The Banda district in Uttar Pradesh is those with an interest in travel and Indian history. Famous for the Khajuraho caves and the war-torn Kalinjar fort and caves, Banda is an archeological treasure trove. Banda passed through many rulers before the British finally took over in the early 1800s. What used to be a military cantonment is today a flourishing agricultural region, with strong relics of the past.
With a strong local culture of folk dance and song, Banda is a unique place, full of proud lively locals, charming landscapes and typically north Indian cuisine. The ancient crumbling structures that dot the landscape only add to its old world charm. Temples, churches and mosques are spread across the city, reflecting the region’s religious plurality. The Ken River that flows through Banda provides sustenance to the locals and offers great picnic spots for visitors. If you’re heading up north, don’t forget to give Banda a visit.
The Khajuraho caves and Kalinjar fort and caves are sites that you just have to visit, when in Banda. The Khajuraho temples and caves are listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. With their intricately detailed architecture and stunning sculptures, the sites attract tourists from all over the world. The Kalinjar fort, along with the other forts in the region, such as the Bhuragarh fort and the Ramgarh fort, are also worth visiting for their historic significance and architecture. Both Khajuraho and Kalinjar were built by the famous Chandela kings.
Also ancient and fascinating are the Nawab Tank and the Four Stone Pillar at Kairada Village. Testaments of eras long gone, these sites will be of great interest to history buffs.
A large shivling sits at the Bamdeo Temple, an important pilgrimage site for Hindu devotees. The Maheshwari Devi Temple, Jama Masjid and St George’s Church are other religious sites that should feature on your itinerary.
Auto-rickshaws and cycle-rickshaws are popular and affordable modes of transport that can be availed throughout the city. The local bus network is also well connected with all the important sites in and around Banda. Private taxis and cars are also available if you want to travel in comfort.
On a daily basis there are approximately 5 flights that operate at Khajuraho Airport.Air India is the popular airline brand that fly frequently to this airport.
By road Banda is surrounded by Mahoba, Hamirpur, Bindki which are 31.35 km, 34.98 km, 41.76 km away respectively. These places are ideal spots for people to plan their short weekend break.