KHAJURAHO - EXCURSIONS

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Location of Kajuaho: Madhya Pradesh.
Fmous For: Erotic Art Sculptures, Carved Temples and Dance Festival.
Nearby Attractions: Panna Wildlife Sanctuary, Orcha, Raneh Falls.


Khajurao, an ornate and eloquent poetry in stone, reflecting the eternal philosophy relevant to all mankind. Exquisitly carved stone temples are not the only attractions around the Khajuraho city. The list of nearby travel attractions includes - Panna National Park, 40 km from Khajurao, is home to a variety of wildlife. The Dhubela Museum, on the Jhansi-Khajurao road, houses the weapons, paintings, and sculptures of the Bundela kings as well as a wide variety of sculptures of the Shakti cult. Located on the Ken River, the Pandav Falls is a major attraction in the vicinity of Kajurao. The Raigarh Palace situated at the foot of Maniyagarh hills has now been converted into a heritage hotel. Don't forget to visit Bandhavgarh National Park, situated in the heart of the Vindhya Mountain range.


Panna National Park
Panna National Park, a mere 30-minute drive away from Khajuraho is a magnificent one. Deep gorges, tranquil valley and dense teak forests combined with the rich flora and fauna make a visit to the Park a memorable one. The jungle today is a home to the variety of species of wildlife such as the Leopard, Wolf and Gharial. The Wild Boar, the Sloth Bear, the Cheetal, the Chowsingha, the Indian Fox, the Porcupine, and a host of lesser fauna are also seen. The park is closed from June to October because of the hot summers. .

Raneh Falls
20 kms. from Khajurao, on the Ken river are the famous rock formations. The main attraction is the 5 kms. long, 100 feet deep canyon made of pure crystalline granite in varying shades of colour ranging from pink and red to grey. A series of seasonal waterfalls surrounded by jungle makes it an ideal picnic spot.

Ken Gharial Sanctuary
This is a natural home of the long-snouted variety of crocodiles, 24 kms. from the temples.

Benisagar and Ranguan Lake
Both are ideal picnic spots suitable for boating. They are 11 kms. and 25 kms. from Khajuraho respectively.

Pandav Falls
A picturesque waterfall in a bowl-shaped valley on the Ken river, 34 kms. from Khajurao.

Kalinjar Fort
100 kms. from Khajurao is the fort which stands on an isolated hill of the Vindhya range 38 kms. away from Attara railway station. It is said that the fort was built during the period of the Guptas. Later it was captured by the Chandela ruler Yasovarman, in the middle of the 10th century.

Dhubela Museum
57 kms. on the Jhansi-Kajuhrao road is located an old fort which houses a rare collection of artifacts depicting the heritage of Bundelkhand. This museum houses a wide variety of Shakti Cult sculptures and other sections on garments, weapons and paintings.

Orchha
8 kms. off the Khajurao- Jhansi highway, this is a medieval city flanked by the Betwa river. Here the 16th and 17th century palaces and temples have withstood the ravages of time. Paintings and mirrorwork, intricate stairways and delicate trellis work in Jehangir Mahal, Raj Mahal and Rai Praveen Mahal are enchanting. In the fort complex, MP Tourism has converted Sheesh Mahal into a heritage hotel. MP Tourism conducts an excellent personal headset tour with English narration, sound effects and backing music which brings back the aura of the yesteryears.



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