Khajuraho : A Weekend Getaway
Khajuraho is a small town located in the Bundelkhand region (Chhatarpur District) of Madhya Pradesh and is famous for groups of Hindu and Jain temples. About 175 kilometres (109 mi) southeast of Jhansi, they are one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in India. The temples are famous for their for their beautiful and erotic rock carvings. More information about their history and architectural importance can be found at Wiki | the wiki link.
The temples of Khajuraho were built between 950 to 1050 A.D. during the Chandela dynasty of Central India. n 1838, a British army engineer, Captain T.S. Burt rediscovered them. By that time only 22 of the original 85 temples had survived.
Khajuraho's climate is quite extreme, with wide variation in day and night temperatures along with minimal rainfall. Summers are hot at 45°C and winters pleasant at 27°C. Rainfall of 114 cms annually.
Kanpur to Khajuraho
A person generally takes a day to thoroughly visit and embrace the beauty that is Khajuraho.
Khajuraho is approximately 220 kms from Kanpur by road along with an aerial distance of 184 kms. No direct trains from Kanpur to Khajuraho are available. Therefore the best way to get there is considered to be by a cab. Travelling by road this way, takes about 5 hours 15 minutes. It is recommended to use the KNP-BANDA-MAHOBA-KHAJURAHO to get to Khajuraho by road. The highway is in a decent condition but the stretch of the last 40 kms to Khajuraho is pretty bad and crossing it takes a large amount of time. Also this patch is devoid of any street lights and the road is desolate, so this stretch should be crossed while it's still light.
However, the cheapest way to reach Khajuraho from Kanpur is to take the Chitrakut Exp from Kanpur to Banda, Jhansi and then take the train 1108A from Banda to Khajuraho. Using train as a mode of transport is also dissuaded due to unavailability of direct trains and a huge waiting time in interconnecting trains.
If one is interested in taking a bus then the State Transport Bus from Kanpur to Jhansi can be taken followed by a UP Sampark Kranti from Jhansi to Khajuraho, as no direct buses from Kanpur to Khajuraho are available. This takes about 12 hours.
Aerial mode of transport is not suitable because passenger flights to Khajuraho are available just from Varanasi airport and Bhopal airport.
Many tourist hotels are available as per the budget of the traveler. Madhya Pradesh Tourism Department has its own hotels and motels.
Places to visit near Khajuraho
The temples are very famous, but Khajuraho also offers visitors with the opportunity to visit other places of great scenic beauty.
1) Benisagar Lake
About 10 kms from Khajuraho, the breath-taking and rarely visited Benisagar lake is a refreshing destination for the nature-lovers. Benisagar lake located right by the road from the Khajuraho town is a local but pristine picnic spot. Tourists staying in Khajuraho for longer periods tend to visit this lake more as it offers a welcome change to the overdose of heritage buildings.
2) Light and Sound show
This fascinating Son-et-Lumière a 50 minute Sound and Light show runs in Hindi and in English every evening in the Western complex of Khajuraho temples. Amitabh Bachchan, narrates the story of Khajuraho in his mesmerising voice. English: 06:30 pm to 07:25 pm. Hindi: 07:30 pm to 08:25 pm
3) Panna National Park
Panna Tiger Reserve is just 25 km from Khajuraho, merely a half an hour drive.Tiger sighting is always a matter of chance but regular sightings are reported. Cheetal, Sambar, Nilgai, Chinkara, Chowsingha, Langoor, Wildboar, Jackal, are frequently sighted. Gorges and falls along the course of the Ken river in the Reserve are bewholding. Dynamic dry deciduous forest undergoes dramatic change from lush green in monsoon to desolate dry grey in summer. Relics of Gondwana period (rule of the tribal people of Central India) are scattered all ove the Reserve. Besides the wildlife watchers (around 9000 annually), Panna gets visitors (around 35000 annually) who exclusively visit the famous Pandav Fall. SOURCE: