Khajuraho Travel Guide

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Khajuraho Highlights

  • Pro
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     A tresure of art 

  • Con
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     Can be crowded. Hard to get to. 

  • In a nutshell
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     A unique gift to the world from Chandela Rajputs 

Khajuraho Things to Do

  • Apsaras (damsels) at Vishwanath Temple

    Although it is smaller in size, the Vishwanath Temple is similar to the Kandariya Mahadeva Temple in both plan and design. It is located in the Western Group of Temples. Vishwanath is a Shiva temple with a linga (the sacred symbol of Shiva) inside the sanctum. The temple is a Quincunx - "geometric pattern consisting of five points, four of them...

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  • Erotic Sculptures at Lakshman Temple

    The Lakshman Temple is in the Western Group of Temples and one of the earliest temples of Khajuraho (circa 950 AD). It is a Quincunx - "geometric pattern consisting of five points, four of them forming a square or rectangle and a fifth at its center" - with a shrine at each of the four corners. There is also a four-armed sculpture of the Hindu God,...

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  • Nandi Temple

    Nandi Temple is part of the Western Group of Temples. It is a small square shrine that faces the Vishvanath Temple. It is an open hall of 20 square pillars, with a beautiful circular ceiling and a tiered sikhara. The sikhara is the structure above the sanctuary and also above the mandapas (porches or halls). A sikhara is also the most dominant and...

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  • Erotic Sculptures at Kandariya Mahadeva...

    The Kandariya Mahadeva Temple is in the Western Group of Temples and is arguably the most impressive temple in Khajuraho. It is also the largest temple measuring almost 110 feet by 60 feet. It is 117 feet high and stands on a high terrace. It is said to "represent the pinnacle of North Indian temple art and architecture".The temple is covered in...

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  • Archaeology Museum

    This small museum is situated opposite Shiv Sagar, just down the road from Hotel Lakeside, and at 5INR entry, it's well worth a visit. It contains a selection of lovely carvings from the area. No photography allowed inside.

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  • Narora Sagar

    This lake is situated next to the old village of Khajuraho, and as such is a little off the beaten track, or would be were it not for the Brahma temple next to it. It is labelled as Narora in the LP guide, but seems to also be known as Khajur Sagar and Ninora Taal.

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  • Shiv Sagar

    This is the main lake in town, situated on the main road and right next to the Western Group of Temples. Women carry out their washing on the ghats, and people can be seen bathing in the water early in the morning.Watching the sunset over the lake can be a sublimely peaceful experience.This photo was taken very early in the morning, as a lone woman...

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  • Southern Group

    There is another group of three temples in Khajuraho, situatued between 1 and 2.5 km south of the Jain Enclosure. Two are in ruins, and the other is one of the younger of the temples. I didn't actually visit these, as we were feeling slightly unwell, and didn't think the descriptions warranted such a walk. I do hope to go back one day and fill in...

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  • Hanuman Temple

    The statue of Hanuman in this shrine is almost 2.5m high, and because of the orange paint, and the surrounding structure you could be forgive for thinking the whole thing is quite modern. However, the pedestal is engraved with an inscription relating to the date 922AD, which makes it the oldest dateable inscription in Khajuraho.

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Khajuraho Restaurants

  • Temple view

    The restaurant is another situated on the roof of a hotel, this time Hotel Siddharth which is next door to the Blue Sky Restaurant. It was a little more formal than others, with very attentive waiters. We had a vegetable biryani and a tomato paneer curry with rice, which with two cokes cost 300r. Both meals were very good, but absolutely huge -...

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  • Lake View...

    This restaurant is situated on the rooftop terrace of Hotel Lakeside. It's a tranquil place to eat breakfast and watch the sunrise, and equally so to have dinner and watch the sun setting and moon rising. They have a mix of Indian and European food, and while not spectacular, it's certainly pretty decent.

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  • Sunset view of temples

    This restaurant on a rooftop very near to the western group of temples has a fantastic view over the complex, perfect for sunset. They serve Indian, Japanese and western food, but we didn't think the meal that great, and it was a bit pricey for our liking. That said we did have a western style meal (due to illness), so possibly their asian menu may...

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Khajuraho Nightlife

  • Light & Sound Show

    In the night around 6.30pm there is a sound and light show conducted by tourism department in the garden of western group of temples.In the garden there are chairs for the audience .The voice of Hindi film star Amitabh Bacchan is attraction for domestic tourist and suitable for this medium.The show is entertaining and informative about the...

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  • Shipgram

    Shilpgram in Khajuraho was opened in 1998 to display the culture of India and the traditional crafts of Madhya Pradesh and other states. The complex is set out over 10 acres. There are nightly performances which are held in their open air theatre of folk dances from throughout the states of India.The shows begin at 7.00pm through to 9.00pm.

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  • Cultural Dancing

    The dancers perform dances from the various Indian states in a very colourful display. Everyone is tightly packed in to this indoor theatre and are entertained also by two musicians and a young girl who sings while the dances are being performed.

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Khajuraho Transportation

  • Khajuraho Bus Station chai-wallah

    As has been written about by several people, including a mention in the Lonely Planet, the owner of the chai stall at the bus station is very friendly, and very informative. He knows when all the buses arrive and leave, and also some details about the train schedules too. He told us that the bus to Satna took 3.5hrs, while the LP guide said 5hrs -...

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  • Advance train tickets

    If you're planning to take a train from one of the nearby train stations (usually either Jhansi or Satna depending on your direction), you can buy tickets in advance from the Train Reservation Office at the bus station. We bought our tickets the day before, and unfortunately all sleeper class tickets had been sold out for days, but we got 2nd class...

