Khajuraho Journals

The Town of Temples

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An August 2010 trip to Khajuraho by phileasfogg

The Western Group of Temples Photo, Khajuraho, India More Photos
Quote: 85 temples, all exquisitely carved, were built in Khajuraho (‘orchard of dates’) between 950 AD and 1050 AD. Today, only 25 temples remain, but it’s worth travelling even half the world to have a peek at them. You won’t see carving like this anywhere else.

The Western Group of Temples

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The Western Group of Temples Photo, Khajuraho, India
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The problem with many ‘world-famous monuments’ is that so much hype surrounds them that the actual experience falls far short of one’s expectations.With the Western Group of Temples at Khajuraho (designated a World Heritage Site in 1986), I’m happy to say, that isn’t the case. We’ve heard and seen loads about these temples—and I’m still more impressed than I’d thought I’d be. Of Khajuraho’s three groups of temples, the Western is the largest and most splendid, spread out across an expanse of well-maintained parkland, all lawns and shady trees and flowering shrubs. Five main temples, all of them with towering spires, stand in this complex, surrounded by a clutch of smaller shrines and temples. These...Read More

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The Western Group of Temples
Near The Lake
Khajuraho, India

Eastern Temples

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Attraction | "The Jain Temples of Khajuraho"

Eastern Temples Photo, Khajuraho, India
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Most visitors to Khajuraho concentrate on the Western Group of Temples, which comprise the World Heritage Site at Khajuraho. There are, however, two other sets of temples to be seen: the Southern and the Eastern Groups. When you visit the Western Group, retain the ticket you buy there; it’ll be valid at the Eastern and Southern Groups too.Having seen the Western Group of Temples with our guide Pankaj, we decide we’d like to see the Eastern Group too: might as well go the whole hog. These temples lie about 2 km from the Western Group, and unlike the Hindu temples of the Western Group, consist of Jain temples. Three Jain temples, says Pankaj (who, being a Jain himself, bends down and offers a prayer ...Read More

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Eastern Temples
Khajuraho Medieval Village
Khajuraho, India

The Southern Temples of Khajuraho

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Attraction | "Two Unusual Temples Outside Town"

The Southern Temples of Khajuraho Photo, Khajuraho, India
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‘Group’ is a misnomer here, because the two temples—the Duladeo Temple and the Chaturbhuj Temple—that form this group aren’t exactly next to each other. In fact, they’re separated by more than a kilometre. These two temples lie outside town, beyond the Eastern Group of temples. Our guide Pankaj directs Tarun as we drive through the outlying houses of the town and through a quaint old village, each house with little niches on either side of the door, meant for lamps to be placed in after dark. Past green fields, patches of bamboo, and a gently gurgling stream, we come to the first temple, the Duladeo Temple. This one, like the Western Group of Temples, sits in a well-maintained garden, with flow...Read More

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The Southern Temples of Khajuraho
South of Khajuraho
Khajuraho, India

The Sound and Light Show

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Attraction | "Great Potential Gone Awry"

The Sound and Light Show Photo, Khajuraho, India
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One of the much-publicised events at Khajuraho is the daily Sound and Light Show held at the Western Group of Temples. We haven’t anything to do in the evening, so we decide we may as well go and see the show.The ticket counter for the Sound and Light Show is a few metres ahead of the main entrance to the complex: walk on with the temples on your left, until you arrive at a smaller gate leading into the complex; the ticket counter is beside this gate. Tickets cost Rs 100 per person for Indians, Rs 300 per person for foreigners. Two shows are held daily, provided it isn’t raining, and provided there’s a minimum of ten people for the show. The first show, in English, is at 7.30 PM; the second show, i...Read More

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The Sound and Light Show
The Western Group Of Temples
Khajuraho, India

Raja's Cafe

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Restaurant | "Lots of overcooked veggies, dirt cheap"

Raja's Cafe Photo, Khajuraho, India
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Opposite the entrance to the Western Group of Temples is a small car park, a hawkers’ zone, and a small market catering largely to the tourists who swarm Khajuraho. Small stalls sell mineral water, aerated drinks, batteries and memory cards for cameras, postcards, Khajuraho travel guides, and ‘Kama Sutra CDs’. And there are a few restaurants which serve Indian and Western food. The Raja Café, prominently situated just across the road from the temples, calls itself a Swiss café. We don’t expect superb fondue or raclette, but maybe they’ll have some other good stuff on the menu—and we’re eager for a change from the Indian food we’ve been eating on this trip.The Raja Café spreads out across three sect...Read More

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Raja's Cafe
Main Rd
Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh

Radisson Jass Hotel Khajuraho

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Hotel | "Looks aren't all that matters"

Radisson Jass Hotel Khajuraho Photo, Khajuraho, India
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My first impression of the Radisson Jass is of disappointment: it looks so unprepossessing. The outside—a white faux avant garde structure, sloping roof in one place, flat everywhere else—is strongly reminiscent of the government-run Tourism Development Corporation’s hotels that dot the country and are typically the dreariest, most tacky accommodation you can find anywhere. This doesn’t look tacky, but it doesn’t look especially stylish either. The lobby, with its low sofas and its bowls of flowers floating in water, isn’t much better (we realise later that that impression is a result of the lighting; at night, when the lobby’s well lit, it looks much smarter). There’s the Temple Bar off...Read More

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Radisson Jass Hotel Khajuraho
By Pass Road
Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh 471606
866-539-0036

The Temple Cafe

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Restaurant | "Iffy decor, but good food"

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Like the lobby of the Radisson, the Temple Café too looks unstylish. In fact, it reminds us of the ITDC (Indian Tourism Development Corporation) hotels: somewhat rundown and inelegant. The furniture is smart straight lines and dark wood, with table appointments—cruet sets, budvase, butter dish and cutlery—in a combination of matte steel and gleaming stainless steel (the latter prone to fingermarks). The budvase has a bright, obviously artificial flower. The walls and ceiling are cream, with slightly darker smudges (moisture?) in places. The far walls have niches in which colourful traditional puppets have been placed; another lot of niches holds large vases. Someone with little understanding of how th...Read More

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The Temple Cafe
Radisson Jass Hotel, Khajuraho Bypass Road
Khajuraho, India 471606
91 76 8627 2777