Khajuraho

Overview

Introduction

Situated 400 mi/650 km south of Delhi in a beautiful region of hills, lakes, and 10th- and 11th-century Chandela Dynasty temples, Khajuraho, India, has much to recommend it. But it's the temples and their leave-nothing-to-the-imagination erotic carvings that make it a must-see. (This is a favorite honeymoon spot; the carvings are regarded as educational.)

Originally there were 85 temples, but many were destroyed by Muslim rulers between the 12th and 18th centuries. Today, only 22 are in even fair condition. Be sure not to miss Kandariya Mahadeo and Chaturbhuja temple, Khajuraho Museum, Lakshman Temple (beautiful carvings of women), the Amorous Couple at Devi Jagdamba Temple, the Vraha Temple (dedicated to the god Shiva) and Parvati Temple. The western group of temples are best seen at dawn; as the sun rises, it makes the stone come alive as it change color from dull gray to a sweet honey tone. Plan at least a full day in the city. Several adequate hotels are found near the temples. The most convenient way to reach Khajuraho is by plane from Varanasi or Delhi.

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