A very famed heritage city in Madhya Pradesh, Khajuraho is known for housing several Hindu and Jain temples. A popular UNESCO world heritage site, Khajuraho will simply astonish you with its unique temple carvings which are lined in symmetry including the finest sandstone carvings and erotic sculptures. A number of tourists from all across the world flock this place to ideate the immortal saga of Hindu art and culture etched in stone.
Khajuraho was earlier the cultural capital of Chandela Rajputs who ruled this part of India during 10th to 12th centuries. Built over a span of 200 years (950-1050 AD), there were around 85 temples during that time which reduced to 22 and now it’s preserved by the State Government. Sprawled over an area of approx 20 sq.km in the northern eastern part of the state, Khajuraho is a popular tourist destination which are categorized into three sections including western, eastern and southern temples.
The temple is a perfect example of Indo-Aryan architecture as the sculptures highlights several facets of Indian life thousand years ago. Lovely stone friezes of gods, goddesses, heroes and kings, concubines, and many more would hail you as you journey to Khajuraho. The erotic sculptures of this place portraying Kama Sutra are completely unique in the world. Above all, it reflects a unique architectural talent which depicts royalty, courtship, marriage, spiritual teachings, meditation, kinship and intimate scenes of human emotions and relationships. You may also enjoy watching the folk dances, light and sound shows, organized in the temple premises and other art centers. So, be it the erotic carvings or the evening shows, you’re adhered to be stunned by the grandeur of Khajuraho temples.
Tourists can enjoy the festival of Classical Dances in Khajuraho which is held every year in the month of February and March. In this week-long festival, you’ll love to encounter the seven classical dances of India which are performed by famous dancers of the India. The dances which are performed during this festival include various Indian classical dance genres like Manipuri, Bharat Natyam, Oddissi, Kucchipudi, Mohiniattam, Kathak, and Kathakali.
Khajuraho is a famous destination in India that draws a number of tourists from all across the world. Shopping here can bring a pleasant experience if you know from where to shop and what to buy. There are various handicraft stores and Crafts Emporium from where you can buy various sculptures of brass, iron and stone. On Tuesday, a weekly bazaar is also held at Rajinagar (5 km from Khajuraho) where you get a huge collection of brass and silver items at economical prices. Including these, you can also choose to shop at Oswal Complex and City Center in Khajuraho.
By Air: Civil Aerodrome Khajuraho Airport in Khajuraho is the nearest airport (Approx 6 Km) that connects several cities of India like Mumbai, Kolkata, Bhopal, Varanasi, and Delhi. Travellers from abroad can get flights from Mumbai and Delhi.
By Rail: Khajuraho Railway Station (5.9 Km) is the nearest railhead top reach the destination. Other nearest railhead is Mahoba Railway Station which is located at the distance of 63 Km from Khajuraho.
By Road: There are various private buses which ply from Khajuraho to several other cities. Major cities like Jhansi, Satna, Harpalpur, Jabalpur and many more are well connected to Khajuraho by road.
Best Time to Visit: September to March