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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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Pradeep Kumar

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  • Pradeep Kumar
  • Heritage seeker
  • Lives in Delhi
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  • 10 Reviews
  •  23 helpful votes
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"Less crowdy & historically rich town" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 1 week ago
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
  • 1 Review
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"Amazing ,mesmerising and ecstatic" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
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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  • Saranya Devanathan
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  • Lives in Bangalore
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"Plenty of good sculpture" new review

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
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
  • 2 Reviews
  •  4 readers

"Fascinating place and beautiful sculptures" new review

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 4 weeks ago
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
  • Lives in Delhi
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"Khajuraho Temple, had a nice visit"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
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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Kriti Mishra

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  • Kriti Mishra
  • Lives in Varanasi
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"Beauty in its purest form"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Probably after Taj Mahal, Khajuraho is one of India's major attractions & the reason why the world come here. Jhansi is the nearest approach to Khajuraho. It is 6-7 hours. By bus. You can reach here by train also. We reach here by Uttar Pradesh Sampark kranti train, There are a variety of temples on Lord Vishnu, Lord Shiva, Goddess Jagdamba, Sun God, Jain Temples and many more. Innumerable artefacts of diverse historic value are preserved safely in a museum under the control of the Archaeological Survey of India. Its a combination of spirituality and exotic. Many can comment about its adulteration and sexuality but you have to learn to appreciate and approach beauty in its purest form. A must visit at least once in a lifetime.
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Vimal kant Jain

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  • Vimal kant Jain
  • Lives in Ghaziabad
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"City of Temple and of Indian Heritage"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Khajuraho is a place where each must go in his lifetime. Temple Area is well developed and decorated by Government of MP. MP Government deserve Kudos. There is Rane Fall and Ghariyal Century is near to Khajurao. About 15 Km far from Temple area. All should visit these places also. Auto charge Rs. 600 for this visit
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Shivam Soni

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  • Shivam Soni
  • Lives in Delhi
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"Visit if you want to see rock craftsmanship"

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted Sep 28, 2015
Khajuraho is mainly famous because temples here are described as "Kamasutra Temples. From Chandel Dynasty and mainly of western culture. Since these temples are well maintained by MP govt, it is must for a traveller to visit.

Temples are surrounded by lush green garden so you can spend some hours here watching beauty of the craftsmanship. A Shiva Temple and many others temples are here. There are many good 2 or 3 star hotels here, so stay comfortably.

As it is in MP you can find local food like samosas, chaats and other spicy tastes here. You will be busy whole day in watching these beautiful temples. Also at night Light and Sound show takes place which is a must watch. Khajuraho can be reached by flights, bus or by rail(direct from Delhi. ).

Oct-Nov is the best time for visiting these temples. Also you will not have to make any special arrangements or to carry extra items since it is in plane region.
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Aarav Tiwari

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  • Aarav Tiwari
  • Lives in Kanpur
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"A temple with excellent carvings"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Aug 15, 2015
The great temple of India, we never seen this kind of carvings before. We would like to visit again when we have time. Went there with my family. It was an excellent trip. Some of the temples are UNESCO heritage sites and very well-maintained. Not very far from New Delhi. Direct train is there from Delhi and it takes few hours. Must visit place. The architecture on the temples wall was excellent. Not very costly place. Hotels are available easily at very cheap price.
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  • Saliendra singh
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"Beautiful place with beautiful mandir"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Aug 12, 2015
It is very nice place. Beautiful place with beautiful mandir of old Hindus and 10 km distance from Khajuraho. Beautiful waterfall known as Ranne waterfall is the best place. I see natural beauty of fall. I want to go again with family. I was unlucky because wild park was closed between July to August.
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