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Khajuraho Temple & Dances

Khajuraho TempleKhajuraho is located in the Bundelkhand region of Madhya Pradesh. The town is known for its group of temples which are categorized into three main group - Western Group, Southern Group and Eastern Group. In fact, Khajuraho Temples are India's unique gift to the world. Ethereal, enchanting and erotic, Khajuraho Temples conjure up images of a society and the inner human feelings. Life has been captured in stone in every form and mood, testifying the craftsman's artistry and the vision of the Chandela Rajputs.

Khajuraho was the first capital of Chandela, who ruled over the region in the 9th century. The Chandela rulers built the Khajuraho Temple between 950 - 1050 A.D. Out of the original 85 temple, only 22 temples have survived till today. By the 16th century, Khajuraho vanished into oblivion and was discovered by the British engineer T.S.Burt in the 19th century.

Architecture of Khajuraho Temples
Khajuraho Temples are built in Nagara Style of temple architecture, quite different from the temple prototype of that period. Each temple stands on a high masonry platform and is marked with upward direction in their structure. The chief compartments are mounted by their own roof and are grouped. The three main compartments are ardhamandapa (entrance), mandapa (assembly hall) and grabha griha (sanctum). Khajurao temples have the idols of Lord Vishnu (the creator of the universe), Lord Shiva (the destroyer of the universe) and several other gods and their courtiers. In addition to deities, Khajuraho Temples also have the images of apsaras (celestial maidens), warriors, musicians, animals, cloths, ornaments, hair-style and make up.

Group of Temples
Khajuraho Temple» The Western Group : The Western Group is largest group of temples and it has been designated a World Heritage Site by UNSECO in 1986. The Western Group is the best way to start your tour to Khajuraho Temples. There are 12 temples in the Western Group, which are imposing and lavishly decorated. The temples of Western Group are dedicated either to Lord Vishnu or Shiva. Popular temples in the Western Group are Lakshmana Temple, Kandariya Magadev, Deve Jagadamba Temple, Chandragupta Temple, Parvati Temple and Vishwanatha Temple.

» The Eastern Group : The Eastern Group is one km east of the Western Group and can be accessed from the Gandhi Chowk. The temples of Eastern Group can be divided into two rough clusters. The first group of four Hindu temples are situated near the Old Khajuraho Village and the other group comprising Jain Temples, falls at the back of the village. The Hindu Group of Temples are Ghantaji Temple, Vamana Temple, Javari Temple and Brahma Temple. The Jain Group of Temples are situated within a compound, the Prashvanath Temple is the largest temple here other temples are Temple of Adinath and Shantinath Temple.
» The Southern Group : The Southern Group has only two temple, one dedicated to Lord Shiva (Duladeva Temple) and the other to Lord Vishnu (Chaturbhuj Temple). The Duladeva Temple is situated next to a small river, Khuddar and it was built by Madan Varman in 1130 A.D. The Chaturbhuj Temple is 1.5 kms away from Duladeo and was built around 1100 A.D. The temple houses an unusual 9 ft icon of Lord Vishnu as an ascetic.

Khajuraho Dances
Khajuraho DancesApart from its enchanting temples Khajuraho is also famous for its Dance festival. Khajuraho Dance Festival is one of the renowned events of Indian classical dance and music. The seven day festival is held every year in the months of February - March. MPTDC (Madhya Pradesh Tourism Development Corporation) and Bharatiya Kala Kendra organize the dance festival in order to celebrate the glory of the Khajuraho Temples. During the festival renowned artists and craftsmen participate in various activities.

The classical dance are performed in an open-air auditorium against the spectacular backdrop of the beautifully lit temples. Khajuraho dance festival highlights the richness of Indian classical dance styles. The dances which are performed in the festival are Kathak, Bharathanatyam, Odissi, Kuchipudi, Manipuri and Kathakali. Modern Indian dance is also performed here. On the occasion visitors can also buy the local articles of Khajuraho in the open field market.

