Khajuraho is a famous temple city in the heart of India, Madhya Pradesh. The mesmerizing cravings and erotic sculptures exhibiting on the walls of the ancient Hindu and Jain temples of Khajuraho has made it global tourist destination.
If dance and history intrigues you, there can be no better place to experience the splendid amalgamation of both other than at Khajuraho Dance Festival. It is held annually in the month of February for around 7 days in the idyllic backdrop of the exquisite 1000 year-old Khajuraho temples. A great initiative by Madhya Pradesh Kala Parishad to give impetus to Indian dance, music and art forms.
Date and Venue of Khajuraho Dance Festival
25th February to 2nd March 2016 in the fabulous backdrop of the splendid Chitragupta Temple and Vishwanatha Temple of Khajuraho.
The Uniqueness of the festival
The temples are marvelously decorated with attractive lighting for the festival. The open-air auditorium is the ideal destination for this grand festival. Chitragupta Temple dedicated to Sun God and Vishwanatha Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva are the main venues for the performances.
Khajuraho Dance Festival is celebrated in order to emphasize the beauty of classical dance forms of India like Kathak, Bharatnayam, Kuchipudi, Odissi, Manipuri. Mohniattam and Kathakali and commemorate the cultural richness of Khajuraho Temples. Proficient and master dancers from all over India perform in this festival. The spectacle of the most amazing dance maestros performing just as the dusk sets in, in the backdrop of floodlit temples is a lifetime experience.
Besides dance, you can even shop for the impressive handmade articles that are exhibited by the craftsmen in the open market.
Entry Fees: Free to the temples of eastern and southern Khajuraho. A nominal amount has to be paid for the temples in Western side.
Reaching the Venue
Khajuraho has a domestic airport, which is well-connected to most of the Indian cities such as New Delhi, Mumbai, Varanasi, Allahabad . Khajuraho is connected by trains from Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Ahmedabad and Varanasi. For tourists who wish to travel by road, Jhansi, Gwalior, Jabalpur, Indore, Agra, Allahabad, Chhatarpur, Satna and Mahoba are the nearest cities.
Stay and Food
Numerous hotels are available at Khajuraho that offer a decent stay at reasonable rates. While you are at Khajuraho, try out their local delicacies and dishes like Korma, Mutton Kababs, Chicken Biryani, Kheema, Sabudana khichdi, Bafla accompanied with tasty laddoos, Lavang Lata, Kusli and Cashew Barfi.
Get your reservations confirmed, pack some light woolen clothes along with a camera and set off to witness one of the most awaited dance festivals of India at Khajuraho.