Khajuraho Tourism

One of the most popular tourist spots in Madhya Pradesh, Khajuraho is famous for its ancient temples that depict some of the finest art in the world. Built between 950-1050 AD by the Chandela Dynasty, these temples depict various forms like meditation, spiritual teachings, kinship, wrestling, royalty and most significantly erotic art. The temple city of Central India is famous throughout the world for its exquisitely carved temples in stones.


One of the popular attractions of Khajuraho is the Panna National Park. Home to some of the biggest predators and waterfalls of dizzying heights, Panna can calm you and thrill you at the same time. One can spot the majestic tiger, the ghariyal - a huge reptile found only in the Indian subcontinent, and a variety of flora and fauna in Panna, Madhya Pradesh. A visit to Panna will surely bring alive the child-like awe in you.

You can also attend the famous Khajuraho Dance Festival organized by the Madhya Pradesh Kala Parishad. It is a one week festival of classical dances held annually against the spectacular backdrop of the magnificently lit Khajuraho temples in Chhatarpur district of Madhya Pradesh. The dance festival is conducted in the month of February from the 20th to the 26th. The festival highlights the richness of the Indian classical dance styles such as Kathak, Bharatnatyam, Odissi, Kuchipudi, Manipuri and Kathakali.

Apart from the temple tour, you can also visit the Archaeological Museum Khajuraho, which is a noted tourist attraction here. The museum is an insight to the royal past of India. The museum was established with the aim to protect the ancient sculptures and remains of the temples of Khajuraho. Earlier known as the Jardine Museum, the Archaeological Museum comprises five galleries that have sculptures symbolic of the Jaina, Brahmanical and Buddhist faiths.

Another prominent museum of Khajuraho is the Jain Museum. Popular as Sahu Shantiprasad Jain Kala Sangrahalaya, the museum is situated amid the Eastern Group of Khajuraho Temples. Inaugurated in the year 1987, the museum with circular gallery is known for housing more than a hundred Jain sculptures from the past. You can see a number of yakshis sculptures, statues of 24 Tirthankaras (spiritual leaders) and images of other revered Jains in the museum.

One of the most imposing structures in the Western Group of Khajuraho is the Kandariya Mahadev Temple, which is also a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Dedicated to the Hindu Lord Shiva, it is the largest and the most beautiful temple in the entire complex. Contrary to the intricately carved exterior, the interiors of the temple are quite simple with a beautiful Shiva Linga in the garbha graha (the innermost sanctum in a Hindu temple where the idol of the main deity is kept).

Best time to visit Khajuraho
The months of March to June constitute summers here. While the weather in March is quite pleasant and comfortable for a city tour, April and May can be hot, especially during afternoons when the maximum temperature can go up till 47 degree Celsius.

How to reach Khajuraho
By Air – Khajuraho has its own domestic airport, which is well-connected to most of the Indian cities such as New Delhi, Mumbai, Varanasi, Allahabad and Bhopal.
By Train – Khajuraho Railway Station is well connected to a few towns. The second nearest railhead, which is well-connected with some of the Indian cities is the Mahoba Junction, which is approximately 75 kilometres away from Khajuraho.
By Road – Most of the cities in Madhya Pradesh are well-connected with Khajuraho owing to a good road network. The main highway is National Highway Number 75, which falls en route to the town.


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