Madhya Pradesh - Khajuraho - India's Best Carved Temples

 

 Khajuraho of Madhya Pradesh

Most of the travelers start their tour of Madhya Pradesh from Khajuraho. Delhi, Agra, Khajuraho and Varanasi are few noteworthy tourists’ destination of East Indian Territory. The impressiveness of Kajuraho is compared with that of Agra. Kajuraho is enlisted in the World Heritage Site since 1986. The magical creation of Kajuraho is well known all over the world and apt initiatives are also taken to preserve the pomp and circumstance of Khajuraho.

The renowned Chandela kings had ruled the places around Khajuraho during 9th- 13th Centuries. Khajuraho, delimited by fortification, was the capital of tantric Chandela emperors. 8 neighboring gateways would let you enter into the main premise. The city of Khajuraho was popularly known as Khajurvahika or city of golden dates. Another batch of people opines that the name of the city was derived from the Khajura tree. This was the golden period during which a number of temples, palaces and forts were constructed in Mahoba, Kalinjar, Ajaigarh, Dudhai, Chandpur, Madanpur and Deoghar.

More than 100 years were taken to give shape to the 85 temples of Khajuraho. Plenty of emperors of the same dynasty during 950-1050 had spent their valuable time to construct these temples which still recall the fabulous creations of the dexterous artists and also prove their creative abilities. Indo- Aryan architectures on the sandstone would inspire you to explore such destinations. Most of these holy and imposing temples were largely created for the divine powers, such as, Shiva and Vishnu. Consecrated deities are brightening up the holy thrones of the temples along with their disciples.

The vanity and pride of Khajuraho had taken a pounding during 11th Century when Muslim leaders invaded the city. Many of the majestic edifices and art forms were shattered. The mesmerizing Khajuraho and its stunning fine arts were hidden by dense soil coat and water for more than 600 years. The world famous Khajuraho was rediscovered in 1819 by the British engineer T S Burt. The excavation of 1923 had revealed the true essence of the place. Lack of maintenance over time, however, had taken a toll on the grandness of the temples of Khajuraho. 22 contiguous sacred temples evidently depict the Indian cultures. The magical architectures of these temples truly and effectively demonstrate that the primeval inhabitants of India also used to believe in maintaining harmony between one and all. The very antique Nagara architectures are also significantly noticeable on these artistic creations. The excellent thinking and planning of these creative sculptures make them even more prominent. The feeling of deficiency always exists in human minds and the architects of these temples could portray that inner sentiment onto the walls of the temples. The medieval architectures and sculptures of these divine temples were marvelously carved out of stones. The perfect architectural modishness provides insight into the trivial matters of daily life. Attires, nails and even hair of these sculptures display the skillful touch of the primeval architects and designers. The most interesting part of these beguiling architectures is its depiction of love and enjoyment. The dazzling Mithun idol is worth watching. The mysteries and charm are closely associated with the creative art forms of Khajuraho. Some of these temples are the epitomes of enormous desires where as few sculptures show gloomy faces. Many of these expressive idols of Khajuraho display asinine smiles. The primary aim, however, was to create an awareness that the only motive of human life is to dedicate the entire life to the divine power. The tales of marriage between Shiva and Parvati, deities of Hindu mythologies, beautiful dancers, performers in different postures and even angels adorn the sandstone walls of the temples. The sandstones which decorate the temples of Kajuraho were brought from the River which was located at a distance of 20 km from the temple. The image of Khajuraho definitely is impressive to the explorers. Hordes of holiday makers who flock to various exotic destinations have to keep the name of Kajuraho in the list of their travelling destinations. Included in the list of World Heritage Sites, Kajuraho, is resisting the blows of unmannered dwellers and truly speaking, the charming and amiable architectures of Khajuraho are fighting a tough battle against destructive human beings.

The Vindhya hill is protecting the grandeur of temples, built with sandstones. To witness the panache of the entire terrain of Khajuraho, visitors have to plan their trip dividing the historical land into three territories, such as, eastern, western and southern. The series of temples are well spread across rambling 13 square km. Western territory, however, is covering the highest percentage of area of Khajuraho. Temple lovers and holiday makers are also get fascinated mostly by watching the stylishness and flair of the architectures of the temples of western region. The charm of the temple complex is decreased due to the presence of innumerable homes, numerous shops and anthology of hotels in the close proximity.

