Khajuraho, renowned for the Khajuraho group of temples, is a historic town situated in the Chhatarpur District
of Madhya Pradesh
. After the Taj Mahal
, Khajuraho is the biggest tourist attraction in North India. The site is situated about 616 km south-east of
Khajuraho, declared a world heritage site by UNESCO in 1986, is renowned for its medieval group of temples that stand out in its architectural grace and delicacy. Built between 950 and 1050, the temples bear countless sculptures that portray the existential ethos in the Hindu religion that venerates 'Yoga' and 'Bhoga' as the paths to the almighty. The erotic images that adore the facade-wall, window, pillar, and ceilings depict the innocent form of love, a materialization of inspired human emotions – an expression of his spiritual and physical love.
The whole area, which spreads over an area of 8 sq miles, is fortified with eight gates, each flanked by two golden palm trees, forming the entrance. Off the 85 temples built, 22 of them had survived the vagaries of time. These temples, which exemplifies not only the artistry of the craftsman but also the extraordinary breadth of vision of the Chandela
Rajputs, under whom it was conceived and realized, tops the travel itineraries of tourists and is a must see destination in India.
Other places worth visiting in the vicinity include Ranesh Falls (20 km),
Bandhavgarh, Panna and Kanha National Park and Ken Gharial Sanctuary (24 km). The 7-day Khajuraho Dance Festival is another major event attended by scores of people from far and near.
Khajuraho Airport has flights to Delhi, Agra and Varanasi.
Harpalpur (94 km) and Mahoba (61 km) are the closest railway stations. By road, Khajuraho is linked with
Satna (112 km), Harpalpur, Jhansi and Mahoba.