Temples Of Khajuraho

The Khajuraho Group of Monuments in Khajuraho, a town in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, located in Chhatarpur District, is one of the most popular tourist destinations in India. Khajuraho has the largest group of medieval Hindu and Jain temples, famous for their erotic sculptures. The Khajuraho Group of Monuments has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is considered to be one of the “seven wonders” of India.

Spread over an area of approximately 20 square kilometers on the north eastern part of Madhya Pradesh, Khajuraho is a major tourist and  archaeological site in Madhya Pradesh. Khajuraho at times referred to as the Kamasutra temple is world renowned for its sculptured temples dedicated to Shiva, Vishnu, and Jain deities, and the sexually explicit carvings both inside and outside the temple. A UNESCO world heritage site Khajuraho is believed to have had over 75 temples of which 22 remain today.

Climate:

Khajuraho’s climate is quite extreme, with wide variation in day and night temperatures along with minimal rainfall. Summers are hot at 45°C and winters pleasant at 27°C. Rainfall of 114 cms annually. As summer is too hot, winter is a good time to visit. A good time to visit is March, when the annual Dance Festival takes place. So the best time to visit Khajuraho is from September to March.

Things To Do:

Light and Sound Show at Western group of temples – After visiting the temple complex is over, the sound and light show, narrated by the Bollywood icon Amitabh Bachhan, is held every evening. Entry ticket Rs. 120/- for Indians and Rs. 400/- for foreigners.
Khajuraho Dance Festival
At Arhanta Yoga Ashram, Classical Hatha Yoga classes can be followed in a traditional ashram lifestyle.

Facts / Did you know?

The creators of Khajuraho claimed descent from the moon. The legend that describes the origin of this great dynasty is a fascinating one: Hemavati, the beautiful young daughter of a Brahmin priest was seduced by the moon god while bathing in the Rati one evening. The child born of this union between a mortal and a god was a son, Chandravarman. Harassed by society, the unwed mother sought refuge in the dense forest of Central India where she was both mother and guru to her young son. The boy grew up to found the great Chandela dynasty. When he was established as a ruler, he had a dream-visitation from his mother, who implored him to build temples that would reveal human passions, and in doing so bring about a realization of the emptiness of human desire. Chandravarman began the construction of the first of the temples, successive rulers added to the fast growing complex.

Raneh Falls Near Khajuraho

NEARBY PLACES: 

Bandhavgarh National Park(Small park famous for its high density of tigers), Panna National Park, Nachna – 40 km from Panna was a famous city of the Nagvakataka and Gupta empire, Raneh Falls (19 km), Ken Nature Trail –  22 km , close to Raneh falls, is a jungle track, a natural beauty and imparts a knowledge of the surroundings, Ajaygarh Fort – located 80 km away from Khajuraho, is at a height of 688 meters above sea level and once the capital of the Chandelas during their decline, Kalinjar – A historical fort, Pandav Falls (34 km), Majhgavan Diamond Mines (56 km) – India’s only working diamond mines, Benisagar Dam (10 km), Ranguan Dam (25 km), Gangau Dam and Sanctuary (34 km)

Timings:

It open from sunrise to sunset
Entrance Fee: Citizens of India – Rs. 10/- per head
Others: US $ 5 or Indian Rs. 250/- per head
(children up to 15 years free)

How To Reach

By Air: The renowned Khajuraho is having a household terminal known as Town Airport Khajuraho area. It is situated at only 2 Km southern of Khajuraho city. Now routes from city of Delhi as well as Varanasi city are managing for Khajuraho.

By Train: The world famous Khajuraho has its own railway station, which is just around 5 km from the renowned places of Khajuraho. The closest significant railway station is the renowned Mahoba Jct, which situated only 75 km away. From here one can seek the services of a cab or bus to reach world famous Khajuraho.

By Road: The world famous Khajuraho is well linked with many places in and around state of Madhya Pradesh by street. Both condition transportation and personal providers offer common, semi-deluxe and elegant vehicles for visiting renowned Khajuraho. Private cabs and trainers are also available to reach here. It is 598 km far from the national capital Delhi and 374 km far from the state capital Bhopal.

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