Plan a trip to Khajuraho

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Khajuraho , also known as the Temple Town of India is a UNESCO World Heritage site with magnificently craved temples and is a must visit for all who love to explore the ancient architecture. It is located in  Chhatarpur district of Madhya Pradesh

Built between 9th and 10th centuries by Chandela dynasty, these temples are divided into three groups and the must see group is the Western Group. These splendidly craved temples have the finest and least explored temple art work  depicting gods and goddesses , warriors and beasts, musicians , sensuous dancers and maidens and of course erotic scenes for which Khajuraho temples are famous.

The Must see Temples of Khajuraho are:

1. Kandriya Mahadev Temple

It is the most impressive of all with over 800 sculptures  covering the whole temple and was built between 1025- 1050.  It is a magnificent temple where the main spire is 98 ft high with 84 smaller spires around that rise in a crescendo towards it to create the impression of mountain range- more specifically Mount Kailasa – the abode of Shiva.


2. Lakshman and the  Vishwanath Temples

Both are similar in composition to the Kandriya Mahadev but have splendid and distinctive features of own. The Lakshman temple built in AD 930 has superb celing on entrance porch that worth mentioning. The the apsara plucking a throne from her foot in the  Vishwanath temple is simply superb.


3. Devi Jagadambika Temple

Devi Jagadambika temple, in the  north, exceptionally sculpted temples at Khajuraho, with several erotic carvings. Three lines of carvings circumscribe the whole body of the temple. The main sanctum has a huge image of the goddess.


4. Chitragupta Temple

Dedicated to sun God this temple boasts of a magnificent ceiling and  carvings of couples in erotic poses and many maidens.


Places Near Khajuraho

Raneh Falls

Situated 17 kms from the Khjuraho town this is great retreat in the greens.


Panna National Park

35 kms away from the main down nalomg the Ken river is the famed Panna National Park . A must visit for wildlife enthusiasts with crocodiles, leopards, deer and the scenic Pannal falls.


Rajagarh Palace

Situated 25 kms away is this 19th century Bundela style magnificent palace.

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Note : Plan a trip to Khajuraho during the Khajuraho Dance Festival,  that is organised in the  the first week of February each year. This is a week-long  extravaganza of colorful and brilliant classical dance forms of India.

How To Reach:

By Air: Khajuraho has a domestic airport, well-connected to most of the Indian cities  like Mumbai, New Delhi, Allahabad and Bhopal.

By Train: Khajuraho railway station is connected to  New Delhi and Jhansi.

By Road: One can drive or take a bus from Jhansi to Khajuraho.

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