According to BRIDGAT.COM, Khajuraho is a small city in Madhya Pradesh.
The name of the city was given by date palms (Kajur), in the thickets of which the pearl of world architecture, the Khajuraho temple complex, was hidden for centuries.
The English army captain Burt, who accidentally opened the temples of Khajuraho to the world after centuries of oblivion, became Victorian indignant when he saw the figures depicted on the walls of the temples. And, indeed, there are no analogues to the temples of several religions, in the decoration of which erotic and religious motifs are mixed, cannot be found in the world.
Khajuraho is a real “must see” for an inquisitive tourist. The finest carving, the complexity of architectural solutions create a mysterious labyrinth in which everyone finds a hidden meaning, meaning and secret message. Therefore, it is not surprising that a city with a population of 10,000 people every day packed with Boeings with tourists. People come here not only to look at the historical monuments included in the UNESCO World Heritage List, people come to Khajuraho seeking to understand the culture and philosophy of India.
How to get there
The nearest airport is located 5 kilometers from the city, Air India planes fly here, and Jet Airways from Delhi, Mumbai and Varanasi.
You can come to the Khajuraho railway station from Delhi. Trains run six days a week (except Thursday), departing Delhi at 9:30 pm and arriving in Khajuraho at 8:00 am. You can also drive from Delhi to Jhansi and transfer to a local train there.
From Allahabad or Mumbai, you can drive to Satna, located 117 kilometers from Khajuraho.
By bus and taxi
Satna and Jhansi are connected to Khajuraho by regular bus service. The journey by bus from both cities will take 5-6 hours. The taxi ride will take three hours. True, the roads are not in very good condition and the journey can be exhausting.
The cuisine of the region is famous for its sweet and spicy desserts. The best restaurant in the city is Green view Restaurant, whose interiors are designed in red and green. The restaurant is located in the area of the Western group of temples.
Paradise Restaurant is small but cozy and offers tasty and inexpensive dishes, especially mango pancakes. An excellent Indian restaurant with a great view of the Western group of temples – Blue Sky. Real Indian coffee can be drunk at Madras Coffee House (across the road from the Western group of temples) or at Raja Cafe, owned by two Swiss sisters (the cuisine is also Swiss). For supporters of vegetarian food, Agrawal Veg Restaurant is suitable.
In the shops of the city you can buy copper sculptures that repeat the most famous statues from the temples of Kajahuro in the poses of the Kama Sutra (undoubtedly an original gift). If you get to Kajahuro on Tuesday, you can visit the local market, where silver and copper items will cost you much less.
Crafts Emporium – a fashionable store located on Jain Temple Road, offers original jewelry, stone and silver figurines and other products of Indian craftsmen.
Entertainment and attractions in Khajuraho
The erotic drawings and sculptures of the Khajuraho temples are a unique manifestation of the mysterious Indian philosophy and culture, for which the Kama Sutra is not only an art, but a way of religious worship.
The temples of Khajuraho were built at the turn of the tenth century AD, and after the fall of the Chandela dynasty, which started this incredible project, the temples fell into disrepair and overgrown with jungle, where they remained in oblivion until 1830. Now, out of the original 85 temples, 22 have survived.
Entrance to the temples costs 5 USD for foreign tourists (by the way, if you accidentally kept a ticket with which you entered the Taj Mahal, you can use it here). The temples are open to the public from sunrise to sunset.
In the immediate vicinity of the temple complex is the Archaeological Museum (opening hours from 9:00 to 17:00), you can enter the museum with a ticket from the Western Group of Temples. In addition to the temples, it is worth watching a nightly laser-music show dedicated to the temples and their history. The cost of the event is 12 USD.
In the vicinity of Khajuraho, you can visit the Bandhavgarh National Park, which is said to be home to many tigers; walk along the 22-kilometer Ken Nature Trail, laid in the jungle; go to the Ajaygarh fort – located at an altitude of 688 meters above sea level, the former capital of one of the Indian principalities.
In March, Khajuraho hosts an annual dance festival.