A short guidebook for Khajuraho Orchha and Jhansi.

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I and my wife had a beautiful trip to Khajuraho this October and I would try to help fellow travellers who intend to visit these places in future. Please note that the trip was a budget one as I did not recover from the expenses of last May, yet. I was talking about my wedding. So this was our second trip as a couple and went out to be a memorable one. Now I was greatly inspired by Paglaghora and Aarosh so kudos to them, before I start. Don't worry this would be a brief one unlike my previous TRs..

And Oh, 1 thing...my camera suffered an injury just before the trip so some pics got a blur patch due to the lens guard scratch. Please forgive me

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Originally Posted by Legless soul View Post Please note that the trip was a budget one .........this was our second trip as a couple and went out to be a memorable one. Don't worry this would be a brief one unlike my previous TRs..
Story Teller in a budget tour but I want in Details Brother. Don't forget, Its a guidebook for me
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The Jorney

Day 1:

We boarded the Shipra express(22912) at 17:45 PM from Howrah(HWH) on 30th Sept 2013 which was right on time. The dinner was brought from home and after a brisk argument, I went for sleep. The Train was scheduled to reach Satna(STA) at 11.25 am next day via Gaya, Mughal-Sarai and Allahabad. I slept quite easily in the lower bunk and had carried a backpack only so no worries at night.


Yamuna from the train just before Allahabad
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Day 2:

"What the hell are you doing?........" This were the lines from a couple of vendors which I got as soon as I tried to click some pics at Allahabad Station. At once I pretended that I didn't understood Hindi and gave a blank look. They were in my trap soon and their attitude(was like they will beat me up) turned soft. I still did not understand why they got so violent.
I had other worries, the train was late by 3 Hrs and we reached Satna at 2.30 PM. We had a small lunch with Littii and Chokha from Alahabad station, the chutney was too hot, even my chilly loving wife threw out those.

As soon as we stepped out the cabbies caught hold of us and I started bargaining(I love it). The deal was fixed at Rs 1100(115 Kms) all inclusive till the gates of my guest house. The car was an Indica and we two were more than comfortable. We stopped at a dhaba and had masala chai with some chips, it was awesome.


The dhaba

Please remember that share cab concept is not present at Satna so either you take a bus(cheap) or book a car. I read(in IM) that the road from Satna to Khajuraho is like hell, but believe me friends I have seen worst at West Bengal. I would say that they are moderate like any Indian roads. We soon saw the Panna Tiger reserve gates(was closed) and the lovely park at both the sides. The locals said that no tiger remains there and its better to spend your money at Bandhavgarh or Kanha or Pench for tiger safari.

the grass land of Panna
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Day 2 cont.....

We had a booking at Yogi Ashram Guest house, 15 mins walk from the western group of temple complex. A quite and lovely property, ideal for spending holidays within the lap of nature. The room tariff is mouth watering and not the food. They also serve beers at reasonable rates and Wi-Fi is free.

After watching the setting sun over the Ken River(Karnavati) we reached the guest house at dusk. It took 2 and a half hour with a couple of short breaks




River Ken
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Originally Posted by dcyouth View Post Story Teller in a budget tour but I want in Details Brother. Don't forget, Its a guidebook for me
Yes, yes...full details, nothing less! Master story teller is at work again. Great!
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Originally Posted by asishdas View Post Yes, yes...full details, nothing less! Master story teller is at work again. Great!
Ah I was waiting for you dada....
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We reached the ancient city of Chandela Kingdom and at once fell in love. The Khajuraho village is surrounded by the Vindhya mountains the one who lost his glory due to a curse from The Bhrigu(PM me for the detailed story). The cool breeze and the calm ambiance made me refreshed and went out for a walk to the city centre within half an hour. We did not find any Indian tourist within our vicinity and the locals were very friendly. We had a long chat with chanachur(Bombay mix)from my bag and beer and tea from the guest house kitchen. There was a Spanish lady, we became good friends and a British couple who left at midnight to catch a train from Satna. Next day a couple of gentlemen arrived from Malta and they also became good chatting acquaintance.
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Day 3

I woke up at 6 am and went to the terrace to enjoy the morning. I was greeted there by different birds(already posted some pics at Which bird is this? forum) and the pleasant morning air....zero pollution.
We reached the Western group of temples at 8 AM and took the tickets. It was Rs 20 per head for Indians.

The Temples:

1) Varaha Temple

2) The Laxmana Temple

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3) Kandariya Mahadev



4) Jagadambi Temple



5) Chitragupta or Surya Temple

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6) The unknown temple..



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7) Nandi Shrine


8) Vishwanath Temple

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Excellent report.....looking forward for your next post
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The story is unfolding layer by layer! Great going.

PS: How can I be far away when you are presenting your TR?
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Re: A short guidebook for Khajuraho Orchha and Jhansi.

Superb writing with photographs.. Good going. I'm flooded with memory. Had a great photoguide with me called Michael. Short fellow with a beard. He made me ran helter-skelter during four minutes of sun set to cover all the vantage points :-D. Good old nikon f2 days.
Waiting for the next issue....
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