Khajuraho Vacations

Khajuraho, in northern Madhya Pradesh, is one of those small places with an explicitly clear raison d'etre: in this case the town's three groups of Khajuraho UNESCO World Heritage templesIndia in both size and scope. As with Agra, many people find the hassle from touts and shopkeepers a constant frustration here. ... Read more
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Cagliari, Italy

Stunning complex in Madhya Pradesh that is an absolute must for anybody visiting the state. This UNESCO World Heritage Site is also known for its erotic carvings. The volume of artwork at these temples is simply incredible. Give yourself enough time to visit it properly as it is truly worth it. Go on a guided tour to fully appreciate the artwork and the history.

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Austin, Texas, USA

The Khajuraho Group of Monuments would hold particular interest for enthusiasts of history, architecture, romance, spirituality as well as culture and philosophy.

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Portland, Oregon, USA

People often refer to the temples of Khajuraho as the "sex temples" or "kama sutra temples" and it's no wonder why. The 10th-12th century monuments here are adorned with relief sculptures depicting scenes from everyday life, including a number of sexual positions and partner combinations. While sex certainly helps sell the temples as a tourist attraction, there are plenty of scenes that are considerably more mundane by modern standards (people working, etc), but which shed an interesting light on how everyday people in the region lived some thousand-plus years ago.

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Tel Aviv, Israel

n the heart of the wilderness in the state of Madhya Pradesh located in the centre of northern India lies Khajuraho. It is a place that is far from any other city and here lies an amazing complex of some of the most beautiful temples that you can see in India. The Khajuraho temples are known to be some of the most unique and intriguing in the world due to the thousands of enigmatic sexual sculptures that adorn the temple walls. Arriving to Khajuraho is not that easy but once you arrive you know it was worth the journey. Just wonder around the massive complex by foot or bike and your jaw will drop in amazement that man could build such perfection.

the mystery of the temples:

The temples of Khajuraho are not a creation or a vision of one man alone. They are a unique and intriguing phenomenon that no scholar knows why they were built and what caused this outburst of such utterly passionate, sensual and highly erotic sculptures. Even Indians do not know exactly how to place the story of these temples in relation to their culture and how to present them to the world.

How to get there?

Khajuraho is a small and pleasant town. There is a large variety of accommodation and places to eat. The temples are close to town and are very easy to reach.

The triangle of three main airports: Agra, the city of Taj Mahal; Khajuraho, the city of the erotic temples; and Benares or Varanasi on the banks of the Ganges, are busy with thousands of Western tourists. Most of the tourists that want to visit Khajuraho fly on the busy tourist route connecting Delhi with Agra and continue to Benares. A more interesting way if you have the time, is to get to Khajuraho via land from the south through two other fascinating places: Orchha, a city of magnificent ruins and palaces located in beautiful countryside, or from Sanchi, there is the great stupa and considered as one of the most important Buddhist sites in India.

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San Francisco
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Visiting during Duvali was a great idea, and the temples were amazing. $20 to walk through them, which was a little bit high. An English friend of mine got in for a few rupees because she "looked" Indian. But you can visit all kinds of other temples in the area as you like, because there's no shortage of them. It's amazing that such thousand year old structures still stand (after restoration).

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Kolkata (Calcutta), India

Good temple in Western Temple Group

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Mumbai (Bombay), India
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Sliema, Malta
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Berlin
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Maungaturoto, New Zealand
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