Khajuraho is only a small village today though there was a time when it
used to be a central hub of creative activity during the reign of Chandelas.
The temples of Khajuraho, however, have stood their ground in the time span
of about 1000 years. The unique architecture of Khajuraho temples attracts
attention for its rare expression of the raw human emotions that were
difficult to find elsewhere. Every element of these temples has been richly
carved with the mythical and historical figures. The place was forgotten for
quite some time, it started becoming popular in the mid 60's and now it
enjoys a special place in the tourist itineraries. In terms of popularity,
the place has come pretty close to the Taj Mahal of Agra.
The Khajuraho temples are categorized into three broad groups. These are:
The Western Group :
The most noticed temple of this group is the
Kandariya Mahadev which is built in the typical Central Indian style of
architecture. It is the largest among all the temples at Khajuraho and as
the name suggests, it is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The other important
temples of the group are Matangeshwara temple, Lakshman temple and Devi
» The Eastern Group :
Also known as the Jain group
of temples, here you come across the Jain temples such as Parasnath, Adinath
and Ghantai all of which are replete with intricate carvings though the
erotic sculptures seen in the Hindu temples are absent here. There are three
Hindu temples here which are dedicated to Vamana, Javari and Brahma.
» The Southern Group :
There are only two temples
here Duladeo and Chaturbhuja. It appears that Duladeo was built when
the majority of the Khajuraho temples were already built. The other temple,
Chaturbhuja, is situated somewhat far from the village and is known for its
three meter high statue of Lord Vishnu.
Staying in Khajuraho
Since Khajuraho is the most popular tourist attraction after the Taj Mahal,
it is but natural that the place sees heavy tourist traffic throughout the
year. Khajuraho is home to the largest group of medieval temples which are
very distinct from the other temples built elsewhere in India. Hotels across
various categories have come up in Khajuraho to cater to the ever growing
tourist traffic in Khajuraho. Some of the important hotels in Khajuraho
include Hotel Clarks, Usha Bundela, Chandela, The Jass Trident and Khajuraho
Shopping in Khajuraho
in Khajuraho is a lot easier if you know in advance what to buy and where.
Khajuraho has a rich tradition of handicrafts and handlooms and it'll be no
wonder if you end up buying more than your fair share of saris and other
ethnic Indian wear. The miniature stone replicas of the erotic sculptures
here are a favourite with the tourists visiting Khajuraho.
There is a domestic airport in Khajuraho which is connected with the major
cities like Delhi, Agra and Varanasi by regular flights operated by several
airline companies. There is no railway station at Khajuraho therefore those
who prefer travelling by train will have to go to Jhansi or Satna. Khajuraho
is 175 km away from Jhansi whereas Satna is 120 km away from here. The road
network that connects Khajuraho with the major cities such as Agra (395 km
away), Jhansi and Orchha is also very good.