Khajuraho Travel Itineraries

Taking a trip to Khajuraho? Our friends at M.P Tourism have a few suggestions on where to go and what to see.

Khajuraho itinerary

2 DAY ITINERARY (KHAJURAHO and KALINJAR FORT):

DAY 1 in KHAJURAHO: Spend your first day in town exploring Khajuraho’s world-renowned Hindu and Jain temples. They were built by the rulers of the Chandela kingdom back in the 10th century. Over 85 temples are believed to have been built – and 20 remain standing today. Read more about the Eastern, Western and Southern Group of temples here. If you can’t visit all of them, fear not – you’ll get another glimpse of them as you run past them on Sunday!

DAY 2 in KHAJURAHO AND KALINJAR:  Wake up at dawn and walk, jog or run past the temples of Khajuraho. Take a moment to stop and stare as you cross them – they’re a World Heritage Site for good reason – the sculptures and masonry have withstood the test of time as well as attacks from foreign invaders over the centuries.  If you have the time, do also head to Kalinjar Fort – Located 3 hours north east of Khajuraho, it’s a much underrated but equally impressive fort that was a stronghold of the Chandela rulers.

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Rani Mahal in Kalinjar fort. Sagar Das, Rosehub (Wikimedia)

3 DAY ITINERARY (KHAJURAHO, KALINJAR FORT, ORCHHA):

DAY 1 in KHAJURAHO: Spend your first day in town exploring Khajuraho’s world-renowned Hindu and Jain temples. They were built by the rulers of the Chandela kingdom back in the 10th century. Over 85 temples are believed to have been built – and 20 remain standing today. Read more about the Eastern, Western and Southern Group of temples here. If you can’t visit all of them, fear not – you’ll get another glimpse of them as you run past them on Sunday!

DAY 2 in KHAJURAHO AND KALINJAR: Wake up at dawn and walk, jog or run past the temples of Khajuraho. Take a moment to stop and stare as you cross them – they’re a World Heritage Site for good reason – the sculptures and masonry have withstood the test of time as well as attacks from foreign invaders over the centuries.  If you have the time, do also head to Kalinjar Fort – Located 3 hours north east of Khajuraho, it’s a much underrated but equally impressive fort that was a stronghold of the Chandela rulers.

DAY 3 in ORCHHA: Located 4 hours west of Khajuraho, and adjacent to the city of Jhansi, Orchha is a 15th century town with temples and palaces built by Rudra Pratap Singh, the first king of the princely state of Orchha.  Stop by at the Raja Mahal, a palace-fort located on an island by the Betwa River. Also visit the Jehangir Mahal, an entire palace said to have been built to “humor” Emperor Jehangir during his visit to Orchha. Head back to Khajuraho if you’re flying out – or catch a train back home from nearby Jhansi.

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Orccha – Royal Chhatris on the bank of Betwa River. ShivaRajvanshi (Wikimedia)

4 DAY ITINERARY (KHAJURAHO, KALINJAR FORT, ORCHHA):

DAY 1 in KHAJURAHO: Spend your first day in town exploring Khajuraho’s world-renowned Hindu and Jain temples. They were built by the rulers of the Chandela kingdom back in the 10th century. Over 85 temples are believed to have been built – and 20 remain standing today. Read more about the Eastern, Western and Southern Group of temples here. If you can’t visit all of them, fear not – you’ll get another glimpse of them as you run past them on Sunday!

DAY 2 in KHAJURAHO AND KALINJAR: Wake up at dawn and walk, jog or run past the temples of Khajuraho. Take a moment to stop and stare as you cross them – they’re a World Heritage Site for good reason – the sculptures and masonry have withstood the test of time as well as attacks from foreign invaders over the centuries.  If you have the time, do also head to Kalinjar Fort – Located 3 hours north east of Khajuraho, it’s a much underrated but equally impressive fort that was a stronghold of the Chandela rulers.

DAY 3 in ORCHHA: Located 4 hours west of Khajuraho, and adjacent to the city of Jhansi, Orchha is a 15th century town with temples and palaces built by Rudra Pratap Singh, the first king of the princely state of Orchha.  Stop by at the Raja Mahal, a palace-fort located on an island by the Betwa River. Also visit the Jehangir Mahal, a palace renowned for its Mughal architecture said to have been built to “humor” Emperor Jehangir during his visit to Orchha.

DAY 4 in KHAJURAHO: On your final day in town, Take a jeep safari to visit the nearby Panna Tiger Reserve or visit the Raneh Falls and the Pandav Falls located along the Ken river.

Keep in mind Madhya Pradesh is one of India’s largest states – and there’s lots to see and explore from a historical and wildlife significance. The Buddhist Monuments at Sanchi, the prehistoric Rock Shelters at Bhimbetka and the Bandavgarh National Park are all worth a visit.

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