A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Khajuraho temples were built during the Chandela dynasty. The temples are known for its erotic sculptures.-->
Khajuraho, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, combines history, architecture, culture and environment with gorgeous charm. The city has the Vindhya Range of mountains as its beautiful backdrop. The striking temples that dot Khajuraho are believed to have been built by the mighty Chandela rulers in the 9th and 10th century AD. The engravings on these temples are highly sensual and erotic, that depicts in graceful forms intimate scenes of the whole range of human emotions and relationships. These sculptures congeal in stone is a lyrical pattern to love and passion and reflect the Chandela dynasty's immense appreciation for art.
Sightseeing - Places to visit
The tour of Khajuraho concentrates on the famous erotic temples, which represent some of the finest examples of temple architecture in Northern India.
The temples were built during the Chandela dynasty; the majorities were constructed in a sudden burst of creative and religious energy, between the mid-10th and 11th centuries. After ruling for about 500 years the Chandela dynasty fell to the might of Islam and consequently the religious centre of Khajuraho was abandoned. The temples remain as a reminder of a society that believed in the full enjoyment of life, with all the senses being a path to nirvana. Of the 85 original temples only 22 remain, but many are in very good condition. Visit the Kandariya Mahadeva, the Chatrabhuj, Parswanath and Ghantai Temples, each remarkable for its beautiful design and architecture.
Western Group of Temples
The Khajuraho Temples, a UNESCO World Heritage site, has a number of marvellous medieval Hindu temples and are famous for their erotic sculptures. The main temples in this group are Lakshamn, Jagdambi, Vishwanath, Chitragupta and Kandariya Mahadev. The beautiful walled garden that surrounds the structures is among the most notable features of the western group.
The western complex of the Khajuraho group of temples houses the most important temples in Khajuraho. Kandariya Mahadeo it is the largest temple which is dedicated to Lord Shiva. The height of the temple is 31 meters. The depictions of gods and goddesses on the main shrine are very popular. Chaunsat Yogini Temple is the popular granite temple which is dedicated to Goddess Kali. Lakshamana Temple is dedicated to the trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva. Vishwanath Temple this temple has enshrined the three headed image of Brahma.
Eastern Group of Temples
The temples of Khajuraho, a UNESCO World Heritage site, showcase the passion, art, culture and overall lifestyle of the people of the Chandela Dynasty. Eastern group of Khajuraho temples is a mix of Jain and Hindu temples with intricate carvings. The main temples in this group are Parsvanath Temple, Ghantai Temple, Adinath Temple, Hanuman Temple, Brahma Temple, Vamana Temple and Javari Temple.
The Eastern Group of Temples of Khajuraho can be divided into two categories: the temples dedicated to the Jain pantheon and the temples dedicated to Hindu Gods and Goddesses. The Jain Temples include: Parsavanath Temple - is the largest and well decorated temple, Adinath Temple – famous for the sculpted figures of Yakshis, Ghantai Temple - it is well known for the sculpture of a Jain goddess on a winged Garuda and for the sixteen dreams of Mahavira's mother. The Hindu Temples include: The Brahma Temple - the granite stone temple has a four-faced idol of Brahma, The Vamana Temple – famous for the sculptures and carvings of celestial beauties and the Hanuman Temple – features 8 feet tall statue of Hanuman (the monkey God).
Southern Group of Temples
The Southern group of temples in Khajuraho is located slightly away from the other groups of temples. Southern group of temples consists of Duladeo Temple, dedicated to Lord Shiva and Chaturbhuj Temple, dedicated to Lord Vishnu.
There are just two temples in the Southern Group of Temples: the first, known as Duladeo Temple, is one of the last to have been built in Khajuraho and features the obligatory erotic sculptures; the second is Chaturbhuj Temple, which is notable for its 3m-high image of Lord Vishnu and the only temple that is devoid of any erotic carvings.
Constructed in the year 1910, the Archaeological Museum features the loose sculptures and architectural remains of the 10th and 12th century temples. The objects reflect the influences of Hindu and Jain religions. The museum now houses more than 2000 objects.
The Archaeological Museum gives insight into the royal past of India. The museum houses architectural ruins and loose sculptures, which once belonged to the temples of Khajuraho. The most important sculptures of this museum represent Brahmanical, Jaina and Buddhist faiths and are displayed in the five galleries inclusive of the main hall.
Sound and Light Show
The light and sound show is held every evening in the Khajuraho temple complex. The show is entertaining and informative about the construction, history and importance of the temples. The show runs in Hindi and English every evening.
