Erotic temples of Khajuraho
Trip Start Jan 17, 2010
135Trip End Feb 27, 2011
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The architecture is beautiful, and the detail of the carvings is some of the best I have seen anywhere in the world.
The erotic figures are quite explicit, but won't phase anyone who has watched any 21st century porn.
It must have been shocking to those that discovered it around 1850 AD, and it is quite amazing to think of a society getting up to all this back then ... having said that, Rome, Greece and Egypt all had a pretty good time too ...
India is starting to heat up as we get into summer, I don't think I have had a day under 40 degrees for about a week now, and I am loving it ... it is so nice to feel the heat of the sun again.
There are quite a few tourists in this town, but it is pretty laid back, so I am also enjoying not being in the hussle and bussle of the bigger cities ... that is about to change though ...
I am off to Delhi (Delhi Fort and capital city of India) and Agra (Taj Mahal) in the next few days, and then up to Rishikesh (New Age \ Yoga capital of the world) and then Hardiwar for the Kumba Mela (held every 12 years) ... the largest spiritual gathering / festival on earth ... they estimate that 20 million people will be there on April 14 when it is an auspicious date to bathe in the Ganges (to wash away your sins) ... which I too intend to do :-)
Move over Rhythm and Vines or Glastonberry ... 20 million party goers is going to be something to behold!
I have pretty much sorted what I am doing till 15 April, and then I am either going to spend a few weeks in an Ashram, if I can find one cool enough, or else I am going to head off to Katmandu ... not sure yet ... will see how I feel.
In Bodh Gaya I also met two new cool friends, Kevin and Puspa, both definitely kindred spirits, so I hope I will be able to keep in touch with them going forward.
Kevin's best quote was "travelling is not a holiday" and never a true word was spoken .. anyone who thinks travelling round the world is to relax has not tried it yet ... and it has vindicated my plan to travel whilst I am still "young" ... doing this sort of thing at 65 or 70 would not be any fun at all ... plus I plan to spend more time kicking back under Bodhi trees at that age!