Aurangabad Tourism
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Aurangabad Tourism

Aurangabad Info

  • State: Maharashtra
  • Famous for/as: Heritage
  • Altitude: 513 m
  • Pincode: 431001
  • District: Aurangabad
  • Language: Hindi,Marathi
  • STD code: 0240
  • Weather: Summer 20 to 43°C, Winter 10 to 32°C
About Aurangabad Tourism

Aurangabad, better known as the City of Gates or the Heart of Maharashtra, is one of the 35 districts of Maharashtra, covering an area of 10,100 km˛, out of which 141.1 km˛ is urban area and 9,958.9 km˛ is rural. Named after the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb, it means “Built by the Thrones”

Nicknamed the Historical City, it was founded in 1610 A.D By Malik Ambar, Prime Minister of Ahmadnagar in the village Khadki. Malik Ambar had a strong love for architecture and that is how Khadki grew into an architectural hub and a populous city. When Malik Ambar died in 1626, he was succeeded by his son Fateh Khan who named it Fatehnagar. In 1633, Fatehnagar came under the possession of the Mughal, and in 1653, when Prince Aurangzeb wasn’t appointed the viceroy of the Deccan, he took Fatehnagar as his capital and renamed it Aurangabad. Aurangabad was a part of princely state of Hyderabad until 1956. In 1956 it became a part of newly formed bilingual Bombay state and in 1960 it became a part of Maharashtra state. 

Aurangabad, one of the oldest cities in Maharashtra holds true to its traditions and culture. Although predominantly a Hindu state, a large part of the population also follows Islam. The culture in Aurangabad is taken after Hyderabad. It still retains a lot of the flavour and charm of the Muslim culture in the old city, which is especially reflected through the language and cuisine of the locals.  Aurangabad cuisine is heavily influenced by Mughlai and Hyderabad cuisine. Meat cooked in spices and herbs as well as sweets play a major role in the local cuisine. Naan Qalia, a concoction of meat and varied spices originated in Aurangabad is a must try while in the city. 

The city is brimming with famous historical attractions, like Bibi Ka Maqbara, Ajantha Caves, Ellora Caves, which have been named UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Jama Masjid, Panchakki, and the 52 gates in Aurangabad, to name a few. There are also a number of temples, mosques, museums, and even some gardens to explore. 

Shopping for local textiles such as Paithani and Himroo, which are considered very characteristic and distinctive from the rest, along with ancient art forms such as Bidriware is a must in the old city. Streets like Nirala Bazaar situated in the heart of the city, Connaught Place, Paithan Gate, Osmanapura and Aurangapura are other major shopping areas in Aurangabad. 

Aurangabad is well-connected by roadways, rail and airways. The Chikkalthana Airport, now a domestic and international airport, is 12 km from the city, while Aurangabad Railway Station comes under South Central Railway and is connected to Mumbai and Hyderabad on either sides and connects to major cities like Mumbai, Hyderabad, Nagpur, Pune, Kolkata, Delhi, etc. Also, there are good bus services available from most places to Aurangabad. 

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Pritvi Kanchi

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  • Pritvi Kanchi
  • Lives in Bangalore
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"A Trip to Historic Aurangabad" new review

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted Yesterday
I had been to Aurangabad by train in March 2016. Aurangabad is an important stop-over in the tourism circuit of Maharashtra. The must-visit places of historical interest around Aurangabad include the magnificent Ajanta Caves and Ellora caves. The Ajanta caves have been declared as a world heritage site by UNESCO. The mural paintings in this ancient and magnificent abode of artistic beauty has a large collection of mural paintings on lord Buddha. The Ellora caves span a total area covering two kilometers and there are a total of 34 caves representing the divine religions of HInduism, Jainism and Buddhism. These monuments represent an ancient era and between the years 600 AD and 1000 AD. The first 12 caves represent Buddhist caves while the next 17 caves represent Hinduism while the last 5 caves represent Jainism.
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Siddu b m

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  • Siddu b m
  • 3 Reviews
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"Aurangabad - City of Interedt" new review

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
It is good city with historical background, and heritage point of view. Attraction point is "Biwi ka a historical monument built by Aurangzeb for his wife ( don't know which one, he has many wives ... ;). It depicts Taj Ma gal view. Other important sites are, Ellora and Ajanta caves and sculptures. They are so amazingly created that, I felt complete peace of mind, while I was in there. These are sculptures created by Buddhists over more than 200 years span of time, so much of patience and dedication. And there is fort over a mountain outside the city, which will be fun for trekk lovers. City has got some 52 historical Darwazas built by then rulers round the city. There is also one more place of devotion, it is one of the Jyotirlingas out of 12 across India. Namely
. There is also saying city is to be renamed as " Sambhaji Nagar" he was son of great King Shivaji.
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Bhanu pratap Singh

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  • Bhanu pratap Singh
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"Nice city having historical importance." new review

