Friday, September 28, 2018

Our Last Club Adventure - Days 11 & 12 - Khajuraho Temples and Panna Tiger Reserve

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The train was two hours delayed so we got to sleep in a least me anyway...everyone else got me of course...and did not go back to sleep when we were informed of the delay.  I certainly heard about that for a few hours...LOL.\

We arrived at the Khajuraho train station and were met by Frenchy and Rashida.  They had a great drive and arrived a few hours earlier.  We drove into town and had a lovely breakfast at a restaurant overlooking the site...WOW!!!

The Khajuraho Group of Monuments is a group of Hindu, Buddhist and Jain temples in Madhya Pradesh, India. They are one of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites in India and the second most visited site in the country, only surpassed by the Taj Mahal.  The temples are famous for their nagara-style architectural symbolism and their erotic sculptures.  Khajuraho temples were built between 950 and 1050 by the Chandela Rajput dynasty.  Historical records note that the Khajuraho temple site had 85 temples by the 12th century, spread over 20 square kilometers Of these, only about 25 temples have survived, spread over 6 square kilometers.  Of the various surviving temples, the Kandariya Mahadeva Temple is decorated with a profusion of sculptures with intricate details, symbolism and expressiveness of ancient Indian art.  The Khajuraho group of temples were built together but were dedicated to two religions, Hinduism and Jainism, suggesting a tradition of acceptance and respect for diverse religious views among Hindus and Jains in the region.  To explain further would be difficult so I'll just let the picture tell the story.  AMAZING!!!

Lovely gardening ladies who will be the subject of a future painting.

 And then there were these...

At the end of our visit we loaded up our water bottles...a daily ritual...and headed out to our next destination - Panna Tiger Reserve.

 In the middle of the jungle our resort offered us quite a change.  We learned that the reserve was closed unfortunatly due to some poaching and needed conservatino didn't matter...the resort more than made up for it.

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