Khajuraho & Panna National Park (approximate Time: 3 Days)
Last Updated:27 May 2009
A UNESCO certified World Heritage Site, the temples of Khajuraho are one of the marvels of Indian architecture. These temples were built in a short span of 100 years (950 – 1050 AD). Out of the original 85 temples built under the reign of the Chandela Rajputs, 22 have survived till date.
These temples are scattered across the small village of Khajuraho. For the sake of convenience, they are grouped as Western (the most prominent and largest), Eastern and Southern Groups. Khajuraho is one of those places in India where a tour guide is essential – they are an invaluable resource on the history, architecture and culture of the village.
It is recommended that you begin your tour with the smaller Eastern group of temples and then move on to the Southern group. These can be easily covered in one day and are a good primer on what to expect from the more ornate Western complex. Start your tour of the Western Group early next morning. The tour (on foot) normally takes 4 to 5 hours, so its better to finish it before the day gets too hot.
Head out to Pandav Falls (26 km) for an evening picnic. The water cascades down a multi-hued granite cliff into a pool from a height of 100 meters. The cliffs are worth visiting even in the dry months for the beauty of the rocks. The falls lie within a quiet, verdant forest and are a relief from the arid plains of Khajuraho.
Dominated by the splendid Ken river, alternating valleys and plateaus, grasslands, gorges and escarpments, Panna National Park is ideal tiger country. You can enjoy the thrill of a jeep safari at night or boat down the Ken to see crocodiles sunning themselves. The beautiful Raneh Falls are also nearby.
The Khajuraho Railway Station has been recently inaugurated. However, those who travel to the town via Jhansi can choose to halt at Orchha (16 km from Jhansi) along the way. Its as if time has stopped in this beautiful town and the palaces and temples built by its Bundela rulers in the 16th and 17th centuries retain much of their pristine perfection.
Orchha : Around 20 km south-east of Jhansi is the small town of Orchha. Settled besides the Betwa river, this town of the Tikamgarh district of Madhya Pradesh was the seat of former princely state of Central I
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