Come December and there are so many cultural festivals in India that it is really hard to pick just one! The Lokranjan Festival in Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh is one such not-to-be-missed festival. A tribal and folk dance festival, Lokranjan is organised by the Adivasi Lok Kala Academy along with the state tourist department. In 2013, the festival will be held between December 8th and 12th. Tickets for the festival are available from the Madhya Pradesh Tourist Department’s office in Khajuraho. The festival is extremely popular, so be sure to get your tickets in advance.
Celebrating Tribal Dance Forms
One of UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites, Khajuraho has become famous as the land of Kamasutra due to its medieval Hindu and Jain temples depicting erotic sculptures. But this sleepy town is so much more than that. It hosts the Lokranjan Festival annually, which is a celebration of the various tribal and folk dances of Madhya Pradesh. The festival is a big draw for dance enthusiasts and tourists alike. It is a platform for various tribes from the state to showcase their unique dance forms. The dance takes place amidst the remarkable temples of Khajuraho and juxtaposed with the temple sculptures, it’s truly a treat for the senses. The festival also makes an effort to preserve the Indian cultural heritage and several of its dying art forms. For the five days of the festival, this ancient town comes alive with music and dance.
Where to Stay
If you are visiting Khajuraho, there are several hotels for you to choose from. For a luxurious stay, look no further than The Lalit Temple View. As the name suggests, the hotel is a short walk (1 kilometre) from the temple, which is the venue of the Lokranjan Festival. Hotel Usha Bundela is a good mid-range option, about 1.2 kilometres from the venue. For the budget traveller, Hotel Lakeside is a great place to stay at and is practically next door to the venue. MakeMyTrip offers great last minute deals on hotels so check these out before you book your stay.
Khajuraho airport is well-connected and operates direct flights to many parts of the country. The airport is 4.5 kilometres from the temple site. A prepaid taxi will bring you to the venue. If you’re arriving by train, the railway station is about 8 kilometres away and a bus or taxi will get you to the venue. Apart from the temples of Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh has many other attractions to offer. The national parks of Bandhavgarh, Kanha and Pench make great detours. Bandhavgarh has a large number of big cats and you have a high probability of sighting a tiger here. The national park is 232 kilometres from Khajuraho and easily accessible by road.