Honeymoon in Khajuraho
If beaches bore you to death and mountains seem monotonous, it's time to give a twist to your honeymoon vacation by visiting Khajuraho. Guarded by the Vindhyan range, Khajuraho is in the Bundelkhand plains of Madhya Pradesh. It is famous for its Hindu and Jain temples which have also been recognized as World Heritage Site by the UNESCO. The temple's architecture and sculpture stand testimony to the rich heritage of Indian art. Carved from sandstone, they look real and alluring even today.
This charming small town is an ideal romantic getaway for newly married couples. The Khajuraho group of temples, built around the 10th century, remained neglected for years before being discovered by a British army engineer, Captain T.S. Burt, in 1838. By then, most of the original 85 temples had perished. Only about 20 of them remain.
Places to See in Khajuraho
- The temple complex has three divisions among which the western section is the largest and best known. It houses the impressive Shaivite temple, Kandariya Mahadev. All the temples, except the Chaturbhuja temple, face the east. This is an overriding feature of Hindu temples. The temple layout depicts a union and interdependence of masculine and feminine deities. The four goals of life according to Hinduism - dharma, kama, artha and moksha - are represented in beauteous sandstone carvings. Couples may have a valuable time together as they see and admire these ancient sculptures while beginning their life's journey together.
The Raneh Falls
- This natural waterfalls on River Ken is about 20 km away from Khajuraho.
State Museum of Tribal Arts
- It has an extraordinary collection of paintings, handicrafts, and sculptures made of metal, wood, and clay.
- The steep climb to this spot is really worth the effort.
Panna National Park
- Roughly 30 km from Khajuraho, Panna National Park is home to a wide range of flora and fauna that includes tigers, leopards, nilgai, cheetal, and chinkara.
Shopping in Khajuraho
-half will be delighted to find beautiful mementos in Khajuraho to carry back home. Well-crafted iron, brass, and stone sculptures are also on offer. At the government-run emporium, you can buy sandstone statues as well as gold and silver ornaments for your spouse.
Things to Do
Attend the Annual Dance Festival
- Apart from its temples, Khajuraho is also an important cultural destination because of its Annual Dance Festival. If you happen to be in Khajuraho between February and March, you will be lucky enough to see talented dance performers from all across the country and beyond, showcasing classical Indian dance forms.
Rejuvenate with Yoga
- Make the most of your honeymoon in Khajuraho by joining Arhanta Yoga Ashram's Classical Hatha Yoga classes. Attending yoga classes in a traditional ashram lifestyle is a brilliant way to get refreshed. It is a popular activity, especially in summers. And, as they say, a healthy couple is a happy couple.
Best Time to Visit
Khajuraho has extreme tropical type of climate. Summers are very hot. Winter is the ideal time for visiting Khajuraho. If you do not want to miss the Khajuraho Dance Festival, then you must go sometime between February and March.
How to Reach
- About 5 km away, Khajuraho Airport is closer to the city than the railway station. It runs flights to and from Delhi, Agra, and Varanasi.
- The nearest railway stations are Mahoba, Satna, and Jhansi - all of which are well connected with major cities of India. A Khajuraho-bound train departs from Delhi's Hazrat Nizamuddin Railway Station at 8.10 PM every day and reaches Khajuraho at 6.35 AM next morning.
There isn't any bus service from the railway station. Auto rickshaw is the main mode of transport for getting around the place. You can share an auto with other passengers (fares Rs. 10-20 per head). You can also hire an auto exclusively for you two. As the town is very small, cycling around Khajuraho is a great way to explore it and soak in its bucolic beauty.
Where to Stay in Khajuraho?
From luxury resorts to budget hotels and government-run hotels like Hotel Payal and Hotel Jhankar, there are a wide range of accommodations in Khajuraho. Hotel Radisson, Hotel Taj Chandela, Hotel Clarks Khajuraho and The Lalit Temple View are high-end ones. Couples can look forward to get special honeymoon packages in Khajuraho hotels.
If you and your partner have a sweet tooth, then don't hesitate to splurge in Khajuraho's local delicacies like jalebi, lavang lata, moong dal ka halwa, and kaju barfi. Besides, Agrawal Restaurant serves vegetarian Indian food. Madras Coffee House is ideal for South Indian cuisine. Blue Sky Restaurant also offers fine Indian cuisine. La Dolce Vita is an Italian-themed restaurant. The mango pancakes are a breakfast specialty of Paradise Hotel. If you're in a mood to try out Greek food, then take your better-half to Mediterraneo.