History, art and sculpture beautifully come together in Khajuraho, the site of the largest group of medieval Hindu Khajuraho statues and Jain temples. Extensive erotic artwork is a hallmark of the temple architecture, inspired by the Kamasutra. Once a capital of the Chandela Rajputs, it has emerged as India's most visited tourist destinations.
Khajuraho is a village in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, located in Chattarpur district. The name Khajuraho comes from the Hindi word khajur meaning date palm. The Khajuraho temples were built over a span of a hundred years. Strangely, the temples of Khajuraho never underwent massive destruction. They are fine examples of Indian architectural styles. The elaborate style of architecture that is characteristic of the Khajuraho complex merits description. While a few of these temples are dedicated to the Jain tirthankaras, the rest have been built in the name of the Hindu trinity (Brhama,Vishnu and Shiva) and various manifestations of the Devi.
Khajuraho experiences extreme climate. While summers are extremely hot, winters are pleasant and a better time to visit this place. Head to Khajuraho anytime from September-March. March is when the Dance Festival is on, which one cannot afford to miss.
Accommodation and food
Khajuraho is doing well as a tourist destination, what with the variety of restaurants catering to the culinary needs of tourists from across the world. Try Italian food, South Indian, Punjabi, Jain thalis.
Khajuraho airport is well -connected to Delhi, Varanasi and Mumbai. Rail links connect the city to the rest of the country. The Delhi-Jhansi Dakshin express is the best bet-Khajuraho is five hours from Jhansi by road. Buses ply regularly on the Satna and Jhansi routes.
A visit to the Western group of temples is neatly rounded off with the Light and Sound show held every evening. Khajuraho Dance Festival is one of those festivals of India that all dance lovers eagerly wait for. The 7-day Khajuraho Dance Festival, which is supposed to take place from 25th February to 2nd March every year from 2002 to 2009 highlights the richness of the Indian classical dance. This festival sees performance by some of the best classical dancers in India every year, who perform against the spectacular backdrop of the magnificently lit temples. The various dances performed here include Kathak, Odissi, Bharatnatyam, etc.
Adinath Temple, Parswanath Temple, Ghantai Temple, Brahma Temple, Dulah Deo Temple, Chattarbhuj Temple, Chitragupta Temple, Kandariya Mahadeo, Chaunsat Yogini, Lakshamana Temple, Matangeswara Temple are some of the famous temples in Khajuraho.
Handicrafts is what you should concentrate on, if you want to remember your Khajuraho trip. Iron, brass and stone sculptures that come in Kama Sutra poses are a Khajuraho speciality and are available at the handicraft stores in the town. Pick up some curios as a souvenir. The Crafts Emporium, Jain Temple Road and the Tuesday bazaar at Rajinagar are good bets for silver and brass ware shopping. recommended tours