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  • Bus to Satna

    We got the bus out to Satna, which takes about four hours, and the scribbling on the back of my tickets suggests that we paid 108rupees for two people. Again it was the children who were most communicative, and we struck up conversation with one lad who wanted to know what sports we liked. We'd decided to say cricket (as neither of us are sports...

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Khajuraho Shopping

  • Buy Something Erotic, What Else??

    You will find plenty of shops around the Western Groups of Temples selling souvenirs including plenty of stone and bronze erotic sculptures.We weren't bothered too much by hawkers who do hang around outside the temples. We bought some cheap, funny (moveable) erotic keychains. MP Emporium is a small crafts shop with fixed prices (good...

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  • Chemist Shop

    Outside the temples there are several small stores selling handcrafts for the tourists. Just up from the Western Group are a variety of small cubby hole type shops, one being a pharmacist which I was in need of for some cold tablets. You don’t enter the ‘cubbyhole’ but are served from the street. Tablets were not sold in packets but by the strips –...

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  • Local Tailors

    There are also several tailors where you can have something made up or just simply buy the material to take away with you. I had a couple of pieces made up in record time late one afternoon. These fitted well and were very well made. After making a decision on what to have made with the staff, someone was then sent by bike for the tailor (nicknamed...

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Khajuraho Local Customs

  • How Much to Tip

    Tipping is fairly common in India with the exception of rickshaw drivers or taxi drivers, unless you hire them for the day (although a few rupees or rounding up the fare is always appreciated). These amounts are meant as a guideline. Tip ONLY in rupees, not any other currency. Check to see if a service charge has already been added to any...

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  • Washing

    Wherever you find water in India, you'll bound to find people washing clothes or themselves in it! The stagnant water of the Sagar (lake) looks really green and dirty but they still wash in it.

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  • Khajuraho village

    I cycled into the old village of Khajuraho where a young guy popped out of nowhere and started to show me around. He pointed out about the different buildings that relate to different castes (similar to classes back home). Kids were being washed in the street whilst cow dung was being applied to the pavement outside in order to keep mosquito's...

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Khajuraho Warnings and Dangers

  • Travel Within India...

    1. If not taking a prepaid taxi or a metered taxi/rickshaw, negotiate the fare before taking off.2. If spending alot of time with a taxi driver (or any driver), it helps if he speaks and understands basic English.3. Don't drive on highways at night.4. When travelling by train, chain and lock your luggage under your berth. Don't keep anything...

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  • Child beggars

    There are quite a few young children begging on the streets of Khajuraho, and we did see a number of tourists giving them money.Please remember that by giving them money, you are encouraging them to stay out of school, on the streets, in the hopes of earning cash, and after a few years, when they aren't so 'cute' any more, due to this lack of...

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  • Travel by state run buses

    Since Khajuraho is not connected by rail link and only state run buses and private tourist taxis are best mode of road transport for nearby excursions.A tourist in khajuraho might wish to go near by places such as Orcha, Bandhvagarh,Panna etc. then one should try to go by state run buses and avoid travel by private jeeps.Private jeeps are...

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Khajuraho Tourist Traps

  • Nasty kids

    When you walk around particulary in the old town wich is quite nice a lot of kids will come and talk to you. The most direct one was a boy who looked like 12, it started "schoolpen?" the next thing was "women" since i probably looked a bit stupid he showed me what to do with them. One after an other came, most tried to show there school first (and...

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  • All around the temples

    The whole area around the main western group of temples is full of tacky tourist shops, internet cafes, phone places, hotels and restaurants all with their own touts calling at you which, obviously, gets rather annoying after hearing it all day.

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  • Touts/Road Guides

    When you Travel Khajuraho be careful of touts/Road Guids they are standing Major tourist Place or out side the Hotels they ask your name & country and talk in your own language or offer you Meal/Drink/Smoke/Shopping etc. Don't belive them.Learn a few words of Hindi and a lot of people might think you have been living here for a while and hence you...

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Khajuraho Off The Beaten Path

  • The Practice of Yoga

    Krishna, one of the students of Yoga agreed to show me on the evening some extreme yoga exercises after i met the Guru. Before this he expressed something that he only does it when i am willing to honor for what he deserved. I knew what he meant for this. So because I was curious about everthing i asked him how much he wanted to have. Other two...

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  • The other side of the Guru

    An experience which is only once in my lifetime. As i told my target to visit India is not for pleasure but to know more its History. There are so many many Things to explore and many many things to discover about the reality of indian culture. I never was fed up of India. So many places so many stories. It is just the beginning of my journey....

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  • Khajuraho Old Village

    On your journey from the Jain enclosure to the Hindu temples of the eastern group, it is well worth having a wander through the narrow streets of the old village. A young lad of perhaps 12 or 13 attached himself to us while we were there, and proceeded to give us a tour, showing us the dividing lines between areas belonging to different castes,...

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Khajuraho Favorites

  • Sculptures of Khajuraho - Apsaras 6

    But the daily life of women obviously wasn't just confined to decoration (no, really!). There are also some beautiful sculptures representing motherhood, and even an intellectual side, shown by the writing of letters.

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  • Sculptures of Khajuraho - Apsaras 1

    One of the most beautiful elements of the Khajuraho statuary is the depiction of women in what is probably every-day life. There are a number of activities which are repeated - here you can see women painting their feet, probably with henna. A suggestion for the first one is that she is removing a thorn from her foot, but I think it is possible to...

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  • Sculptures of Khajuraho - Erotica 3

    When the temples of Khajuraho were rediscovered in the 19th century by a British officer, TS Burt, he was quite shocked, and apparently described the carvings as being 'a little warmer' than necessary!Looking at this depiction of what appears to be bestiality, one can sympathise!

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