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A favorite stop on the Delhi-Agra-Varanasi circuit, Khajuraho is world-famous for its intricately carved sandstone temples. Hewn over the course of a century, the temples of the Chandela dynasty are perhaps the finest examples of the Indo-Aryan style of temple architecture in all of India. Topped by graceful shikharas (towers), the Khajuraho temples are covered in a panoply of carvings, many depicting couples in graphic amorous tangles from the Kamasutra. Carvings of sensual surasundaris (nymphs) and apsaras (celestial dancing girls) cover every inch of masonry, recalling the sexually liberated attitudes of Tantric ...

A favorite stop on the Delhi-Agra-Varanasi circuit, Khajuraho is world-famous for its intricately carved sandstone temples. Hewn over the course of a century, the temples of the Chandela dynasty are perhaps the finest examples of the Indo-Aryan style of temple architecture in all of India. Topped by graceful shikharas (towers), the Khajuraho temples are covered in a panoply of carvings, many depicting couples in graphic amorous tangles from the Kamasutra. Carvings of sensual surasundaris (nymphs) and apsaras (celestial dancing girls) cover every inch of masonry, recalling the sexually liberated attitudes of Tantric Hinduism. The temples are grouped into three clusters, set around a series of ponds - to reach the monuments, visitors run a gauntlet of would-be guides, but the artistic brilliance of the temples more than compensates for the hassles. When not admiring temples, visitors can enjoy yoga and Ayurvedic treatments and a handful of intriguing museums, or day trip to Panna National Park.

Joe Bindloss
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Joe Bindloss has written more than 30 guidebooks for Lonely Planet, Time Out and other publishers, with a focus on Southeast Asia, the Indian Subcontinent and island nations.

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Climate

  • Best Time to Visit:

    October to March, though it can get busy over Christmas and New Year.