Khajurao Travel Guide

Attractions in Khajuraho

Western Group:

Lakshmana Temple - The Lakshmana temple, dedicated to Lord Vishnu, was built during the Chandela reign. In it resides a sacred image of Vaikuntha-Vishnu brought from Tibet. The temple is one of the oldest and the most exquisitely decorated in Khajuraho having the images of over 600 gods in the Hindu Pantheon. The main shrine of the temple, which faces east, is flanked by four self-supporting subsidiary shrines at the corners of the temple platform. The temple is especially known for its explicit carvings on the southern side.
Kandariya Mahadeo, Khajuraho

Kandariya Mahadeo - One of the largest and finest examples of the Khajuraho temples, this is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The sanctum enshrines a lingam, while the main shrine is lavishly carved and represents various Gods, Goddesses and Apsaras (heavenly maidens) in elaborate details. The entrance arch, the massive pillars and ceilings adorned with exquisite carvings achieve their desired objective to leave the visitor spellbound.

Devi Jagadamba - The Devi Jagadamba Temple stands on the same platform as the Kandariya Temple but is a little older and of simpler design. It was originally dedicated to Vishnu (Vaishnavist), but later became a Parvati temple (Shaivite).

Chitragupta Temple - Dedicated to the Sun God, Surya, this temple faces eastwards towards the rising sun. In the inner sanctum sites the presiding deity -- the majestic Sun God looms 5 ft high driving a chariot.

Vishwanath Temple - The temple has a three-headed image of Lord Brahma. Lions guard the northern entrance to the structure, while elephants flank the southern flight of steps that lead up to it. A Nandi bull faces the shrine.

Chausat Yogini - The oldest of the surviving temples of Khajuraho, this is dedicated to goddess Kali. This is the only temple in Khajuraho that is built in granite. The name chaunsat (sixty-four) comes from the cells of 64 attendants of Goddess Kali. Goddess Kali herself was the 65th one.

Matangeshwara Temple - Still a living place of worship, the temple is dedicated to Shiva, has an eight-feet high lingam, and is outside the precincts of the Western Group. The Archaeological Museum here is also well-worth a visit.

Eastern Group :

The Temple of Parsvanath - This is the largest of the Jain temples in Khajuraho and the finest. The temple was originally dedicated to Adinath and later to Parsvanath. It is the finest example of the sensitive art without any sexual motifs. Near this temple is the temple of Adinath with fine carvings.

Temple of Brahma and Hanuman - One of the oldest in Khajuraho, this temple is built mostly of granite and sandstone. Actually, this temple is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. Nearby is a Hanuman temple reputed to have the earliest inscription dating back to A.D. 922 on a 2½ -m statue.

Quick Getaways near Khajuraho

Raneh Falls near Khajuraho

Raneh Falls - 19 km from Khajuraho on the Ken river, the main attraction here is a 5-km-long, 100-foot-deep canyon made of pure crystalline granite in varying shades of colours ranging from pink and red to gray. A series of seasonal waterfalls surrounded by jungles make it an ideal picnic spot.

Panna National Park - 25 km away, a 30 minute drive from Khajuraho , Panna  National  Park is  spread over 543 sq. km. along the

eastern bank of the Ken river. It has thick dry deciduous and mixed forests of teak, bamboo, sheesham and achar. There are also stony ravines, waterfalls and wildlife which includes tigers, panthers, bears, wild boars, bluebulls, gazelles, spotted deer, black bucks and birds. Upgraded from a wildlife sanctuary in 1981, the park comes under Project Tiger.

Ken Natural Trail - This is well within walking distance from Raneh Falls and is a jungle track flaunting the natural beauty of the surroundings.

Ken Gharial Sanctuary - Located at the confluence of the Ken and Khudar rivers further down Raneh Falls and Natural Trail, this is a natural home of the long-snouted variety of crocodiles.

Majhgawan Diamond Mines - Located 56 kms from Khajuraho, this is India’s only working diamond mine under government control.
Festivals in Khajuraho

The most important festival celebrated here is Mahashivratri. The festival celebrates Shiva's marriage with Parvati, the daughter of the Himalayas. The 2.5-m-tall lingam of Kandariya Mahadeo temple is dressed as a bridegroom, with white and saffron dhotis, and covered by a huge, conical, silver paper crown. The nightlong ceremony is performed by the chief priest's son who anoints the lingam with water from the sacred rivers of India. Hymns are chanted throughout the night, until the Brahmins stand to throw bel leaves and flower petals over the lingam, a sign that the wedding is complete.

The Khajuraho Dance Festival, organized in the months of February/March attracts visitors from around the world. The first and longest running dance festival of its kind in the country, the cream of Indian classical dancers performs here to present the best of Indian dance and music. The floodlit temples of Khajuraho and the backdrop of the Chitragupta Temple is the perfect setting for this astounding event.

Getting There & Away to Khajuraho

Flights to Khajuraho

Khajuraho is linked to Jhansi, 175 kms away.
Trains to Khajuraho Regular flights link Khajuraho with Agra, Delhi, Kathmandu and Varanasi.
Car and Bus service to Khajuraho
Jhansi, 175 kms from Khajuraho, is the nearest mainline station for Khajuraho and is well connected by super fast trains from Delhi and Agra.

Getting Around in Khajuraho  

Taxis are available from travel agencies and hotels at negotiable prices. One can also travel by cycle-rickshaws within the village.

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