The Archeological Museum, built by W E Jardine in 1910, located in the western province of Khajuraho, showcases the ruins of the ancient architectures and idols. The dancing Ganesha idol, placed inside the museum, is the prime enticement. The entry, however, is restricted to the tourists who have bought the ticket. The charm of the Jain temples, about 1 km towards the eastern side of the temple complex, would also raise your spirit as well. Interested tourists should not miss out the opportunity of watching the time-honored temples, spread across the eastern and southern regions of Khajuraho. Hire a car for a comfortable tour of Khajuraho.

The color of the well designed marbles often changes with sunlight. The astonishing temples take bath during evening in moon light. The temples, located in the western region of Khajuraho, are bejeweled with lights. It is recommended to hire a car for the entire day along with a guide to thoroughly watch the delightful temples of Khajuraho. The best time to visit Khajuraho is during August- March. The city experiences a good amount of rainfalls and summers are also not very pleasing. The temperature hovers around 21 degrees Celsius to 42 degrees Celsius in summers. The temperature of chilly winter generally stays between 4 degrees Celsius to 27 degrees Celsius.

Apart from the charismatic temple architectures, tourists get attracted towards an exhibition namely Son-et-lumiere as well. This exposition tells the story of Chandela dynasty. Purchase a ticket spending 100 rupees to watch the show. Listening to the voice of the actor, Amitabh Bachhan, is definitely an additional allurement.

To dance with the musical tune, visit the Khajuraho Dance Festival, organized by the Indian Art Center and MPTDC jointly. Juvenile performers, who understand the quintessence and essence of the classical dance, have to feel the mood of celebration during this one weeklong festival. Be there for an eventful evening ceremony. The patrons of the classical dance flock to Khajuraho during the festive season to alleviate their spirited souls watching the special dance performances of the talented artists. This is the time when all the business men fill up their pockets with hefty amount of money. Hotel businesses flourish during this time of the year. Watching the folk dance show of 1 hour, organized by the tourism department, is another special allurement for the people who love to watch different faces of Indian cultures.

Kandariya Mahadeva, Lakshman, Vishwanath, Chitragupta and Devi Jagadamba are the holy deities of Kajuraho. All of them stay at their own divine temples in the western region of Khajuraho. The time-honored temples and mesmerizing architectures would be really exciting to gaze at. The splendid temples of the west Khajuraho are placed on the holy high platforms.

The excellent creations of the adroit artists, the temples of Khajuraho, can be categorized primarily into five sections. Start walking from Ardhamandapam to reach the holy Mahamandapam through Mandapam. Cross the sacred Antaral of the temple to the abode of the deity, known as Garbhagriha. According to the ritual, the holy devotees circumambulate the deity.

The array of temples in western province: The series of 12 adjoining temples along the western passageway of Khajuraho, amidst the amiable Mohua (Madhuca indica) orchard, look like a long chain of Ships, built with stones. All these marvelous temples are open for the entire day. The price of the ticket for the Indians is 10 rupees where as foreigners have to spend 250 rupees to enter into the temple complex.

The Lakshman temple (98 * 45 feet) was built way back in 954. The excellent looking ceiling is bedecked with the portraits of the colorful flowers, different types of leaves and various other ornamentations. Ornamented troops, well equipped hunters, elephants, horses, camels, deities surrounded by dancers, Lakshminarayana, Hara Parvati, dancing Ganesha and Mithun idol are the integral parts of the imperishable architectural grandeur. A number of Mithun idols in Lakshman temple prove that city dwellers used to pay tributes to this deity particularly. Purohit idols on the premise also deserve praise. The Bhaskar idol, placed at the south- west corner of the Lakshman temple, is noteworthy as well. The idol of a beautiful woman with a flute is a special attraction of the temple. The deity, Lakshmi at the entrance, Brahma at the left hand side, Shiva at the right hand side, Rahu, Nabagraha, tales associated with Krishna and the war against the devil are artistically engraved on the temple walls. The 4 feet tall deity, Vishnu, is residing in the Garbhagriha. The quadrilateral idol of Vishnu has three eyes. 10 different forms of the deity, Vishnu, are also embossed on the panel picture. The Lakshman temple of Khajuraho is not only praiseworthy for its innovative architectures but it also deserves a visit for its divineness.

The hallowed Lakshmi temple, located at the opposite side of the Lakshman temple, was a holy destination for the devotees as Garur, the carrier of Vishnu, used to reside on its divine throne previously.

