Travelogue by Rogen
Khajuraho Group of Monuments - Travelogue by Rogen Joseph
Affter covering Auto-Expo in New Delhi we catch a train to Khajuraho from New Delhi railway station. Journey without pre-reservation is difficult. But affter giving few bucks to Ticket examiner we got Sleeper. It takes 6 hours to reach Khajuraho from New Delhi. At the time of reaching Khajuraho railway station itself few autoriksha people surround us as guide. We ignore all. Affter placing our luggages in a cloak room in railway station we proceed to monuments.
Now we are standing at Khajuraho in Chhatarpur district of Madhya Pradesh , 300 km away from state capital Bhopal. The temple site is within Vindhya mountain range in the Bundelkhand region of central India.
The Khajuraho Group of Monuments is a group of Hindu and Jain temples in Madhya Pradesh. They are one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in India. Historical records note that Khajuraho temples were built between 950 and 1050 A.D. by the Chandela dynasty.
Khajuraho is popular for the erotic sculptures on the medieval period temple walls. Some of the temples that have two layers of walls have small erotic carvings on the outside of the inner wall. These sculptures representing the Indo-Aryan architecture.
For my readers, The Madhya Pradesh Tourism Development has set up kiosks at the Khajuraho railway station. Direct trains are available to Khajuraho from Jhansi. Flights to Delhi and Varanasi are available from Civil Aerodrome Khajuraho. Entry Fees to Khajuraho Group of Monuments is RS 10 for Indians. Khajuraho temple complex offers a light and sound show every evening. Best time to visit is from September to March. The Khajuraho Dance Festival is held every year in February-March.
Affter completing visit we eat food from a shop outside. Interestingly this hotel was run by a family migrated from Tamilandu years ago. So we have lucky to had south indian food. We take a passenger train to Jhansi., from where we catch a train to Jalgaon in Maharastra. our next destination is Ajanta & Ellora Caves in Aurangabad.