Dotted with unique and exquisitely carved ancient temples, Khajuraho is one of the finest examples of rich cultural heritage of India and also one of its kind. Incredible to the core, Khajuraho is located in the state of Madhya Pradesh reflecting a heady-mix of history, culture and art. Its temples are simply the architectural marvels and earned it the coveted title of UNESCO World Heritage Site. Its temples reflect extensive erotic artwork, inspired by the Kama Sutra. They were built in the period between 9th to 11th centuries by the warrior kings of the Chandela dynasty.
The enchanting temples of Khajuraho sprawl across 21 sq km and are distinguished into The Western Group of Temples, The Eastern Group of Temples and The Southern Group of Temples. Initially there were 85 temples in the complex but now only 22 are left. Each temple is an architectural masterpiece in itself. Chaunsat Yogini is the oldest temple in the complex and Kandariya Mahadeo Temple is the largest and the grandest. Each temple has its own story to tell through its intricately carved sculptures. The sculptures adorning the temples revolve around various roles of women such as adorning herself , playing with children and enjoying sensual pleasures.
Khajuraho Dance Festival
Adding more charm to the already charming Khajuraho, the Dance Festival is a one-week-long festival of classical dances held every year by the Madhya Pradesh Kala Parishad. The performances are by the artists of world fame and highlight the beauty of the various Indian classical dance styles such as Kathakali, Kathak, Bharatnatyam, Odissi, Manipuri etc. The performances are held against the backdrop of the arresting Khajuraho Temples.
If you love wildlife then visit the nearby Panna National Park which is only around 56 km from Khajuraho. The Park is a home to a wide range of wildlife species and is one of the most famous national parks of India. Visit the Pandava Waterfall on the Ken River where the Pandavas spent some time during their exile and Raneh Falls which is known for its rock formations.
Shopping in Khajuraho
You will find beautiful metal wares, bamboo articles and tribal artifacts in the bazaars of Khajuraho.
How to Reach
Khajuraho is easily accessible by air, rail and road from the major cities of India. It has an airport which operates daily flights to cities like Delhi, Agra and Varanasi. The nearest railway stations are at Mahoba (63 km) and Harpalpur (94 km). Khajuraho is also well connected by highways to the cities of Madhya Pradesh.