Tuesday, 2 July 2013

Hot Porn in Khajuraho

We’d decided the night before that since we had arrived so late we would let ourselves sleep in and take the second bus at 9.15am to Khajuraho. The first bus was at 6.30am and neither of us felt like getting up for an early morning departure. However, at 5.30am we were both wide awake, uncomfortably hot, sore from the hard bed, and amazed by the sheer volume of noise coming in from the road below, and we knew that we would not be getting any more sleep. Add to that that we were very hungry since we hadn’t eaten since lunch the previous day and so for these reasons it was an easy decision to try to make it to the 6.30am bus. 

One of the out-lying temples
We were delayed a bit in departing as we had to find the boys on duty to get back our passports before leaving, this meant that we made it with just enough time to grab some water and bananas from a stall before boarding the old, clunky bus for what we had read would be a four hour journey. We were the only foreigners on the bus and it was somewhat reminiscent of Africa, 3 people to what would normally be considered a two person seat, us the only whites and buying of goods out of every window anytime the bus slowed enough to be approached. We were quickly grateful to be on the early bus as with all the tightly packed bodies it warmed up very quickly and we very glad we’d managed to buy water before boarding, although we wished that we’d bought more.

Khajuraho temple's intricate carvings
For once the trip was shorter than expected, and just after 10am we pulled into the bus station at Khajuraho and from there we took an auto rickshaw to the town centre. The young driver offered us his services for the entire day as there are quite a few temples located around the surrounding areas and we also needed to get to the train station by 10.30pm so we could catch our next train. We settled on a good price and we were quite happy to not have to negotiate anymore transport for the rest of the day. Our driver also knew a hotel where we could store our bags for the day, and shower/sleep for only 150INS which was better than we’d hoped for, so we agreed to go there. But before going anything else our first priority was some breakfast!

Porn #1
By the time we actually found an open café and got our food it was 11am and anything would’ve tasted good, but our omelette, porridge, honey pancakes, banana lassi and coffees all hit the spot nicely. Afterwards we went to the hotel, which was nothing fancy but perfectly adequate for one day. We took a cold shower and then ventured out into the heat to see the Northern, Southern and Western temples. We were very glad we’d decided to use a rickshaw as our other plan had been to hire bikes but with the heat we wouldn’t have made it to all the temples as they were actually quite some distance apart.

Each temple was covered in really impressive carvings and they were all very well preserved despite some being essentially in the middle of a paddock. The only problem with looking at them was that we needed to take our shoes off to enter and the concrete was already super-heated - running across it in bare feet was like sprinting across hot coals and then it was only a few degrees cooler when we reached inside.

Porn #2
After we’d looked at the out-lying temples we headed back to town as it was already 2pm. We thought we should take a break for lunch as Sarah was still not feeling well after the feverish train ride and combined with the increasing heat being outside was quickly becoming unbearable. We found a ‘Swiss Café’ and took as seat. As soon as we did the power went out and we didn’t have any other options other than to patiently wait for the power to come back so food could be cooked. In the meantime we ordered a slice of apple pie (cold of course) but as we were about to dig into it some strange little black bugs crawled out of it…. so we politely sent it back and declined a replacement slice as it all came from the same pie… Fortunately, when the power came back on the cooked food was better, but our appetite had definitely been diminished somewhat.

Porn #3
Our extended lunch break had given us enough energy to go and explore the main temples in town. The famous temples covered in erotic carvings, the aim being to, of course, find the most disturbing pose modelled and there were quite a few contenders! It was scorching hot though and we had to rest many times while exploring, drinking litres to keep hydrated. It took us over two hours to explore the pornographic site, with no clear winner as to temple took the prize, the whole place was disturbing in its detail but really impressive at the same time. The friendly security guard we encountered a few times during our tour happily informed us that it was easily above 45C and this explained why we felt as if our clothes were being ironed whilst we were wearing them.

Once we’d finished we were in need of a shower and rest so we took our rickshaw back to our room and again took a cold shower before resting and using the internet till the temperature had dropped at least 10 degrees. Around 7pm we decided it was cool enough to venture out so we went back into town and had dinner on the roof top of the ‘Sky Blue’ restaurant which had great views over the temples as the sun set. The food was half decent too which made for a very pleasant evening.

We had yet another overnight train to catch, this time bound for Varanasi, so after wandering the small town after dinner we took our rickshaw to the station. We thanked our driver and tipped him as he’d been great all day and it had been so nice not to have to negotiate for every small trip we’d taken. Our train was already in the station so we boarded and made our beds in our 3AC cabin which was fairly cramped and didn’t have any power points, unlike in 2AC, so the only thing to do was to try and catch up on sleep, something we were both in need of.



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