As soon as the lovely monsoons arrive in the Indian subcontinent, the eastern and sea-side coast of the country become a patchwork of green. A much-needed respite from the typically hot Indian summers, Indian monsoons push many avid travellers and adventure enthusiasts to take a road-trip or perhaps plan a holiday with family and friends.
The good thing about traveling through India is that the nation is beautifully diverse and every region has something unique to offer. For instance, take the example of lovely Khajuraho temples of Madhya Pradesh that are a true celebration of art, beauty, and sensuality.
Declared as a world heritage site by UNESCO, for a dedicated history buff, Khajuraho temples is a paradise to be explored and cherished. Interestingly, there are many temples around the region that showcase explicit nude and lovemaking postures which are sure to pique anyone’s interest.
Just like Machu Pichu and the pyramids of Egypt, Khajuraho temples are one-of-a-kind historical structures. The site looks astonishingly beautiful during monsoons as you get to roam around the temple’s vicinity with little droplets drizzling on you! And with Hotels in Khajuraho such as The LaLiT Temple View Khajuraho offering special Monsoon special discounts, one should not miss out on the opportunity.
Another amazing thing about travelling through Khajuraho is that every nook and corner of the place has some sort of story associated with it. Even the very name “Khajuraho” has an interesting anecdote associated with it. The place derives its name from a Hindi word “Khajur” which means ‘date’. The city walls of Khajuraho are adorned with date palms and in ancient times it was known as Khajjurpura. In fact, the temples might look a little ruined on the outside but its interiors are still beautifully adorned and each room has an entrance, a sanctum and vestibule. All the temples (both the western and eastern group of temples) are made from sandstone which is why they have a pink, yellow, and buffy look. Ironically, all the temples are strongly built which is why they could withstand so many invasions over a period of time.
Also, there are many local folklores associated with the building of these temples, but all stories culminate to one conclusion—the union of masculine and feminine forces of Mother Nature, which we commonly call ‘Shiva’ and ‘Shakti’, respectively, in Hindu culture. The temple represents basic principles of what people also call Yin and Yang in common language and showcases how our ancients were way ahead of their times.
Most tourists visit Khajuraho to witness those beautiful erotic structures they have heard stories about, but the temples of Khajuraho are much more than only that. Only 10% of the structures showcase provocative postures, rest of them are inspired from the tales described in various Indian scriptures such as Mahabharata and Ramayana. You will also witness sculptures showcasing women dressing, musicians playing instruments and people doing their daily chores.
All in all, we can safely say that Khajuraho is an indispensable part of our ancient Indian culture and a must-visit place for any person who relishes a unique travelling experience.
So, this monsoon visit this lovely place, dine in some of the finest Khajuraho restaurants and embark on a journey that can become a permanent part of your travel diaries.