modern village of Khajuraho is a cluster of hotels,
restaurants, shops and stalls, near the western group of
temples. The government of India tourist office is here. There
are also offices at the airport and the bus stand which can be
helpful with booking accommodations in the height of the
season. The largest and most important temples are in the
attractively landscaped western enclosure in this area. A km
or so east of the bus stand is the old village of Khajuraho.
Around it are the temples of the eastern group and to the
south are two further groups of temples. During the tourist
season, dance displays are staged at the modern purpose-built
Chandella Cultural Center. Foreigners have to pay a rip-off
US$ 5 for tickets. The tourist office is said to reviewing its
discriminatory pricing policy.
Satna - 117 kms.
Rewa - 167 kms.
Jhansi - 175 kms.
Gwalior - 276
Bhopal - 372 kms.
shops located near the temples where you can purchase the local
handicrafts and other souvenirs which at times make good gift
items. There are a number of handicraft shops in the market
opposite to the Western group of temples and the nearby Gole
market. The hotels, Chandela, Jass Oberoi, Holiday Inn, Clarks
Bundela and Ashok also have shopping arcades. Photo shops are
also located here and cameras are available on hire.
has a typical continental type of climate with summers being hot
and winters cold. Best season to visit these temples is between
the months of October and April.
HOW TO REACH KHAJURAHO
A daily Boeing 737 of Alliance Air links Khajuraho with Delhi,
Agra, and Varanasi.
The nearest railheads are Harpalpur (94 km) and Mahoba (63 km).
Country buses and tongas take you to Khajuraho. The Shatabdi
Express from Delhi to Bhopal stops at Jhansi (172 km from
Khajuraho). Satna, 117 km away, is convenient for travelers from
Mumbai (Bombay), Calcutta, and Varanasi. Taxis and buses are
available from here.
Direct bus services connect Khajuraho with Panna, Satna,
Chattarpur, Jabalpur, Mahoba, Bhopal, Gwalior, and Indore. For
local transport, cycle rickshaws, tongas, and taxis are
For the purpose of convenience, the village of Khajuraho has
been divided into three directional areas in which are located
the major groups of temples.
Western Group: These groups of temples are entirely
Hindu, and constitute some of the finest examples of Chandela
art at its peak. The largest being the Kandhariya Mahadev,
followed by a granite temple - Chaunsath Yogini. The Chitragupta
Temple is dedicated to the Sun God, while the Vishwanath Temple
sports a three-headed image of Brahma - the Creator of the
Universe. The Lakshmana Temple is superbly decorated, while the
Devi Jagdambi Temple is dedicated to Goddess Kali. Other temples
in the Western Group include the Varaha Temple with a nine-feet
high boar-incarnation of Lord Vishnu, the Matangeshwara Temple
with a eight-feet high lingam, and the Brahma Temple.
Eastern Group: This group comprises of two historic Jain
temples - the Adinath Temple lavishly embellished with sculpted
figures, and the Parsvanath Temple, the largest Jain temple,
sculpted with charming detail. There are other shrines such as
the Vamana Temple with apsaras in sensuous poses, and the Javari
Temple that has a richly-carved doorway.
Southern Group: This group has two impressive temples,
mainly belonging to the 12th century - the Chaturbhuja Temple,
with a massive, carved image of Vishnu, and the Duladeo Temple,
one of the last temples of the Chandela era, dedicated to Lord
Symbolising a medieval legacy, the Khajuraho temples are a
perfect fusion of architectural and sculptural excellence,
representing one of the finest examples of Indian art.