khajuraho buses

#1 Jan 13th, 2005, 23:26
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because there arent't trains to khajuraho, I'm planning to go from varanasi till satna by train and there to khajuraho by bus. From khajuraho I plan to visit orchha. From orchha I will go to jhansi to catch the train to agra. Is this a good plan to visit khajuraho and orchha, coming from varanasi? Is jhansi the best place to catch the train to agra?
Finally, I would greatly appreciate some tips concerning the bus trip between satna-khajuraho-orchha-jhansi. Does anyone made this route? I read somewhere that there aren't any buses from satna till kajhu in the afternoon. Is that correct?
#2 Jan 14th, 2005, 00:39
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Satna to Khajuraho by bus

I did that about six weeks ago.. the worst road possibly in the whole country.. actually takes about 4 to 4.5 hours or so. The first bus leaves at around 7 am in the morning.

For Varanasi to Satna... another alternate is, if you have time, to go to Allahbad.. may be worth stopping for a day... if you have the time

These are dilapidated and crowded local buses.. The buses from Jhansi to Khajuraho are not much better.. but the roads are definitely better.

Khajuraho to Jhansi would take about 6 hours... notwithstanding what they tell you.

Also in these areas.. most buses will actually tell you that you will reach in 4 hours..when it takes 6.. so if you have a connecting train. make sure that you have that margin. Buses would be extremely overcrowded..

So unless you can hire a car.. Khajuraho is a bit of an adventure tour.. however. the Western group of temples is definitely worth the effort. You will also find it profitable to read a book before going in to the temples.. Make sure you have enough time for the western group.. even if it means giving the southern group a miss. which means aim to arrive at Western group by 2 PM or earlier.
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can any of these bus journeys be done at night??

1) bhopal - khajuraho
2) jhansi - khajuraho
3) khajuraho - satna

i hate to be holed up in a bus during the daytime. i'd like to travel nights and "See" days. possible?
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How much does it cost to hire a car to Khajuraho from Satna or Jhansi?
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Tips concerning the bus trip between satna-khajuraho-orchha-jhansi:
Take Dramamine
Try not to sit in the back of the bus
Sit by a window
Wear good walking shoes
Reject violence.
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whats a dramamine?

and can i do any of the journeys (bhopal-khajuraho / jhansi-khajuraho) by night??
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Dramamine is to prevent motion sickness. It can also make one very drowsy.
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tyvm.

will someone pls answer my other question? can i make any of those journeys by night?
(bhopal-khajuraho / khajuraho-jhansi)
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Hi Marbles,

My advice: go to the toilet before attempting the Satna to Khajuraho leg. I agree with Brightspark, the bus ride is horrendous. The pot holes could be more appropriately called ditches. Especially painful with a full bladder. The bus stops at a small town just before Khajuraho. Be aware of Indian men who hop on the bus at this point who are just trying to practice their English. We had a very persistent paint sales rep who wasn't easy to shake.
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We did Khajuraho to Jhansi on a "delux bus" a few weeks ago. What made it "delux"? Maybe the 2 strips of material that covered the seat? Maybe the 99 people who climbed onto the bus at the first stop? Maybe the girl vomiting non-stop for the 5 hour trip?

Actually, it was a lot of fun and quite an experience. The road was actually quite good and you can ask the driver to drop you off at the road that leads to Orcha. We saw a lot of autorickshaw drivers hanging around the junction so it shouldn't be hard to negotiate a decent price.

In Khajuraho at the bus station, there is a little old man who runs a stall right beside the bus ticket office. He's very kind and will help you with no expectations for anything in return. We were trying to figure out the schedule, where to buy the tickets, what bus to take, where the bus was located etc. and he answered all with a smile. Needless to say, we loaded up for the trip by buying a ton of stuff from him. Great karma.

So, if you need help, look for the little old man with the convenience store. He's about 5'6", grey hair, short beard and he wears a hat.
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thank you all for your tips. I must say that now I got a bit scared. I'm not a fan of buses anywhere in the world (even in the western countries), so I will have to prepare my mind for that, cause I really want to visit khajuraho and orchha.
Is there an alternative route? I mean, satna is about 4, 4.5 hours from khaju. Is there a city closer to khaju, so I can make the bus trip to khaju shorter? In the end what I want to know is, if there is a better route varanasi-khajuraho-orchha-agra, than the one that I planned?
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We just did the Khar to Orchha trip two days ago. The bus trip cost about 85rp and took 6 hours. It wasn't awful - just a bit packed. They dont go all that fast, and the countryside is nice - I'm glad I didn't miss that by doing a night trip. We did get to the Orchha turnoff, and were charged 70rp for a rickshaw to Orchha. Coming back from Orchha to Jhansi in the daytime, we caught a tempo for 20rp, and then a rickshaw from the tempo stand to the station for 20rp. Orchha was nice, and now does have internet - when the electricity is on.
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I flew Jet Airways from Varanasi - Khajuraho last year; not too expensive and better than the road. The first half of the Khajuraho to Orccha ride was really bone-shaking - my walkman turned to maximum could not drown out the rattling of the bus. Of course they crammed 3 people on the 2-person seat. It's a pretty ride, indeed. They'll drop you at the Orccha turnoff from where you can get a ride for the last 10-20 minutes into town. I even managed to get a ride there well after dark, just ask around at the dhabas.

