Khajuraho really impressed us and we suggest including a two night stay in your itinerary. The town is famous for its exquisitely carved and embellished temples and sculptures, which are a thousand years old. The temple complex has been declared a UNESCO World Heritage site and is simply stunning. Life, in every form and mood, has been captured here in stone, testifying to the craftsman’s artistry and the extraordinary breadth of vision of the Chandela Rajputs. Of the 85 original temples, 22 still survive, constituting one of the world’s greatest artistic wonders.
The town of Khajuraho itself is small, rural and relaxed making a welcome break from the more frantic tourist destinations. Around 1 hour’s drive from Khajuraho is Panna National Park where we can organise a jeep safari and treehouse dinner at the wonderful Ken River Lodge.
Great view of the Western temple complex from this rooftop terrace
The Tree house at Ken River Lodge
Sunset on the Ken River, Panna National Park
Western Temple Site
Kama Sutra Carvings
Western Temple Site
Western Temple Site
Offerings for Goddess Durga
Location: Khajuraho is located in the state of Madhya Pradesh, North Central India
Air: Khajuraho has a small, modern airport and can be reached by a short domestic flight from Delhi and Varanasi.
Train: Khajuraho has its own rail station. Apart from that, the other nearest stations are:
- Mahoba (64 km)
- Harpalpur (94 km)
- Jhansi (175 km)
- Satna (117 km)
Road: Distances from major destinations are:
- Agra (395 Km)
- Bhopal (340 Km)
- Bandhavgarh (270 Km)
- Varanasi (via Rewa 340 Km)
Landscape: Madhya Pradesh is not called the ‘Heart of India’ only because of its location in the centre of Northern India. It has been home to the cultural heritage of Hinduism, Buddhism, Jainism and Islam. Innumerable monuments, exquisitely carved temples, stupas, forts and palaces are dotted all over the State.
The natural beauty of the State is equally varied. Consisting largely of a plateau, the State has everything. Spectacular mountain ranges, meandering rivers and miles and miles of dense forests. In fact, a large part of the State is forested, offering a unique and exciting panorama of wildlife. In the National Parks of Kanha, Bandhavgarh, Pench and Panna you can spot the tiger, the bison and a wide variety of deer and antelope. But perhaps the best part about MP is its accessibility. Bordered by five States, it is equally close to major tourist destinations from the North, South, East and West. Whether you are in Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai or Kolkata, you’re never very far from Madhya Pradesh .
Food: Rice and tandoori dishes like chapatti, Nan and kulcha are served here. Another favourite is Papad with chutney. These apart, non-vegetarian items known as karahi are the speciality of the area. Lamb or shrimp karahi consists of tender morsels of lamb or shrimps cooked in a heavenly sauce of ginger, garlic and tomatoes.
Festivals: Khajuraho festival of classical dance every year, usually from 25 February to 2 March. The best exponents perform in an open-air auditorium, usually in front of the Chitragupta Temple dedicated to Surya (the Sun God) and the Vishwanatha Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. Local craftsmen display their crafts at an open market.
When to go: The weather in Khajuraho can get very hot and sunny in summer and is generally cool in winter. The best time to visit is from October to March.
|The Western group of temples are by far the most impressive to visit. They are conveniently located very close to most tourist hotels in a well maintained park area. Intricate carvings from the 10th and 11th centuries cover every pillar from plinth to spire and depict battles, heavenly nymphs, banquets, musicians and, of course, erotic figures for which the temples at Khajuraho are famous. The spectacular Khajuraho Son-et-Lumiére Show evokes the life and times of the great Chandela kings and traces the fascinating story of the unique temples from the 10th to the 20th century.If time permits, there are further temples to visit at the Eastern and Southern sites.|
State Museum of Tribal and Folk Arts
|Part of the Chandela Cultural Complex, this interesting and informative museum displays over 500 pieces of Indian art, including terracotta, jewellery and masks.|
Panna National Park
Lalit Temple View, Khajuraho
|Our pick of the bunch of places to stay in Khajuraho. The Lalit Temple View is a fine 5 star hotel with lovely rooms, gorgeous swimming pool and uninterrupted views of the Western Group of Khajuraho temples which are adjacent to the hotel.|
Radisson Jass, Khajuraho
Taj Chandela, Khajuraho
Ken River Lodge, Panna National Park