On day 6 of our #CentralIndiaRoadTrip , we explored the Western group of temples at Khajuraho. Then we headed to Orchcha before calling it a day at Jhansi. So two states in a day and all about the rich history of India. The Chandela dynasty in the Bundelkhand region built the temples at Khajuraho and the fort at Orchcha. It’s hard to describe the architecture. It’s not about the words but the depiction in the time as early as the early 10th century. The openness to depict such carvings in a temple and have people respect the art. It takes a lot of progressive thinking and that coming from over a 1000 years was impressive to say the least. #incredibleindia#madhyapradesh#khajuraho#desitraveller#twotravelersoneheart#temple#mypixeldairy#yourshotindia
aka Black-Shouldered Kite, is a small diurnal bird of prey. This kite is distinctive, with long wings; white, grey and black plumage and owl-like forward-facing eyes with red irises.
They habitats in open land and semi-deserts in sub-Saharan Africa and tropical Asia, but it has a foothold within Europe in Spain and Portugal. They are not migratory, but show nomadism in response to weather and food availability. Although found mainly on the plains, they have been seen at higher altitudes in Sikkim (3,650m), the Nilgiris (2,670m) and Nagaland (2,020m). They are said to be winter visitors in some parts of their range such as the Western Ghats.
It breeds throughout the year nesting in India except April and May. Males establish territory and defend it. Female moves into the territory of male. Courtship is noisy and involves chases and once the pair is formed, they copulate frequently. The nest is a loose platform of twigs in which 3-4 pale creamy eggs with deep red spots are laid. The female spends more effort in the construction of the nest. Both parents incubate but when the chicks hatch, male spends more time on foraging for food. Once breeding is complete, females often move on to new territories sometimes deserting before the young fledge, leaving males to feed and raise the young. They raise multiple broods in a year.
They prey on grasshoppers, crickets and other large insects, lizards and rodents. It flies slowly to prey like a harrier; also hovers like a Kestrel, rarely hunting prey in flight.
These birds roost communally with groups of 15 to 35 converging at a large leafy tree. They are extremely silent and the calls recorded include a high-pitched squeal or a soft whistle. They call mainly during the breeding season and at the roost site.
The Khajuraho temple complex is a series of beautifully built and decorated buildings in Madhya Pradesh, India
खजुराहो भारत के मध्य प्रदेश प्रान्त में स्थित एक प्रमुख शहर है जो अपने प्राचीन एवं मध्यकालीन मंदिरों के लिये विश्वविख्यात है। यह मध्य प्रदेश के छतरपुर जिले में स्थित है। खजुराहो को प्राचीन काल में खजूरपुरा और खजूर वाहिका के नाम से भी जाना जाता था। यहां बहुत बड़ी संख्या में प्राचीन हिन्दू और जैन मंदिर हैं। मंदिरों का शहर खजुराहो पूरे विश्व में मुड़े हुए पत्थरों से निर्मित मंदिरों के लिए प्रसिद्ध है। खजुराहो को इसके अलंकृत मंदिरों की वजह से जाना जाता है जो कि देश के सर्वोत्कृष्ठ मध्यकालीन स्मारक हैं। भारत के अलावा दुनिया भर के आगन्तुक और पर्यटक प्रेम के इस अप्रतिम सौंदर्य के प्रतीक को देखने के लिए निरंतर आते रहते है। हिन्दू कला और संस्कृति को शिल्पियों ने इस शहर के पत्थरों पर मध्यकाल में उत्कीर्ण किया था। #Khajuraho#Khajurahotemple#Khajurahoart#IndiaTemple#UkDevonKiBhumi#UKdevonkibhumi#HinduTemple#hindutva
Day 8: Khajuraho. We arrived in Khajuraho at 7:30am this morning and immediately noticed the distinct lack of honking - what can be expected of population of only 24,000. The city itself is small but is just as vibrant and the people are so incredibly helpful - and less seem to want something in return. Today we visited the Western group of the famous Khajuraho temples (also known as the Karma Sutra Temples). These Hindu Temples were dedicated predominantly to Vishnu and Shiva, however there were others. The carvings on the sides of the temples, although incredibly graphic, showed the skill and precision of the workers who managed to build long lasting temples (the earliest of which was started in 1000 AD, and the most recent 200 years ago). Some of the carvings depicted on the temples included a man proving that horses really are man's best friend, as well as the multiple uses of being able to maintain a headstand - however there were also depictions of dancers, warriors and animals.
