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 unregualted and drivers drive recklessly and they are just an individual's enterprise and have no authentication.
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 valuable near the window. Carry plenty of water and fruit, and don't eat or drink anything offered by a stranger.
5. Be aware of travel warnings. Some areas are considered unsafe for foreigners.
6. Always carry your passport with you. Put a sticky note inside with the local telephone number of your Consulate.
7. Keep a copy of your passport/visa separate from the original.
8. For women, where available, use women's only areas/compartments on public transportation. NEVER ride in the general men's compartment.
9. For women, if travelling alone on the train, request to be accommodated near other women travellers.
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 education they will probably have to turn to crime and prostitution in order to make a living. By all means give money to the temples, and to worthy charities in the area, but not to street beggars. There are signs up in many of the towns in India to this effect.
If you feel you must give them something, give them food (and make sure it is unwrapped first, as a common scam is to return it to the shop you bought it from for a bit less than you paid for it).
- Budget Travel
Since visiting Khajuraho I have heard warnings about being taken into a school there and eventually encouraged to give a donation. While a school was pointed out to me (I believe the old bank building) my young guide never tried to encourage me inside and really only told me it was a school when I asked. I leave this warning only that you should be aware but not too overcautious.
- Historical Travel
When my group went to visit the temples in the morning, we were overwhelmed by touts an souvenir sellers. It was so annoying and off-putting. One little old lady (even shorter than I ) hounded me with a lei of flowers and was forcefully trying to put this thing over my head. I was trying not to be rude, but her persistence was amazing and in the end I whipped the lei off and put it on a passing pillar. Later that afternoon when I returned on my own, I was left totally alone, there was no repeat of all that had gone on in the morning.
- Historical Travel
This was also happening in Agra by the Taj Mahal. Touts selling books and souvenirs literally chase tourists down the street when they come out of the Western Group of temples exit. I saw one group of Japanese tourists and a group of Americans, (they looked like they were Americans!), try and walk down the street with touts baracking them with souvenirs. I almost stepped in and tried to save the Japanese tourists as the touts were just unbearable for them.