Whenever there is a mention of the ancient town of Khajuraho, the glorious Khajuraho group of temples takes the best of our minds and hearts. From being the flag bearer of the architectural finesse associated with the Chandela dynasty to being one of the most visited historical monuments of the present times, the Khajuraho group of temples is a prominent UNESCO world heritage site. Thus, it is quite natural to assume that the tourists primarily visit Khajuraho to witness the magnificence of its temples.
However, it will be a bit erroneous on our part to restrict the significance of Khajuraho to just temples. If you look through conscientiously, you will embark upon a lot of ‘out of the ordinary’ things to do in Khajuraho. So, the next time you plan to set your foot in here, do not forget to tot up your itinerary with the following:
- A visit to Raneh Falls
The white water gushing freely through the rocks is a sight to feast your eyes on. To witness this panorama, visit the falls which is located at a distance of about 20 kms from Khajuraho. It is believed that if you want your heart elevated, ears stunned, and eyes bemused – all at once, visit this marvellous spectacle of nature during monsoons. Not only this, you can also witness the brilliant rock formation here which is certain to enthrall you, and most importantly, bring you closer to Mother Nature.
- Become a part of the Sound and Light Show
When the sun reaches its abode, the Western Group of temples at Khajuraho starts preparing for an extravaganza of music and light. With mesmerising music performances, especially the ones cherishing Indian classical music forms and multihued floodlights, you will definitely feel captivated by the alluring aura presented before you. Apart from this, you will also get a chance to witness several folk dance performances where dancers charm you with their spellbinding narrative of the history and culture depicted by the ancient town of Khajuraho. With a minimal entry fee, the sound and light show at Khajuraho’s Western Group of Temples is absolutely worth it.
- Explore the gastronomical wonders of Khajuraho
You will find several Khajuraho restaurants and food stalls which not only allow you to savour on the indigenous cuisines, but also bring to your plate the flavours of international cuisines including oriental, continental, Italian and a lot more. Whether you want to enjoy a lavish dinner or want to explore the street food, Khajuraho won’t disappoint you. From neon lights shining all bright on the streets of the famous Jain Mandir in the evening to the aroma of the delicious street food raising all high, you have umpteen dishes to choose from to satiate your food cravings.
- A walk on the rustic grounds of the city
While the main city of Khajuraho provides you with a rich cultural experience, the old city, Kharjura Vaahaka, gives you a glimpse of the countryside beauty. From old huts made from wood to beautiful ladies in their colourful ensemble completely occupied with their household work, everything in the old town of Khajuraho makes for the scenery worth capturing. The villagers are really welcoming and proudly share with you the history and prominence of their lifestyle and culture.
Apart from the aforementioned things, you can also plan a destination wedding in Khajuraho or visit the ruins of Ajaigarh fort. If you want to explore the wilderness here, then Ken Ghariyal Sanctuary is your go-to place.
All in all, the ancient town of Khajuraho comes packed with the marvels of architecture and nature. So get ready to be enthralled by the mystic charm of this city during your next visit!