The City of Temples
Khajuraho is situated in Chattarpur district of Madhya Pradesh, India. This old heritage city which got its name due to the abundance of Khajur Tree (Date Palm) found in the area, is a famous heritage tourist site known for its magnificent historical group of Hindu and Jain Temples build between 950 AD to 1050 AD by the Chandela Dynasty. The group of temples is said to be more than 1000 years. old and had taken 100 yrs. to build, making it a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The temples are made by the architectural geniuses of the medieval period and have been done in the Nagara style of architecture. Currently, there are 22 temples standing in a geographical division of the western, eastern and southern group and has been depicted as the best-preserved monuments of antiquity. The temple walls are adorned with art and sculptures showing meditation, Kama Sutra and spiritual teachings etc. which also makes it one of the most unique heritage site for tourist from all over the world. This distinguishing architectural site not only projects its temples and sculptures, but Khajuraho also offers musical evenings and a colorful light and sound show. Apart from this, the city itself has many shops and restaurants along with activities like cycling or village walk to small ponds, bike rides to nearby falls and temples etc. The best time to visit Khajuraho will be from October to March.
Khajuraho Temples were built during the 10th Century under the Chandela dynasty where art and culture flourished under the reigns of the Kings who were fair-minded and great patrons of architecture and poetry. The temple's main objective is that the devotees can awaken their spiritual self and how the creation of the World is due to the exposition of the diety in the Garbha Griha. The walls of the temples have only 10 % carvings of erotic themes and the rest of it are sculptures that depict the everyday life of the common people such as playing games, dancing, woman putting makeup, musicians, farmers, potters etc. Khajuraho holds a famous annual dance festival in the month of February, where artist from all over India come to show their talent and art. The festival also organizes an Art Mart, where paintings of International artist from France, China and Italy etc. are exhibited. Maha Shivaratri is celebrated in the temples of Khajuraho in a grandiose way, devotees from all over the country come to celebrate it here during this time.
Top things do in Khajuraho
How to reach
Khajuraho is a popular tourist place for local and foreigners alike, that falls under Madhya Pradesh Tourism. Although it is a small city, it has convenient transportation facilities which make it easy to reach the destination.
How to Reach by Flight
For the convenience of tourist, Khajuraho has its own domestic airport which is only 5 km from the main city. Flights from every major city are connected to the airport.
How to Reach by Train
Khajuraho Railway Station is only 5.9 km from the main town and receives regular trains from nearby cities. Other Railway Stations that can be used to reach Khajuraho are Mahoba (75km), Satna Railway Station (115km) Katni (160 km) and Jhansi (118 km).
How to Reach by Bus
Most of the cities in Madhya Pradesh like Jhansi, Orcha, Gwalior, and Bandhavgarh are provided with Bus Services to Khajuraho. The Madhya Pradesh State Transport and Private deluxe buses are available from Bhopal, New Delhi and Indore for the tourist comforts and satisfaction.
How to Reach by Road
Khajuraho is connected to Delhi via Taj Express, the route is a bit long and might take around 12 hrs. of the journey. The best driving option to take will be the National Highway 75 from Gwalior, which is a 6 hr. journey with beautiful landscapes and cities in between for your convenience.
How to travel within
The small heritage town can be explored on foot or by hiring cabs that are available in abundance within the city.
Khajuraho offers everything to satisfy a traveler’s food soul. Situated in the heart of India, Khajuraho assures a delightful package of varieties of cuisines from all over the world. Starting from the local Madhya Pradesh cuisines to digging your spoons into the famous Sabudana Khichdi, Rogan Josh, Korma, Moong Dal Halwa, Lavang Lata, and Bafla. The local beverages of lassi and sugarcane juice can be bought by hygienic vendors selling them everywhere in the town. Other than the local flavors, Khajuraho restaurants offer Chinese, Rajasthani, Italian, French, Moglai and South Indian cuisines etc.
- Paradise Restaurant
- Zorba the Buddha
- Safari Canteen
- Indiana Restaurant
Day 1: Begin your trip by arriving at Khajuraho Airport/Railway Station and getting a cab to the city, the time duration will be the same. Get checked in to your pre-book hotel and fresh up. Start your trip with an evening sightseeing and visiting the local market, shopping and attend the light and sound show to get a knowledge of the history and temples of Khajuraho. The show itself is an amazing experience. Have your dinner in any of the various restaurants in the city; stay overnight.
Day 2: After breakfast, drive to the Western Group of temples of Khajuraho for sightseeing. The western complex holds the largest collection of temples and main attractions. You can opt for a guide or an audio guide service, to explore the area conveniently. Photography is allowed without any extra fees in every aspect of the temple. After completing the sightseeing, move towards the Eastern Group of temples, which has a few temples. The sightseeing might take you around 3 hrs. to complete. Later drive back to the airport/railway station for your departure to home.