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.
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.
Khajuraho is linked by Indian Airlines flights to
Delhi, Varanasi, Agra thrice a week while Jet Airways operates flights from
Mumbai via Delhi.
Khajuraho's nearest railheads are Mahoba,
Harpalpur, Jhansi and Satna. Trains from these places connect Khajuraho to
Delhi, Mumbai, Calcutta, Chennai, Agra and Varanasi.
Tourists can travel to Khajuraho by roads also.
Bus services are available from Mahoba, Harpalpur, Satna, Jhansi, Gwalior,
Agra, Jabalpur and Bhopal.