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Khajuraho

Khajuraho temples built by Chandela Rajupt Kings of Central India almost thousand years between 950 to 1050 AD are one of the best preserved temples in India. Almost intriguing as the sheer beauty and the size of the temples. The temples are superb examples of Indo-Aryan architecture and depict images of gods and goddesses, warriors and musicians, real and mythological animals and in great detail – women and sex. In between are the mithuna, erotic figures running through a whole Kamasutra of positions and possibilities. Today, of the original 85, only 22 have survived the ravages of time; these remain as a collective paean to life, to joy and to creativity; to the ultimate fusion of man with his creator.

Area 188.40 Sq. Km.
Population 19,300 (2001)
Altitude 283m (925 ft)
STD Code 07868
Rain Fall 715 mm (mostly between July to September)
Location 24.85°N 79.93°E / 24.85°N 79.93°E / 24.85; 79.93

Climate:
Khajuraho has tropical weather. It is scorching hot in summer (May and June) when temperature rises up to 47°C during day time. Night temperature remains between 22-24°C. July to September are monsoon months. Most of the rainfall is during these months. Winter months record an average of 32°C of high and 4°C low. The day temperature in extreme winter falls around 28°C.

Important Tourist sites :
Khajuraho temples are divided into three geographical zones. Western, Eastern and Southern group. Western group temples are best known that has largest and most typical of Khajuraho temples. The Kandariya Mahadev, Chaunset Yogini, Devi Jagdamba Temple, Chitragupta Temple, Vishwanath Temple with a massive 5 ft Nandi Bull in Front, Vraha Temple and Matangeswara Temple (living temple which is worshipped) Eastern group consists of Parswaanath , Ghantai Temple and Adinath Temple belonging to Jain religion. Brahma, Vamana and Javeri temples in eastern group belongs to Hindu religion. Southern group of temples, 5 km from the town houses Chaturbhuj Temple – the most important one. Raneh and Pandav falls (20 and 34 km) are picnic spot worth visiting post monsoon.

General:
Hindi is most commonly spoken language in Khajuraho. Being a small town, evenings are very quiet. There are four good hotels in town and a few smaller ones. In winter, State Govt. Tourism organize Sound and Light Show at the temples site. A cultural programme depicting dances of India can also be witnessed in state run theatre.

Travel :
By Air : Khajuraho has daily flight service from Delhi and Varanasi. Most airlines suspend flight during the months of May and June.

By Train :
Khajuraho is connected by train with Agra, Jhansi. At presently train services provide general class (non-airconditioned). The nearest railway stations which are well connected with rest part of northern India with fast AC trains are Jhansi (175 km); Harpalpur (94 km) and Satna (117 km).

By Road: Jhansi (175 km), Satna (117 km), Harpalpur (94 km), Allahabad (280 km), Varanasi (400 km) Orchha (170 km), Gwalior (282 km), Agra (400 km), Delhi (600 km), Bandhavgarh (255 km), Bhopal (383 km).

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