Baraha temple, built in 900, is also situated adjacent to the Lakshmi temple. The idol of the 3rd one out of 10 incarnations of Vishnu is carved creatively out of 8 ¾ feet long stone. 627 idols are imprinted on the walls of the Baraha temple. The archeological scholars opine that the ancient and singular Baraha idol probably was built during Gupta dynasty. The astonishing Shiva idol with 3 faces and 8 hands adds a special touch to the magnificence. Besides the idol of the deity of the earth, various idols of other deities and human beings are also embossed on the walls of the temple. The lotus-shaped ceiling of the holy baraha temple depicts the fabulous arty carvings.

31 meters tall peak of the Kandariya Mahadeva temple is enticing plenty of devotees and tourists from faraway places. The replica of the crest of the main temple can be seen on many temples (84) in the vicinity. Built by the emperor Vidyadhar in 1030, the Kandariya temple is the largest and tallest commemorative of the triumph of the hard fought battle against Mhamud of Ghazni. The prettiest epitome of the Chandela architectures, the temple, is commendable and admirable for its architectural opulence and flair. The garland of flowers, at the doorway of the temple, was carved out of a single stone. The temple has five different sectors. The fine arts on the walls, ceiling, pillars, basement and lintel are popular examples of the cultures and traditions of that period. The idols of lewd women, various Hindu deities, colorful leaves, women wearing numerous attires, animals, lovers and Mithun are treats to the eyes. The bay of the temple is adorned with seven holy women deities, Virbhadra and Ganesha. The emotional expression on the face of the Mithun idol is loud. According to the calculation of the British archeologists, the entire temple houses 872 idols, out of which 226 are engraved inside the temple where as rest of the idols are built on the outside premise of the temple. An idol of the deity Shiva, made up of Blackstone, is residing for his devotees on his throne in the celestial Grabhagriha. The height of this holy idol is approximately 1 meter. It was a golden period which has left mark on the mind of human beings with the excellent architectural innovativeness.

Kandariya Mahadeva temple

The pious Mahadeva temple, located in the middle of Kandariya and Jagadambi temples, is a deity less temple of 11th century. The temple, however, is in ruins. The idol of a brave man holding a cruel lion shows the cultures and bravery of the Chandela kings. Creativeness of this idol is significant and laudable. Previously it was the momentous symbol of Chandela dynasty. It is believed that the viewers of this famous idol should identify the sex of the person.

The pyramid like Jagadambi temple (75 * 52 feet), built by Gandadev during 1100-1125, has three different sections. The time-honored structure and age-old architectures of this impressive temple would greet sizeable crowds. The sculptures of human beings and deities make this temple a heavenly destination. Eight embossed idols on the southern wall of the temple, idol of yama and the Shiva idol with eight arms enthrall the substantial number of temple lovers. The Mithun idol, positioned on the upper slab of the actual position of Jagadami, carries a mystic charm. The temple premise is illuminated with the holiness of the idols, Vishnu, Shardul, Kali, Baraha and Parvati. Yama is residing in the Garbhagriha. Lakshmi, the deity of prosperity, made up with black stone, is also residing on the divine throne with a lotus in her hand. The well designed ceiling of the temple resembles the structure and fine arts of Kandariya temple.

The Chitragupta or sun temple, located at the northern corridor of Jagadambi temple, houses Ardhamandapam, Mahamandapam, Antaral and Assembly Chamber. The excellent depiction of the fabulous architectures of the entire Sun temple is still pulling crowds in large number. The ornamentations on the ceiling are marvelous. 77 * 150 feet Sun temple is famous for its imprinted sculptures of hunting, dance performances, combat of elephants, working architects and kingly processions. The Sun deity with a lotus in his hand is residing on the chariot which is pulled with the combined power of seven horses. 1 ½ meters high idol of the deity, Sun, is the driver of the chariot. However, not many Mithun idols are there on the righteous temple premise. One of the prime enticements of the Chitragupta temple is its Vishnu idol, placed in the bay, at the southern balcony of the temple. The impressive looking Vishnu idol has only one trunk but 10 heads. The Chitragupta temple had been redesigned and revamped thoroughly in 1920.

