Khajuraho Temples
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Magnificent temples built between 950 A.D. and 1050 A.D.
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  • Siraj
    Bilbao, Spain3 contributions
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    Khajurajo: temples and native people. Los templos y su gente, hoy
    I had a wonderful experience in Khajuraho. Its temples are marvellous: they show you up a very unique understanding of spirituality and social life. The outside walls are decorated with amazing sculptures and arquitecture; and the inside with the silent and softly luminuos space of the God or Godess. All this was possible thanks to the help of a tuc tuc driver called Pramod (+91 9893180202) who drove me kindly from place to place and gave me the proper explanación and conntacts to enjoy fully. Thanks Pramod. God bless you! Gracias a Pramod (+91 9893180202) conductor de tuc tuc que me proveyó de una ayuda y contactos imprescindibles para disfrutar de lleno de los templos y de su increíble mensaje social y espiritual. Gracias Pramod. ¡Que la Vida te sonría!
    Visited July 2023
    Traveled solo
    Written July 19, 2023
  • Hugo K
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    an amazing experience
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    Visited August 2023
    Traveled with family
    Written August 12, 2023
  • Pedro V
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    Khajuraho TUCK TUCK best trip with Pramad
    We were lucky enough to meet Pramad outside the train station. It was without a doubt an excellent experience due to this wonderful person. Pramad is a simple Tuck Tuck driver, but without a doubt he has the quality of a true tourist guide. with him we spent 2 days discovering Khajuraho. Pramad knew how to guide us, give the best advice, tourism, restaurants, shopping. was always available via whatsaap. someone trustworthy 1000%!!! we recommend. +91 98931 80202! nothing better than talking to him!
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled with friends
    Written January 4, 2024
  • Praveen60
    New Delhi, India114 contributions
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    Khajuraho - a must visit for every Indian traveler
    Amazing place - better than what we hear about. Western group of temples has about 11 temples and takes about 3 hours to cover them - get a guide (costs about Rs. 2000). The architecture is priceless. Hard to believe that even 1000 years ago, our land was so advanced. One just kept clicking. Eastern group of temples are scattered - the ones in Jain temple must be seen but with a guide. We visited Kutni Dam and Raneh Galls also. Took a safari to Panna National Park also. Worth a visit again.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written January 6, 2024
  • LMELondon
    Milford Haven, United Kingdom21 contributions
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    Getting to - and getting the most out of - Khajuraho temples
    These temples are not easy to reach…3 hours by private taxi from Jhansi. (4,500 each way). But they are worth it. We had an excellent official guide, Siasanan Shula (9755505508) for a half day tour of the Western Temples. 1800 rupees + entrance fee. His English is excellent, he knew the temples well and he told us about modern day India too. Informative, but not pushy. Highly recommended and we would never have understood it so well without a guide. (He speaks Spanish too) Our taxi driver Bablu (9839404887) was a safe and careful driver. We were very happy with him and would recommend him highly. He can pick up fromJhansi station. He also has good English.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 21, 2024
  • ASussexEater
    Bodiam, United Kingdom19 contributions
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    Day tour around Khajuraho.
    Following advice from another review I contacted Siasanan (9755505508) to organise a day tour of the temples. He was busy, but passed me on to his colleague Ghanshyam (9981295637). I’m very pleased I made that contact. Ghanshyam is an excellent guide - easy to understand, likeable and very professional. He organised extremely comfortable transport and gave me a very full day where we found time to visit all of the temple complexes as well as an astonishing nearby gorge - India’s answer to the Grand Canyon. His explanations were clear and meant I got much more out of my visit than I would have done had I tried to make the trip alone. I thoroughly recommend both of these gentlemen.
    Visited February 2024
    Traveled solo
    Written February 22, 2024
  • Clifford W
    Greater Palm Springs, California4 contributions
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    Khajuraho Temples
    Our tour to the Jain Temples of Khajuraho was excellent. Our guide Anoop Jain was very experienced (27 years) and was very knowledgeable. You can email him at anoop_khj11@rediffmail.com or anoopjain@rediffmail.com 0091-9425143679 Mr. Jain is your guide for Khajuraho
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 12, 2024
  • Ashok D
    Goa, India38 contributions
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    A jewel amidst deep forest.
    Full of beautiful temples with historical significance. All temples within 4-5 km radius from city. Mostly from 10th-12th century. Generally in good condition. Escaped Moghul vandalism because they are deep in forest area. Spend as much time as possible on West group of temples. Not much in Eastern and Southern group. Sunset at Shiva temple is a spectacular sight to see fading sunlight illuminating Shiva idol from feet upto face. Do not miss Raneh waterfall. Two clear days good enough.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled with family
    Written March 17, 2024
  • Tina
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    Life time experience!
    The temples are amazing! Highly recommended to have a tour guide. Trust me, it's worth it. I promised Ganshyam, our guide, to leave a comment because he was EXCELLENT. He really brought history to life with his passion and knowledge. His WhatsApp is +91 99812 95637
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written March 19, 2024
  • Mandy M
    Leicestershire, United Kingdom72 contributions
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    Amazing temples and carvings….
    Amazing place. Temples are so intricately carved and most are in good condition given their age. Some very “interesting” scenes from the Kama sutra that may need explaining to the children. Very hot but very worth it.
    Visited March 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written April 1, 2024
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Sandeep Bhattacharya
New Delhi, India9 contributions
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Jan 2022
The temples of Khajuraho are architectural marvels with superb stone sculptures. The monolithic deity in the Chaturbhuj temple, the Varaha wild boar figure in the Lakshmana temple are stand out examples. Most the the temples in the Western cluster are within a single campus, except one where worship is done. The temples were built by the Chandela kings and their sculptors' imaginations along with occurrences during the period have been so beautifully captured in sandstone. Seeing is believing that lends credence / proves that Indian culture was way more modern and scientific than is usually portrayed. All temples with the exception of the Chaturbhuj temple are East facing, such that the rays of the sun actually reach the deity in the morning. During the day, there is light from the North and South facing balconies / prayer pedestals. The highlights are the finesse of the figures carved in single piece sandstone. The imaginery animal figure Sardul, the Health God (calf headed), the flower pattern carving (pushp) are found all over the spires. The area is rocky with igneous granite being the most common, yet all temples are built using sandstone and interlocking using metal clamps with holes drilled in the adjacent stone blocks (akin to a staple pin). No cement / mortar has been used in the construction anywhere. The temples also contain erotic figures that were used to educate the masses about sexuality. Also worth seeing are the intricate carving of damsels performing bath, makeup, romance with a plethora of hair styles, jewellery, saree designs, etc. Do not visit without a knowledgeable guide, take a Govt registered guide from the ticket counter. Mr Tiwary is the best you can get with a career spanning almost 27 years now, he speaks 4 languages (incl Japanese). One must plan for two days to visit the temples and understand the carvings ... One day for the Western group, another day for the Eastern / Southern group (A trip to the beautiful Raneh Canyon / falls and the Ken Ghariyal sanctuary can be clubbed with the Eastern group visit). Keep a separate day for the Panna tiger safari. Superb place, not to miss. Khajuraho has an airport, however, not operative since Covid lockdown started. Approach is by train or road. I drove down from Bhopal, roads are good, must visit Bhimkund Blue water pond and Sri Jatashankar Ji temple on this route (slight detour of about 50 kms). Interior roads upto these two places were very good, though single lane, almost nil traffic.
Written January 30, 2022
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RkRoadie
Pune, India622 contributions
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Nov 2021
The place of Khajuraho is famous for its temples. We visited in morning hours. The entry fee is Rs.40 per person above 15 years (those who are 15years and less have free entry).

