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A rural town in the middle of nowhere, with fewer than 25,000 inhabitants? You could be forgiven for wondering whether a tour of Khajuraho is worth your time. But hidden among the dense date palm trees (khajura) – from which the town takes its name – is a treasure that will take your breath away.
Dubbed ‘the sexiest temples in India’, the mind-blowing temples of Khajuraho are incredibly preserved, graphic examples of Indo-Aryan art and architecture dating back more than 1,000 years. The fine rock carvings found upon the temples depict both deities and humans going about daily activities, peppered with an eye-opening number of erotic scenes and sexual gymnastics.
They were built during the days of the Chandela dynasty – debauched rulers who claimed their descent from the moon – and are dedicated to Hindu and Jain icons.
Light shows are projected directly onto the temples every night, and if you visit in the cooler month of March, you might just catch the town’s annual dance festival.
If you must get lost in nature, the Madhya Pradesh region is up there with the best. The beautiful Panna National Park and Raneh Falls are both within 40km and, everywhere you go, the wonderful Vindhya mountain range provides a stunning, verdant backdrop. Make sure you try the desserts while you’re in the region – it’s famous for sweet treats like cashew burfi, jalebi and lavang latika.
Taking a tour of Khajuraho is a step back in history – it’s a time capsule just waiting to be explored.
To get the insider insight on the jewels of Madhya Pradesh, our blogs below will tell you everything you need to know about Khajuraho and its beautiful countryside. Take a look.
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