Vishwanath temple, situated at the north- east side of the Chitragupta temple, is recently showcasing a stone made Shiva temple. Nevertheless, the significance and splendor of the ancient emerald Vishwanath idol which was placed in the holy Garbhagriha had retained its charm for many decades. It seems that two lions and two elephants are standing at the northern and southern entrances of the temple respectively to protect the magical architectures and wealth from the devils. The 89 * 46 feet temple not only draws the attention for its class-apart architectures but 602 idols of the temple also are remarkable. The imprinted idols of affectionate mother, women with wet attires and dancing women are really lovely to look at. The bay on the southern balcony of the temple is festooned with blissful angel. The delightful façade of the Mithun idols is eye catching. Two inscriptions and three faced idol of Vishnu, Shiva and Brahma would offer the temple lovers a divine pleasure. The temple basement is designed with the series of sculptures, such as, lovers, human beings and animals. The evidences of the Batak architectures are significantly shown in the bay of the temple through the idols of Saptamatrika, Virbhadra and Ganesha. Another fascination for the devotees, right at the opposite side Vishwanath, is the 2.2 meters tall Nandi idol. The creativity shown on the sanctified idol of Nandi is commendable.

The Parvati temple, built during 1843-47, located at the south- western side of the Vishwanath temple, is a holy homeland of the deity, Ganga. Due to the engraved Vishnu idol on the doorway, many know this temple as Vishnu temple as well. However, the deity Vishnu used to reside in the temple previously.

The Lord Matangeshwar temple, built way back in 1000, located at the southern side of the Lakshman temple, was a temple built with sandstones and is representing very simple architectures. 2 ½ meters tall Shiva lingam is spread across 20 feet diameter and is residing on a huge polished throne. The five faced Shiva, made up with brass, placed in front of the chief idol, offers an agreeable sight. Located outside the fence, the temple is accessible to everyone. Visit the temple during the marriage anniversary of Shiva- Parvati and during Shiva Ratri.

Many devotees throng to Khajuraho to take a holy bath in Shiva Sagar or Lake, located at the west side of the western province of Khajuraho. It is believed that the water of the Lake has a mystical healing power.

The Chausath Yoigini Temple, at the south- west side of the Lake, built long back in 900, is the oldest temple which was constructed with plenty of granite stones. The deity of Kali is respected with due reverence and devotion in this temple. 64 yogini had devoted their lives to the divine Kali previously. The name of the temple had also been derived from this story of Yogini. Plenty of dedicated rooms were also allotted to the Yoginis. 35 of them are still observable. The deities, Brahmani, Maheshwari and Mahishamardini are enlightening three neighboring Garbhagrihas. However, the deities had been transferred to Jabalpur later on. The prime attraction, the main temple, is in ruins. Devotees have to find their own suitable way to reach the divine temple as the temple doesn’t show any proper road which is connected to the main temple. Pilgrims, however, have to travel through the inundated road, covered with the water of the Shivasagar Lake.

Kharjusagar Lake, at the eastern side of the village and Premsagar, at the northern side of the Main Square are also notable tourists’ attractions. Located at a distance of 1 km towards the western side of Shivasagar, the ruins of Lal kuan Mahadeva temple, was built commingling both granite and sanstones.

Southern region of Khajuraho: The Southern region is far away from the heart of the city of Khajuraho. Due to its distance, very few tourists visit the southern region to watch the grandeur of Duladeo and Chaturbhuj temples. The Duladeo or “the newly married woman” temple lies 1 ½ km off the Main Square. The façade of this Shiva temple is facing east side. Five adjoining sectors are the integral parts of this finicky holy temple. It is undeniable that the temple showcases a patent South Indian touch on its majestic fine arts but its excellent architectures and carvings are really gratifying and pleasing. The deity, Saraswati, is also adorning the holy temple.

The idols of Ganga, Yamuna, Ashtabasu and Yamraj are placed under the shade of umbrella right at the entrance of the divine temple. The idols of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva, positioned at the doorway, also prove the creativeness of the ancient architects. To look khajuraho from a different perspective everyone should gaze at the imprinted Mithun idols on the walls. During 1100-1150, the emperors of Chandela dynasty had deployed their ultimate innovativeness on Duladeo temple. But, the deity inside the temple has been revamped later as well.

Tall Chaturbhuj temple, about 1 ½ km away from Duladeo temple, houses a 3 meters tall monolithic quadrilateral idol of Vishnu. The idol looks like Krishna from the feet to the waist and rest of the portions resemble the structure of Narayana. The most interesting part is its crown which shows the façade of Shiva. The face of the idol resembles the façade of the meditated Shiva. The diversity in the temple is praiseworthy. Temple lovers praise enthusiastically the creativeness of all the other idols in the temple as well. The poverty, however, is a cause of sorrow.

