Khajuraho and Its Historic Surroundings


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This little village of Khajuraho in central India boasts the most perfect examples of Hindu architecture of the tenth and eleventh centuries. The temples are equally famous, perhaps infamous, for the wide variety of erotic sculptures that adorn their walls. The stone temples are profusely decorated with thousands of examples of sculpture of the most sensuous in portraying exquisite, skimpily clad female forms, lavishly adorned with jewelry, enacting an ancient myth. Shobita Punja’s guide to Khajuraho covers every aspect of the village, describing each of the twenty temples, highlighting the best sculptural examples and interpreting their symbolic meaning. This guide also provides helpful information on how to get to Khajuraho, where to stay, where to eat and how to plan your visit there. Khajuraho has an airport and is accessible by road and rail. There are several other sites in and around Khajuraho. While at Khajuraho you can see the medieval palaces of Orccha, Datia and Rajgarh and plan visits to the Ken river, picnics at nearby waterfalls and go to one of India’s most beautiful wildlife parks at Bandhavgarh. Also interesting are fascinating and amusing excerpts from travel accounts of the 19th century British and French visitors who were both amazed by the ‘wonders of the place’ and horrified by the ‘indecent sculptures’ they found in Khajuraho. This guide provides full information about all these and introduces you to the flora and fauna of Khajuraho, special features of a Hindu temple and the mythological background that makes Khajuraho such a unique place.

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