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Khajuraho – Erotic temple complex in India

Area: 16.93 sq. km.
Altitude: 257 m above Sea Level
Summer : Max 47ºC, Min 21ºC.
Winter : Max 32ºC, Min 4ºC.
Rainfall: 114 cms annual
Khajuraho is located at 24°51?N 79°56?E? / ?24.85°N 79.93°E? / 24.85; 79.93

Khajuraho is a village in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, located in Chhatarpur District, about 385 miles (620 kilometres) southeast of Delhi (the capital city of India). The Khajuraho group of monuments has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and is a protected site. One of the most popular tourist destinations in India, Khajuraho has the largest group of medieval Hindu and Jain temples, famous for their erotic sculpture. The name Khajuraho, ancient “Kharjuravahaka”, is derived from the Sanskrit word kharjur meaning date palm.

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The story of Khajuraho is that in a burst of passion, the Moon God enticed the beautiful Brahmin girl, Hemavati, while bathing in the Rati one evening, resulting in the birth of Chandravarman. Harassed by society, the unwed mother sought refuge in the dense forests of Khajuraho where she was both mother and guru to her young son. The boy grew up to become the founder of the Chandela dynasty.
When he was the ruler of the land, Chandravarman had a dream where his mother implored him to build temples that would reveal all aspects of the human passion and fantasy to the world and in doing so bring about a realization of the emptiness of the human desire. Thus began the story of a fervent artistic desire for the construction of the first of the temples, and successive rulers added to that which resulted in the Khajuraho temples. The temples serve as fine examples of Indian architectural styles that have gained popularity due to their explicit depiction of the traditional way of sexual life during medieval times.
Per year in the month of February – March, Khajuraho Dance Festival is organized by the Kala Parishad under the Madhya Pradesh government. Popular Classical Dancers from all India performs during this Dance festival at Khajuraho in Madhya Pradesh. The aim of organizing this event is to promote cultural heritage and traditional dances of India.
Dancers from abroad also perform during this week long festival in Madhya Pardesh. Live performances of classical dances like Kathak, Kuchipudi, Odissi, and Bharatnatyam, Manipuri are the main attractions of these dance festival. The Festival of Khajuraho Dance is internationally recognized by international dancers and academies. A large number of foreign tourists come to India for classical dances like Khajuraho Festival of Dances. The venue of the festival is the Vishwanatha temple and open-air auditorium in front of the Chitragupta temple. Both the temples are beautifully lit and stand glittering with the colorful lights.

Places to stay:

Hotel Chandela ( Taj Group ) , Khajuraho
Hotel Usha Bundela Khajuraho
Ken River Lodge, (Panna) Khajuraho
Ramada Hotel, Khajuraho
The Lalit Temple View, Khajuraho
Kairali Ayurvedic Resort , Khajuraho
Grand Temple View, Khajuraho
Hotel Clarks, Khajuraho
Hotel Greenwood Khajuraho , Khajuraho
Radisson Hotel, Khajuraho
The Jewel of the Jungle, (Panna) Khajuraho
Hotel Surya
Hotel Harmony
Hotel Marble Palace
Holiday Inn Khajuraho
GW Grand Hotel
Hotel Siddharth
Best Western Greenwood Khajuraho
Hotel Casa di William
Payal Hotel

How to get to Khajuraho:

By Air
Khajuraho is directly connected with all major Indian cities.

By Rail
The nearest railheads are Mahoba and Harpalpur. Jhansi is a convenient railhead for those travelling from Mumbai, Delhi and Chennai and Varanasi the railhead is Satna, on the Mumbai-Allahabad section of the Central Railway is ideal. Delhi, Mumbai, Calcutta, Chennai, Agra by train to the railheads.

By Road
Khajuraho is connected by regular and direct bus services with Chhatarpur, Mahoba, Harpalpur, Satna, panna, Jhansi, Gwalior, Agra, Sagar, Jabalpur, Indore, Bhopal, Varanasi and Allahabad.

Articles about Khajuraho (photos, blogs, etc)

1. Photos of Khajuraho at (link)
2. Photos of Khajuraho at Flickr (link)
3. Train to Khajuraho (link)
4. Video on Youtube of visit to Khajuraho (link)
5. Drive to Khajuraho (link)
6. Varanasi and Khajuraho (link)
7. Photo of Khajuraho on Flickr (link)
8. Varanasi to Khajuraho (link)
9. Khajuraho trip along with photos (link)
10. Photo of Khajuraho on Treklens (link)
11. Dance Festivals at Khajuraho (link)
12. Video of Khajuraho Dance Festival (link)
13. Jhansi to Khajuraho on Ghumakkar (link)
14. Temple Tours, Khajuraho (link)
15. Travel Blog (link)
16. Book on Khajuraho (link)
17. Review of Hotel Chandela in Khajuraho (link)
18. Photo of temple (link)
19. Photos of Khajuraho at Flickr (link)
20. Great photo of architecture of a temple (link)
21. Post with some great photos of the temples (link)
22. Photos of the temple sculptures (link)
23. Khajuraho Photo Gallery at the ASI site (link)
24. Khajuraho Photo Gallery (link)
25. Khajuraho Photo Gallery on World66 (link)
26. Khajuraho Photo Gallery at (link)
27. Another Khajuraho Photo Gallery (link)
28. Khajuraho Photos at (link)

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