Excavations have revealed a new temple at the southern side of the Chaturbhuj temple.

Eastern region of Khajuraho: The dotted temples in the eastern region of Khajuraho, located 1 km towards the eastern side of the bus stand, on the banks of the water body, are spreading across two neighboring territories. 3 Hindu temples and 3 Jain temples are still pulling huge crowds. Other 3 Jain temples which were there in the vicinity are now in ruins.

Located outside the fence of the territory, a newly built museum is the centre of attraction. The museum showcases 24 idols which are quite different from each other with their stylishness and panache.

Drive through the road from west to the east of the museum to watch the lately constructed temple of Hanuman. Even though the temple is the recent attraction but the 2 ½ meters tall idol was built in 922. Take a pleasing walk along with your friends and family members to witness the gratifying ancient traditions which had been truly portrayed on the time- honered temple edifices.

The Jain temple, Adinath, was constructed way back in 11th century. The holy Garbhamandir still represents the vision of the architects and ancient art forms. However, it was modernized and redesigned later on. The deity is residing on the holy Blackstone in the Garbha griha. The embossed idols on the wall, such as, Hindu deities, angels, dragon, beautiful women and Mithun, increase the showiness of the noteworthy temple. The finicky architectures symbolize the primeval Hindu touches.

Located at the southern tip of the Adinath temple, Parsvanath Temple, built during the 10th century, is one of the best architectural examples of India. The temple is not only the largest of all the Jain temples but also the sumptuousness of this temple has an inherent power to enthrall one and all. Previously the throne in Garbha griha used to be elucidated with the divinity of Adinath but later on in 1860 the idol of Pasvanath was built using black stones. Some knowledgeable scholars opine that the divine Parsvanath temple was built long back by the Hindus but later on the members of the temple authority became the believers of Jain religion. Due to this, the temple depicts the age-old blending of both Hindu and Jain fine arts on the imprinted idols. The majestic temple, decorated with marbles, is full of life due to the presence of the creative idols, such as, Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva- Parvati, Angel, deities with beard, Jain Tirthankar and Mithun. The perfect illustration of significant and riveting architectures is visible on the walls of the temple. The immortal architectural touch can be enjoyed, especially on the eastern wall.

4.5 meters tall 16th Jain idol, in the simple Santinath temple, is an antique creation. But, later on the idol was renovated entirely and had been given an agreeable fresh look. Plenty of devotees pay tributes regularly to the deity, Parsvanath. A museum with astounding collection of Jain fine arts in the vicinity is another enticement along with the sacred temple.

Tourists who are impressed with the class-apart Jain architectures should walk into the village to witness the divine power of another Jain temple. The temple, however, is in ruins. The gateway and the pillars are truly fabulous as all of them are bedecked with time-honored carvings. The garlands of pearls and holy bells decorate each and every pillar. This was the reason why this temple was named as Ghantai (Bell) temple. 16 dreams of the mother of Mahvir had been portrayed imaginatively on the walls of the consecrated Ghantai temple. On a winged Garuda, a renowned Jain Goddess, Jakkha, is placed right at the entrance of the temple.

Take a long walk and cross the village to hit the Jabari temple, built way back during 1075- 1100. The deity, Vishnu, with four of his arms is bestowing his blessings on all the devotees. Slender peak and two balconies are the additional attractions of the petite temple apart from its reputable architectures. As like many other holy temples of Khajuraho this temple also recalls the honorable architects of the primeval era with its embossed sculptures of deities, angels, Mithun, mother and her son.

The renowned Baman temple, built in 1050- 1075, lies 200 meters away towards the northern side of the Jabari temple, was dedicated to the Almighty, Vishnu. However, due to many reasons the temple is in ruins. This temple doesn’t have any Mithun idol like plenty of other temples of Khajuraho. But, the temple is different with its imprinted angels and deities. The northern wall of the temple is adorned with Lakshmi- Narayana where as the western wall of the temple looks lovely with the idol of Brahma- Saraswati (couple). The temple is standing tall with its world class architectures on 4 pillars. The ceiling of the temple shimmers with the well designed fine arts. The quadrilateral Vishnu idol in the temple is the main deity of the temple.

The Brahma temple, built long back in 900, commingling granite and sandstones together, is a small pyramid- shaped temple. Two groups of people have varying opinions about the idol of the temple. Some of them say that the idol is representing the Lingam of Vishnu where as another batch of people believes that this is a Shiva idol.

