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Khajuraho City

Facts at a Glance

Country: India
State: Madhya Pradesh
Location: North-East Madhya Pradesh
Altitude: 283 m
Population: 20,000
Language: Hindi
Known for: World Heritage Site
Nearby Cities: Jhansi, Gwalior, Kanpur, Allahabad

Located in the north east part of state, Khajuraho is the historic town in Chhatarpur District Madhya Pradesh. The small town Khajuraho has surprisingly highest group of medieval Hindu along with Jain temples and popular erotic sculptures, which are collectively known as Khajuraho Group of Monuments. It is listed as the UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Historically, the city was the cultural capital of one of the Hindu Dynasties namely Chandel Rajputs during the period of about 10 to 12 century and the temples were built during the period of 950 to 1150 AD. The entire area of Khajuraho was surrounded by walls; there were eight originates and each one of them flanked by two golden Palm trees. Besides, there are more than 80 Hindu temples, which illustrate the model of Indian architecture. Most of the temples are constructed of sandstone; constructor did not use any mortar rather stones were jointed masterly and placed in gravity. So, the architecture is became example of its own kind.

Speciality of Khajuraho Art

Outside the Khajuraho temples, carving works on wall have been done magnificently; all the art works illustrate some sexual and erotic images and sculptures. Some temples have this art work in two layers. These paintings are definitely not belongs to god rather portray the common people and their life. Along with the sexual activities, the art and paintings also depict the daily life of the people such as musicians, potters, farmers, women doing makeup and many more.

Khajuraho Tourism

To maintain and conserve the Khajuraho temples are set in a parkland landscape. It has also been adorned with professional light and show almost every evening; in the show, the story of past Khajuraho is being shown. However, these shows have been shown in both the languages first in English and second in Hindi. In addition, Khajuraho Dance Festival has also been performed here during the first week of February of every year. During this time, you can have opportunity to see various classical dances of India at one place i.e. Vishwanath Temples.

Major Tourists’ Attractions in Khajuraho

Western Group of Temples

• Chausath Yogini Temple
• Kandariya Mahadev Temple
• Lakshmana Temple Khajuraho
• Lakshmi and Varaha Temple
• Vishvanath and Nandi Temple

Eastern Group of Temples

• Brahma and Hanuman Temple
• Javari Temple Khajuraho
• Parsvanath Temple
• Archaelogical Museum

Tourists’ Attractions around Khajuraho

• Panna National Park: Home of Leopards, Gharials, Wolves, Wild Boars, Cheetals, Sloth Bear, Porcupines, Indian Foxes etc it is located merely at the distance of 30 minutes journey.

• Ken Gharial Sanctuary: Home of Chinkara, Chital, Wild Boar, peacock etc. it is located at the distance of about 24 km.

• Pandava Waterfalls: Located on the Ken River, Pandava Waterfalls is located at the distance of about 30 km away from Khajuraho. It is wonderful site for picnic and refreshment.

• Raneh Falls: Located on Ken River, at the distance of 20 kms from Khajuraho, Raneh Falls has pretty scenic landscape.

• Benisagar Lake: Beautiful picnic spot located at the distance of about 11 kms from Khajuraho.

• Ranguan Lakes: Located at the distance of about 25 kms from Khajuraho, it is ideal place for picnic.

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