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Khajuraho Travel Guide

Khajuraho is a popular heritage city in Madhya Pradesh attracting thousands of tourists each year. Khajuraho was declared a World Heritage site in 1986. It is really one of the most fortuitous accidents of history that Khajuraho lies where it does – well away from the path taken by the fanatical hordes that periodically unleashed their destructive wrath on the towns and villages of medieval India. The amazing temples built here by the Chandela Rajput rulers during the 10th to 12th centuries, were thus spared the destruction and mutilation suffered by countless other temples throughout north and central India.

Khajuraho has grown into a major tourist destination from the obscure village it was. The temple town lies on the northern fringe of the state and served by an airport where loads of tourists arrive to see the magnificent temples. Of the 85 temples that were originally built, only 22 remain but just these put Khajuraho right up there, top of the list of India’s must visit destinations such as Delhi, Jaipur, Agra and Varanasi. For their magnificent and erotic rock carvings, these temples are now on the UNESCO World Heritage list.

In addition Khajuraho has the Vindhya range of mountains as its beautiful backdrop. This makes Khajuraho an even more fascinating destination to visit.

Photography in certain parts of the temple is only allowed to those with a special written permission from the Director General, Archeological Survey of India, Janpath, New Delhi. While for other parts of the temple you may obtain permission for photography at the premises itself.

Also ensure you don't carry valuables with you while visiting the temple because you may be required to deposit them outside before entering the temple.


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