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Temples of Khajuraho

Khajuraho- The city of Temples

Khajuraho- The temple town of Khajuraho is famous for the erotic  sculptures and often connected to the Kama sutra. It is only when you visit the beautiful town and it’s temples, you realise that the  temples of Khajuraho are much more than just “erotic sculpture temples”.IMG_3578 (1)

     Khajuraho is a small town with 20,000 people . During peak season it gets almost 600 international tourist a day, in off season this number significantly reduces. That said , it was nice visiting Khajuraho in the off season as roads are empty,  we had the temples almost to ourselves for exploring,  we cycled on the boulevards without any problem and most importantly, hotel prices are really low!

We flew into Khajuraho by the midday flight from Varanasi. A short 40 minute  flight later we arrived at the beautiful ,secluded,  quite town of Khajuraho. The airport is a 10 min drive from the “downtown” of Khajuraho – which is a 2 kms long  circular boulevard with hotels on either sides of the boulevard  and the Western Temples . Khajuraho – the name comes from the numerous Date (kharjur) tress spread around the region during the period it was built in. Now, there is not a single Date tree left in the region.

Cycling in Khajuraho. beautiful buelevard of Khajuraho. Travel to khajuraho. tour to khajuraho
Boulevards of Khajuraho

All hotels in Khajuraho have only two floors- ground and first floor. They also do not have lifts. Please request for a room specifically on the ground floor incase you cannot climb to the first floor. The airport is a 10 minute drive away from the hotels and normally Khajuraho gets 1 flight a day during off peak season and 2 flights a day during peak season.

While driving on the boulevard, you do feel like you are in the 1990 or 1980’s . This is because the hotels (the only construction you will see as you exit the airport) were constructed during those years. However, when you enter the hotels , you feel more like you are in the 2016

IMG_3579 copySince it was a nice and cloudy day, we choose to visit the temples in the afternoon. We visited the Western Temples with our guide and learnt about the history and architecture of the temples. The temples of Khajuraho were built between 950 and 1050 by the Chandela dynasty. There were originally over 85 temples which were constructed.About 25 temples are said to exist now.

Western Temples of Khajuraho
Western Temples of Khajuraho

The western temple compound consist of 6 temples; the temple of Lord Vishnu is considered the main temple. We learnt about different theories of  science and physics used to built the temple. From the angles the windows were placed at and the theory of ecology in the design to the depiction of all elements of a life, the temples were an extraordinary example of great architecture.

Khajuraho Temples
Khajuraho Temples

Later we walked around the compound and visited the other temples before returning to our hotel for some rest. In the evening we visited the temple site again for the Sound and light show. The show was nice with the temples light up in different colours. Shikhar Travels always recommends its client  to do the Sound and Light show after guided sightseeing of the temples so it is easy to keep up with the story .

IMG_3635The following morning , we relaxed at our hotel before departing at 3 pm for Panna National Park. We were excited and hopeful to view a Tiger. The National park is a 45 minute drive from Khajuraho. Our naturalist and driver , both came with a lot of experience and made the journey very exciting. We spotted one tiger, three crocodiles , numerous white spotted deers, peacock , peahens, Gray Langur, Sambar Deer and some beautiful brids.

The best part of our journey in Khajuraho was cycling- we hired cycles from our hotel and went on ride on the boulevard. The roads are always empty during off peak season and it was simply a beautiful experience, specially since we do not get to cycle at all in cities like Delhi. We visited the Eastern Temples during our ride, which were not half as exciting as the Western Temples.  We skipped the Southern Temples entirely! But the experience of cycling on the boulevard was just fantastic.

Cycling in Khajuraho
Cycling in Khajuraho

Shikhar Travels recommend Khajuraho as a two day destination. So you can enjoy the beautiful Ancient Temples and witness the Tigers at Panna National Park.

The Magnificence of Stok Kangri – 6153 Mtr

ABC 1“An adventure is only an inconvenience rightly considered.

An inconvenience is only an adventure wrongly considered.”

-G. K. Chesterton

 The chill in the air might freeze you, but the thrill in your spirit will melt all fears away. Mount Stok Kangri expedition is known to be one of the simpler 6000mt treks in the world. After a hard 5 days trek and some really breath-taking views, there is going to be a sense of fulfillment that will make you forget everything else.

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Perched at a height of 6153 mtrs, StokKangri trek is popular, not so technical yet a demanding foray into high altitude mountaineering.  StokKangri is situated in the Indus Valley of Ladakh region and lies on the Karakorum ranges of the Indian Himalayas, which is the highest peak in the Stok ranges of the Himalaya.The bestmonths to ascend are July to September when it’s usually dry with few rain showers in July and August.

Day 06-Stok Base camp

A classic trek to Stok Kangri can take upto 5-6 days. The trek begins from Stok village which is about 24 kms from Leh district. From the village trek uptil Manikarmo at 4600 mt where you witness barren mountains and wilderness. Matho River Valley is a suitable place for setting up a camp.  Acclimatisation takes a lot of time so it is advised to climb to another height of about 5000mt next day, where you can set up base camp and spend another day for acclimatising and walking up to the advanced base camp to spend some time near the glacier.

