Khajuraho, a small town which is also known as ‘Khajuraho group of monuments’, is located in the Chhattarpur district of Madhya Pradesh. Located around 620 km from Delhi,Khajuraho has the largest group of medieval Hindu and Jain temples, famous for their erotic sculptures.Khajuraho is served by Khajuraho Airport and there is a railway station in the centre of the town which is well connected to major cities across the country.
The climate of Khajuraho is quite extreme with very hot summers, heavy monsoon and chilling winters. While winters can be categorized as the best time to visit Khajuraho, tourist are advised to plan a trip during the month of February, when the Khajuraho dance festival is held here. Direct air connectivity from Khajuraho is limited only to Delhi and Varanasi. The nearest domestic airport which is well routed to other parts of the country is the Kanpur airport, which is just 182 km from Khajuraho.
The only and most important attractions in Khajuraho are its historical temples. The magnificence and dignity of Khajuraho can be attributed to the innovative thoughts, highly developed artistic sense and religious commitment of the great Chandela rulers. The temples have been divided in three segments – the Western group of temple which are the richest and largest of all temple groups, the Eastern group of temples which are famous for their exquisite carvings and the Southern group of temples which is mostly in ruins and houses the only temple devoid of any erotic sculpture. Audio guides and provision of light and sound show is available here. Each temple here is with the abundant with human forms depicting royalty, armies & war, courtship, marriage, lovemaking, music and dancing, spiritual teachings and meditation along with plants and animals figurines.
Eating and Shopping
Tourist in Khajuraho can enjoy the typical Madhya Pradesh cuisine which is famous for its desserts and spicy food; however, various multi cuisine options too are available. Raja’s café, Blue star restaurant, Madras coffee house, Mediterraneo, Ganesh restaurant and the Green view restaurant are popular places to enjoy a hearty meal in Khajuraho.
Shopping in Khajuraho is limited to the government authorized shops from where tourists can buy iron, brass and stone sculptures depicting Kama Sutra poses, gold and silver ornaments, sand stone statues, and various other local handicrafts. A weekly bazaar held on Tuesdays at Rajinagar (5 km from Khajuraho) is a good time to buy local stuffs.
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