Khajuraho Temple Tour Package

Duration: 11 Nights / 12 Days

Places Covered: Agra - Orchha - Khajuraho - Orchha - Ranthambore - Pushkar - Jaipur - Delhi

Day 1: Abroad / Delhi
Arrive late night at New Delhi International airport.
On arrival, the guest will be met by our representative and transferred to hotel.
Upon arrival at hotel the guests will be provided with the traditional Indian welcome.  Overnight at hotel.

Day 2: Delhi
Morning combined sightseeing tour of Old & New Delhi.
This morning you will be taken to visit Old Delhi - Former centre of Moghul Power, Old Delhi offers ancient monuments, narrow streets and bustling bazaars. Visit the vast Red Fort, built in 1648, the Jama Masjid, the greatest mosque in India and completed in 1658 by Shah Jahan who also built the Taj Mahal, and the Raj Ghat, the simple memorial to Mahatma Gandhi.
Afternoon the guests will have an opportunity to do a familiarisation of bikes.This session will include briefing regarding do/don't, road conditions, rules & regulations, etc.
New Delhi - drive past the stately government buildings of the British Era designed by Lutyens, including the India Gate & the Presidential Palace. Continue onto the beautiful Humayuns tomb of the Mughal era & predecessor of the world famous Taj Mahal. End the tour at the towering minaret of Qutub Minar. Overnight at hotel.

Day 3: Delhi - Agra
After breakfast ride to Agra (206 kms)
Upon arrival in Agra - check-in at the hotel.
Thereafter visit the Taj Mahal, the guests will board the 'decorated tongas' (horse carriage) which will take them to Taj Mahal…… Little needs to be said about this architectural wonder which is always the soul raison-de-etre for every tourist's visit to Agra. Built by Shah Jahan, the Taj is a white marble memorial to his beautiful wife Mumtaz Mahal. This monument took 22 years to be completed and was designed and planned by Persian architect Ustad Isa. Apart from it's stunning design balance and perfect symmetry, the Taj is also noted particularly for its elegant domes, intricately carved screens and some of the best inlay work ever seen. Also visit the Red Fort.
Red Fort - lies on the bend of the river Yamuna, almost in the heart of the town. Akbar built it as his citadel over the years 1563-73 in the finest architectural style. It has imposing gates and walls of red sandstone and a moat.
In the evening witness magic show. Magic show - There is nothing that captures the magical spirit of the lad as much as the conjuror who enthralls his audience with sleights of had and a range of tricks. Only the adventurous can volunteer to be sawed in half. Overnight at hotel.

Day 4: Agra - Orchha
After breakfast ride to Orchha Upon arrival in Orchha - check-in at the hotel.
Orchha overlooked by the modern era, this beautiful medieval town, was once the capital of Bundela kings. Built along the banks of the river Betwa, flowing through a rugged century side, it still retains the captivating air of the bygone era. Overnight at hotel.

Day 5: Orchha - Khajuraho
Morning tour of Orchha - walk by the century old temples and forts, each with its own poignant history, and rest amidst the beauty of the ruins. Amongst the various imposing edifices, of particular interest are the Jehangiri Mahal, built by Raja Bir Singh Deo to commemorate the visit of Moghul Emperor Jehangir, the Raj Mahal and the Laxmi Narayan temple, both noted for their fine frescoes and mural paintings. Afternoon ride to Khajuraho (170 kms/ 5 ½ hrs)
Khajuraho - ancient centre of the Chandela Dynasty. Khajuraho flourished from 950 to 1050 AD and is spectacular feat of architecture carved with the roughest of tools. Each temple has a large number of spires in ascending order representing man's aspirations towards spiritual goals. They are famous tourist draw because they have the most sublime, sensuous and erotic sculptures and are romantically situated miles from anywhere in the dry and hot plains of Madhya Pradesh.
Upon arrival in Khajuraho - check-in at the hotel. Overnight at hotel
Day 6: Khajuraho - Orchha
Morning visit the temples. Visit the Eastern group of temples which consists of 3 Hindu and 3 Jain temples, their proximity attests to the religious tolerance of the times in general and of the Chandela rulers in particular Also visit the most important and fascinating western group of temples. The temples of Khajuraho have been declared a 'world heritage' site by UNESCO in order to preserve the rich legacy of architecture, bequeathed to future generations by the Kings of the Chandela dynasty. These temples are famous for their intricate sculptures and erotic carvings that are one of the outstanding achievements of Indian art.
Afternoon drive to Orchha Upon arrival in Orchha - check-in at the hotel. Overnight at hotel

