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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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Akanksha bhuvan Bhushan

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  • Akanksha bhuvan Bhushan
  • Lives in New Delhi
  • 2 photos
  • 9 Reviews
  •  3 helpful votes
  •  3523 readers

"Amazing place to visit" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
* We traveled by UP Sampark Kranti (both ways)- Train was very- very late because of FOG

* Days covered: 2 (Saturday & Sunday 31st Dec. & 1st Jan.

* Places visited:

1. Western Group of Temples- Rs. 30/ person.

(include Light & Sound show- Rs. 200/ person).

2. Eastern Group of Temples.

3. Beni Sagar Dam.

4. Ken River.

5. Pandav Falls & Cave (a must visit)- Rs. 50/ person.

6. Raneh Falls (a must visit)- Rs. 50/ person.

7. Jain Temples.

* Hotel: Hotel Ramayana (affordable stay)- 5-6 kms away from Station.

* Best way to explore: By hiring a Scooty (Activa) on rent for just Rs. 500 a day.

* Shopping: Saree made from Bamboo.
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Mahesh Suthar

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  • Mahesh Suthar
  • Lives in Jodhpur
  • 221 photos
  • 27 Reviews
  •  316 helpful votes
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"Lot more than what meets the eye"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Khajuraho may be promoted as the land of kamasutra but there's a lot more to Khajuraho than what the internet can tell you. You have to visit the place in person to experience and know the history and significance of what the 10th century temples have to offer. During our two day stay in Khajuraho at Syna Heritage hotel (which I believe offers a royal feel at a moderate cost in comparison to Taj or The Lalit) we visited some lesser known places such as the Tribal and Folk art museum and Jain museum. The main attractions were certainly the western group of temples which are a majestic creation of extra-ordinary craftsmanship. I was amazed to see such intricate carvings, stories and devotion of the Chandela empire.
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Hrish Thota

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  • Hrish Thota
  • Lives in Bangalore
  • 111 photos
  • 37 Reviews
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"Cultural capital of Madhya Pradesh"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Khajuraho is one of the top visited destinations by foreigners to India after Taj Mahal. There are more than 20 temples which are more than 1000 years old and showcase the grandeur of those times. The sculptures are really intricate and the chief draw are the Kamasutra sculptures which are less than 10% of all sculptures.
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Nivedith Gajapathy

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  • Nivedith Gajapathy
  • Lives in Bangalore
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  • 39 Reviews
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"The land of architectural marvel"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
The Khajuraho Group of Monuments is a group of Hindu and Jain temples in Madhya Pradesh. Khajuraho has an airport as well and also accessible from Jabalpur which is 200 km away and 175 km from Jhansi. This is one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in India. The temples are famous for their nagara-style architectural symbolism and their erotic sculptures. The temples were built between 950 and 1050 by the Chandela dynasty and the temple site initially had 85 temples by 12th century, spread over 20 square kilometers.

Currently about 20 temples have survived, spread over 6 square kilometers. Of the various surviving temples, the Kandariya Mahadeva Temple is decorated with a profusion of sculptures with intricate details, symbolism and expressiveness of ancient Indian art.

The Khajuraho group of temples were built together but were dedicated to two religions - namely Hinduism and Jainism -suggesting a tradition of acceptance and respect for diverse religious views among Hindus and Jains.

Each Temple had distinct style and display of intricate sculptures and also displayed the state of the current king/dynasty.

You need easily 1-2 days to spend at Khajuraho and we stayed at Syna Heritage hotel which is close to the western group of temples. Don't forget to attend the sound and light show in the evening at the western group of temples
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Jaykishanc

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  • Jaykishanc
  • 1 Review
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"Khajuraho .. Place which provide peace"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
The Duladeo Temple is a Hindu temple in Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh, India. The temple is dedicated to the god Shiva in the form of a linga, which is deified in the sanctum. 'Dulodeo' means “Holy Bridegroom”. The temple is also known as "Kunwar Math".
Must visit once .. It's gives lot of peace at heart ..
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Neelima V

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  • Neelima V
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 42 photos
  • 20 Reviews
  •  560 helpful votes
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"The tragedy of Khajuraho is its stereotype!"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Before my visit to Khajuraho, like most others, I incorrectly assumed Khajuraho is all about erotic sculptures. As I figured out later, the 20 Hindu and Jain temples surviving from the original 85 are a treat to observe the architectural finesse and sculpting prowess of yore, erotic figures amounting to less than 10% of all the sculptures present there.

Eastern and Western group of temples are a must visit. Equally important to hire a guide as well, otherwise there is little that you could grasp on your own. There are a lot of interesting stories to be told.

After a day of sightseeing, chilling out at Raju's cafe which is right opposite the Western Group of temple is highly recommended, the terrace has a great view of the monuments and sunset.
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Lakshmi Sharath

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  • Lakshmi Sharath
  • Lives in Chennai
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"Khajuraho - more than just erotic carvings"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
The UNESCO World Heritage Site has 22 temples scattered over the town and every inch of it is carved, not just with erotic sculptures but with legends and myths. The temples - both Hindu and Jain were built over 1000 years old and are classified as Western Group, Eastern Group and Southern Group. Don't miss the Chausath Yogini Temple. It's lovely to be here during sunrise and sunset and it's the best time for photography as well. The Sound and Light Show is fascinating. The sites are well maintained. Even if you are not into temples, you can just relax here and do nothing.

You can do some local shopping for trinkets, souvenirs, keychains, fridge magnets and most of them have the erotic theme. Lots of little cafes around the sites. If you have the time head to Raneh Falls and Grail Sanctuary and see the fantastic canyon with myriad colours and spot gharials and crocodiles. The canyon is truly spectacular, aka our own desi grand canyon. Carry water with you. Winters are the best time to visit and spend at least three days here.
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Pritvi Kanchi

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  • Pritvi Kanchi
  • Lives in Bangalore
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"A Trip to Khajuraho"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
I had been to Khajuraho by road in the month of October 2016. Pnna is a must-visit attraction in the tourism circuit of Madhya Pradesh. The must-visit attractions around Panna include the Panna National Park and the Pandava Caves. The Panna National Park is located in the Chatarpur district of Madhya Pradesh and is home to over 200 species of birds. The Panna Tiger Reserve got an excellence award in the year 2007. The Panna National Park is home to a number of animals such as tiger, leopard, sambhar and bear. The Pandava Caves is the very place where the Pandavas sought haven during their long years of exile. This majestic natural wonder is enriched by the presence of waterfalls, deep lakes and lush greenery all around. One should take the help of a tourist guide who normally takes not more than Rs. 60.
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Kausik Mandal

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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
  • 3 Reviews
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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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