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Khajuraho

Khajuraho, a primitive village located in Chhatarpur District of Madhya Pradesh is about 385 miles (620 kilometres) southeast of Delhi. This city in bygone days was termed as the cultural capital of Chandela Rajputs, a Hindu dynasty that ruled this part of India from 10th to 12th century AD. Being blessed with a beautiful backdrop in form of the Vindhyachal Mountain Ranges, makes Khajurahoa highly fascinating destination for visitors, both International and domestic. Khajuraho is at times referred to as the Kamasutra temple and is globally renowned for its well chiseled and sculptured temples dedicated to Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu and Jain deities. There are sexually explicit carvings both inside and outside the temple. Indeed a haven for honeymooners.

The state Madhya Pradesh in India that nestles Khajuraho is well endowed with culture, heritage and temples. Apparently, "Kamasutra", the world famous book that describes 84 positions in lovemaking was written by Vatsayana during the reign of Gupta dynasty which ruled this state in conjunction with other neighbouring states. Kalinjar was the Political capital of Chandelas. Khajuraho has the largest group of medieval Hindu and Jain temples, famous for their erotic sculptures. The Khajuraho group of monuments has also been enlisted as UNESCO World Heritage Site, besides being considered as one of the "Seven Wonders" of India.

All the Khajuraho temples were built over a span of 200 years, from 950 to 1150 AD. The characteristic of this whole area is visible in form of a circumference wall with eight gates, each flanked by two golden palm trees. There were originally over 80 Hindu temples, of which only 25 now stand in a reasonable state of preservation, scattered over an area of about 8 square miles (21 km²). Khajuraho temples are divided into three sections or zones, namely, western, eastern and southern, according to their location. The western complex is the largest of the three and comprises of some of the most popular temples at Khajuraho.

A few famous western group of temples include -Lakhmana temple; Kandariya Mahadeo temple; Devi Jagdamba temple; Chaunsat Yoginiand Mata nageswara temple .

The eastern group of temples include – Parsvanath temple; Ghantai temple; Adinath temple; Hanuman temple; Brahma temple; Vamana temple and Javari temple.

The southern group of temples include – Dulha Dev temple; Beeja mandal temple and Chattarbhuj temple or the Jatkari temple. Every temple is a fine depiction of royalty, armies, wrestling, kinship, war, courtship, marriage, lovemaking, music and dance, spiritual teachings, union, meditation, bliss, Gods & Goddesses, plants, animals and other abundance of all human forms. Each of these depictions are beautifully crafted in stone by master sculptors of past.

In current period, these temples serve as supreme examples of Indian architectural styles that have gained popularity due to their explicit depiction of the traditional way of sexual life during medieval times. Locals living in the Khajuraho village always knew about and kept up the temples as best as they could. They were pointed out to an English man in late 19th century and the jungles had taken a toll on all of the monuments. Each of these ancient temples depict a great culture and heritage of India in the past.

A magnificent Light and Sound Show at Western group of temples follows highlighting beautiful sound and light show which is aptly presented and narrated by the Bollywood icon and The Star of Millennium Mr. Amitabh Bachchan. This is an everyday event held in evenings.

The best months to visit Khajuraho are from September to April owing to favorable weather conditions. Khajuraho Airport is located just about 5 km from the city and is well connected with flights from Delhi, Varanasi and Mumbai. The iconic city offers a wide variety of accommodation to suit every budget.

Come to Khajuraho and let you your senses go wild….!