hotels too. We had stayed in Hotel Radisson Khajuraho for two days. The hotel was good and other hotels were good too.

Temples are main attraction for tourists. You can see a large number of international tourists. Winter season is better to visit Khajuraho.

It has a small airport. The railway station is around 7 kms from Radisson hotel, which I felt was a little far away considering the Khajuraho city. Most of the tourists come by air. There is a direct train service from New Delhi to Khajuraho. But many people also come upto Jhansi by Shatabdi or Rajdhani Express and from there we travel to Khajuraho, which is around 180 kms, by road. Road condition is not very good. Nor there are good restaurants mid way.

Considering the large number of international tourists visiting Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh Tourism should take steps to improve the conditions.
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Keshav Jha

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  • Keshav Jha
  • Lives in Madhubani
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"Amazing ,mesmerising and ecstatic"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jan 28, 2016
Perfect example of our rich cultural heritage and our world class Architecture. Every artefact represents a story and the guide here is awesome but beware of frauds. If visiting Khajuraho do not forget to visit the nearby lake. And friends make at least 2 days stay in Khajuraho. It's worth of every second.
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Saranya Devanathan

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"Plenty of good sculpture"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jan 26, 2016
The Khajuraho village is dirty and small. People are poor - probably few could manage to get hired for tourist's needs. They don't have water supply. No proper road. The lake is mixed with sewerage and lot of weeds have grown in them. I could not see any major cultivation also. One big sculpture factory is there where they make statues in sandstone. Probably few may be employed there.

Totally in contrast is the tourist area. Maintained clean by ASI - world heritage site. Star hotels for 3 kms stretch. Airport within the village. Railway station also nearby. Taxis, auto-rickshaws and even cycle rickshaws depend on the tourists. Few shops near the western group of temples are also meant for tourists.

Since all the glory goes to kings of Chandela dynasty, the men behind the sculpture were recognized by a statue in the circle. The whole pavement near the temple is clean and nicely laid. Even the lakes near temples is somewhat clean and in one lake there is boating.

Erotic sculpture is the specialty. It is shown as various postures of sex, top angle view of sex, A video kind of 3 scenes of the same couple, one elephant is happy watching pornography (see photo). Some of the postures in outer walls has numbers like 69, 77, 17, 19, 25 etc though they are done little crudely.

For a change of seeing only sculpture, one can visit Raneh falls 15 km and appreciate rock formations. Of wildlife is also 40 km away at Panna. Folk dances and sound and light show makes one's evenings.
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Rahul Aggarwal

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  • Rahul Aggarwal
  • Lives in Faridabad
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"Fascinating place and beautiful sculptures"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jan 16, 2016
Khajuraho gives you an experience which no other place in India does. The famous temples are definitely worth a visit and the sculptures so intricate and detailed that you can spend hours watching them. The city in itself is small, laid back and is not very crowded as the tourist inflow is relatively less ( mostly appreciated by foreign tourist).
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Samrat Biswas

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  • Samrat Biswas
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"Khajuraho Temple, had a nice visit"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Dec 30, 2015
Khajuraho is located in Bundelkhand region in the state of Madhya Pradesh in India. Khajuraho group of monuments is known as Khajuraho temple consists of 22 temples. Attractions of this temple played a significant role and making Khajuraho an important tourist site. Here organized a festival name Kala-Parisad on February. People gather in that time and enjoy that festival. Best time for visit this temple is summer sessions (April to July), many people come here in that time. If you not see yet, can't imagine the beauty of this temple so don't miss this.
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