Khajuraho Tourism

Khajuraho Tourism

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The first thing that is quite noticeable about the flight to Khajuraho is the ratio of foreign nationals to Indian nationals is quite high. It seems that the Indian tourists are not much interested about this place. This is a bit sad, as the temples here showcase the zenith of the stone curving in Indian architecture. Khajuraho is well known for its ornate temples, which are one of the most beautiful temples in medieval India. The temples are famous for its erotic sculptures. However, the erotic sculptures are less than 10 percent of the curving and the number of curving and sculptures are so high that it gets quite difficult to locate one. The sculptures are quite bold and beautiful. From a distance, you can see the wavy nature of the sculptures.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: The overall trip can be combined in one extended weekend. We reached in Jet Airways flight and reached at 2 PM. We started the trip with the Southern and Eastern group of temples. It is possible to complete the sightseeing of those temples within a span of 2 hours, which include the remains of the latest discovery, incomplete Bijamandala mound. We had sufficient time to have a cup of coffee, before we went inside the Western group of temples to see the Light and Sound show. The Bamboo restaurant was a convenient location to have the coffee, as it is just opposite to the entrance. It was a great experience to see the show. The lighting with Amitabh Bacchan’s narration makes it an unforgettable experience. Unfortunately there were some interference from the local Bhagabati Jagaran Manch – but those the minor irritants. It was quite useful to see the Light and sound show, before seeing the temple complex. The first half of the second day was spent in seeing the Western Group of temples – which is the ultimate experience. After the light and sound show, one can spend about 1 hour of shopping in the nearby market, fondly known as Connaught Place. It was mainly the sculptures. Raja Cafe is popular eating point, but it may also be worth to try the food in Siddharth International, which is just behind Raja Café. Avoid taking food in Jhankar hotel (MPTDC). The quality and quantity is inferior to Siddharth International or Raja Cafe.

Activities & things to do: It was our driver who suggested to go for further sight-seeing – off-the-beaten-track. We first went to Raneh Falls. It was a great falls, with is situated 25 kms from Khajuraho. This is mini Grand-Canyon and the land-formation at that place is just awesome. The combination of red sandstone and granite and the dark green basalt stone, which formed from magma is great. It was a great experience to see such unique land formation. After that we went to see Pandava Falls. In between we had our lunch in tree-top restaurant, an unique restaurant which is at tree-top, beside river Ken (Karnavati). Pandava falls is another unique experience. The only negative point is the number of stairs. However, avoid the place during evening – as the place gets quite lonely. We had the company of 5 more tourists only.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Avoid the place during extended summer season. Otherwise, the weather is quite pleasant. Avoid the local touts and some of the guides. They seem to over-emphasize the erotic sculptures with added spices. That gets a bit irritating and one actually misses the beauty of the scenes, which can be enjoyed with minimum words. The poetry is already written in the stone and you do not need any interpreter to understand the same. It is best to buy the World Heritage Series book on Khajuraho. The book is by Archaeological Survey of India. That is the best available book for the general tourist. Also, it is worth taking a local taxi-driver, as they know the places well. Without their help, one cannot see the Southern and Eastern group of temples. Remember to see the location of old Khajuraho village and the Ghantai temple. An extended weekend worth spending.
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Gita Hari
  • Gita Hari
  • Lives in Mumbai
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"Catchy Khajuraho!"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
We visited Khajuraho - a nice, quiet place in the heart of India that offers insights into the world of Chandela Kings and their successors who ruled between the 9th and 12th century A.D. Admire the skill of the sculptors for carving such....... More
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  • Chandu
  • Lives in Vishakapatnam
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"Breathtaking temple architecture"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 7 months ago
I did the temples of Khajuraho. I was there for a short 1 day visit and focused on the Western Group of temples. It was breathtaking. The sculpture and carvings on the temple wall open your eyes and mind to a new idea of beauty combined with a....... More
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Timir haran Mahato
  • Timir haran Mahato
  • Lives in Gwalior
  • 2 Reviews

"Khajuraho trip"

  • Posted 9 months ago
Khajuraho is joy full, pleasant place to visit. the city is clean. People are cooperative. you should bargain while hiring auto for purchasing items. Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Food is very good. for site seeing auto is best. for....... More
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Narpesh Kanodiya
  • Narpesh Kanodiya
  • Lives in Jabalpur
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"Khajurao panna Trip"

  • Posted 9 months ago
The Kamasutra carvings that swathe Khajuraho\'s three groups of temples are among the finest temple art in the world. The temples are superb examples of Indo-Aryan architecture, but it\'s their liberally embellished carvings that have made....... More
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Arpit Garg
  • Arpit Garg
  • Heritage seeker
  • Lives in Ghaziabad
  • 3 Reviews

"Mesmerizing temple architecture"

  • Posted 1 year ago
The place is famous for its temples - which consists of collection of temples divided into eastern and western group of temples. out of these eastern is a bigger collection but both are equally important. you need adequate time to see these....... More
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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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