Jay Kannaiyan and sanDRina - Jammin thru India

Day 19 - Bhopal to Khajuraho

From Bhopal, Jay braves the searing heat of the central Indian landscape to ride over 400 km to Khajuraho, the temple town renowned for its famous erotic sculptures. He is invited to an engagement party in the town and gets a real taste of the festivities

Shahpura Lake in Bhopal, a city known for its lakes.

From Bhopal, I left the easy-riding NH 3 and took smaller roads heading west to Khajuraho. The roads were in poor condition and I was riding potholes for most of the day with brief respites on newly-laid tarmac that were quickly followed by more potholes and old, beaten-up roads. 

Riding rough roads through northern Madhya Pradesh.
The heat built up quickly and from 8 am onwards, I could feel the scorching power of the sun. When riding, if I lift my helmet visor, it feels like I'm sticking my face inside an oven. I get so much relief from hiding my body from the sun and the fierce hot winds.
Jama Masjid in Sagar, MP.
I passed through many small towns, such as Sagar with its beautiful Jama Masjid in the center of town. I enjoyed cool, borehole water at petrol stations and re-wetted my cooling vest that made the ride comfortable.
Fresh tandoori rotis being prepared at an engagement party in Khajuraho.

After a long, hard day, I reached Khajuraho and found a good room at Hotel Yogi Lodge with an air cooler and then got in touch with Yogender via CouchSurfing.org. He said his home was too busy to host me but he was glad to show me around and promptly took me to the engagement party of his good friend. I enjoyed the festival atmosphere and was glad to get an insight into some regional culture, such as how tandoori rotis are made.  

All the gulab jamuns that you can eat in Khajuraho.

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Khajuraho in Chhatarpur district of northeastern Madhya Pradesh is famous for its exquisite temples and monuments, the sheer number of which have earned it the status of a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Some of these temples have intricate carvings of human figures in sexually explicit postures, which have become Khajuraho's biggest draw. In truth, only about 10 percent of the exquisitely detailed carvings are of an erotic nature and those depict humans, and not deities, in various sexual acts described in the ancient Indian treatise on love, the Kama Sutra.

The temples were built between 950 and 1150 AD by the Chandela kings. The Khajuraho Dance Festival, held every year in the first week of February, is a showcase of Indian dance set against the backdrop of the beautiful stone temples.

Enjoy our travel features and photo-galleries on Khajuraho:

Fall in love with Khajuraho's legends

The Temples of Khajuraho in Madhya Pradesh, India, are famous for their erotic figures depicted in various Kamasutra positions. The so-called Temples of love were built from 950 to 1050 AD by the ... more 
The Temples of Khajuraho in Madhya Pradesh, India, are famous for their erotic figures depicted in various Kamasutra positions. The so-called Temples of love were built from 950 to 1050 AD by the rulers of the Chandela dynasty and have since 1986 been declared a Unesco World Heritage Site. The fine stone carvings are great masterpieces of Indian art and architecture. less 
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The Man. The Machine. The Story

There are love stories and love stories, but none tugs more at the heart than a tale of infinite departure. In March 2010, Jay Kannaiyan and sanDRina, his beloved Suzuki DR650, left on a great journey back home to India. Jay quit his secure corporate job, sold his Chicago townhouse and every household possession, and left with sanDRina on a journey that saw them through 94,933 km, 32 countries, and 1,150 days on the road through the Global South -- from the USA through Latin America and Africa, heading towards India. At the core of this seemingly mindless pursuit was Jay’s desire to raise awareness about sustainability and a unique sentiment best described by an archaic Greek term, eudaimonia – the search for things that are true, good and beautiful. 

Homecoming isn’t complete unless you experience the country you call home in all her varied terrain and temperaments. And so Jay and sanDRina will embark on a journey of discovery through India. 

Yahoo India Travel follows Jay and sanDRina on their exhilarating discovery of India with daily updates from the road in words, pictures and video. If you have questions to ask, or words of encouragement for Jay and sanDRina, follow Jammin India on Twitter (hashtag #jamminindia). Also visit JamminGlobal.com for comprehensive accounts of his journey so far as well as snippets and trivia.