Khajuraho is about 620 kilometres southeast of New Delhi, is one of the most popular tourist destinations in India. Khajuraho has the largest group of medieval Hindu and Jain temples, famous for their erotic sculptures. The temples are grouped into three geographical divisions: western, eastern and southern. The Khajuraho temples are made of sandstone. The builders didn't use mortar which meant the buildings were held together by gravity.. The columns and architraves were built with megaliths that weighed up to 20 tons. The Khajuraho temples are now set in a grassland landscape. When India gained independence from Britain in 1947 the landscape setting was semi-desert and scrub. The archaeological park now has something of the atmosphere of a public park, with mowed grass, rose beds and patterned trees. This design is aimed for tourists comfort but has no relationship with the historic landscape at the time the temples were built.