Khajuraho is a small town and part of the Bundelkhand region in Madhya Pradesh. It is most famous for its Hindu and Jain temples. These temples have been declared as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO for their beautiful and mesmerizing rock carvings. It is perfect for both, the religiously inclined, as well as the history buffs on the one day Khajuraho local sightseeing tour.
Apart from its historical significance, Khajuraho has the Vindhya range of mountains that provide a backdrop for the entire town. This town’s art is a creative manifestation of the foundational fabric of Indian aesthetics’ philosophy. The sculptures, most of which depict Kama Sutra are unique and have a special historical and cultural significance in the world.
The sculptures reflect the love and passion of the Chandella dynasty for the field that has been conventionally termed as a forbidden art. They comprise of some of the most revered Hindu Gods as well. Even if you’ve hated those History classes as a kid, this place is going to blow your mind away for sure. To know what our one day Khajuraho local sightseeing tour has in store, keep reading.
A Glimpse of One Day Khajuraho Local Sightseeing Tour
The best time to visit Khajuraho is from October to March as these months have a pleasant and cool weather. Avoid visiting in the summer, as it can get quite hot. In a typical one day Khajuraho private tour, you will be visiting the Kandariya Mahadev Temple, Laxman Temple, Devi Jagdamba Temple, Vishwanath Temple and Dulhadev Temple, followed by a visit to some local eateries. With professional drivers accompanying you in a luxurious car, this trip will be completely comfortable and secure, and you will not have to worry about anything.
1. Kandariya Mahadev Temple
The temple complex takes over an area of 6 square kilometres. It is located on the western part of the village and to the west of the Vishnu temple. It is built on an elevation of 282 metres and is well connected by road, however a private rental cab is the most convenient way to reach here. It is the biggest among the three groups of the Khajuraho temple complexes.
This western group of temples, consisting of the historically rich Kandariya, the majestic Matangeshwar and the spectacular Vishwanath temples, is often compared with a cosmic design of a hexagon. It is said to represent the three forms of the Hindu god Shiva. The temple’s architecture is a blend of porches and towers. They are in the form of a shikhara. This feature was typical of the 10th century architecture of central India.
- Must See / Things Do:: Sculptures of Saptamatrikas, the septad of mother goddesses and those of gods Ganesha and Virabhadra.
2. Lakshman Temple
Laxman Temple is situated on the Western complex, and one of the most beautiful temples in the Khajuraho private tour by car. It is a part of the Sandhara Temples of the Panchayatana Variety. The entire temple complex stands on a Jagati, as in a high platform.
The structure is a mixture of all the facets of a typical Hindu temple architecture. It has an entrance porch that is commonly referred to as the ardha-mandapa. It also has a maha-mandapa, an Antarala, and a pretty fascinating Garbhagriha. Unlike other temples found here, Lakshman temple’s sanctum is a sculpture of Pancharatha. Its shikhara is thronged by minuscule urushringas.
The wall in the temple is adorned with balconied windows with ornamental balustrades. It has two rows of sculptures that includes divine figures and couples from Hindu mythology. The sanctum doorway has seven vertical panels. The sanctum also contains four-armed sculpture of Vishnu.
- Must See / Things Do:: The Narasimha Sculpture, the damaged Varaha Sculpture, and the Devi Killing Mahishasura Sculpture are some of the most beautiful ones here.
3. Devi Jagadamba Temple
Devi Jagdamba temple was also declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. Like most other temples in Khajuraho, this too was built by the Chandella dynasty sometime between the 10th and the 12th century. Devi Jagadamba temple lies on the northern part of Khajuraho.
Devi Jagdamba Temple is one of the most intricately decorated temples in India. Three bands of carvings surround the temple. In the sanctum, there is a huge image of the Devi. The temple stands on a raised platform. The squared roof of its maha-mandapa is much more simply decorated than the octagonal ceiling of the Chitragupta temple. Photography inside the temple is strictly forbidden.
- Must See / Things Do:: Don’t forget to try indigenous cuisines in food kiosks surrounding the temple.
4. Vishwanath Temple
The Vishvanatha Temple is a temple having great religious significance in the Hindu mythology and must not be missed on the one day Khajuraho tour. It is a part of the western group of Khajuraho Monuments. It has been declared as a UNESCO World Heritage site. It is dedicated to Shiva, whose other name is “Vishvanatha”. It showcases the Central Indian style of architecture that began with the Lakshmana Temple and culminated with the Kandariya Mahadeva Temple.
These temples exhibit the most fully developed style at Khajuraho. The Vishvanatha site was also built as a panchayatana complex. It consists of one main shrine. It is surrounded by four small subsidiary shrines. Only two of the smaller shrines have survived the ravages of time. The shrine in the south-western side is dedicated to Shiva’s wife Parvati, which is partly damaged.
Unfortunately, nothing apart from its sanctum (garbhagriha) and roof (shikhara) have withstood the damages done by time. The sanctum has an idol of Parvati standing on an iguana. All these are built on a base that also has a number of sculptures. The stairs lead from the base to the porch. The staircase has lions on one side and elephants on the other.
- Must See / Things Do:: The Nandi temple is especially beautiful so do pay a visit here.
5. Dulhadev Temple
This temple was built to honour the Hindu god Shiva in the form of a linga, which is kept in the sanctum. ‘Dulhadev’ means “Holy Bridegroom”. The temple is also referred to as “Kunwar Math”. It faces east and was built sometime between 1000–1150 AD. It is the also one of the last temples built during the Chandella period.
The temple is built on the seven chariot plan (saptaratna). The figurines etched on the sides of the temple have soft expressive features that are very unlike of other temples of Khajuraho. The walls have a display of carved celestial dancers called apsara and other figures.
Dulhadev temple is found along the banks of the Khodar River in the southern group of the Khajuraho Group of temples. It is spread across an area covering about 6 kilometres. It is just 5 kilometres away from the Khajuraho village making the distance easy to cover by private rental cab, and is located close to the Jain enclosure.
- Must See / Things Do:: Sculptures of the Hindu holy trinity are a sight to behold.
The city has eateries for people with every budget range. While you are here do try some local dishes like Chikeriya tarkari, Bafla, Bundeli Gosht, Lavang lata, Moong dal halwa, Kusli, Burfi, etc.
Thus, this majestic city of temples has something to offer for everyone and the entire experience will surely leave you wanting more.