Before There Was Porn, There was Khajuraho!

After Agra we started heading east and Khajuraho was our next destination. Ironically, we were warned by the touts, rickshaw drivers, and guesthouse staff in Agra about how pushy and persistent the touts, rickshaw drivers, and guesthouse staff in Khajuraho were. This isn't how we remembered Khajuraho from our first trip but we prepared ourselves for the worst anyways. What we found upon our arrival was quite the opposite though. It was still a charming smaller town and the townspeople, including touts, rickshaw drivers and guesthouse staff, were all very friendly and hospitable. We decided we would stay in Khajuraho for the big Hindu festival of Holi, see the temples, and just chill-out for a few days. On our first full day we visited the spectacular Western Group of temples just a few minutes walk from the town centre. Over the next couple of days we didn't do much more than enjoy the fan and satellite T.V. in our room and wait for something exciting to happen in town for Holi. Do not come to Khajuraho for Holi if you are expecting, as we were, a colour and water-fueled party of epic proportions. Apparently that just doesn't happen here. Most people couldn't even agree on which day was the main day of the festival and there was very little colour-throwing and water-dousing as a result.

Intricate carvings of Khajuraho

So don't come to Khajuraho for Holi but do come to see some of India's finest temples and artwork. While the temples themselves might not be as impressive as some found in Ellora or perhaps even Hampi, the detailed carvings are second-to-none in India especially considering their age. The temples of Khajuraho were constructed by the Chandelas in the 10th and early 11th centuries and are best known for the erotic carvings that adorn the temple facades. Before there was porn, there was Khajuraho! While the intricately carved sexual positions gather the bulk of the attention, these make up the minority of the temple's well-preserved sculptures. Most would still fall into the category of sensual though. Khajuraho is less frequently visited than say Agra and Varanasi, but if traveling overland between these two destination, then these temples are more than worth a stop-over.

Amazing Chandelan architecture

 

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