Khajuraho town is situated in north eastern area of Madhya Pradesh state of India. It is in Chhatarpur district around 620 km from New Delhi the capital of India.Khajuraho Group of Monuments are included in the UNESCO World Heritage Site for their beautiful and erotic rock carvings. Situated within Vindhya mountain range of central India, it is a famous tourist and archaeological spot recognized for its sculptured temples dedicated to Shiva, Vishnu, and Jain religion.
Khajuraho got its name from Kharjuravahaka (Kharjura – date palms, vahaka – bearer) which was found in one of the stone inscription discovered in the surrounding area.Khajuraho, or Kharjuravahaka, was one of the capitals of the kings of the Chandela, who from the 9th to the 11th century developed their kingdom which is now in Madhya Pradesh state, centered along historic Bundelkhand region. The temples were built between 950 and 1050 AD by Rajput Chandela dynasty, there were around 85 temples by 12th century, spread over area of 20 square kilometers. Currently around 20 temples can be seen at the site which survived the test of time, theKandariya Mahadeva Temple is the most decorated temple among them.After the decline of the Chandela dynasty in 13th century, the temples were left under the cover of dense date palm trees for many years, they were re-discovered in 1838 by a British army engineer.
The temples at Khajuraho are broadly divided into three groups: Western group around Lakshmana temple, Eastern around Javeri temple and Southern group Duladeva temple.All the temples are open from sunrise to sunset and the entrance fee for the temples is nominal INR 30 and no charge for still photography.Few of the most remarkable temples in the complex are listed below:
• Kandariya Mahadev Temple
• Lakshmana Temple
• Devi Jagdamba Temple
• Parsvanath Temple
• Chaturbhuj Temple
• Matangeshwar Temple
• Dulhadev Temple
• Viswanath Temple
• Javari Temple
• Chitragupta Temple
It is preferable to hire a guide or to use audio guides/ smartphone apps (provided by Archaeological survey of India approx. INR 60) to explore the place. A guide can cost you around INR 500 for a small group of 4 5 people. One can also explore the archaeological museum situated near the western group of temples which contains some of the finest sculptures and details related to the temples.Light and Sound Show at Western group of temples is held every evening. Entry ticket INR 120 for Indians and INR 400 for foreigners.
Road: Khajuraho is well connected by road to Jhansi (170 Kms) and Satna (116 Kms). There are daily bus services from Satna, Jhansi, Chhatarpur,Sagar,Jabalpur, Bhopal, Indore, Gwalior, Panna, Agra, Allahabad and Varanasi.
Rail: Khajuraho is connected to Jhansi, Kanpur, Udaipur, New Delhi and Varanasi by train route. The Khajuraho temple complex is around 8 Kms from railway station. There is no bus service from the station to the town, Auto rickshaws can be hiredfor INR100 to INR 150 one way (Shared auto can be availed for around INR 10 per person).
Air: The temple complex is around 4 Kms from Khajuraho Airport. Regular flights are available from Varanasi, Delhi, Mumbai, Agra and few other Indian cities.
Intercity: To roam around in Khajuraho one can hire a cycle (approx. INR 30/hour) or auto. Various car rental companies are also available in the town.
Food: Rice, paratha, Roti, and other north Indian dishes are easily available at moderate cost in the town.
Climate: Khajuraho’s climate is extreme, with heavy variation in day and night temperatures. Summers are as hot at 45°C. Best time to visit Khajuraho is from September to March.
Stay: A wide variety of hotels are available ranging from budget hotels to high end luxury ones.MP tourism affiliated hotels are preferable.
The Experience: In Khajuraho one can enjoy the marvelously carved temples in the backdrop of the Vindhya mountain range. The small town of Khajuraho is a great getaway from the busy city life which offer a relaxing time. The people here are helpful but be cautious with too friendly ones. A stay of two days is enough to explore the place properly.
Glimpse of Khajuraho:
The Nearby: Distance from Khajuraho group of temples
• Beni Sagar Dam (12 Kms)
• Raneh Fall (21 Kms)
• Kalinjar Fort (100 Kms)
• Panna National Park (125 Kms)