If dances intrigue you, then Khajuraho Festival would definitely hold your interest. Khajuraho dance festival, organised by the Madhya Pradesh Kala Parishad, is a one-week-long festival. One of the famous cultural events of India it is exciting and thrilling. This cultural festival highlights the richness of the various Indian classical dance styles such as Kathak, Bharathanatyam, Odissi, Kuchipudi, Manipuri and Kathakali with performances of some of the best exponents in the field, usually in front of the Chitragupta Temple dedicated to Surya (the Sun God) and the Vishwanatha Temple dedicated to Lord Shiva. The aim of organizing this event is to promote cultural heritage and traditional dances of India.
November – December
Welcome to your ‘Dance Festival at Khajuraho’ tour!
On arrival at airport in Khajuraho, you will be transferred to the hotel.
Khajuraho is a UNESCO world heritage site for its beautiful erotic rock carving. It is also famous for archaeological site known for its sculptured temples dedicated to Shiva, Vishnu, and Jain patriarchs. In the evening, attend the dance festival at western group of temples. It is an annual event and takes place in the month of February or March next to the stunning setting of the wonderfully illuminated Khajuraho shrines. Live performances include Odissi and Bharatanatyam by famous Indian classical dancers.
Overnight stay at Khajuraho. (Lunch & Dinner)
After breakfast, visit the group of temples at Khajuraho called as Western, Eastern & Southern temples. Here you can experience & study the World Heritage Site. Western Group of Temples are the most popular with beautiful massive structures from which Kandariya Mahadeo is considered the most evolved example of central Indian temple architecture. Dedicated to Lord Shiva, this temple is also the largest of Khajuraho temples. There are other temples namely:
Post lunch; proceed to the Eastern group of temples. The temple of Parsvanath is the largest of the Jain temples in Khajuraho. The temple was originally dedicated to Adinath and later to Parsvanath. It is the finest example of the sensitive art without any sexual motifs. Near this, you will find the temple of Adinath with fine carvings. The temple is quite similar to the Hindu temples of Khajuraho. Later, proceed to Southern group of temples which consists of Duladeo temple and Chaturbhuj temple. Duladeo temple is the most popular temple in the southern group of temples in Khajuraho. Chaturbhuj temple is dedicated to Vishnu in his ascetic form. It is the only temple in Khajuraho devoid of any erotic carvings.
Overnight stay at hotel in Khajuraho. (Breakfast, Packed Lunch & Dinner)
After breakfast, visit the Archaeological Museum. There are five galleries in the museum; some are as - Main Hall and Veradah display, Jaina Gallery, Vaisnava Gallery, Miscellaneous Gallery, and Saiva Gallery. In 1910, W.A. Jardine, an innovative local officer of the British government collected the loose sculptures and architectural members of the ruined temples of Khajuraho and preserved it in an enclosure built adjoining to the Matangeshwar Temple. Till 1952, this collection was known as Jardine Museum and then it was taken over by the Archaeological Survey of India. Then, proceed to the Kandariya Shilpgram for witnessing the local artisans at work, handcraft and gift store and an entertainment venue which offers a cultural program very similar to the one held at the Shilpgram. In the evening, you have the option of returning to the festivities of the dance festival at western group of temples. (Optional)
Overnight stay at hotel in Khajuraho. (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
Post breakfast, check-out from the hotel and depart home with treasured experiences of Magnificent Khajuraho. (Breakfast)
|By Air||: The nearest airport is at Khajuraho (5 kms).|
|By Rail||: The nearest railhead is Mahoba railway station (63 kms).|
|By Road||: Khajuraho is connected by road with Orchha, 173 kms and Jhansi 175 kms|