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