Facts about Khajuraho
Location : In the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh.
Best Buys : Curios and souvenirs
Fairs & Festivals : Khajuraho Dance Festival (February – March)
When to Visit : October to March
Climate : Khajuraho has extreme tropical climate with temperature as high as 47°C in summers and as low as 4°C in winters.
How to Reach
By Air: Khajuraho has daily domestic flights to and from Agra, Varanasi and Kathmandu
By Train: The nearest railway stations to Khajuraho are Mahoba, Satna and Jhansi. All of these are well connected to most of the major cities of India.
By Road: Khajuraho has frequent bus services and good roads to and from the major cities of India including Panna, Mahoba, Satna, Jabalpur, Bhopal, Gwalior, Indore, Agra and Jhansi.
Places to visit :–
Temples of Khajuraho
These gorgeous temples of Khajuraho have explicit erotic sculptures. Some people also believe these erotic art forms to be the visual representation of Kamasutra, art of sex or the relations between Shiva and Parvati, the divine couple. Only 22 temples have survived out of the original 85 temples. It displays one of the most unique stone-carving works and was declared a World Heritage Site in 1986.
It is located 25 km from Khajuraho, situated at the foot of Maniyagarh hills, built by King Shatrujit Bundela, gives a glimpse of the Bundela style of architecture. The palace is now a heritage hotel and its museum located within the palace has a fair collection of various geological & cultural artifacts.
It is 80 km from Khajuraho, positioned at a height of 688m. This fort remained the capital of Chandelas during the mysterious times before their sovereignty ended.
It is 100 km from Khajuraho, situated on the Vindhya ranges. It is as old as the Gupta period and got succeed over the Chandela ruler Shri Yashovarman in the 10th century.
It is 57 km from Khajuraho, situated in an old fort on the way to Jhansi. It has a rare collection of Bundelkhandi artifacts and a myriad of sculptures of Shakti cult. It also has several other sections such as those on clothes, armory and paintings.
Panna National Park
The park is at 30 minute far from Khajuraho. It is affluent in wildlife as Leopards, Wolves, Gharials, Chowsinghas, Indian Foxes and Porcupines. Flora consists of dense teak forests. But due to the hot summers, the park remains close from June to October.
Ken Gharial Sanctuary
The sanctuary is 24 km from Khajuraho. It is the best place to see the crocodiles with long-snouts living in their natural dwelling. However, it is best to keep the distance.
This is 30 km from Khajuraho on the Panna road at the Ken River. It is named after the fabulous Pandavas brothers due to a belief that Pandavas exhausted most of their time in expel here.
It is 25 km from Khajurao and famous for the lovely and coloured rock formations on the River Ken. There are numerous seasonal waterfalls in the close by forested area, which make it a perfect picnic spot.
Benisagar and Ranguan Lakes
Lake Benisagar is 11 km from Khajuraho while Lake Ranguan is 25 km from Khajuraho. Both of these delightful lakes have boating facilities and are perfect venue for a short picnic.
Bandhavgarh National Park
This is amidst the Vindhyan Mountain range of Madhya Pradesh, is famous for White Tigers of Rewa, popularly known as the White Tiger country. It has one of the highest densities of Tiger population in the country. It is declared as a National Park in 1968. Visitor can visit the park between mid November to mid June, still the best period to come is January-April. Park is open from 1st of October to 30th June only.
There are many temples as The Kendariya Mahadeo, The Lakshmana Temple, Chaunsat Yogini, The temple of Parsvanath, temple of Ghantai and the temple of Duladeo, which attract visitors from all over the world.