This fascinating show spectacle evokes the life and times of the great Chandela Kings and traces the story of the unique temples from the 10th century to the present day. The first show is in English language and the second one is in Hindi. It is held in the open lawns in the temple complex.
Raneh Falls are a natural cascade created by the River Ken. Raneh Falls have been named after King Rane Pratap, who was the ruler of the state during the pre-independent times of India.
Raneh Fall is also known as 'The Grand Canyon of India'. The cascading waterfall is surrounded by wonderful rock formations. The main attraction here is the canyon of Crystalline Granite of 5 km long and100 ft deep. This granite has different shades of colours - pink, red, misty white, green and grey. The Raneh Falls are a series of falls. Most of them flow all year around, while the others are seasonal and are formed with the advent of the monsoon season.
Panna Daimond Mines
India's biggest and only active diamond mine is situated in Panna, Madhya Pradesh. Explore the diamond mine and know all the qualities of diamond and how do they get their structure.
These mines are laid across on an area of 80 km belt. The grade of the diamonds varies from 13 carets per thousand hectares to 6 carets per thousand hectares. Watching the diamonds being picked is a marvellous experience. The ores being crushed, screened and jiggled and then the concentrate being spread on the secure ground and then the diamonds are handpicked. This is indeed the simple way that produces the world's most expensive gem.
The Pandav Falls is a perennial fall fed by local springs. Lush green surrounding makes the fall spectacular. It is believed that the Pandavas, of the mythological epic fame Mahabharata, had resided in the caves, located near the falls.
Pandav Fall is named after the legendary Pandavas brothers from the epic story of Mahabharata, who according to a local belief, spent some time in the caves here. The beauty of the waterfall is enhanced by a large pool at its base and ancient caves overlooking the pool.
Panna National Park
Discover the beautiful jungle and learn about the rich biodiversity of Panna National Park from a trained naturalist. The park is known for its wild cats, including tigers as well as deer and antelope. The park is home to more than 200 species of birds including the bar-headed goose, honey buzzard, king vulture, blossom-headed parakeet, Changeable hawk-eagle and Indian vulture.
Panna National Park is situated in the Vindhya Hill range and spreads over the Panna and Chhatarpur districts. It is the most important protected area in the north-central highlands of India, as it links the eastern and western populations of wild animals through the Vindhya ranges. Situated just 31kms from the world famous temples of Khajuraho, Panna National Park is located along the banks of the Ken River. The Park, with its deep ravines, cascading waterfalls and thick teak forests, is predominantly a plateau, with sprawling flatlands punctuated by hills, deep valleys and gorges. There are mixed dry deciduous forests with short grasses and open woods. Home to the majestic tiger, guests may also see leopard, wolf, hyena, jackal and sloth bear. The reserve is also well known for sightings of nilgai, sambar, chital, wild boar and Indian crocodile.
Kandariya Art N Culture Dance Show
The Kandariya Art & Cultural Centre is both a handcraft store and an entertainment venue which offers a cultural program every evening. The performance given by maestros and young talents of Indian classical dance is a lyrical tribute to the Gods and Goddesses enshrined in the temples as well as a celebration of the richness of Indian classical dance forms.
Kandariya Art & Culture Dance presents a live performance of India's diverse dance styles. The lighting, costumes, and stage designs are elaborate and add to the larger-than-life feel of the performance. When it comes to Indian folk dances, no amount of description can actually embrace the hearty enthusiasm of the dancers.
Khajuraho Dance Festival
The Khajuraho Dance Festival is the celebration of the traditional dance forms of India against the backdrop of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. This cultural festival highlights the richness of the various Indian classical dance styles such as Kathak, Bharathanatyam, Odissi, Kuchipudi, Manipuri and Kathakali with performances of some of the best exponents in the field.
Khajuraho Dance Festival is celebrated at a time when the harshness of winter season begins to fade and the king of all seasons, spring, arrives. The most colourful and brilliant classical dance forms across India offer a feast for the eyes during a weeklong extravaganza here. Since times immemorial, myriad forms of dance have been adsorbed into the classical dance styles. Watch the performances reveal the age-old trends and nuances which are firmly established in dance in various regions of India.
Boat Ride on River Ken
Enjoy a boat ride on River Ken amidst picturesque steep rocky bank. River Ken with its fresh, clear water, flows through the ravines of the Vindhya Range and sustains the varied wildlife including the crocodile and the gharial.
On the boat ride look out for the several species of water birds and large Mugger crocodiles basking in the sun. Sundown is perhaps the best time to spot and photograph the waterfowl.