Day 7: Orchha - Ranthambore
After breakfast ride to Ranthambore (245 kms)
Upon arrival in Ranthambore - check-in at the hotel.
Ranthambore Wildlife Sanctuary - Rajasthan's most renowned wildlife sanctuary, it is 400 sq kms of dry deciduous forest, perfect natural habitat for tigers, and is set in the Aravalli and Vindhya hills, dotted with pavillions and dominated by a hilltop fort
Ranthambore was one of the hunting preserves of the former rulers of Jaipur and because of this the Maharajas ensured the environment was preserved and the forest and their inhabitants well protected. It has a good population of tiger and their prey species, and has been declared a "Project Tiger" reserve. Wildlife includes blue bull, black buck, spotted deer or cheetal, wild boar, a large variety of bird species and, if very lucky, the rarely seen leopard.
This afternoon you will be escorted for game viewing inside the sanctuary by jeeps. Overnight at hotel.

Day 8: Ranthambore
Early morning and late afternoon, game viewing inside the sanctuary by jeeps. Overnight at hotel.

Day 9: Ranthambore - Pushkar
After breakfast ride to Pushkar (2 kms)
Upon arrival in Pushkar - check-in at the hotel.
Afternoon tour of Pushkar - is a sacred place for the Hindus. The sacred lake at Pushkar is said to be as old as creation itself. It is the only place in India with temple dedicated to the creater of the world - Lord Brahma. Every year on a full moon day in end ctober/November. There is a very colourful camel fair held popularly worldwide known as Pushkar Fair. Overnight at hotel

Day 10: Pushkar - Jaipur
Morning ride to Jaipur (120 kms)
Upon arrival in Jaipur - check-in at the hotel.
Jaipur - Encircled by the rugged Aravalli hills with numerous peaks crowned by imposing forts, Jaipur the capital of Rajasthan looks cradled and well protected. It takes its name from Maharaja Jai Singh II, who in the early 1700s became king at the age of 13. He conceived & designed his new capital with exquisite buildings of rose-colored terracotta and broad tree-lined avenues exhibiting an astonishing model of city planning. Afternoon tour of City.
Tour of the Pink City -"The Pink City" is spectacularly set within surrounding rugged hills, dotted with ancient ruined fortresses. Your tour will include the imposing City Palace, still home to the Maharaja although several of the rooms are now open to the public. Many antiques and artefacts belonging to the ruling family are housed here, including a collection of weaponry. You will also visit the Hawa Mahal "Palace of the Winds", and the open-airJantar Mantar Observatory to see the vast astronomical instruments. Enjoy a stroll through the colourful bazaar before returning to your hotel. Overnight at hotel

Day 11: Jaipur - Delhi
After breakfast tour of Amber Fort.
Tour of the impressive Amber Fort, situated on a ridge just outside Jaipur City. At the foot of the hill you will mount your caparisoned elephant for the slow but steady climb up to the main gate, making your entrance in the time honoured fashion. The Fort, completed in the early 18th century, took over 100 years to build and now, although deserted, offers a fascinating insight into the lifestyle of the Moghul ruling families.
Afternoon drive to Delhi (260 kms)
On arrival in Delhi - check into the hotel
Rest of the day at leisure to relax
Later transfer to international airport for flight & back home.

Day 12: Delhi - Abroad
Depart Delhi.


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