Iconic Tourist Places

News: Tourism Ministry, in association with Madhya Pradesh Tourism and India Convention Promotion Bureau are organizing ‘MICE (MICE – Meetings, Incentives, Conferences and Exhibitions) Roadshow – Meet in India’ at Khajuraho, Madhya Pradesh.

Khajuraho Temple

  • It is a group of Hindu and Jain Temples in Madhya Pradesh build by Chandela Dynasty between 950 and 1050 AD. They are UNESCO World heritage Site.
  • The temples are famous for their nagara-style architectural symbolism and their erotic sculptures (about 10% of total sculptures). The temples at Khajuraho are all made of Sandstone.
  • The largest temple at Khajuraho is the Kandariya Mahadeva temple which is attributed to king Ganda.
  • All the towers or shikhara of temple rise high, upward in curved pyramidal fashion, emphasizing temple’s vertical thrust ending in horizontal fluted disc called Amalaka topped with Kalasha or vase.
  • The erotic expression of sculptures in these temples gives equal importance in human experience as a spiritual pursuit, and it is seen as a part of the larger cosmic whole.

About the Scheme:

  • It is a central sector scheme for the development of identified iconic destinations in the country following a holistic approach.
  • The objective of the scheme is to boost the tourism influx in India and serve as a model for other tourism sites.
  • The nodal agency for the scheme is the Tourism Ministry while other ministries such as civil aviation, railways, etc. are also involved.