Lakshmana Temple, Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh, India
KHAJURAHO| TOUR CODE: 0308
2 NIGHTS / 3 DAYS * KHAJURAHO*
It is a small town located amidst the forested plains of Bundelkhand in north-central Madhya Pradesh. Khajuraho has always remained tucked away from the main stream events of history and lent its name to a complex of exquisite Hindu and Jain temples. This is probably why the famed temples escaped the ravages of invaders.
The origin of these temples and the history of the Chandela dynasty, during whose era these were built are not fully documented. However, it is generally agreed that they were built between 950 A.D. & 1050 A.D. and that they numbered no fewer than 85. Today only 22 temples in a good state of preservation, survive. The engravings on these temples are highly sensual and erotic- that depicts in graceful forms intimate scenes of the whole range of human emotions and relationships. These sculptures congeal in stone a lyrical paean to love and passion and reflect the Chandela dynasty's immense appreciation for art.
DAY 1: DELHI–JHANSI
BY TRAIN/JHANSI– KHAJURAHO
BY SURFACE (185 KMS/3H)
OR DELHI – KHAJURAHO BY FLIGHT
Morning transfer to railway station to board your train for Jhansi. Assistance upon arrival at Jhansi railway station; later drive to Khajuraho via Orchha. ORCHHA: lies 16 km south of Jhansi. Its cluster of fortified dwellings, temples & shrines, along the left bank of Betwa river, are reminiscent of those hardy times. Until recently, visitors to the region passed it by on the way to Khajuraho.
A visit to Orchha is a journey back in time. The central feature of the village is Jehangir Mahal, and far off, the imposing Lakshmi Narayan, Chaturbhuj and Ram Raj temples reinforce the Bundeli spirit in a profusion of ornamental paintings.
Overnight at the Hotel.
DAY 2: IN KHAJURAHO
Morning: enjoy your breakfast at the hotel; later depart hotel and proceed for Temple tourvisit of Eastern and Western Group of Temples, the most important temple being the Kandariya Mahadeo Temple-dedicated to Lord Shiva. It is one of the largest and most typical of the Khajuraho temples. Visit the Chaunsat Yogini Jain Templededicated to the 64 "Yoginis" or attendants of Goddess Kali.
This temple stands apart from the rest. Also see the Chitragupta or Bharatji Temple with a lovely sculpture of Lord Vishnu in his 11- headed form. The sculptures that adorn the temples, carved in stone depict gods, goddesses and amorous couples. Later visit the Eastern Group of temples including the Ghantai Temple, Vamana Temple- dedicated to the "Vamana" or dwarf incarnation of Lord Vishnu, the Javari Temple and the famous Vishwanath Temple.
There are also three Jain Temples with beautiful carvings and non-erotic sculptures. Although these are Jain temples, they also contain numerous Vaishnav deities.
Overnight at the Hotel.
DAY 3: TO NEXT DESTINATION
Morning at leisure & you may visit any site on your own. Mid-morning transfer to Jhansi railway station for your train to Delhi OR transfer to airport for your flight to next destination.
END OF TOUR