Aurangabad Tourism

Aurangabad Tourism

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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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Aurangabad Traveller Reviews

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G venkatesh

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  • G venkatesh
  • 2 Reviews
  •  1 helpful vote
  •  43 readers

"Educative and wonderstruck"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 1 month ago
I had been visited grushneshwar, ellora, khultabad - bhadra maruthi and tomb of aurangazeeb, ajanta, bibi ka, panchakki. Missed daulatgiri fort and shivaji museum for want of time. Stayed at hotel admiral suites which was an excellent hotel and value for money option as I booked through makemytrip. Fortunately had a very good taxi driver - mr. Sheikh -9665629188.
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Ashwathi Kaimal

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  • Ashwathi Kaimal
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 3 photos
  • 25 Reviews
  •  107 helpful votes
  •  48204 readers

"Must Visit"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Aurangabad has very many places to be visited and a pre planning is required. My visit was for a period of just 3 days and I would say that was insufficient. It took me a day to see the ellora caves and another to see the Ajanta.
Temple visits can be done in the mornings.
I could not visit the daulatabad fort, the panchakki, the tomb of Aurangzeb or the shivaji museum.
Biwi ka was a late evening visit so could not see the surrounding area due to poor lighting.
The experience was excellent even though I missed to see the other places.
For people interested there is also Himroo and Paithani sarees and materials available for purchase.
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Nehemia Shaw

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  • Nehemia Shaw
  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 22 photos
  • 21 Reviews
  •  289 readers

"Nice place for a weekend relaxation trip"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Went to Aurangabad with family for Business cum pleasure trip. Started the morning with an excellent breakfast at Lemon Tree and then proceeded towards Ellora Caves. Explored cave 16 thoroughly. Wonderful experience.
Had lunch at Hotspot Dhaba. Very good food.
Seen Daulatsbad fort
From there we went to Bibi ka Makbara.
Awesome experience.
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Sanjay Kadam

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  • Sanjay Kadam
  • Lives in Pune
  • 3 Reviews
  •  801 readers

"Bad experience"

  • 4.0/7
  • Posted Nov 28, 2016
Overall experience is not good as compared to other destinations I visited so far.
Aurangabad is a good tourist place to visit due to it's history and monuments to visit though I could not visit them due to my wife's hospitalization there.
This place is not worth in terms of star hotels and restaurants they are claiming.
Their charges are unnecessarily high as compared to others.
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Smritijit  Sen

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  • Smritijit Sen
  • Lives in Indore
  • 2 Reviews
  •  2 helpful votes
  •  401 readers

"Almost replica of Taj"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Nov 16, 2016
This is known as "Bibi ka Maqbara" situated in the city of Aurangabad (not very far from the city). Really a very beautiful place but needs good maintenance and care. It approximately takes 1 hr to see all the things around. Best time of visit is winter. View from the back side is also awesome.
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Shailesh Khinchi

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  • Shailesh Khinchi
  • Lives in Surat
  • 1 Review
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"Hill station"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Oct 22, 2016
It is very popular place. All tourit want to go that place and do enjoy. Aurangabad is one of the famouse for its hill stations and also for its environmental conditions we gone for last week and get so much enjoy and entertainment so I want to suggest you all will go and get enjoyful season.
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Nettikadan Biju

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  • Nettikadan Biju
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  • Lives in Salem
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  • 15 Reviews
  •  9 helpful votes
  •  7129 readers

"Great Historic Place"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Oct 19, 2016
October 15 sat 6. 30 am started the journey from Salem in okha express to Auranagabad on 16 th sun reached the destination at 10. 30 checked in at holiday era hotel opp railway station had good lunch Maharashtra thali and took rest next day started our journey to daulatabad to see the great historic fort by the time we reached the top of fort got exhausted till after noon we spent our time there and from there next I went to ellora caves a beautiful place to see the rock cut caves should visit here just to know how they have cut rock to create temple and other structures there are totally 34 caves telling history and at the end a small waterfalls which would be big and beautiful in rainy season from ellora caves next spot we have to take bus to visit jain temple from there I travelled to the place were Aurangzeb and his children are buried the tomb from here I visited panchakki another famous historic place to see and get to know about this place panchakki is famous for the wheat flour chakki run by using water and not by power great technology of the Ancients I spent the day and returned back to my room on 18th morning went to ajanta caves which is 100kms from Aurangabad beautiful rock cut caves with full of painting that was history now day by day it's disappearing out of 25 caves only 5 caves are important to see as still painting are available remaining all we can just see how the caves are done down the caves is a beautiful waterfalls but can't go near the most important part is don't forget to see the view point of ajanta which is on the way to caves on the highway much before you reach it is a deviation from high way and a little of 8 kms inside, you will really see the beauty of how and were ajanta caves stand overall great historic places there are some other places near by like you can visit sani temple, shiridi, and other temple but did not have time has I had return ticket for 19th now iam on the train while writing this I boarded the rameshwarem exp back to Salem will reach on 20th by noon go see this place if you like history don't miss ajanta may near future it will only be history
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Amartya sarkar

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  • Amartya sarkar
  • 2 Reviews
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"Aurangabad - Ajanta - Ellora - Deogiri / Daulatabad Trip"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Sep 26, 2016
Excellent Weekend Trip !!
Ajanta and Ellora Caves are a treat to watch.
Bibi ka, Panchakki and Daulatabad Fort are the icings on the top of the cake !!
In Ellora Caves do watch the Cave No 16, Kailash Temple and have food at Hotel Kailash - These are famous also for the iconic Bengali Satayjit Ray detective character Feluda neatly showcased by Sandip Ray in "Kailashe Kelenkari" - The hotel in Aurangabad Hotel Grand Kailash was good for its clean and neat rooms and excellent Room Service !!
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Brij Prakash

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  • Brij Prakash
  • 3 Reviews
  •  611 readers

"Review of sight seeing"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Sep 20, 2016
As I understand, we should not compare Bibi ka with Taj Mahala. Area, upkeep, cleanliness, beautification etc. Is not comparable at all. Disappointed. Ellora-Kailashpati caves are worth seeing. Cave no. 10 of Buddha was also marvellous
Caves are national heritage & found up to average standard. Some lighting arrangements could have been made where Jyotirlinga is there, it is totally darkened room.
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Pradeep kataria

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  • Pradeep kataria
  • 2 Reviews
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"Best place to visit for minimum 2-3 days"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Sep 17, 2016
It was really a nice place with a lot of history... Best place to visit..

There are many places to visit. The hotel location was very good. Food was excellent. Service also good. Room was very good. Next time coming to Aurangabad definitely visit to AGC hotel such a nice hotel, a good view and nice food. Had a wonderful trip to Aurangabad nice.

Ellora Caves, Daulatabad Fort, Bibi Ka Maqbara, Grishneshwar Jyotirlinga Temple and Panchakki from Aurangabad.

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Ellora with the famous rock cut caves temples of Ellora that depicts the Hindu, Buddhist and Jain faiths. Experience the architectural marvel of the monolithic Kailasa Temple carved out in the rocky cliff side from top to bottom followed by visits to Daulatabad Fort, Ghrishneshwar Jyotirlinga Temple and Panchakki.
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