Khajuraho – The symbol of the Chandela kings
Khajuraho is one of the most popular tourist destinations in India. There are four sets of temples in khajuraho – West (most important and has around 17 temples), East (Jain temples), North and South. Each group is around 2-3 kms from each other. The temples were built between 950 AD to 1150 AD under the patronage of the Chandella Rajputs. The temples have gained popularity because they are one of the finest examples of Indian Architectural Style and also because of the erotic sculptures in certain sections of the walls. TS Burt, from the East India Company recounts in 1838 AD– “Most beautifully and exquisitely carved as to workmanship, but the sculptor had at times allowed his subject to grow a little warmer than there was any absolute necessity for his doing”. The monuments in MP open at sunrise and close at sunset. If you wish to explore all the temples in Khajuraho, you’ll need a full day. The audio guide is very extensive and a visit the museum nearby would also be time well spent. There is a light and sound show in the evening on most days, something you can safely ignore. There are a few water falls around Khajuraho that are worth visiting only during the monsoon season.
Khajuraho is in Madhya Pradesh and is around 175 kms from Jhansi(Uttar Pradesh) – the nearest major railway station that has good connectivity from cities like Hyderabad and New Delhi. The train journey takes around 5 hours. Khajuraho also has buses that run to Sanchi and Bhopal but we had gone during Holi festival and had to depend exclusively on rail.
The khajuraho railway station is around 7 kms from the main temple complex(west entrance). Pay 80 rs (if you bargain well) if you hire an auto. Share autos are also available. To visit the other temples, hire an auto for around 200 Rs or a bicycle for around 30 Rs per day. Do try out the cycle before deciding as I ended up fixing the chain for the cycle not less than 12 times and when it finally could not be fixed, ended up sitting on the back seat of Ajay’s cycle and holding onto my cycle’s handle bar to ride it.
There are plenty of options for food at Khajuraho right in front of the western set of temples. If you prefer 5-star fare, you have the Taj, Lalit, Ramada and other hotels nearby. We drove into Hotel Lalit in our rusty hired cycles and the guard at the gate called up somebody before letting us in (talk about discrimination against travelers in shorts riding cycles)!
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