For a travel enthusiast like me travelling is like a ‘celebration’.
Snatching a few days from my busy schedule, I planned to explore some of the World Heritage Sites in India. No wonder, for me, travelling was the perfect antidote to the drudgery of fast-paced urban life. India’s mind-bending diversity has always fascinated me and for me exploring this wondrous land is like experiencing the joy of heaven on earth.
My first destination was Khajuraho village, one of the most famed tourist destinations in India. I had done my homework of browsing various travel sites on Khajuraho before stepping into this World Heritage Site. It is located in Chhatarpur district in Madhya Pradesh. And fortunately my trip coincided with the Khajuraho Dance Festival.
Known across the world, Khajuraho is famed for its largest group of medieval, Hindu and Jain temples, famous for their erotic sculptures. The history of the heritage monuments of this glorious village spans over centuries.
Finally I along with my guide Ramesh reached the temples of Khajuraho to capture their enigmatic, enchanting and erotic beauty. Built in the period between 9th to 12th centuries, still retaining their old-world charm, these temples boasts of overwhelming sculptures. Their architectural beauty is unmatched, in fact, extraordinary. Each sculpture was carved meticulously.
Ramesh told me about the legends associated with the Khajuraho temples, which were quite interesting. He even told me about the various facts about their architecture. I was completely bowled over by the beauty of the temples. I captured the incredible beauty of the temples in my camera to make my own record of golden memories. I also go an opportunity to interact with some Japanese tourists who had come to see the heritage of India. Mitoshi, a young Japanese chap said “I am completely mesmerized by the rich cultural heritage of India”. His words were a delightful treat to my ears.
After soaking myself in the enchanting beauty of Khauraho Temples, I was eagerly waiting to see the charm of the Khajuraho Dance Festival. I reached the Chitragupta Temple, which serves as the venue for the festival. Dancers clad in their best of attires set the state on fire with their breathtaking dance performances, both classical and modern. I bought some wonderful handicrafts from the stalls set at the venue. A visit to Khajuraho was a celebration in the true sense of the word!