I feel like the following post should come with a warning; if naughty stone carvings offend you then look away now! Some of the following images are of a crude nature. 🙈
With a minute to spare we caught a bus from Rishikesh to Delhi where we hung out around Connought Place before taking a sleeper train to Khajuraho. We arrived in Khajuraho early in the morning. Unlike most train stations in India that we have been to, Khajuraho was extremely quiet. We took a tuk tuk into town and found a hotel just opposite the Western Group of Temples which we had come to Khajuraho especially to see. The hotel was grim but the owner promised 'good wifi and a cheap price' so we decided to make do. It didn't take long before we noticed a lot of chirping noises, when we looked around the edges of the room we noticed crickets, and lots of them. It was like we'd been cursed with an Egyptian plague! We moved rooms and Craig started to unpack when he realised that most of his clothes were damp from his bag being left in a puddle in the storage boot of the bus, not a great start. We hung his clothes to dry where we could and went next door for for a bite to eat. The restaurant seemed very posh, it was in complete opposition to our hotel. We enjoyed a lovely vegetarian burger in a little air conditioned room with linen napkins and art adorning the walls.
After lunch we walked to the Western Group of Temples, just yards away. Craig had read about the temples somewhere and they'd intrigued him. We'd heard that the carvings were quite unique as they displayed scenes of erotica, we thought it would be interesting to come and see them and Khajuraho seemed a little off the beaten track too. The temples which are Hindu and Jain were definitely a sight to behold! According to research only 10% of the carvings are actually of a sexual nature but as we walked around it seemed extremely easy to spot the erotic ones, some were so surprising as they featured scenes of bestiality. The temples were preserved extremely well and the gardens were a delight, it was like a little eden though the high humidity sapped any attempt at a relaxed wander around.
We treated ourselves to pizza on a rooftop in the sleepy town for dinner, the conversation turned to our travels and Craig surprisingly stated that he had had enough of backpacking and was ready to go home. It was a little out of the blue and I didn't know what to think, although I've spent a great deal of time feeling homesick I still felt like I wanted to see a little more after India. I didn't want our journey to end on a low point because travelling India had been such a challenge for us and had worn us down. It was definitely time to have a think about whether to go home or continue on with our trip. The next day we ate at the lovely restaurant next door to our hotel and watched a film while waiting for our evening train to Varanasi, out last stop in India. As we waited to leave a cricket jumped onto my head causing me to screech and jiggle my body to free any other insects that may have invaded my personal space, I won't miss this when we do eventually get home.
We've seen some temples in our time all across the world so it was very refreshing to see something that was actually different and completely unlike anything we've seen before. Khajuraho had been an interesting stop on the way to much anticipated Varanasi.
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