Temples of Khajuraho
After Sanchi Stupa, my next stop was Khajuraho. It was the last Unesco site in MP, and also happens to be one of the favourites for most foreign tourists.
I took a train from Bhopal to Jhansi and then there was another train from Jhansi to Khajuraho. So I basically spent that night on the train and reached Khajuraho early morning. I had not booked a room in Khajuraho as I was planning on leaving the same evening from there.
Due to the large number of foreign tourists, this place is filled with people wanting to help you or take you around or help you with some booking. The place in general did have a safe feeling so I dont think there was much to worry about. The cloak room at the station had not opened yet so I carried my luggage with me. You will have to take an auto or a taxi to get to the main temple from the station.
Once I was there, I first looked around for some place for breakfast. I finally decided to have breakfast at Blue Sky Restaurant. This is right in front of the main temple and is a nice place to get a birds eye view of the temples. The staff were friendly to agree to take care of my luggage while I went around the place. The food there though aint that great but definitely edible 🙂
Khajuraho is famous for its erotic sculptures, but when you get there you realise the real beauty of this place and the art. There is a lot more to it than just the erotica. The details in each of the sculptures are one of the best I have seen. The carvings around all the temples are supposed to depict the everyday life of the locals. So you would find everything there from people chatting, to listening to gurus, dancing, doing make-up in front of the mirror, removing a thorn from their feet, taking a bath and so on. So as these carvings depict everyday life, they do have some amount of erotica as that would have ofcourse been a part of their everyday life (but some of these erotica can shock you and you must see it to believe it).
The main temples consist of a Vishnu temple, Shiva temple, Devi-Jagadamba, Chitragupta, Parvati and Nandi. (Not sure if I missed any here). Apart from the sculptures what I liked the most is the design of the temples itself. They almost look like lego block put together 🙂 You could easily spend hours here appreciating every detail of the carvings. Please make sure you do take an audio guide here as without one it would only be like taking a walk in the park 🙂
Finally after visiting the temples, I needed to freshen up myself, so I found a hotel that would rent me a room for just a few hours. I managed to grab some sleep and take a shower there before i went back to the station to catch my next train to Delhi.
The train journey from Khajuraho to Delhi, had just foreigners. Kinda made me feel like an alien in my own country 🙂 Also remember that this train which goes directly to Delhi does not have a pantry car, so dont forget to carry some food along with you on the train, else you will be going to sleep hungry.https://www.gounesco.com/heritage/proof/37026682400-temples-khajuraho/https://s3-ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/gounesco.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/02124700/tumblr_meem7gKyKr1rp8ohco6_12801.jpghttps://s3-ap-southeast-1.amazonaws.com/gounesco.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/02124700/tumblr_meem7gKyKr1rp8ohco6_12801-150x150.jpgUncategorizedgounesco,india,Khajuraho,Madhya Pradesh,Prashanth Venky,travel