Khajuraho, a tiny village in the state of Madhya Pradesh, is world renowned for the intricately carved temples where sculptures celebrate the joy of life and love for which there is probably no equivalent in the world.
Stone figures of celestial maidens appear on every temple. In between are erotic figures running through a whole Kamasutra of positions and possibilities whereby little is left to imagination.
What to see
The temples of Khajuraho are divided into 3 geographical groups: Western, Eastern & Southern.
Western Group of Temples: (i) Kandariya Mahadeo Temple (ii) Devi Jagdamba Temple (iii) Chausat Yogini Temple (iv) Chitragupta Temple (v) Vishvanath Temple (vi) Lakshmana Temple (vii) Matangeshwara Temple
Eastern Group of Temples: (i) Parsvanath Temple (ii) Ghantai Temple (iii) Adinath Temple. The Hindu temples of this group are the Brahma Temple, the Vamana Temple and the Javari Temple.
Southern Group of Temples: (i) Duladeo Temple and (ii) Chaturbhuj Temple.
Archaeological Museum: Is situated near the Western group of temples. (Timings: 1 000 to 1700 hrs. Closed on Fridays).
Air: Indian Airlines and private airlines connect khajuraho with Delhi, Agra and Varanasi.
Rail: Jhansi 175 Km and Satna, 120 Km are the two convenient railheads. However, Harpalpur 100 Km is the nearest railhead to visit Khajurao.
Road: Khajuraho is connected by motorable roads to Agra 395 Km, Allahabad 285 Km, Aurangaba 1026 Km, Bandhavgarh 250 Km, Bhopal 340 Km, Chitrakoot 175 Km, Gwalior 280 Km, Indore 575 Km, Jabalpur 270 Km, Lucknow 287 Km, Mahoba 65 Km, Mumbai 1250 Km, Rewa 176 km, Varanasi 415 Km.
Area: 21 Sq.km Temperature: Summer - Max: 49 Deg.C Min: 21 Deg.C Winter - Max: 32 Deg.C Min: 04 Deg.C Rainfall: 114 cm (July - August) Altitude: 280 Mts Season: September to March STD Code: 0786
- Beni Sagar Lake (7 Km);
- Raneh Water Fails (20 Km);
- Ken Ghariyai Sanctuary (25 Km): Home to the long snouted Ghariyals (alligators);
- Ken Natural Trail (25 Km);
- Raigarb Palace (25 Km);
- Ranquan Lake (25 Km);
- Panna National Park (32 Km): The park provides an ideal habitat for the Tiger. Other rare species that can be seen here are the Panther, Wolf and Gharial.;
- Gangau Dam (34 Km);
- Pandav Falls (34 Km);
- Panna (44 Km): This historic town was the capital of Chhatrasal, founder of the Bundela Kingdom and is known for it’s temples;
- Diamond Mines, Majhgawan (56Km): These are the only working mines in India and the largest in Asia.
- Ajaygarb Fort (80 Km);
- Kalinjar Fort (100 Km):It is said that the fort was built during the period of the Guptas and was later captured by the Chandela ruler, Shri Yasorvarman;
- Nachna (100 Km): Known for the Chaturmukha Mahadeva Temple;
- Satna (120 Km): An upcoming industrial town;
- Rewa (176 Km);
- Chitrakoot (175 Km): It was in the deep forests here that Lord Rama and Sita spent eleven of their fourteen years in exile.