The temples are divided into 3 groups, Western, Southern and Eastern out of which Western group is famous, has many temples and is very well maintained. Local guides have no permission to enter here as only MP Tourism Official guides have permission hence be careful if any local guide says you that he can guide you (he will probably take you to Southern and Eastern group...which is not that well maintained)

Somehow as per me if you read information through internet prior to visiting then there is no need of guide.

Once you enter Western group complex then you can start exploring temples from your left hand side. Laxaman, Kandariya Mahadeo, Chitragupta etc are very well craved temples. It almost takes an hour and half to see all the temples in complex.

There is washroom as well as drinking water facility in complex. Lots of squirrels around along with greenary.
Written November 16, 2021
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gfsc5
Perth, Australia1,742 contributions
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Mar 2020 • Couples
We visited this extensive range of temples as part of a tour group and had a local guide. It made the visit great because he was able to give us details about the various temples and point out specific details including specific carvings.

The carving is amazing. Most people know the site for the Karma Sutra carvings but they only comprise a small part of the carvings. Still amazing to look at and to hear the associated stories.

A great place to visit with some amazing photo ops.
Written March 10, 2020
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Khushboo Gupta
New Delhi, India248 contributions
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Dec 2019
When I visited and see this, was totally awestruck on the first sight. The architecture and design of sculpture is wonderful, beyond your imagination and your thoughts. Mind blowing art and carving.

The temples are famous for their nagara-style architectural symbolism and their erotic sculptures. Most Khajuraho temples were built between 950 AD and 1050 AD by the Chandela dynasty, its around 20 temples. A beautiful example of incredible India. It's UNESCO World Heritage site.

