We were in Khajuraho to attend the dance festival. As the event was an evening thing, the days were spent exploring Orchaa and Khajuraho.
On Saturday we visited the western group of Khajuraho temples. While the art was breathtaking, the sun was tormenting. After four hours, we stepped out to eat and unsure of where to go, I spotted this cafe right in front of the exit gate.
Raja Cafe. Don't go by the okayish name. The two storeyed cafe with wooden decor surrounded by Bougainville and Neem has an unmatched vibe. From the first floor seating, one can enjoy the temple complex right in front. Trust me both the day and evening view is stunning.
For lunch we ordered Bundelkhandi mutton, butter chicken, garlic naan, steamed rice, lemonades and beers. Food was good, we didn't find fault with anything but the ambience was what we cherished.
The lunch was finished with Hot fudge and sizzling brownie.
We went back to our hotel, slept and returned for the dance shows. Each performance was so mesmerizing that we lost track of time, and by the time we stepped out it was over 10 pm. Hunger pangs were devouring us so we made a beeline for Raja Cafe, again.
It was magical. A carefree spirit floated in the air with paper lanterns gently moving in the cool breeze. Laughter and conversations radiating from every table. We ordered 5 burgers and one grilled fish superbly complemented by red wine.
Do visit Khajuraho for its exquisite craftsmanship and Raja Cafe for the delicious food.