The long awaited Khajuraho trip finally happened. Known for its largest group of Hindu and Jain temples, Khajuraho is a must-visit destination for all history lovers and the likes. The offbeat location is flooded with tourists at all seasons. While we did plan the trip to witness the marvelous creations that are dated back to 950 AD, what made us actually book our tickets was the fabulous property – The Lalit Khajuraho Temple View. As the name suggests, the resort offers visitors a view of the western group of temples right from the resort.
Now, as most of you know we just recently returned from a 5-month-world tour, exploring 30 countries. We stayed in a couple of luxury hotels in different countries but honestly, without a doubt I can say, Indian hospitality and warmth is the best in the world. I’ll tell you why. So, we arrived at the hotel in a chauffeur driven vehicle sent by the hotel. We were welcomed in the most thoughtful way with a bindi and the traditional vaijyanti mala. The staff – from the gatekeeper to the manager and everyone in between, have a deep inherent sense of hospitality and anticipation of a guest’s needs. They were all so polite, attentive and immensely gracious, it took us less than a second to feel at home away from home.
Our check-in was smooth and hassle free. Within minutes we were taken to our luxurious room – spacious and of high standards. Expect contemporary furnishing and stunning views of the western group of temples from that huge glass window.
They also provide you with uninterrupted high speed wifi. The bathroom is well equipped with all the toiletry essentials. I couldn’t help but sneak in the super soft loofah into my hand bag. *guilty*
The Lalit Khajuraho is less than a 10 minute walk from the temples, so it makes for a good stroll every evening at sunset or at sunrise. But that isn’t even the highlight of the stay here. The resort is embedded in huge acres of sprawling greenery, making it easy to spend hours just relaxing and day dreaming amidst the chirpy birds and restless squirrels.
Dining was yet another highlight of our stay at the Lalit Khajuraho. Chef was gracious enough to serve us some of the hotel’s best and most popular dishes and desserts. The menu offered a variety of culinary options ranging from Oriental specialities to Madhya Pradesh local delights.
My favorite was the Bundailkhand thaali – so flavorful, meaty and beautiful. Shagun’s favorite was the Honey Pie. The visuals of him relishing it still lingers in my head. What’s interesting is that the hotel follows the farm-to-fork concept, thus serving food made with vegetables grown in their garden which adds to the incredible quality.
Breakfast was the best part of my dining experience – a huge spread, and all of it in an al fresco setting, with a live flute performance in the background, enough to make anyone’s morning happy and good.
If you want to work up an appetite, check out their fitness center. It’s modern and well equipped. They also have a spa which we couldn’t really experience as we were running out of time. The pool area was spotlessly clean and the sparkling water naturally attracted us to take a dip in it. There is a charming gift shop with a well chosen assortment of items which you must check out.
When at the Lalit Khajuraho, there are a couple of activities which you just cannot miss. You have to experience the arti at the Krishna temple located within the premises every evening at 18:30 hrs, which feels surreal and pure. Then, around 8pm there’s a puppet show by the talented locals which is also a must-watch.
The hotel certainly lives up to it’s five star reputation and everyone working at the Lalit Khajuraho is certainly proud of the hotel and themselves. We can’t thank everyone enough at the hotel for giving us one of the most memorable holidays of our lives.
Location – The Lalit Khajuraho
Website – The Lalit Khajuraho