It's in main Khajuraho city centre, you can take auto from railway station or airport to reach here. Sharing auto takes Rs.10. Entry fee for western group of temples is Rs.40.
Written February 2, 2020
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ZenHealer7
Asheville, NC2,265 contributions
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Feb 2020
Khajuraho is unique. I am both glad and sad that so few visitors come here. Glad because, there is no trampling and over crowding as at other similar places in India and sad because this architectural and historical masterpiece needs to be seen by more people. It does not help that there is poor connectivity to come here even after all these years and the air fares can be horrendous. If you make it here, consider yourself to be the fortunate few who have experienced the glory of India. It is best if you experience the Light & Sound show prior to visiting the Temples. Do not miss the beautiful and awesome banyan tree on the grounds of the Eastern Group with amazing energy. Sit and meditate there for a while.
Written February 12, 2020
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Libby in Cincinnati
Cincinnati, OH1,216 contributions
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Feb 2020
These temples are older than Ankor Wat and in better shape. The complex is not nearly as large, but the carvings on the outside of the temples tell stories. They are in incredible shape. The inside of the temples are in good shape as well.

You will need to remove your shoes before entering. We had someone watch ours shoes.
Written March 10, 2020
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Setting Sun
Mumbai, India39 contributions
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Jan 2020 • Solo
I visited the western group of temples aroud 11 am without a guide. Frankly, the erotic aspect of the temples comprises a small part and there is much more to it than that. Khajuraho would benefit from a lot more tourism if they stop focusing excessively on this particular aspect.

With that out of the way, these temples have a meticulous amount of sculpturing over and around them about the daily life, folklore and avatars of the deities with their consorts and devotees all depicted in the respective directions. The ceilings host a mandala, some broken and some in their original form. It easily takes a good 3 -4 hours to observe the western group of temples carefully. Shoes must be removed before entering each temple but the floor is cold in winter, so dress accordingly. Other than this there are the Beejmandal, Dulha deo, Chaturbhuj, Chausath Yogini, Javeri, Bramha and Vaman temples nearby (3-4 km) with an important Maatangeshwar temple right next door to the western group.

I feel there is still a sense of divinity in there although no sacred rites are performed in most of the temples. There are sculptures of Goddess Parvati, Laxmi, Chamundi which are a little different than how they are normally portrayed. One can find sacred trees nearby. The expressions of the apsaras that accompany the deities are worth appreciating. The attention to detail is beyond words although destroyed in places.
Overall they have a lot to offer than the hype.
Written January 9, 2020
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NeilMMB
Winchester UK75 contributions
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Feb 2020
The Western Group are the main ones to visit.Admission charge. We had a guide who pointed out some features but kept emphasising the "Kama Sutra" origins of the iconography- they all do- which is incorrect. You can hire a Tuktuk cheaply to visit the Southern and Eastern Temples to- no admission charges for those sites.
Written March 8, 2020
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Aniruddha D
Thane, India20 contributions
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Feb 2020 • Couples
This is to acknowledge the super work Pralhad is doing to maintain the toilet services in the Western Group of Khajuraho Temples. He greets you with a Namaste, if a large group has just used, suggests you wait a bit till he cleans and ensures you depart with a smile. Spotlessly clean toilets.... a true embodiment of the Swach Bharat Abhiyan. If only there are many more like Pralhad, India would be a spotlessly clean country. Way to go....
Written February 25, 2020
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YogiKaliya
Jabalpur, India151 contributions
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Feb 2021
It is very clear that Khajuraho temples has been promoted as erotic sculptures carved on the wall of temples and temples dedicated for kamasutra. Yes,there are erotic sculptures of Khajuraho that adorn the walls of these temples, but you can only see that when your tour guide point out to that. Ancient Indians were so advanced that they have created these temple to educate future generations. It is a depiction of the Hindu philosophy of Dharma, Artha, Kama , Moksha. Perhaps you can attain nirvana, once you are done with all your worldly pleasures.

Khajuraho temples represent one of India's finest examples of art and architecture. Built by Chandela rulers nearly a thousand years ago makes one awestruck at the skills and technology that was used.
As one goes around the temples, the details on the statues are breathtaking. Even, if you have no interest in temples or history, this can be a very interesting place to visit. The entire complex is so photogenic. There are East and West temple complexes, if you have limited time prioritize the West.Don't forget the Light and sound show (English show at 6:30 Pm and Hindi show at 7:45 PM).
It's a magical place. While in the West temple complex just try to imagine when these temples were light up with thousands of oil lamp in their golden days. Imagine sight on moon light with every temple is shining with lamp.

Enjoy it.
Written March 5, 2021
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