India- the realm of ancient cultures and civilisations of yore; and deep in the heart of it stand the temples of Khajuraho. Literally. Situated in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, this group of monuments represents the age-old values of Hinduism and Jainism through carvings in edifices of sandstone.
As you walk in and around the holy sanctums, with the Vindhya range of mountains looming in the distance, you discover a lot about the people of the past and suddenly their lives don’t seem too different from the one you live now. Temples with carvings from deities to common men, from plants to animals, from farmers to women adorning themselves, and from warriors making war to lovers making love; it’s like looking at the whole of humanity on these walls.
With two days in hand and an eye for detail, here’s how you can make the most of your Khajuraho expedition!
How to get there
One of the best parts about this UNESCO World Heritage Site is that it is accessible by three modes of transport. Khajuraho Airport is conveniently located about 5 kilometres away from the centre of the attractions, with flights from Delhi and Varanasi. The train station is at a distance of roughly 8 kilometres, connecting Khajuraho to various parts of Madhya Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and even Delhi. National Highway 39 also passes just off the town.