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Khajuraho

, Madhya Pradesh

(Khajuraho is also spelled as Kajuraho)
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State: Madhya Pradesh
District: Chhatarpur
Famous for/as: Heritage
Languages: Hindi, English
Best Season: Oct - Mar
Weather: Summer 21 to 45°C, Winter 4 to 32°C
Altitude: 283 m
Pincode: 471606
STD code: 07686
A historic city widely acclaimed for its lovely temples, Khajuraho in the State of Madhya Pradesh is located in the woody planes of Bundelkhand region. One among the biggest tourist attractions in North India, the city has been rightly called as the symbol of the medieval heritage. The appealing temples of Khajuraho present a wonderful blend of architectural and sculptural sheerness, representing one of the preeminent examples of Indian art.

Architectural grandeur and delicacy of Khajuraho temples, has provided it with the prestigious status of a world heritage site by UNESCO. The centuries old temples are ornamented with most striking, erotic and aesthetic sculptures that expose the philosophy in the Hindu religion. The erotic images that adore the beautiful shrines depict the innocent form of love, a manifestation of stimulated human sentiments. A variety of opulent approaches, which are languorous, confrontational, impishly tempting, give reliability to the assumption that Khajuraho's erotica were destined to check the devotees who came to adore their gods at the temples.

The magnificence and dignity of Khajuraho is due to the innovative thoughts, highly developed artistic sense, and religious commitment of the great Chandela rulers. Being great patrons of art and architecture the Chandelas were enthusiastic in building pretty temples and fabulous forts. A synonym for the medieval splendor, Khajuraho temples illustrate not only the creativity of the craftsman but also the astonishing progressiveness of the illustrious rulers, under whose patronage these amazing structures were envisioned and materialized.

Apart from the poetry carved temples, Khajuraho is well known for the cultural extravaganza held every year from 25th February to 2nd March. Khajuraho Dance festival offers an elite platform to showcase the Indian classical dance forms, by which the stones of passion of the temple city will be plugged with the stunning performances of great dancers of India.

One among the hotspots in Indian tourism arena, Khajuraho offers excellent shopping opportunities with many shops, which offers mementos at best of prices. With all its magical charm and splendorous past, Khajuraho is all set to win the heart of the visitor. Khajurajo is well connected to most part of MP tour package.
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Madhya Pradesh Trip

  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.

History


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 Rickshaw


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 Rickshaw


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.

Rented Bicycle


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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You can find 22 hotels in Khajuraho under following categories:
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please send temple detail. mail.
Posted by KALIKA MISHRA 2 year, 2 months ago
The best Food you can find in The Lalit Hotel In khajuraho but some expensive.other is siddharth restaurent serves the good food with quantity (veg & non veg) & Raja Cafe is not good for quantity.

Raneh waterfall, temples, light & sound show at temple, folk dance is good for visit which is best in Khajuraho.

No good Place for shopping but you can buy the 'Baster Art' ...more
Posted by Praveen Rai 3 year, 9 months ago
visit with approved guide then worth to see
Posted by shyam lal rajak 2 year, 3 months ago
Siddhartha is the best best. For Indian veg thali, there is an option at Badri Aggarwal restaurant (right side of Hotel Harmony) on Jain mandir road. Jageshwar Srivas is the person to look for advice on options (He can tweak menu for you) in that restaurant.
Raneh and Pandav waterfalls recommended. Temples, light and sound program real nice. So are the folk dances. Shopping is expensive.
Posted by JN 2 year, 4 months ago
there is a train from H. nizamudhin to khajuraho
Link express- extension of UP smpark kranti exp (2448A).
I dont know when will introduce it
Posted by preveen 5 year, 5 months ago

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