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Temple - KhajurahoKhajuraho is situated in the state of Madhya Pradesh, and is known as the 'temple town' because of its world famous temples built by the Chandela rulers. The erstwhile capital city of the Chandela rulers, Khajuraho draws its name from Khajur or the date palm trees that once surrounded this region. Khajuraho, as of today is not a very big place in terms of area or population. But, the wealth of art & architecture it holds in its confines, speak volumes of its prosperous past. However, in terms of the numbers of tourists it attracts every year, Khajuraho definitely is a place that holds a significant place in the tourist map of India. It is actually a must visit for all the tourists visiting India.

Places of Interest in Khajuraho
Western Group of Temples - The western group of temples are the most important and largest of all the temples in Khajuraho. They are centrally located and attract tourists in large number. This group of temples include the Lakshman temple, the Varsha temple, the Kandariya Mahadeva temple and the Chitragupta temple among others. The first two temples are dedicated to Lord Vishnu while the third on is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The last temple is dedicated to the sun god. These temples are well preserved than the rest of the templese.

Eastern group of temples - The temples in this group are mainly Jain temples. Out of the the three Jain temples, The temple of Parsvanath is the largest. The other two Jain temples are the Ghantai Temple and the Adinatha Temple. There are three other temples- Brahma temple, the Vamana temple and the Javari temple. The last two temples are dedicated to Lord Vishnu. The walls of the temples depict daily activities of the people as well as erotic carvings.

Temple - Khajuraho Southern group of Temples - The Southern group of temples lie a few kilometers away from the village and includes only two temples- The Chaturbhuj Temple and the Duladeo Temple. The Chaturbhuja temple has a an image of Lord Vishnu while the Duladeo Temple is dedicated to Lord Shiva and was the last temple built by the Chandela rulers. Tourists must visit these temples to appreciate their beauty.

Shopping in Khajuraho
Though Khajuraho is not a very big place, yet there are shops around. Tourists can purchase curios and handicrafts items from these shops, which are located outside the gates of the temples.

Reaching Khajuraho
Air - Khajuraho is linked by Indian Airlines flights to Delhi, Varanasi, Agra thrice a week while Jet Airways operates flights from Mumbai via Delhi.

Rail - Khajuraho's nearest railheads are Mahoba, Harpalpur, Jhansi and Satna. Trains from these places connect Khajuraho to Delhi, Mumbai, Calcutta, Chennai, Agra and Varanasi.

Road - Tourists can travel to Khajuraho by roads also. Bus services are available from Mahoba, Harpalpur, Satna, Jhansi, Gwalior, Agra, Jabalpur and Bhopal.

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