What To Expect
Explore Khajuraho, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site under the name Khajuraho Group of Monuments, and admire the architecture and see the famous erotic sculptures.
Start with the Eastern Group of Temples where you can find the Parshvanath Temple, the only Jain Temple surviving at Khajuraho; the Javeri Temple, dedicated to Vishnu; as well as other temples dedicated to Brahma, Yamuna and Adinath.
In the afternoon, visit the Western Group of Temples, which is known to consist of the best and the largest temples. All but three temples, which are built of local granite, are constructed with hard river sandstone dug from the east bank of the Ken River, 13 miles to the east. None of the temples are enclosed; rather they are erected on high masonry platforms, each on an east-west axis.
It is their detailed sculpture which gives the Khajuraho temples its appeal and importance. Less than a tenth of it can be called 'erotic'. Numerous interpretations have been given for the erotic sculpture but there is nothing sordid about these inspired carvings showing beauty and voluptuousness of the female form. The purvasins, or divine ladies, are shown engaging in common place human activities such as taking a bath, feeding a bath, getting dressed and applying makeup.
Most of the temples are 'banded' by horizontal panels of statues. Figures of Lord Shiva often protrude from the band. The long frieze with scenes of battles, processions and hunting that rind the base of the Lakshmana Temple are some of the best examples of narrative sculpture.
Services of an English-speaking guide
Assistance at the hotel at the time of pick-up
Entrance to the monuments and camera fees (still and video)
Tips and gratuities
Meals and drinks not included in the description
Tours in other languages are available upon request and at an additional charge.
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