From Agra we take the Shatabdi Express train to Jhansi, giving you the chance to experience India by rail. From Jhansi we are met by a car and continue on to Khajuraho, stopping in Orchha on the way. Orchha is the former capital of the region but is now just a village.
We visit the old fort on an island in the Bewe River and a palace that was built for Jehangir – they are impressive in size and provide pleasant views of the countryside. After stretching our legs on this tour of Orchha we continue on to Khajuraho. Khajuraho is famous for its erotic temples.
They are superb examples of Indo-Aryan architecture but it’s the decorations with which they are so liberally embellished that have made Khajuraho so famous. The sculptors have shown many aspects of Indian life 1000 years ago, gods and goddesses, warriors and musicians. But two elements appear over and over again – women and sex.
Khajuraho’s temples almost all date from a one century long burst of creative genius from 950 to 1050 AD. Almost as intriguing as the sheer beauty and size of the temples themselves is the question of why and how they were built here, so far off any beaten path. Whatever the reason, this very remoteness must have prevented the temples from being destroyed by Muslim invaders.