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Aurangabad is one of the best tourist destinations in the state of Maharashtra. World heritage sites, Ellora and Ajanta Caves, are located near this city. Bibi ka Makbara and Daultabad Fort are also worth a visit.
Ellora caves are known for its sculptures. Kailash temple built in 757 AD by Rashtrakuta Kings, built by 10 generations for over 200 years, is an amazing sculpting miracle, a single big rock carved into a beautiful Shiva temple depicting lots of stories related with Lord Shiva. Ellora caves are around 30 km from Aurangabad city, a 40 minutes journey by cab.
Grishneswar temple is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas, dedicated to Lord Shiva. Gentlemen are required to remove their Shirts, while entering the main shrine to worship the Shiva Linga. This temple lies just beside the Ellora Caves.
Ajanta Caves too have an importance of their own being spectacular in the field of paintings and arts of the ancient Indian history. Ajanta Caves are around 100 km from Aurangabad city, a journey of around two and half hours by cab.
Bibi ka Makbara is a failed attempt at replicating the Taj Mahala. Even then this place is worth a visit.
Aurangabad is not that a big a city. Finding a good restaurant to eat could be a problem especially for North Indians. I went to a restaurant called Naivedya, in Basil Nagar near Aurangabad railway station and found it to be very good. Food, desserts and service were good. Costs about 2000 rupees for 4-5 people.
I visited this place in monsoons in July and found the climate to be excellent for roaming around. There was rain sometimes and the weather was mostly cloudy with cool winds, apt for tourism. If you are visiting during this time, don't forget your raincoat or umbrella.
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Ganesh Kale

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  • Ganesh Kale
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"A beautiful city"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Aurangabad is a city in Maharashtra. This city is very beautiful with good attraction like Bibi ka Maqbara, Pavan chakki, Aurangabad univercity, ellora ajanta caves. To reach Aurangabad transportation is available like railway. Airport and by road from Mumbai and Pune. Best time to visit Aurangabad is winter season.
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Ricky Chetan

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  • Ricky Chetan
  • Lives in Hyderabad
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  • 3 Reviews
  •  2 helpful votes
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"A Small trip back to history"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Aurangabad is a city consists of history and culture since back to AD.

On the first day I reached to Ellora caves it was marvelous with all its architecture style and especially Lord Buddha statues were awesome, there are around 28 caves all are good however few are mind blowing.

Next after that we headed to Daulatabad fort since it's summer time I wouldn't dare to adventure in it but I had outer view it was great sight view.

Afterwards then towards bibi ka maqbara which is duplication of Taj Mahal it's almost same as Taj but differs to its construction you can have a great view nearby hills. Then my travel went on to panchakki which shows how the water is being purified or saved in those days. Also on that I had little shopping at prozone mall which is spacious and comfortable with all its facilities.

Second day it's a long journey to the Ajanta caves went through bus this is ultimate than above everything were it was 26 caves each one has got its own importance and the last 26th cave is really superb you can even have a view point towards caves it was really great.
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Mohanta b

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"A mixed experience"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Apr 2, 2016
It was a mixed experience because we visited last week of March. I think it is better to visit between October to January because to avoid the heat as well as the Ajanta, Ellora were totally dried up, No water at all. If you visit post monsoon than you can enjoy the greenery as well the water falls also. We had 5 days trip in around Aurangabad (Ajanta, Ellora, Grishneshwar, Parli Vaijnath and Aundha Nagnath). Not to travel during Holi festival you will not get food, all shops were closed and we had a very horrible day.
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Balasubramaniam r

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"Quaint town with interesting places"

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted Mar 26, 2016
Aurangabad is a small town not very modern but roads are quite wide and traffic is less than what one sees these days in most cities/towns. Has hotels/lodgings of all types. Food in restaurants were fine but better consult your taxi driver or some local to spot decent eateries. I had thali at Naivedya and Kailash Restaurant, first one was good unlimited Thali Maharashtrian style the other one was limited thali that I had food was tolerable. Road side eateries are not attractive as the town is dry and dusty. Nothing much to shop around unless one is interested in paithani sarees for which a number of outlets are available on route to Ellora caves. Places to visit Bibi ka Maqbara a poor imitation of the Taj. Then there is Panchakki a flour mill run using water. Did not visit Aurangabad caves as we were satiated with Ajanta and Ellora.
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Bhaskar Dontha

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  • Bhaskar Dontha
  • Lives in Bhiwandi
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"Nice historical attractions"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Mar 7, 2016
Very good tourist place. Has good attractions there like Ajanta and Ellora caves. There was a very old temple name as Grushneswar temple and one of Jyotirling. One fort is there named as Devgiri fort and historical Bibi ka Makbara.
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Rashmi Wade

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  • Rashmi Wade
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"Place of historic importance"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Feb 29, 2016
You can reach Aurangabad by road, rail and by flight. During summers it has hot and dry climate otherwise it has a very pleasant weather. You have a number of good hotels to stay along the airport road. The old Aurangabad also has its own charm. Situated in the city is Biwi ka Maqbara i.e, grave made for his wife and than you have the pan Chakki where water is continuously motored through these turbines. Outside the city you have Daulatabad fort which was supposed to be the impossible one to conquer. And when you go further you have Ellora caves. On the way you have a few dhabas where you get good food. Than you have the grushneshwar temple dedicated to Lord shiva which is also one of the jyotirlinga. And far from Aurangabad city you have the Ajanta caves. If you are going to these places for the first time try getting a guide as they really explain you well especially the daulatabad fort.

The city in itself is beautiful, you have the army cantonment area just outside the city. Overall a must visit place.
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Sameer Shahadulla

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  • Sameer Shahadulla
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"It is also called as fast growing city"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Feb 20, 2016
Here so many things that you have to see when you come. Bibi Ka Maqbara is one of the example to see like copy of the Taj Mahal. Khuldabad, Ajanta Caves are terrible, wow its great experience to see all of such a things in Aurangabad. So many types of the foods avail here like Chinese, Italian special Indian, I like to taste.
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