Khajuraho has some of the finest temples in the world, featuring
three groups of World Heritage listed temple complexes.
Restored after nearly a millennium of neglect these temples are
an integral part of any historic tour of India's architectural
Spread over approximately 20 square kilometres, the temples were
built from AD 950 to 1050 during the Chandela dynasty. 22 of the
original 85 still remain today. The resplendent temples were only
rediscovered by the British, as recently as 1838. Well known for
the erotic carvings, they are often referred to as the Karma Sutra
temples due to the explicit and sensual nature of the friezes.
The Western group of temples is a primary attraction due to the
exquisite intricacy of the carvings, of which Lakshmana and
Kandariya Mahadeva and Vishvanatha are the main focus. Set
within picturesque manicured gardens full of bougainvillea, the
soft sandstone sculptures are carved in such high relief that they
appear to be almost three-dimensional.
It is also worth visiting the Eastern temples, which offer a
reprise from the crowds and are extremely atmospheric. Here
you will find a two metre high statue of the monkey god Hanuman,
which is considered to predate all of Khajuraho's temples and