Khajuraho Temples
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Magnificent temples built between 950 A.D. and 1050 A.D.
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Sandeep Bhattacharya
New Delhi, India7 contributions
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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NupurDwivedi
Mumbai, India348 contributions
Nov 2022 • Couples
Must see site in India. I had the opportunity to see these group of temples twice once solo ( to take photos) and once with a guide to understand in detail about the carvings.

We were lucky enough to have a great guide in Siasaran Shukla ( +919755505508) who made the experience wonderful. He has fluency in English, hindi and Spanish and would strongly recommend him.

Due to my schedule I visited post 3pm in November, but apparently early morning is ghe best time to go. Ensure you wear comfortable shoes cause there are plenty of steps since all temples are built on platforms.
Written November 17, 2022
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RkRoadie
Pune, India625 contributions
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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Přemysl Uzel
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Aug 2022 • Friends
If you are traveling to Khajuraho by train, don't be affraid of taking tuc tuc driver Pramod on the station. He is very polite and he will offer you his guidance in Khajuraho and surroundings. I spent with him 2 days and thanks to him I managed to visit all I wanted. He will never push you to anything, he will just make suggestions and you are free to manage your time and schedule as you want. He knows the location very well and tell you all the informations, you need and he has really reasonable prices and he's not gonna rob you, as you are probably expecting if you are wanderer, not a casual tourist and have a lot of experience with money-hungry guides, that are trying to fool you. Also he will suggest you to accomodate in Jogi lodge, which has really good prices and is more comfortable, then you would expect. He was really kind and funny and it was pleasure meeting him, so that's the reason I'm writing my first ever review on this app.
Written October 6, 2022
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Tatiana M
5 contributions
Mar 2020
This is to highly recommend dr Anand Tiwari (+91 98931 51427) as your guide for the temples of Khajuraho. Anand is highly knowledgeable and engaged and will lead you through both the history of how and when those masterpieces of Hindu (and Jain) architecture were created as well as the Kamasutra stories behind the scenes carved. I was fortunate to visit the temples of Khajuraho one year ago, in February 2020 (last overseas trip from Europe before the Covid-epidemic started) and enjoyed all the insights, stories and jokes from Anand. Anand holds degrees in history and archelogy; do not hesitate to book a personal tour guided by him in Khajuraho or any other place in India as he is equally well equipped to take you from the monasteries of Assam to the temples of Tamil Nadu.
Written February 13, 2021
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chiragk
Meerut, India435 contributions
Oct 2020
Visited this place in October 20 with wife and small kids. We visited early morning at 7:30 am as in afternoon it get quite hot here. We hire guide Mr Anurag Srivastav who gave us 5 hours guided tour of whole temple complex.

There temple were built in 1000 AD. Each and every part is very photogenic and every idol carved has its own meaning. Our guide explained us in quite detail everything. Due to covid , there were not many tourist and we were almost alone with such beautiful temples for ourselves. Try to read history on net before checking out these temples.
Written November 11, 2020
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DrAnandTiwari
Khajuraho, India24 contributions
Feb 2022 • Couples
Khajuraho temples are great architectural example of Hindu art .
It has proper historical background with various subjects and depiction of books like Vatsayana Kamasutra , Abhigyan shakuntalam by Kalidas . Various apsaras ,Gods and Goddesses, depiction of daily life ,war ,musical instruments and so on .
To visit these temples one has to have a guide who could explain in very proper way .
Dr Tiwari ( 9893151427 ) is highly recommended and elborates everything in details . His vast knowledge and way of explaining the temples is remarkable.
Western temples are highlights of Khajuraho and takes good 2/3 hours and if one has time to visit eastern temples or Jain temples ,those are other side of town .
Written March 17, 2022
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AlexisFranchi
3 contributions
Nov 2022
Amazing place to visit. Apart from the temples, which you will find out from many other reviews that are totally worth a stop in this city, the atmosphere is closer to a village than to an actual city. I just stopped by for one day and I really enjoyed the calm and peace of the emptiest street I've experienced in north india, no horns blowing, no shouting, just relax.
I absolutelly suggest to contact Pramod (his contact here +919893180202), our personal driver for the day, who picked us up at the station after giving us very helpful information about the train connections, he brought us to our hotel (which who has a little bit of experience shouldn't be taken for granted when a you let yourself be driven from the station to the city) and then made us do a tour of the temples, respecting our timings and whithout pushing us in doing anything we didn't want to. He speaks perfect english so you won't have any communication problem, and he gave us really good suggestions to make the best out of our little time in Khajuraho. Also, he has been extremelly helpful in finding us a train to leave Khajuraho and reach Varanasi, something we wouldn't have been able to do without his help. He also drove us back to the station and the price has been very honest. A trustworthy person and a good soul.
Khajuraho is not only about the temples, and Pramod knows it, so whatever you're interested in, he will help.
One of the best experiences in north India
Written November 15, 2022
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Aloof Manish
New Delhi, India11 contributions
Jul 2022
Khajuraho needs to be on the bucket list of every person who values art, culture, philosophy and craftsmanship. 1000 years old marvellous sculptural temples prove their place in the UNESCO World Heritage sites only when you visit them in person. No books, photographs or videos can do the justice that a personal visit will.
I travelled to Khajuraho with my family in July, 2022. Big thanks to our guide Mr. Anurag Shrivastava for making our trip super awesome. He is unbelievably knowledgeable about history, culture, architecture and religion. He has good command over Hindi and English. Being an history and culture enthusiast, I strongly recommend Mr. Shrivastava. He can be contacted at 9926405057.
We got to know a lot about the importance of Bundelkhand and Vindhya ranges during our unforgettable visit
Written July 13, 2022
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mrc49
Le Plessis-Robinson, France52 contributions
Feb 2020 • Solo
These iconic temples are well preserved and where restauration has been necessary , mostly well done. There are both Hindu and Jain groups and they are dispersed throughout the town and warrant a full days visit, though I could only afford a half day. Visit the Western group first. Although a guide is not strictly necessary I arranged one through my hotel, Isabel Palace, and it was well worth the extra as I was sure to have missed some of the carvings and their significance otherwise. The Western group is surrounded by beautiful and peaceful gardens which are a delight to wander around or relax in. There is an evening light and sound show but that is not my bag so I can't comment on it.
Written February 18, 2020
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