If you want to know the past of our country and reminisce the glory of Indian history then a visit to Khajuraho can do wonders for you.
Declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site situated in Madhya Pradesh, Khajuraho is mainly known for its temples which are full of erotic carvings all over. In terms of architecture, it is really hard to imagine how the people must have accomplished this feat during the medieval times i.e. between 950 AD to 1050 AD without any kind of modern technology or equipment.
These carvings at Khajuraho temples also depict how liberal our ancestors were in terms of their mental and thought prowess. It won’t be wrong to say that this small town is a remarkable example of Indian culture and heritage and lets you bask in the excitement of nuanced anecdotes from history. However, this site also has seen its fair share of destruction from the Muslim and other invaders, thus resulting in a reduction of the temples from about 85 to 25.
If you are wondering to explore this place and witness the magic of history unfold before your eyes, then the best time to visit here is between the months of October and February.
As per the historical records, these temples were built by the Chandela rulers over many years. And the hard work of those years shows in the flawlessness of these temples even today. The very first record of these temples can be traced back to the writings of Abu Rihan-ul Biruni (973-1050 AD)
After the Chandela rulers, this region came under the rule of Qutb-Uddin Aibak and over the years, various temples were vandalised by these invaders. It was only in 1830 that a British engineer named T.S. Burt found them and made humungous attempts largely for the purpose of their restoration.
1. Dulhadev Temple. This temple is believed to be built in 1130. Inside the temple, you will find many sculptures of Apsaras and other pristine statues and figurines. If you want to explore the peak of Indian architecture, then a visit to Dulhadev Temple becomes a must. We also suggest you to take your best camera here, you will be needing it.
2. Lakshman Temple. It is considered to be one of the oldest temples in the region and has been named after Lord Lakshman. One of the highlighting features of the temple is the trinity of Lord Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva which you can come across at the entrance of the temple itself. For anyone who is interested in Indian philosophy and religion should consider visiting here.
3. Parsvanath Temple. This particular temple is considered to be the largest of the temples situated here. The fine work done on the temple makes it a notable example of our glorious heritage. One of the interesting things is that it showcases a fusion of Hindu, Muslim and Buddhist styled architecture.
4. Light and Sound Show. The light and sound show here is something to look forward to. One of the major reasons for it is as the show is narrated by the veteran actor who is also referred to as the Mega Star of Bollywood Mr Amitabh Bacchan.
Khajuraho is a fine example of Indian architecture wrapped in Indian past. It is located at a distance of about 651, 1,147, 1,064, 1,622 km from Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, and Bengaluru respectively. Check out the details mentioned below on how you can reach Khajuraho by the following means of transportation.
By Air. To travel here by air, you will need to deboard at Khajuraho Airport (HJR). This airport was opened in 1978 and since then it has been one of the vital links to serving the nearby UNESCO World Heritage Site. In 2016, a brand new terminal was also inaugurated for making the whole region more accessible for the global as well as the domestic tourists. From the airport, you can easily book a taxi to reach here.
By Train. You will need to deboard at Khajuraho Train Station situated in Chhatarpur district. However, this station doesn’t have very good connectivity with the major Indian cities. Thus, in this case, you can also consider deboarding at either Jhansi Railway Station or Satna Railway Station, both of which are located at a distance of about 100-120 km. After deboarding your train at one of these stations, you will need to cover the remaining distance by some means of public transportation.
By Road. Depending upon your location, you can also consider travelling to Khajuraho by roadways and national highways. From the nearby towns and cities, you can easily consider booking state-run or private buses to reach here. Otherwise, you can also book a taxi or consider taking your own vehicle.