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Khajuraho is a city in the Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, located about 385 miles (620 kilometres) southeast of Delhi, the capital city of India. One of the most popular tourist destinations in India, Khajuraho has the largest group of medieval Hindu temples, famous for their erotic sculpture. The name Khajuraho is derived from the Hindi word khajur meaning a date palm.

The city was once the religious capital of the Chandela Rajputs, a minor Hindu dynasty that ruled this part of India from the 10th to the 12th centuries. The Khajuraho temples were built over a span of a hundred years, from 950-1050 AD. The whole area was enclosed by a wall with eight gates, each flanked by two golden palm trees. There were originally over 80 Hindu temples, of which only 22 now stand in a reasonable state of preservation, scattered over an area of about 8 sq mile(21 sq km).

The Khajuraho group of monuments has been listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

BY AIR: Regular Alliance Air (a wholly owned subsidiary of Indian Airlines) flights link Khajuraho with Delhi, Agra and Varanasi. Flying from Delhi to Agra takes 35 minutes and from Agra to Khajuraho, it takes 40 minutes. From Varanasi to Khajuraho, it's a 45 minutes flight. Indian Airlines Office is at Hotel Clarks Bundela, Khajuraho.

BY RAIL: There is no direct train to Khajuraho. The most convenient station is Jhansi, which is linked to Delhi and other major northern cities. Satna is another convenient railway head. The nearest railheads are Harpalpur (94 km) and Mahoba (61 km). Jhansi is a convenient railhead for those travelling from Delhi and Chennai, Satna, on the Mumbai-Allahabad line of Central Railway for those coming from Mumbai, Calcutta and Varanasi. The Superfast Shatabdi Express train from Delhi to Jhansi takes four hours approximately. From Jhansi Railway station, a number of buses and taxis ply to Khajuraho. The journey of 175 kilometres takes approximately four hours. Satna is on the Bombay to Allahabad line of the Central Railways and is a convenient railhead from Delhi, Bombay, Calcutta and Varanasi. From Satna station taxis ply to Khajuraho, 117 kilometres away.

BY ROAD: Khajuraho is connected by regular buses with Satna, Harpalpur, Jhansi and Mahoba. Khajuraho is 391 km from Agra, 117 km from Satna, 176 km from Jhansi, 350 km from Bhopal, 280 km from Gwalior, 480 km from Indore, 210 km from Jabalpur.

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