Khajuraho - Kama Sutra temple complex
Trip Start Feb 07, 2007
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Unfortunately the town lacks any atmosphere and is riddled with touts fueled into creating complex scams to extract money from the many wealthy tourists who fly in and out from the nearby airport which serves the temples alone.
We again opted for a car to get out of Khajaraho, sharing the cost with a French guy. The bus we intended to take has been run off the road by two trucks and we see the evidence of this as we speed past. So much for National Highway 75 (leading to a World Heritage site) - what a joke! In parts it's only about 3 metres wide with trucks hammering towards us and our car having to repetitively dive down onto the rocky road edge at the last minute. We thought this was bad and then the road disappeared and the car bumped over the rocks while trucks bounced perilously close. To top it all off Tim and I ended up with major deja vu - the guy played the Venga Boys tape TWICE (we've suffered this indignity before in Libya where our driver Osama couldn't get enough of the Venga Bus). Anyway, obviously we survived and made it to another fly blown town called Satna where we had a 4 1/2 hour wait for our train, which was running late. This time we luxuriate in '2 tier Air Conditioned Class' and even get a pillow and some sheets - BLISS! We're off to Varanasi, the homeland of Indian touts.