Like most people, travel was not my forte once upon a time. I would visit a place because someone would take me or someone recommended. And my trip to Khajuraho happened in that phase. Ignorant me, I didn’t even know it was listed as a place to watch erotic sculptures and many books had been written on this.
My friend and I were busy trying to find a decent hotel to stay and reach the place because someone said it would make for a nice holiday. Those were not the days of the internet and discount schemes. Everything was word of mouth. Our means of travel was the best train in India—the Shatabdi. I don’t even remember the hotel we stayed in but now Khajuraho has many five-star hotels.
In those days, I was not a history fan either. I would not bother about guides, travel people, local guides and the ‘www’ didn’t exist in India. So, I reached one of the most exotic places in India knowing nothing, except that Khajuraho was the erotic talked about part of India.
Tour of Khajuraho temple complex
Here began my education. The temple complex is as green as it can be. And foreigners were busy exclaiming and capturing it on their huge professional cameras. And they talked in their native languages, pointing out at the sculptures. The marvellous men, women and animals, the heritage structure that had beaten the weather gods for a long, long time, sightseeing in Khajuraho is also an art.
Located in the heart of India, the temple complex is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. These are a group of Hindu and Jain temples. And then I saw a huge bull. It was picture time. The guide continued his narration, even as Indian women in groups shied when they looked at the monuments. They whispered and scurried past. This intrigued me, the westerners were busy gazing in awe and the Indians scurried. The guide continued. The temples are built in Nagara-style architecture, which needs a lot of digging into books and drawings to understand, but, in short, the visible is a magnificent view.
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