Aurangabad Tourism
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Aurangabad Tourism

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Aurangabad is popular for places around it like ajanta-ellora, shirdi, nander, rather than for itself. It's the preferred base, though, if one wants to visit these surrounding areas. True to its name, Aurangabad reverberates with memoirs of Aurangzeb. My experience with the people of this city was particularly heartening.

Food, sight-seeing and shopping: Lug on to a tourist bus and have an eventful day. Daulatabad fort spells intrigue. Secret passages, night entry portals, combat tactics, elephant spikes, cannons, moat, self filling reservoir..like a chapter from Arabian nights come alive. Bibi ka makbara, tomb of Aurangzeb's queen is a miniature taj mahal but nowhere close to the original. Its gardens are good, though. Aurangzeb's own tomb has a lot of religious sanctity and people come from far and wide to offer prayers here. Panchaki is where you can see a grindstone run by a water turbine. Shop curios and trinkets here but bargain well

Activities & things to do: No adventure sports type options, but you could always visit Paithan. A few kilometers away from the city, this place is the best thing that can happen to your evening. Gaze in awe at puppets and fountains dance to latest hindi and marathi numbers. Applaud the magical lighting. Succumb to the toothsome bhelpuris and pani puris. Enjoy the breeze.

Travel tips, How to reach, travel warnings etc: Maharashtra state tourism bus is the best bet. Package is very economical and guides are good. If your places-to-visit itinerary is long, do not spend more than a day seeing Aurangabad. Overnight buses from close-by cities are popular. Don't forget to tip the blind boy who reads out the prayer at Aurangzeb's tomb, and if you believe, make a wish, for they say prayers said here are unfailingly answered.
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Milind navadikar
  • Milind navadikar
  • 26 Reviews

"A place for tourism as well as business." new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
I keep on visiting Aurangabad almost every quarter on business trips. Good point of Aurangabad is skilled manpower with cost effectiveness which has grown business. Aurangabad is famous for tourist spots like Daulatabad fort, Bibi ka makbara,....... More
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Trupti
  • Trupti
  • Lives in Nagpur
  • 5 Reviews

"Very nice place"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Our overall experience was very good indeed. As a group we enjoyed very much right through the trip. We got to know about our art, history and culture and understand it a lot better. When you see things from such close quarters, things of....... More
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Shyam Sridhar
  • Shyam Sridhar
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 47 photos
  • 21 Reviews

"Pleasant Experience!"

  • 5/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
November - December is really a very good time. Not much winter. Nights are cold while Days are warm with cold breeze. You can take sweater or jacket with mufflers and monkey cap. Take a few medicines too. Ajanta Caves, Ellora Caves,....... More
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Rushi Bakshi
  • Rushi Bakshi
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  • Lives in Delhi
  • 15 Reviews

"Large number of statues of leaders"

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted 5 months ago
The city is a bit dusty. A bit uninteresting, but in any case, after tiring visits to the caves, one is not looking for too much excitement in the city. The city has surprisingly large number of statues of leaders in its roundabouts. Near....... More
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Sandeep  ndorkar
  • Sandeep ndorkar
  • Lives in Nasik
  • 1 Review

"Must visit atleast once."

  • Posted 8 months ago
Auranagabad is called as city of gates and caves. Nice to have 3-4 days spending to Aurangabad one should visit the city in winter for having joy. We feel the place is nice for history lovers for many reasons Food, sight-seeing and shopping:....... More
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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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