Best time to visit8:00 AM - 2:00 PM
Open hours6:00 AM- 6:00 PM
Things to dohistory tours
BudgetRs 10 for Indians, Rs 250 for foreigners, free for children below 15 years
Best MonthsSeptember - May
Traveller TypesCouples, Friends
Rank1 out of 41 attractions in Khajuraho
This is a temple complex just on the banks of the Khajur River. All the temples except the Brahma and the Chausath Yogini temples are built in sandstone or sandstone buff in pink and pale yellow colour. The other temples are built of stone and granite. These are the pride of the Chandella rulers and are an ultimate example of beauty and grandeur. The temples are dedicated to a variety of Hindu gods and goddesess and various forms and the carvings on the walls are mostly based on the theme of love, lust, court life and kings and queens. The temple complex is divided into two parts- the Eastern and the Western temple complex. The major temples here are the Kandariya Mahadev Temple, Lakshmana Temple, Varaha Temple, Brahma Temple, Chausath Yogini Temple and many more. This temple complex is the prime attraction of Khajuraho and also one of the main reasons people come and visit Maddhya Pradesh.
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I always wanted to visit Khajuraho & see the temples which are called the Land of Kamasutra. All of a sudden me & my friend planned a visit in the month of May. There are many good hotel options near the Western Ghats temples & it's completely safe for all girls trip. This is my first hand experience. We took the train at night from Delhi & reached the next morning in Khajuraho. 1 whole day is sufficient to see all the Western Ghats, Eastern Ghats & Southern Ghats temples. The Western Ghats temples are the most important & built by the Chandela dynasty & basically into Hindu gods & godesses. They were the descendants of the Moon (Chand), so got the name Chandelas. When I saw the temples, I was spellbound. The sculptors, the intricate designs, the temple jewellery designs are so prominent. The slabs are attached to each other with the screwing & interlocking system & not by any glue or nails & those temples were built between 959 to 1050 CE. But I found only 20%-30% of the temple engraving sculptors which are related to Kamasutra, but mostly are the detailing of Man-Woman relationship, the way of everyday life they used to live in those days & also they have some inner depth. Like a young female with a voluptuous figure is looking at the mirror & smiling, & another female who is bit old & with shagging structures is sad. This implies how the external beauty is an illusion. The only beauty is the inner beauty which will never fade. Also, another sculptor is showing that a female is taking out thorn from her feet. This shows life is full of struggles & we have to ignore them & proceed in life. The Eastern Ghats temples have a mixture of Hinduism & Jainism & the sculptors & engravings are slightly bigger than the Western Ghats. The Southern Ghats have very few temples & is related to Lord Vishnu. Another day is required to see the Pandav waterfalls which is 35 km from Khajuraho & Raneh waterfalls which is 12 km from the town. Since I visited Khajuraho in summer, I gave them a miss as the falls were mostly dry. But one should try them if you visit in monsoon. One should not miss the Light & Sound show in the evening which tells the entire history of the temples. Per person cost is 200 INR.