That Khajuraho is still a remote place in Central India is borne out by the fact that the closest major railhead is 175 kilometers (null miles) away. So it isn't surprising that these temples lay hidden in dense forests for centuries, till a British military adventurer decided to pay heed to a suggestion made by a local of taking a detour to see them. That was 1838. The rest, as they say, is history. For many Khajuraho‚s erotic temples are as iconic a representation of India as the Taj. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, these temples represent the apogee of two art forms ‚ sculpture and architecture. In a relatively short span of 100 years, from 950 CE - 1050 CE, these temples were completed in an inspired burst of creativity.>
Khajuraho's best known buys are small iron, brass and stone sculptures depicting Kama Sutra poses. Although available all over town, Crafts Emporium on Jain Temple Road is highly recommended. Another good place is appropriately called the 'Artist'. Run by the children of a national award winning master craftsman; look out for miniature paintings on silk, fabric, or paper inspired by temple motifs. One can also contact them for commissioned work.
Kandaryia Shilpgram is a well known crafts shop that hosts craftspeople from all over India. At these camps artisans live and create for a few months before going back home. One can watch them at work as you shop. One can also interact with them.
Tijori is an up-market option at Ramada Khajuraho on airport road. Aside from local attractions such as sculptures and silk and paper paintings, one can also find an array of antique silver and gold jewelry, diamonds from a local mine, silver boxes and vases, enameled silver elephants, sandalwood carvings, small and very large brass statues among others.
Indian - Osho on Jain Temple Road, Agarwal in Gole Market, Rahil, Payal, Jhankar, Blue Sky Restaurant, Siddhart, Raja Cafe, Agrasen, Ganesh.
European/Continental - Radisson Jass, Sura Sundari at Taj Chandela, Rimjhim at Taj Chandela, Cafť De La Paix at Taj Chandela, La Dolce Vita, Paradise, Raja Cafe near the main square, Mediterraneo, Bella Italia on Jain Temple Road, Ramada on Airport Road, La Terraza near the main square, Safari on Jain Temple Road
Regional Speciality - Rasna at Taj Chandela, Apsara
Every evening an excellent 'Light and Sound' show in the grounds of the Western Group of Temples recreates the story of the Chandela Kings who built Khajuraho's temples. Set to the background tune of Indian classical music, the narration is in the voice of legendary Indian movie star Amitabh Bachchan who represents a 'master sculptor'. His voice quality, intonation and accurate punctuations add an extra dimension to the show.
Surface - Khajuraho is connected by regular and direct bus services with Chhatarpur, Mahoba, Harpalpur, Satna, Panna, Jhansi, Gwalior, Agra, Sagar, Jabalpur, Indore, Bhopal, Varanasi and Allahabad. The local bus stand is about half a kilometer from the main sqaure/chowk in town. Most budget hotels are within walking distance.
Train - The nearest major railhead is at Jhansi, some 175 kilometers (null miles) away towards the north. Satna, to the south, is the other option. The former is well connected to most important cities including Delhi, Gwalior, Varanasi, and Mumbai. It is the preferred railhead for people visiting Khajuraho from north. The super-fast Shatabdi Express via Gwalior and Agra is the best option to reach Jhansi from Delhi. Satna, on the Mumbai-Allahabad section of the Central Railway is well-connected to Mumbai, Kolkata and Chennai. Connecting buses are readily available from both Jhansi and Satna.
Khajuraho is 600 kilometers (null miles) SE of Delhi; 415 kilometers (null miles) SW of Varanasi; and 395 kilometers (null miles) SE of Agra.
Air - In terms of logistics, the best way to travel to Khajuraho is by air. Air India flies from Delhi via Agra, or Varanasi and Jet Airways also has a daily flight from Delhi via Varanasi. Being high priority on the international tourist's itinerary, Khajuraho despite its tiny size is well serviced. Khajuraho airport is 5 kilometers (null miles) from the heart of town. Taxi charges hover around the Rs 100 mark.
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