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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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Nikhil kashyap Kashyap
  • Nikhil kashyap Kashyap
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 48 photos
  • 6 Reviews

"Land of temples with erotic sculptures" new review

  • 4/7
  • Posted 5 days ago
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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Thulaseedharan achary Neelakandan achary
  • Thulaseedharan achary Neelakandan achary
  • Cityslicker
  • Lives in Punalur
  • 148 photos
  • 124 Reviews

"An heritage place" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
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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Aritro Dasgupta
  • Aritro Dasgupta
  • Lives in Gurgaon
  • 24 Reviews

"Enchanting Khajuraho"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
As is well known, Khajuraho is a beautiful, historic and rather spiritual place in many ways. The temples are really fascinating. One comes across many different forms of architecture. There is even 1 temple we spotted, which clearly seemed to have Islamic influences in the architecture with emphasis on minarets and dome.

For some reason, Khajuraho seems to have caught the attention of Spanish people as we spotted massive crowds from that country.

Sadly for such an international destination with foreign backpackers everywhere, the alcohol shops are dull and rather downmarket. Food is good though bit expensive.

A place many may not be aware called Raneh Falls is barely 20 kms away from Khajuraho. Do not miss especially during the monsoons, it is a gorgeous sight.
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Raman Kumar
  • Raman Kumar
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 1 photo
  • 1 Review

"Amazing Trip to Khajuraho"

  • 6/7
  • Posted Dec 6, 2014
I like to travel all around, just 3 weeks ago I was watching a movie & I saw khajuraho temples in movie. I just thought why I still did not visit this place. I packed my bag & boarded a train to khajuraho from Delhi.

When I visited western group of temples in khajuraho, I just said "Wowwwwww".

This is a historical place, where rare a Indian would like to visit because there is a lot of temples which were made by a king in year of 900-1200 & there is some artistic designs out of temple walls. You can zoom out my this picture & understand what i want to say :P
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Piyush Parikh
  • Piyush Parikh
  • Voyager
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 6 Reviews

"Good place to visit"

  • 7/7
  • Posted Nov 6, 2014
Visited Khajuraho in Oct 1st week post our stay at Orchha n Shivpuri. A very nice place but quite hot during that part of the year. Stayed at Hotel Payal of MP Tourism, which was the only forgettable experience with services leaving a lot to be desired. Temples in Khajuraho are a must see, brimming with ornate work on stone, which leaves people mesmerized. Do take a guide which will help in understanding for various facts and work behind these temples. You may negotiate with the guides. Light & Sound show at the temple in the evening is a must watch. We booked a Taxi for local sight seeing and visiting Raneh Falls. One can also travel in an auto since all places/temples are relatively very close.
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Jitender Prasad
  • Jitender Prasad
  • Lives in Patna
  • 1 Review

"Nice place for a group tour"

  • 6/7
  • Posted Sep 11, 2014
Khajuraho are most imegine place and romantic place there are many temple in khajuraho. We group of ten member very enjoy and there are near a tree house in khajuraho what a romantic place nice all person are very enjoy and Khajuraho are most imegine place and romantic place
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Prasanth  Chander
  • Prasanth Chander
  • Lives in Delhi
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"Temple of attraction"

  • 4/7
  • Posted Aug 16, 2014
The Medieval era Lord Shiva Temple is a magnificent piece of architecture and is famously called the kamasutra temple. Voice tour on recorded devices with marked points at different locations helped knowing the place better. The nearby old Jain temple is also an attraction.
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Ravi ranja Choudhary
  • Ravi ranja Choudhary
  • Lives in Delhi
  • 1 Review

"Good place to explore the Indian tradition"

  • 6/7
  • Posted Jul 26, 2014
Khajuraho is the great historical place. Khajurho is famous for its temple and architecture. It is best place for those who are interested about the Indian history and culture. All the temple of Khajuraho was the most visit able place and travels must visits these temples in month of March a festival. My suggestion for traveller, please visit in March and also attend the Khajuraho festival because in the festival there are Indian folk dances and classical Indian dances and singing are performed. Khajuraho is not a expensive city in. if anyone interested in Indian culture and tradition and want to explore about the Indian culture they must visit the Khajuraho city and it’s located well with good transportation facility.
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Rohit Gupta
  • Rohit Gupta
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"A fine example of carving"

  • 5.5/7
  • Posted Jul 18, 2014
No place can compete Khajuraho in matter of temples. Here temples are too good, unique design, and very good carving. Here Matangeshwar temple is famous for its large Shivling. There are many 5 star hotels like Chandela etc for visitors. From all over the world, people come here for seeing temples. Here temples are the mixture of Jain and Hindu temples like Lakshman temple, Varah temple, Duladeo temple etc. I think monsoon and winter is perfect time for visiting. After visiting Khajuraho temples one should go to Panna national park, Pandav fall, museums, etc.
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Gita Hari
  • Gita Hari
  • Heritage seeker
  • Lives in Mumbai
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  • 3 Reviews

"Catchy Khajuraho!"

  • 6/7
  • Posted Jan 22, 2014
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 enviably figured statues of Gods, Goddesses and nayikas (court dancers), a perfect 36-28-34 with graceful postures. The Western Temples are the most visited for Khandariya Mahadev, Lakshmana, Vishwanath and Jaghadambi temples but I suggest one must visit Chaturbhuj temple in the Southern segment for the sheer sight of the beautiful 11-foot sandstone sculpture with the head of Lord Shiva, upper body of Lord Vishnu and lower body of Lord Krishna.

Sadly, most sculptures have been beheaded or limbs chopped off as a result of natural calamities and onslaught of Mahmud of Ghazni. Although it takes its name from Khajurvatika¯ meaning garden of date palms, we could not find any dates to take back home. Scattered all over were souvenir shops to lure foreign tourists at exorbitant prices for sandstone carvings. You can easily bargain for less than 50 percent of quoted prices. Nearby places of interest are Raneh Falls where you get to view canyon with igneous rocks like basalt, granite and quartz lending an array of colors to the view. Or Panna Tiger Reserve which houses sambhar, wild boars, wild dogs, wolves, deer, antelope and of course if you get lucky you may be able to spot the elusive tigers.

With the new railhead proposed to operate directly from March 2014 between Mumbai and Khajuraho, it is easier to reach the destination without the hassle of changing trains at Jhansi that are mostly delayed by 2 hours. Delhiites have direct flights to Khajuraho.
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