India has a wealth to offer international tourists, from nature travel in the rich Western Ghats to the urban explorations afforded by the modern metropolis of Mumbai. Plus, the vibrant Indian culture draws travelers from across the globe. Modern explorers looking for a unique glimpse of the both the native culture and amazing wildlife can join International Expeditions’ India Tiger Safari, which includes a stop in Khajuraho. This small town is famed for its temples featuring exquisite — and often erotic — depictions of the Hindu and Jain pantheons of gods.
Located in Madhya Pradesh, Khajuraho is a popular destination thanks to its groups of Hindu and Jain temples — attractions that helped earn the locale distinction as an UNESCO World Heritage Site. Most of these temples were built between 950 and 1150 A.D., when the city was the cultural capital of the Chandela Rajputs.
Though there were once 80 temples in the city, only 25 remain, and the ornate artistry of the stone carvings on these remaining buildings is a must see for any visitor. Adorning the walls and columns of these structures are vivid depictions of erotic encounters between deities like Shiva, Vishnu and Brahma.
The temples are separated into three groups, with the western group offering possibly the most famous among these temples, the Lakhmana temple. This structure was built to honor the eponymous ruler at the time of its construction and bears some of the finest depictions of the Hindu trinity in the region.
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