The Khajuraho Group of Monuments is a group of Hindu and Jain temples in Madhya Pradesh, India. About 175 kilometres southeast of Jhansi, they are one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in India. The temples are famous for their Nagara-style architectural symbolism and their erotic sculptures.
History: The name Khajuraho, or Kharjuravāhaka, is derived from ancient Sanskrit (kharjura, means date palm,a nd vāhaka, means “one who carries” or bearer). Local legends state that the temples had two golden date-palm trees as their gate (missing when they were rediscovered). Desai states that Kharjuravāhaka also means scorpion bearer, which is another symbolic name for deity Shiva (who wears snakes and scorpion garlands in his fierce form). Khajuraho is one of the four holy sites linked to deity Shiva.Climate: The weather in Khajuraho sees hot, humid summers, monsoon season and pleasant cool winters. Khajuraho has three seasons: summer (March to mid-June), monsoon season (June to October) and winter (November to February). Summer weather in Khajuraho sometimes has temperatures of a searing 47 °C while winter temperatures can occasionally drop to 4 °C in December or January.Access:
Rail: There are direct trains from Delhi, Agra and Varanasi. Khajurao is also well connected with major parts of Rajasthan by rail.
Lifestyle: Khajurao like much of other parts of Madhya Pradesh has a healthy tribal population most of whom live on fringes of the city. The most typical food in every household is Bafla, essentially made of flour and butter. A normal everyday meal includes roti, dal, rice & vegetables. Jain style of cooking and its influence is still the predominant in the local food of the region. Traditionally food is prepared in earthen pots and is slow cooked to retain the flavour of vegetables & meat. Until the government banned it, deer meat was a delicacy and a local specialty. Pigeon, wild boar, quail etc also feature as delicacies on most menus.