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Beautiful temple

Beautiful temple  Video Review
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Lakshmana Temple

Shashank Agarwal
7th Oct 17

Raneh water

Raneh water  Video Review
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Raneh Falls

Vipin Soni
6th Aug 17

Beautiful

Beautiful  Video Review
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Raneh Falls

Vipin Soni
6th Aug 17

India's Grand Canyon

India's Grand Canyon  Video Review
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Raneh Falls

Mohit Grover
28th Dec 16

Devi Jagdambi Temple (Part of Western Group of Temples)

Devi Jagdambi Temple (Part of Western Group of Temples)  Video Review
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Devi Jagdambi Temple

Mohit Grover
10th Nov 16

Jagdambi Devi temple

Jagdambi Devi temple  Video Review
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Devi Jagdambi Temple

Karandeep Kapany
9th Nov 16

Vamana Temple!!

Vamana Temple!!  Video Review
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Vamana Temple

Shashank Agarwal
2nd Nov 17

Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva

Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva  Video Review
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Dulhadeo Temple

Shashank Agarwal
2nd Nov 17

Best preserved in Jain area!!

Best preserved in Jain area!!  Video Review
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Parshwanath Temple

Shashank Agarwal
2nd Nov 17

Another relatively newer temple

Another relatively newer temple  Video Review
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Adinath Temple

Shashank Agarwal
2nd Nov 17

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Reasons to go to Khajuraho

1The sculptures of Khajuraho
The sculptures of Khajuraho

Keshav Jha shares: 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.

Amit Jaiswal recommends Radisson Hotel for your visit: The hotel has a very beautiful landscape garden and pool with gym and spa facilities. The lounge is attached with activities like pool, badminton, chess, carom, and reading room and a bar. You may relax in bath tub if you're coming from a long tiring journey. The food is delicious.

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2For its temples of Chandela Dynasty that has several erotic carvings
For its temples of Chandela Dynasty that has several erotic carvings

HolidayIQ Reviewer Lakshmi Sharath shares, “Western Group of Temples - Khajuraho; The temples of Khajuraho were built by the Chandela Dynasty over 1000 years ago and they are now a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Of the 22 that survive today, most of them are in the western group. There are over five big temples and Kandariya Mahadev is one of the biggest and is very impressive. Thr walls are filled with erotic carvings but I also saw many sculptures that depict Gods and Goddesses. ”

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3See the erotic sculptures at Khajuraho Group on this UNESCO World Heritage Site
See the erotic sculptures at Khajuraho Group on this UNESCO World Heritage Site

HolidayIQ Reviewer Nivedith Gajapathy adds, “A temple with rich culture and architecture Devi Jagadambika temple or Jagadambika temple of a group of about 20 temples at Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh, India. Khajuraho is a World Heritage site.

HolidayIQ Reviewer Hrish Thota adds, “Some of these temples are Kandariya Mahadeva Temple, Lakshmana temple, Devi Jagadamba temple and Chausath Jogini temple. These are UNESCO World Heritage sites.

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4Visit this unique UNESCO Heritage place
Visit this unique UNESCO Heritage place

Temple | Heritage | Architecture | Culture

HolidayIQ Reviewer Nivedith Gajapathy says, “A temple with rich culture and architecture Devi Jagadambika temple or Jagadambika temple of a group of about 20 temples at Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh, India. Khajuraho is a World Heritage site. The temples of Khajuraho were built by the rulers of the Chandella dynasty between the 10th and the 12th centuries. Apsara, Devi Jagadambi

HolidayIQ Reviewer Lakshmi Sharath adds, “Western Group of Temples - Khajuraho The temples of Khajuraho were built by the Chandela dynasty over 1000 years ago and they are now a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

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5A UNESCO world heritage site
A UNESCO world heritage site

Khajuraho initially had around 80 temples but hardly 25 remain in good condition now. HolidayIQ reviewer Mahesh says, “Khajuraho may be promoted as the land of Kamasutra but there's a lot more to Khajuraho than what the internet can tell you. You have to visit the place in person to experience and know the history and significance of what the 10th century temples have to offer.”

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. HolidayIQ reviewer Neelima says, “Eastern and Western group of temples are a must visit. Equally important to hire a guide as well, otherwise there is little that you could grasp on your own. There are a lot of interesting stories to be told.


Must-see: Adinath Temple, Chitragupta Temple, Devi Jagdambi Temple, Dulhadev Temple, Kandariya Mahadev Temple, Dhubela Museum, Jain Museum, Ajaigarh Fort, Beni Sagar Dam among others.

How to reach:

By Air: Khajuraho Airport is the nearest airport. One can get taxi or a jeep to reach the destination.

By Train: Khajuraho has a railway station, but only a few trains halt there. Mahoba is the nearest major railhead, 63 km away.

By Road: Roads of Khajuraho offer a smooth driving experience.


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Rizwanuddin Rafiq

Rizwanuddin Rafiq4.3/5

3023 reviews

Golden Period Of Bundelas.

Khajuraho is a world famous heritage site. And it's famous for it's sculpture artwork on sandstone. It is situated about 200kms from Jhansi and 400 kms about from Bhopal. It remains the Capital of Bundela Rulers . There were about 80 temples which were significant to the Bundela's prosperity and that's why it was the Golden Period of their reign. It's divided into three groups and western group is the world heritage site since 1986. Laxmana temple is the best example and known for its erotic sculptures which are sculpted on outer wall which are less in ratio might be a depiction of life's essence. Other images are of Various deities and monolithic sculpture of Ganesha attracts every visitors. It was built by Yashovarman between 930 to 1050. It's built on elevated platform on Panchaytana pattern . Eastern group and Southern group temples are also very attractive. Here the main deities remains Shiva and Vishnu and Eastern group is famous for Jain temples dedicated to Rishabh Dev, Pasharvnath, Shantinath etc. And visitors will find the magic square sculpted on the right side of the Sanctum of Pasharvnath Temple . Every year in the month February A dance festival is held and everyday light and sound show is organized in the western group after Sunset . As a whole it's full of attractions but few are Tribal Art Museum, MP Tourism's Bundelkhandi Folk dances show in the Shaded Auditorium everyday after Sunset. Archaeological Museum which is having 4 galleries, Jain Museum etc . It's famous for Hospitality many good Hotels like Ramada etc and many budget hotels like Nirvana, Plaza etc and all kinds of food multi cuisine, Italian, Vegetarian Badri restaurant is the best. It's the foreigners first choice after Taj. Bicycle, motorcycles are available on rent . . It's a must visit attraction.

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Prakhul .

Prakhul .5.0/5

9 reviews

Khajuraho where the spirit moves around.

Had a great experience. The primary places being the Khajuraho market area, Panna Tiger Reserve Safari, Visit to the Temple Arcade, Lonely Khajuraho Roads with every step offering your mind some new thought.
  • Khajuraho where the spirit moves around.
  • Khajuraho where the spirit moves around.

Recommended Duration in Khajuraho

Number of days to spend in Khajuraho as recommended by our travellers.

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3 days

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Khajuraho Overview

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.

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