Tip: if you know your travel date, book a rail ticket from Jhansi onwards at the booking office at Khajuraho bus station; Orccha has none and if you wait till then you'll have to make a dash for Jhansi and back to arrange it.

Orccha is great; spend a day wandering around the temples, palaces and tombs and a day sitting by the river and you'll have recovered from the bus ride. There's a small cafe with terrace at the village crossroads that serves OK food, though quite a few people got sick in Orccha when I was there - including me, but that was because of the 45C April heat.

I don't want to scare you, but this is the place that a British tourist got killed not too long ago (he was an artist and came here very regularly - ask at the cornershop cafe to see some of his sketches). He was wandering alone in the jungle beyond the river. They caught the miscreants who did it, city lads from Jhansi. It's a great place to relax, but best not go wandering off alone into the wildernis.
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Originally Posted by Jeroen Tip: if you know your travel date, book a rail ticket from Jhansi onwards at the booking office at Khajuraho bus station
Completely agree. In fact, book your ticket well in advance. Here's why...

We, being naive tourists, thought that we'd book our ticket onwards from Jhansi, at Jhansi. Fortunately, we met a nice couple on the bus who were planning to do the exact same thing for the exact same train. They generously offerred to help us.

Well, we got to Jhansi train station (the bus stops right in front). We went to the ticket office in the main hall which was packed. We filled out a piece of paper that had our travel details on in and our new friend pushed his way through the line to the front.

15 minutes later, he returned and told us that we had to purchase our ticket on the train platform (this is what the ticket office told him). However, in order to purchase a ticket on the train platform, we first had to purchase a ticket to gain access to the platform. So, the two of us dumped our luggage with our wives, and marched outside the train station to the other building across the parking lot. We hunted around for the platform ticket office and found it about 10 minutes later.

We left the other building, walked across the parking lot, and met our wives back in the main train station. We grabbed our stuff, and walked onto the train platform. Surprise! There was no one there to stamp the ticket, so we just walked through. Once on the platform, we asked 5 different people where the ticket booth was and spent another 25 minutes looking for it.

Alas! We found a small tiny closet that was I can only described, "somewhere on the train platform". Of course, it was closed. So again we dumped our stuff, gave our wives the last two, broken filthy plastic seats, and set off for some tea.

90 minutes passed until finally some fellow opened up the closet and stepped in. That's when the rush of travellers swooped upon the the ticket booth and began their pushing and shoving. Of course, no tickets could be sold because this fellow was only responsible for collecting money and dishing out the change.

While we all waited for his co-worker, the power went out. When power goes out in an Indian train station, the rats start to scavange for lunch. All around, rats started scurrying around on the floor and in the rubbish bins. Looking above, the were running on the rafters looking for a way to get down.

In the mean time, some poor fellow had an epilleptic seisure. I ran over, turned him on his side and after 10 minutes he got up and was on his way. THe lights came on, the rats ran back into their holes, and we continued to wait for the other ticket man to arrive.

20 minutes later, the ticket man arrived. He opened up the closet door, crammed his way into it, arranged himself in a somewhat comfortable Yoga position, and started looking for his pen. 5 minutes later, he found it.

Of course, the crowd was really worked up. Our new friend was a small fellow and again, he had managed to work himself to the front. In fact, he was the number 2 person served. Fortunately for us, he managed to get the last 4 tickets in AC Chair class.

I can't imagine what would have happened had we not had this nice couple's help doing purchasing these tickets. Me and the missus would probably still be in the Jhansi train station trying to buy the tix. So my advice to you is to buy your train tickets well before you get to Jhansi.

So if anyone sees Kumal in Delhi, tell him I said thanks!
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Khajuraho by car /airplane

For all those planning to do Khajuraho by plane..

I was there in last week of November..saw people whose plane did not turn up the previous day.. and they were not sure if it was going to turn up the next day either... and this was before the winter season and the fog.. so please check.. Khajuraho it seems does not have night landing facilities therefore the flights tend to be somewhat erratic.

Car hire.. If you are going from Satna to Khajuraho.. you should be paying about Rs. 5 per Km, and the car will charge you for going and coming back.
I dont remember quite accurately.. but the distance is about 80 to 90 kms, whereas Jhansi - Khajuraho is much longer..

Should you decide to hire a car.. since you are going to in any case pay for the return journey.. it may make sense to retain the car in Khajuraho for the return journey.. the retention charges will cost you much less than hire charges for the return journey.. and gives you flexibility to for instance stop over in the sanctuary.. on the Satna - Khajuraho route or at Orcha, on Jhansi - Khajuraho route.

Satna to Jhansi via Khajuraho would require of course paying return charges to the taxi, so may not make economic sense.

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