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by Anjan on Jul 26, 2011
During the month of March of 2011 we (myself, my wife and my kids of age 9 years and 18months) visited few places of Madhya Pradesh. This was wonderful trip and most importantly the entire tour happened as per plan.
Mystery is the most apt word that can be associated with the history of Khajuraho. Though not much evidence is available but the city is believed to have been ruled by the Pratihara Kings of North India from 500 to 1300 C.E. Mythological beliefs claim the city to have been called as ‘Khajur-vahika’ or ‘Khajjarpura’ during the ancient times. The reason behind the name was sought to be the golden date palms that were then grown here.
Various legends are allied with the foundation of the city. It is said that Hemavati, the widow daughter of the king gave up her dignity, in order to behold the respect for her father, to the Moon God who was attracted to her. Their union gave birth to a sage named Chandarateya who later became the founder of the Chandela dynasty, the dynasty who built the world heritage temples in Khajuraho.
In another folklore, Chandravarman was born to Hemavati, a child widow after the moon God ravished her in human form. He later grew to become the first king of the Chandela dynasty.
Not much of historical data is available about Khajuraho. This world heritage site earlier had 80 temples out of which only 22 stand today. However, most of them are in ruins today.
Travel within city
Khajuraho is a town in Madhya Pradesh, and a very famous tourist destination well known for its many erotic rock carvings and temples. Travelling around Khajuraho is quite easy, as the place is well established and connected by internal means of commute and transportation. While travelling to Khajuraho, make sure that you know the general layout of the place as this may prove very helpful to you while you are there. There are many means of commute available in Khajuraho and some of these are bicycles, cycle rickshaws, and auto rickshaws.
Auto rickshaws in Khajuraho are the safest mode of travel and do not run on meter. There are no extra night fares for autos. You can catch an auto from all major places including the market and the town bus stand. Auto rickshaw fares will range around Rs 20 to 60.
Cycle rickshaws are a slow mode of transport, but also a cheaper mode compared to the rest. Cycle rickshaw fares will be around Rs 10 to 20.
You can opt for a bicycle to travel around Khajuraho as the town is really small and riding around town can be a perfect way to visit the various places. Bicycles are quite cheap and you will need to shell out around Rs 50 to 100 to rent out a bicycle for a day. There are many bicycles shops in Khajuraho near the temple complex and you can rent one from these.
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