"Hindustan Ka Dil Dekho”- aatchphrase of the Madhya Pradesh Tourism is enough to describe the significance of the State that lies at the heart of Incredible India. India is a land of rich history and culture, and Madhya Pradesh is one such state in India that bears testament to this fact. Every year, millions of tourists flock to the state because of its unique attractions. Due to its geographical location, it is fondly called as ‘the Heart of India.’ Let’s treat ourselves with some of the interesting facts about Madhya Pradesh:
1. The Bigger, The Better!
After Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh is the second largest state in India by area. With an area of 308,000 sq. km, it occupies a strategic geographical location in India.
2. The Capital Shifts!
After India’s independence, Madhya Pradesh was formed with Nagpur as its capital. However, in 1956 the state was reorganized and Bhopal became its new capital.
3. Home to Khajuraho: A World Heritage Site!
Built back in the 10th century, the Khajuraho monuments are an epitome of breath-taking sculptures and elegance. The sculptures depict the artful and erotic expressions of the various sexual practices of the time. These clusters of sculptures have been classified as the world heritage sites, which attract hundreds and thousands of people every day.
4. The Oldest Known Rock Art!
The Caves of Bhimbetka is a collection of 600 caves and is considered one of the oldest cave collections in India. It is another hotspot for tourists for some of its amazing rock carvings and paintings. The site is known as the oldest known rock art in the Indian sub-continent as well as one of the largest prehistoric complexes. These caves are also a world heritage site in India.
5. Home To The Kumbh-Fair!
The City of Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh is known as ‘The City of Temples’ because it’s home to some of India’s most popular temples. Ujjain is also one of the four places where the Kumbh-Mela is hosted. It is held on the banks of the river Shipra where the event is celebrated in a grand manner with lip-smacking street foods.
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The higher you are, the views will be better. Apparently best point for sunrise and sunset in khajuraho is nearby hills also known as datla pahad. It's hardly one hour hike to top, but the view is breathtaking.
You get to see villages below. Khajuraho town in one horizon and distant hills in other.
Day 7: Varanasi. It's William's 16th birthday today (which meant that there was chocolate cake for brekkie)! Today both the tuk-tuks AND boats were on strike within Varanasi, but we managed to get a ride to Ramnagor fort opposite the river. The drivers here obviously know the exact dimensions of their vehicle as everyone squeezes into gaps you would have thought impossible. The fort itself has been converted into an incredibly dusty museum filled with old, decorated, ivory palaquins as well as old fire arms, swords, cars (including Cadillacs, Ford's, Plymouths and a Minerva) as well as photographs of the past Maharaja's who lived there. It was so interesting to see how everything has evolved, and you can just imagine how spectacular a blue Cadillac would have been driving around the ancient streets. After returning to our hotel, we dropped our gear off and went for our final walk around Varanasi - making it our goal to get lost in the alleyways. The colours are splashed around the buildings with everything ranging from a bright blue door to yellow walls.
As I'm writing this, I'm sitting at the Varanasi train station (however yesterday's post as well as today's will be done when we next get strong working wifi) waiting to catch an overnight train to Khajuraho listening to the hustle and bustle of people around me - hopefully entering trains here is slightly less hectic. Varanasi has been a good end to our first week in India, but I can't wait to see what our next six weeks will be like.