Khajuraho is famous for
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Less crowdy & historically rich town
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.
An heritage place
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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History of Khajuraho
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. 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. 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.
People and Culture of Khajuraho
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. 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.
Accommodation in 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 onto a cycle rickshaw or just hire a cab for a day to visit all the attractions of the city. 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.
Khajuraho seems to be very popular this season!