A recreation park, covering 400 acres of land, for the tourists and devotees, will be built in near future.

The city of astonishment with earthly incarnations of Hindu and Jain deities is alluring huge batches of devotees and hordes of holiday makers throughout the year. After completing the entire tour of Khajuraho if you are still interested to visit the ruins of few more excellent architectural evidences and ruins of primeval historical edifices then hire an auto to hit the Rajnagar Palace, built in 19th century, located at a distance of 5 km towards the north of Khajuraho. Ask the driver to drive for another 19 km towards the northern side of Khajuraho to visit the beautiful creation of the nature, the Raja waterfall.

Jabalpur and Jhansi are two nearby destinations which can be accessed by a bus from Khajuraho.

Now, it’s time to move to the outskirts. Avail a train from Satna, which is connected to Khajuraho by bus, to visit the picturesque Maihar, about 36 km away from Satna. It is going to be an enticing experience for the tourists who love music. Madina Bhawan, the abode of the musician Allauddin Khan, in Chauraha, on Katni road, is the destination for the music lovers. Sarod, the musical instrument of Allauddin Khan, is kept on display. The picture gallery displays the family hierarchy and lives of the descendents of Allaudding Khan. The shrine of the great Allaudin Khan can also be seen in the same compound as well.

Watch the natural backdrop around climbing up the tiny Vindhya hill climbing through 565 stairways. The buses to Jabalpur are also travelling through Maihar. If you want to stay here for some time then you can book a room for you in Hotel Surbahar of MPTDC.

In the middle of the ruins of Dhubela fort, about 64 km from Khajuraho towards Jhansi, the astonishing museum with the assortment of impressive sculptures of Chandela dynasty, is silently recalling the old cultures and traditions.

Kalinjar fort: About 100 km away towards the northern side of Khajuraho, on the elevated Vindhya hill, the age old Kalinjar fort, is situated. This was an impressive and beguiling creation of the Gupta dynasty. According to the description of Ptolemy, the singular and primeval fort was well known as Kanagora previously.

Only 3 out of the 7 famous doors are still offering pleasure to the swarms of tourists and historians. Cross the main gate at the northern side of the fort. Take a walk to the staircase to climb up the fort, located at an altitude of 375 meters. The striking fort was under the control of the Chandela emperors during 9- 15th centuries. The charm of the fort has been a motivation ans point of attraction for many strong and intrepid rulers over the years. The emperor, Qutubuddin Aibak, has taken the role of destructor. It was the brave king who had demolished temple to construct mosque. The immortal architectural epitome, the fort, has resisted the disparaging forces for many years. The fort, which is almost destroyed, is still recalling the ancient stately mores and customs. The well equipped architects had excavated a 3.6 meters deep cave out of stones along the 1.5 meters long land. Popularly known as Sita Sejh, the cave connects to the Patalganga. Tourists can take a look at the inscriptions of 4th Century in this cave.

Every stone of the cave still carries the memories of the brave of Rajput kings. The tales of the valiant kings can still be heard from the dotted lingam, yoni, well, Buddhist shrine, Rani-ki-gumpha, Rani-ki-aman, Mrigadhara, Baraha avatar and simple looking Neelkanth temple (12th century). Kalinjar fort is one of the holiest abodes of Shiva. Various Hindu mythological tales and artistic architectures decorate the entire Kalinjar fort.

Take a bath in the holy water of the Koti Tirtha and Budabudi. The water of these divine water bodies has curative power. The Aman Singh Palace on the premise of the fort houses a museum which has a huge anthology of valuable archeological articles. The excellent architectural grandeur of Khajuraho was inspired by the imposing fine arts of Kalinjar fort.

There is no hotel where you can stay overnight at Kalinjar. But, interested tourist can stay at PWD bungalow in Kalijar though.

The nearest railway station of Kalinjar fort is the Jhansi railways station which is placed on the Jhnasi- Manikpur railway track. Kalinjar can also be accessed by bus from Satna and Chitrakut.

How to reach: The nearest railway station of Khajuraho is Satna, about 991 km away from Kolkata and 178 km away from Allahabad. Plenty of trains are regularly traveling to Satna from Mumbai, Allahabad and Kolkata. Khajuraho is well connected to Satna bus stand by buses.

Where to stay: Hotel Jhankar, Tourist Village, Hotel Holiday Inn, Hotel Usha Bundela, Hotel Temple, Jain Lodge, Laxmi Lodge and Hotel Harmony.

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