Khajuraho, located in Madhya Pradesh is home to the maximum number of medieval Hindu and Jain Temples. Known for their erotic and splendid sculpture, these temples fall under the Khajuraho group of monuments that is listed as World Heritage Sites by the UNESCO.
The Chandel Rajputs designated the city of Khajuraho their cultural capital. It was during their reign between the 10th and 12th century that the beautiful Khajuraho temples were built. Even when the capital was shifted to Mahoba, Khajuraho began to flourish because of its cultural significance. The entire city was enclosed in a wall with eight gates. It is interesting to note that there are no forts in this city as the kings never really lived here.
Khajuraho: Architectural wonder, artistic hub and a tourist hotspot
Khajuraho is one of the most popular tourist destinations in India. Because of the popularity of the sculptures made by the Chandella craftsmen, these temples and monuments attract visitors from all over the world. Until the 19h century, all these temples were maintained by the locals. However, when the sprawling jungles began to take its toll on them, the charge was vested in the hands of the British. Out of the 80-odd temples that were built, only 25 have been preserved in good condition.
The Khajuraho temples have been built entirely in sandstone. No mortar was used to keep the stones together. They were joined by mortise and tenon joints and the rest of the work is done by gravity. These temple complexes have well laid out sound and light shows that tell the tourists about the past of these monuments and also several legends associated with them.
One of the most important cultural events in Khajuraho is the Khajuraho Dance Festival. It is usually held in the first week of February. Beautiful classical dance shows set against the Chitragupata or Vishwanath temples is the perfect showcase of the rich Indian culture and heritage.
Climate and best time to visit
Khajuraho is a tropical city. As a result, the colder months between November and March are the perfect time to visit.