Khajuraho temples, also known as the temples of love are located in Madhya Pradesh. The temples were built by Chandela Dynasty, the descendants of moon god.
It is believed that built in between 950 AD – 1050 AD century, Khajuraho had 85 temples of which only 20 are remaining. This is the largest group of temples and the second biggest tourist destination of India after Taj Mahal. The temples are famous for the exquisite work of art and sculpture on the walls that depict the inner human feelings. The temples are devoted to love and its expression.
The Khajuraho has group of temples of two religions – Hindus and Jains. These temples have been broadly categorized under three groups – The Western group of Temples, Eastern group of temples and The Southern group of temples.
Other nearby attractions
Though the major attraction that invites the tourists is the temples of Khajuraho, but there are other tourist attractions around like Ranesh Falls; Bhandhavgarh; Panna National Park, 30 Km from Khajuraho; Pandav falls on Ken river; The Dhubela Museum, on the Jhansi-Khajurao road, houses the weapons, paintings, and sculptures of the Bundela kings as well as a wide variety of sculptures of the Shakti cult; and Kanha National Park, the one described in Jungle Book, by Rudyard Kipling.
How to reach
Khajuraho is accessible by air, by train and by road.
By Air : Khajuraho has an airport that is linked with daily flights from Delhi, Agra and Varanasi by Indian Airlines. Flight takes 35 minutes from Delhi to Agra and 40 minutes from Agra to Khajuraho. and 45 minutes from Varanasi to Khajuraho.
By Rail : There is no direct train to Khajuraho. The most convenient station is Jhasi, which is linked to Delhi and other major northern cities. Another convenient railway head is Santa.
By Road : There are regular bus services to Khajuraho from Satna, Harpalpur, Jhansi and Mahoba. The on road distance of Khajuraho to certain places accessible by road are:
» Agra 391 km
» Santa 117 km
» Jhansi 176 km
» Bhopal 350 km
» Gwalior 280 km
» Indore 480 km
» Jabalpur 210 km
For local transport, cycle rickshaws, tongas, and taxis are available.