The city of Khajuraho is an architectural masterpiece, brimming with culture and heritage. Many visit the city for an immersive experience. Explore these places for the best time:
Kandariya Mahadev Temple
This is the largest temple in Khajuraho and belongs to the Western Group of Temples in the city. Its majestic architecture and intricate work make it fitting for a royal setting. The temple is the highest among all the temples in Khajuraho up to the tip (shikhara). The Mahadev shrine and Devi Jagdambi temple share this temple’s platforms. The way to see the temple is pradakshina which means to walk around the temple in a clockwise direction. The temple’s base has architectural moldings showcasing court life. Above this are figures on the walls, including Lord Shiva as a bridegroom and women doing everyday activities. The southern part shows couples in an embrace. To explore the Western Group Temples, you can stay at one of the luxury hotels in Khajuraho nearby. The LaLiT Temple View Khajuraho is located close to the airport, offering impeccable hospitality and luxurious services in a palatial setting.
Javari temple is a part of the Eastern Group of Temples of Khajuraho and is dedicated to Lord Vishnu. It is believed that the name belongs to the person who built it and not to a deity. Structurally, this temple is not large. But the work on its walls speaks volumes. The exterior of the walls is decorated with beautiful sculptures and niches. It has a pyramid-like mandap roof that leads to the shikhara. The entrance has a stone toran (gateway). The makar toran’s four loops have kirtimukha crowning them.
Beni Sagar Dam/Lake
Beni Sagar dam is located on the river Khuddar in Pahadi Hirajoo, Chhatarpur, Madhya Pradesh. It is around 2.5 km away from the Khajuraho bus stand. It is a beautiful body of water surrounded by greenery. The shimmering water looks splendid, with sunlight bouncing off it. If you are visiting the city and looking for 5-star hotels in Khajuraho, this dam is a must-visit. The place also offers water sports and boating, making it a nice spot to visit.
Raneh Falls are waterfalls located on the Ken River in Madhya Pradesh. It is around 20 km from Khajuraho but worth exploring when visiting the city. The river stretches for 5 km, and there is a 30 ft deep canyon. The canyon is made of crystalline granite that has shades of colors from red to pink and grey. The rocky structure, the crystal clear water, and the canyon colors make this a marvelous sight to look at.
Shivsagar lake is part of the Khajuraho Group of Monuments in Sevagram, Khajuraho. It is an expansive lake surrounded partly by lush greenery. There are steps leading to the lake where you can marvel at the beauty up close. You can see birds, especially ducks enjoying the lake. The place is even more picturesque at sunset when orange hues spread across the sky, and the reflection can be seen in the lake.
The city is rich in heritage. People even plan a destination wedding in Khajuraho for the beauty and aesthetic appeal. Experience the city’s amazing lakes and temples on your next visit!