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Khajuraho Travel Guide


Khajuraho Travel Guide IndiaThe world renowned temple town of Khajuraho in Madhya Pradesh designated by UNESCO as a world heritage site for its archaeological and historical monuments. The Khajuraho temples were built in the short span of a hundred years, from 950-1050AD in a truly inspired burst of creativity. Of the 85 original temples, 22 have survived till today to constitute one of the world's great artistic wonders.

Thousands of visitors and tourists from all over the world flock together to envisage this immortal saga of Hindu art and culture engraved in stone by shilpies (stone craftsmen). The temples of Khajuraho are India's unique gift to the world, representing, as they do, a paean to life, to love, to joy; perfect in execution and sublime in expression. Life, in every form and mood, has been capured in stone, testifying not only to the craftsman's artistry but also to the extraordinary breadth of vision of the Chandela Rajputs under whose rule the temples were conceived and constructed.

One summer night Hemvati, the beautiful daughter of Hemraj, the royal priest of Kashi ( Varanasi) was bathing in the sparkling waters of a lotus-filled pond, the Moon god was so awestruck by her beauty that he descended to earth in human form and ravished her. The distressed Hemvati, who was unfortunately a child widow, threatened to curse the god for ruining her life and reputation. To make amends for his folly the Moon god promised that she would become the mother of a valiant son. Following his instructions, Hemvati left her home to give birth to her son in a tiny village. The child, Chandravarman, was as lustrous as his father, brave and strong. By the time he was 16 years old he could kill tigers or lions with his bare hands. Delighted by his feats, Hemvati invoked the Moon god, who presented their son with a touchstone which could turn iron into gold, and installed him as king at Khajuraho.

The Creators of Khajuraho "Chandravarman",was founder of the Chandela dynasty. Chandravarman born and grown up in the forests by his mother who sought refuge from a sensorious society, Chandravarman, when established as a ruler, had a dream-visitation from his mother. It is said that she implored him to build temples that would reveal human passions, and in doing so, bring about a realization of the emptiness of human desire. It is also possible that the Chandelas were followers of the Tantric cult, which believes that gratification of earthly desires is a step towards attaining the infinite liberation of nirvana.

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Places to See in Khajuraho

Raneh Falls Khajuraho Travel Guide IndiaEastern Group of Temples

Western Group of Temples

Southern Group of Temples

Khajuraho Excursions

Raneh Falls

Raneh Falls on the ken river are famous for their rock formations. The main attraction is a 5kms long, and 100 ft deep canyon made of pure crystalline granite in varying sahdes of colors ranging pink and red to grey. A series of seasonal waterfalls surrounded by jungles make it an ideal picnic spot.

Panna National Park

Panna National Park is very famous for wildlife and Tigers and it is just 32 kms away from Khajuraho.Complementing the man made perfection of the Khajuraho temples.

Ranguan Lake
Ranguan lake is an ideal picnic spot for angling and boating and it is just 25 kms from Khajuraho..

Ken Nature Trail
Ken Nature Trail is a jungle track within a walking distance from Raneh falls. This Trail is known for its natural beauty of the surroundings.

Banisagar Lake
Banisagar lake is very close to Khajuraho. It is a picnic spot and a dam on Khudar river with a waterspread of 7.7 sq. km. Suitable for Boating & Angling.

Ken Gharial Sanctuary Khajuraho Travel Guide IndiaKen Gharial Sanctuary
Ken Gharial Sanctury, is at the confluence of the Ken and Khudar rivers further down Raneh Falls and Nature Trail. This is a natural of the long snouted variety of crocodiles.

How to Reach Khajuraho

Air : From Delhi, Varanasi and Kathmandu.

Rail : The nearest railheads are Mahoba and Harpalpur. Jhansi and Satna is a convenient railhead for those travelling from Mumbai, Delhi and Chennai, Varanasi and Agra .

Road : Khajuraho is connected by regular and direct bus services with Chhatarpur, Mahoba, Harpalpur, Satna, panna, Jhansi, Gwalior , Agra, Sagar, Jabalpur, Indore , Bhopal, Varanasi and Allahabad .

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