Day 09-Way to summit

By fourth day, gear up to start your Stok Kangri summit trek as you pass through rock face, snow trails and catch the views of some of world’s highest peaks like K2. Flag your arrival on the snow clad peak and behold the panoramic views that will take you into a trance, but soon it will be time to return to base camp to spend another night at camp as you celebrate your conquest with your team. Return back with memories, lots of pictures, and a Himalayan adventure you have been looking for.

Day 09-Stok summit

Stok Kangri is undoubtedly one of the most beautiful peaks in Ladakh that gives a real opportunity to climb a 6150mt mountain in less than a week, which is not possible in any other part of the world!If adventure is on your mind, expedition in Ladakh Himalayan belt offers an array of adventure treks and expedition for enthu-mountaineers out there, Mt Nun&Mt Kun to name a few.

Seeking Adventure Sites in India – Count On Shikhar Travels

India has long been regarded as ‘The Land of Saints’ and people from all parts of the world throng here to attain mental solace and composure. Conceivably, expeditions to India have largely been religious in nature. However, there is a serious shift in this ever since cutting-edge technologies in the travel space have come to the fore. Today, India has become a highly sought-after destination for adventure activities. Whether it is a rafting trip through the picturesque Zanskar river gorge challenging the daunting grade III-IV rapids, or a trekking expedition to Ladakh, or a Himalayan Safari, India has a whole lot to offer to fulfill your appetite for adventure sports. Shikhar Travels is all-equipped to take you through these thrilling adventure-rides in India. We have experts for these electrifying activities who ensure a safe yet immensely exciting excursion for you.

Adventure activities in India aren’t confined solely to rafting, trekking, or Himalayan safari trips. Besides, the list goes on and on with a number of appealing entries, including Mountain Biking Tour from the curving valleys of Manali to Leh, Festive Tours, Camel Safari in Thar, keep pooling in. We also conduct mystique adventure tours to some of India’s exclusive places like havelis and forts in Rajasthan, Temples of Khajuraho, as well as holy cities of Varanasi and Allahabad. This isn’t just it, as people wishing for an exciting jungle safari would also find India a destination of choice.

We’ll take you closer to some of the world’s rarest and eye-catching creatures. Our, Valley of Flower, as well as Nandadevi and Bandhavgarh wildlife sanctuary treks would give you a chance to come across the world’s most fascinating flora and fauna. However, we also offer special interest tours for people seeking something new to spice up their life. An engrossing trip to Madhubani Paintings, Sailing Down the Water of Ganges, and Romance of Steam Loco are some of the key features of our special interest tour package.

If you are looking ahead to an excursion in India in the coming holidays you can always count on us. We vow to offer you a full array of adventure activities in India and be there for you for all your sojourn needs.

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Get Geared For A Ravishing Himalayan Expedition With Shikhar Travels

Had enough of strolling around those big flashy shopping malls satiating your itchy shopping urge and seeing those man-made concrete skyscrapers? It’s time to go for some holistic entertainment package this fall. It’s time to explore the real world skyscraper, the Himalayas – The Abode of Snow. Scenic landscapes, picturesque sights, a journey full of nerve-chilling adventures, curving valleys, serpentine rivers, are among those delights a Himalayan odyssey has to dish out to you. Take your family to an enthralling sojourn at the world’s highest mountain ranges, and you don’t need to be a specialized mountaineer to do that, as Shikhar Travels is there to take you through.

Encompassing a rare blend of diverse cultures, and some of the world’s most picturesque gifts that the mother nature has bestowed upon, the Himalayas have everything to catch the eye. Since time immemorial, mountaineers have been swayed by the enigmatic Himalayan ranges and kept exploring them every now and then. Shikhar Travels offers you a chance to step into their shoes and unravel trekking adventures to the fullest. Your relishing ride doesn’t end here if you are a real adventure enthusiast, as Shikhar Travels takes you on a date with the vibrant Himalayan rivers. Hone up your rafting skills and simply enjoy challenging those daunting Himalayan river waves.

It’s not just the natural vegetation, scenic landscapes, or thrilling adventures that grab your attention, but different cultures in the Himalayan abode would keep your eyeballs engaging. People seeking mental solace find the Himalayan ranges a place of choice. Shikhar Travels organizes pilgrimage tours through the Himalayan region to offer you an opportunity to get familiar with various cultures and figure out their characteristic ways of attaining composure. The Himalayan region is home to bevy of Buddhist monasteries where you’ll discover Buddhist practices and ways of leading life with immense tranquility.

Whether you are an independent backpacker, or a group traveler, the Himalayan range will be the perfect place for your holiday excursion this fall. So, what are you waiting for, just pack your bags and give us the precious opportunity to make your Himalayan trip an unforgettable experience.

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