28 September 2019
We left Varanasi in the afternoon on the overnight train to Jhansi, luckily we got the “Honeymoon Suite” and had a room to ourselves. From Jhansi it’s 2½ hours by car along a rough road overflowing with typical Indian rural life to the 300 year old Alipura Palace Hotel.
The Alipura Palace Hotel is the ancestral Palace of Manavendra Singh, whose family ruled this district for 19 generations and still live here. It is straight out of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel movie complete with power cuts.
We spent 2 nights here.
The remote UNESCO World Heritage Site of Khajuraho is another 2 hours driving from the Alipura Palace Hotel – its isolation protected it from destruction by Moslem invaders. Built between 930 and 1050 AD, originally there were 85 temples spread over 6 square kilometers, but only 25 remain mostly in excellent condition. The temples are superb examples of north Indian architecture and art with hundreds of stunning stone carvings. Women, sex, war and the gods are the dominate themes of life 1000 years ago.