Day 138: Watching some porn err... I mean World Heritage Sites

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Pond in front of the temples

Thanks to the people I met here and/or travelled with: Ed (Netherlands)

(warning: this blog entry is intended for people over 18 years of age only)

Today we were going to visit the world renowned, UNESCO World Heritage Listed 10th century temples. These temples are much shrouded in mystery. No one is sure as to the why and how over 85 temples have been erected here, seemingly in the middle of nowhere. Today just 25 of these temples remain, all of them carefully restored after they were rediscovered in the 19th century, after laid overgrown and hidden in the jungle for centuries.

What makes these temples so special is the quality of the sculptures that adorn them, as much as the depiction of the sculptures. Apart from dozens of incarnations of the various Hindu gods, many sculptures also depict erotic scenes from the Kama Sutra.

Medieval Indian pastime: tugging and sucking

In the old days people would have to undertake a pilgrimage to travel to these temples. These days people simply log on to the Internet to watch porn.
But still the medieval porn causes tourists to flock to this place by the drones.

It is said that the depictions of Kama Sutra served as a form of sexual education. In those days there was no sex ed in schools, nor could a kid expect their parents to teach them about the birds and the bees. So these frescoes offered a solution here. Although I'm not sure how they explained the depictions of all the weird acrobatic positions, the threesomes and foursomes and the bestiality to kids in those days. (I kid you not, there's a scene there with two guys having sex with a horse!).

We spent the morning visiting the Western section of the temples, which is the largest of the three temple sections in Khajuraho, and also the most impressive.
Great lessons in eroticism: when no women at hand, take a horse!
The largest of the temples can be found here, with the most impressive sculpture art.
But it wasn't just the scenes of the sculptures that impressed us (though admittedly, we did enjoy searching for the dirty pictures amongst the depictions of the gods and other scenes), it was also the quality and detail of the sculptures. It is simply amazing that such detailed sculpture work was created over 1000 years ago.

We had a nice nice lunch consisting of various Indian snacks: dosas (crepes), idli (spongy rice cakes) and uttapam (thick rice pancakes filled with coconut and vegetables) after which we hired some bicycles to visit the other two temple complexes in town.

These were somewhat less interesting. Not just for the lack of porn, but it was also obvious that the sculptors had been past their prime when these were built.
Look at the sign behind me: "betrouwbaar eten"
The sculptures were nowhere near as detailed as the ones in the Western complex had been.

Throughout the day we had been regularly pestered by touts trying to sell every piece of imaginable junk to us. We fended them off trying not too much to let them influence our mood. I'm glad there were two of us, because it is a lot easier to laugh these nuisances off when you travel together with someone else.

For dinner we went to a restaurant which we had seen earlier that day. The Paradise Restaurant caught our attention with a big sign saying “betrouwbaar eten”, which means 'trustworthy food' in Dutch. Hmm, a restaurant in a touristy village which advertises in different languages. Usually that is a good reason to avoid such a place, but as it came recommended in the Lonely Planet, and there isn't all that much choice in town, we decided to check it out anyway.
Ed teaching some locals how to dance

As it happens, the owner is Belgian, hence the Dutch (Flemish) sign.

In this case the sign was correct. The food was indeed good and I suppose trustworthy, since we didn't get sick.
The staff was quite nice too and before we knew it we ended up chatting with some of the staff, while they kept bringing us new icy-cold Kingfishers. It was when Ed started doing a dance from a Bollywood movie with one of the waiters that I realised we might have gotten slightly drunk.

We staggered back to our hotel around midnight. The weather was quite balmy and by the time we reached our hotel we were both soaked with sweat. We figured the best way to cool off was to dive into the swimming pool, which is what we did. Hey, when you're in a resort hotel, you have to use the pool right?
Well, as it turns out you are not supposed to use the pool after dark and it wasn't before long that a night guard came to kick us out.
Ed and I during our midnight swim
He seemed a bit too polite and after he apologised for his intrusion he asked us if we could please, if we didn't mind, leave the pool, because, while not our fault, it was not allowed to use the pool after dark, not that there was anything wrong with what we were doing, but it was the rules and he was terribly sorry for having to interrupt our fun. Ah, bless him. Staff in hotels are generally so nice and overly polite. I actually felt a bit bad for him.
Fortunately Ed and I are brought up well enough that we didn't abuse the situation and we left the pool without complaining.

Today had been a strange - but very fun - day. I mean, it's not often that I admit to having watched porn (nor that I get kicked out of swimming pools at midnight often).

Ketmeister says:
Geez...what town is this? Sextown? :P Nice pictures BJ :D
Posted on: Nov 22, 2010
Biedjee says:
>No what !? ;-)

They didn't go to school with you!
Posted on: Nov 13, 2010
edsander says:
> In those days there was no sex ed in schools,

No what !? ;-)

> Fortunately Ed and I are brought up well enough that we
> didn't abuse the situation and we left the pool without
> complaining.

Didn't we first consider to push him in ? ;-)
Posted on: Nov 13, 2010
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Pond in front of the temples
Pond in front of the temples
Medieval Indian pastime: tugging a…
Medieval Indian pastime: tugging …
Great lessons in eroticism: when n…
Great lessons in eroticism: when …
Look at the sign behind me: betro…
Look at the sign behind me: "betr…
Ed teaching some locals how to dan…
Ed teaching some locals how to da…
Ed and I during our midnight swim
Ed and I during our midnight swim
The garden in our hotel
The garden in our hotel
Approaching the temples
Approaching the temples
The western temple complex
The western temple complex
In case you cant read it on the p…
In case you can't read it on the …
Erotic sculptures
Erotic sculptures
Now look at the fine quality of th…
Now look at the fine quality of t…
Erotic sculptures
Erotic sculptures
Sculptures at Khajuraho
Sculptures at Khajuraho
Temples at Khajuraho
Temples at Khajuraho
Erotic sculptures at Khajuraho
Erotic sculptures at Khajuraho
Erotic sculptures at Khajuraho
Erotic sculptures at Khajuraho
Erotic sculptures at Khajuraho
Erotic sculptures at Khajuraho
Some Indian tourists taking pictur…
Some Indian tourists taking pictu…
Temples at Khajuraho
Temples at Khajuraho
Western temple complex
Western temple complex
Dont you find shoes off-putting s…
Don't you find shoes off-putting …
Detail of a tug job
Detail of a tug job
Sheltering for the rains inside a …
Sheltering for the rains inside a…
One of the many temples
One of the many temples
More erotic sculptures
More erotic sculptures
More erotic sculptures
More erotic sculptures
At the Western temple complex
At the Western temple complex
Khajuraho street life
Khajuraho street life
Jain temple
Jain temple
Jain enclosure in Khajuraho
Jain enclosure in Khajuraho
Jain enclosure in Khajuraho
Jain enclosure in Khajuraho
Jain enclosure in Khajuraho
Jain enclosure in Khajuraho
lunch!
lunch!
Having a little conversation with …
Having a little conversation with…
The streets of Khajuraho old town
The streets of Khajuraho old town
Kingfisher
Kingfisher
Kingfisher
Kingfisher
Detail of temple
Detail of temple
more porn!
more porn!
The lake at night
The lake at night
View from our restaurant
View from our restaurant
Ed after a few beers
Ed after a few beers
Khajuraho
photo by: Marusya