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If you Thought Khajuraho was all About Erotic Carvings, Try these 5 Fun Things Instead

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If you’re an art lover, who is looking for a place to admire great works of art. If you’re a nature lover who seeks places where you experience untamed nature or are you a history buff, who loves mysteries and untold stories then Khajuraho is the ideal destination for you.

If you Thought Khajuraho was all About Erotic Carvings, Try these 5 Fun Things Instead:

  1. Khajuraho (Madhya Pradesh)
  2. Panna National Park, Panna (Madhya Pradesh)
  3. Shilpgram, Khajuraho (Madhya Pradesh)
  4. Raneh Falls, Khajuraho (Madhya Pradesh)
  5. Archaeological Museum, Khajuraho (Madhya Pradesh)

1. Delve into the History of the Khajuraho Temples

Delve into the History of the Khajuraho Templessource: wikimedia.org

One of the most popular misconceptions about the temples of Khajuraho is that they contain sexual themes. In reality only 10% of the carvings contain any element of erotica. Most of the carvings depict everyday life of the common man of that time.

Do you know about the legend of Hemvati and the dream that led to the creation of these temples? Read about it here.

Rajeev Bohra shares: “It is a surreal experience to see the intricate workmanship & details on stone work around every temple made nearly 1000 years ago. It gives an insight to the rich tradition & culture of that time- the clothes & jewellery, women writing, liberated, having freedom to explore.”

Naman Sharma from Moga stayed at the Chandela Hotel while exploring the Khajuraho temples. He says: “It was a very decent hotel in quite down to earth prices and nice facilities. It was comfort and provided great hospitality to me and enjoyed staying here. Hotel's location was fine and overall appearance of the hotel was fabulous and charming.”

2. Go Tiger Spotting at the Panna National Park

Go Tiger Spotting at the Panna National Parksource: indiafamousfor.com

The Panna national park is ranked high amongst the most famous Tiger reserves in India because of high tiger population. Apart from tigers, you could spot leopards, hyenas, wolves and many other wild creatures. Although the park doesn’t organise jeep safaris, you can rent a jeep and have a comfortable private safari of your own. Boat rides and elephant rides are available at the park as well.

Monica Rai from Mumbai shares: “The wildlife is yet untouched by the effects of modern civilization, in complete harmony with nature's balance. The topography of the forest changes from region to region. It sometimes appears like the Savanna in Africa and like the Amazon on the other. The crocodiles in their unique environment display acts of amusement & fury. There are big wild cats in the jungle including the Royal Bengal Tiger, the most elusive Leopard, jungle cat and other numerous wildlife creatures:”

Farman Ali talks about his stay at Ramada Hotel. He says: “Attentive staff lovely hotel. Set on beautiful grounds with walking path and an organic garden. Scrumptious breakfast buffet, set back from main road quiet yet convenient.”

3. Explore the Crafts Village of Shilpgram

Explore the Crafts Village of Shilpgramsource: brandife.com

Shilpgram is popular for promoting the ancient culture of India through various folk arts. Established in 1998 by the government to preserve the culture and tradition of the country, you can also buy tribal handicrafts made here.

Saranya Devanathan from Bangalore shares: “Shilpagram is at the entrance of the western group of temples. Nicely organised galleries of art pieces. One can buy a nice silk night dress, or semiprecious stone ring or big sculpture or small mementos for gifts. Marble with inlay work is there. All erotic sculpture replicas can be bought here. A beautiful Lord Krishna's statue is worth looking at.”

S K Verma from Agra talks about the good service of Hotel Usha Bundela. He says: “It was a good hotel for stay at khajuraho, they serve good food and it was located at the main road of khajuraho from where temples and airport was very near.  It have good swimming pool too and even the staff was very good and presentable.”

4. Check out the Raneh Falls

Check out the Raneh Fallssource: imagegallery.paintedstork.com

Named after King Rane Pratap, the erstwhile ruler of the region, the Raneh Falls is formed by the confluence of Ken and Khuddar rivers. The surroundings of the falls are adorned with crystalline granite, which is present in varying shades ranging from pink, red and grey.

Saranya Devanathan from Bangalore shares: “One needs to walk and climb a little to see the falls from 2-3 view points. There are small water falls all over through the rock. Looks like a mini Niagara during monsoon. Each fall ends in a bowl from where again waterfalls. One can imagine the beauty of it. 5 kms stretch of granite, quartz, dolomite, basalt and jaswar of different colours.”

Gaurav Tiwari from Bangalore shares his stay experience at The Lalit Temple View. He says: “The well trimmed sprawling lawns, the spacious and luxurious rooms, the range of restaurants which serve amazing food makes the whole experience the more good. Its value for money and definitely worth staying at if you are at Khajuraho.”

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5. Visit the Archaeological Museum of Khajuraho

Visit the Archaeological Museum of Khajurahosource: remotetraveler.com

Established in 1967, the museum is a display centre of the loose sculptures and architectural ruins, which were collected from the temples of Khajuraho. The five galleries showcase antique sculptures of Brahmanical, Jaina and Buddhist faiths. The museum houses more than 2,000 sculptures.

Thulaseedharan Achary from Punalur shares: “Beautiful sculptures of Jain temples and others are exhibited there. The entire creations are very attractive.”

Siddharth Ajmera from Ujjain talks about his affordable stay at Hotel Yogi Lodge. He says: “Hotel Yogi Lodge is about 10 steps away from the Western Group of Temples which is considered as the main group of Temples in Khajuraho. The Lodge is very cheap and affordable. It just costed us Rs. 300/- room and we were a group of 4 people. The room was furnished with attached facilities.”

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