Arise early in Khajuraho for an expert guided walking tour of the magnificent Jain and Hindu temples and intricate stone sculptures illuminated in the morning light. Known as the erotic temples, the craftsmanship exhibits images of gods and goddesses, celestial maidens and dancers, animals and musicians, all frozen in stone, many in the act of courtship. Khajuraho is a UNESCO World Heritage Site to preserve this collective glorification of life, love, and joy, and reflect the spirit of creativity and human relationships of the Chandela period (9th & 10th century CE). The Eastern group of temples include the Parasvanath Temple - the only Jain Temple surviving at Khajuraho with excellent sculptures on the outer walls of the Sanctum, the Javeri Temple dedicated to Vishnu, and other temples dedicated to Brahma, the Goddess Kali, the Visha Temple of Shiva, and the Bharatji Temple with a lovely image of 11 headed Vishnu.
Our 5 hour, 260km drive to Bandhavgarh National Park takes through one of the many productive agricultural regions of India. Set in the Vindhya Hills of Madhya Pradesh, the mixed habitat of bamboo, grassland, and a complex of deciduous forests make Bandhavgarh National Park one of the best places to see Royal Bengal tigers in India. In addition there are at least 150 species of birds in the park, along with other mammals such as leopard, jungle cats, sloth bear, macaques and langur monkeys, wild boar, wild dogs, mongoose and three species of deer: chital, sambar and barking. Once a hunting reserve of the royal family of Rewa, Bandhavgarh was declared a park in 1968, and it was in Badhavgarh that the famous White Tigers of Rewa were discovered. Upon arrival at Bandhavgarh check in to the lodge. Enjoy cocktails on the terrace overlooking the forest before dinner.