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

History of Aurangabad

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 square km, out of which 141.1 square km is urban area and 9,958.9 square 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.

People and Culture of Aurangabad

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.

Things To Do in Aurangabad

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.

Food and Shopping in Aurangabad

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.

Aurangabad is one of the weekend getaway options for travelers living in Pune and Mumbai.

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Harish bandhu

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  • Harish bandhu
  • 4 Reviews
  •  182 readers


  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Apr 30, 2017
A nice city to visit and for historical review ... Lots of places like Ajanta Ellora and Some memories of Aurangzab .. Rules of Mu gal period .. In additipn you can visit Sh Shridi Dham .. And other specialities of City like handloom sarees .. Airport connectivity. Is good and people are nice and hospitable .. Must visit to see world heritage sites Ananta Ellora ... Etc
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Anisha Jain

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  • Anisha Jain
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 1 Review
  •  3 helpful votes
  •  210 readers

"Memorable trip for so many reasons"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Apr 25, 2017
I had heard so many things about the famous Ajanta Ellora caves! It was time to finally to explore them. With my intention to only visit the caves, I planned two days and one night at Aurangabad. Which gave me more than enough room to accommodate plenty other spots (mentioned below).

The weather was amazing as it had rained two days prior to our arrival on 12th March, 2017. Of course during day, you can expect the climate to be warm. Anyhow, I would say this the temperature was fine to visit in.

Overall, the trip was amazing because of the beautiful caves, pleasant surprise of the white and Bengal Tiger at Siddharth Zoo, Daulatabad Fort, Lovely Bibi Ka Makbara, thali at Bhoj, hot and crispy samosas and bhajiyas at Gayatri Chaat Bhandar, and a wonderful stay at hotel olive green.

Oh, and if you need to roam around. Hussain, He's been amazing. He knows the areas very well, can plan the whole itinerary for you.. Is very open to going along with the itinerary created by you.. One of the most reasonable rates I found (after doing my and the service is very good. I paid 4100/- for two days - first day included Ajanta, Chhatrapati museum, Aurangabad caves, Sonehri Mahal, Bibi ka Makbara, Panchakki and Siddharth zoo and Kranti chowk to eat. Second day included ellora, Aurangzeb tomb, Daulatabad fort and Kranti chowk to eat. He picked up and dropped us right at the hotel. He also offers to pick you from bus stand till your hotel (even if it's far). He checks up on you before arrival and after your departure from Aurangabad and once again after you reach your city! He patiently spoke to me for 4-5 days helping me out with hotel information, tourist spots and itinerary. He did not rush for time and I enjoyed each spot to my satisfaction before moving onto the next. Each day he dedicated 11 hrs of travelling on average. No extra charge Oh, because I confirmed very late. He sent his brother Aslam in Swift Desire for my travel exploration. And he was just as pleasant as Hussain. A little too on the quieter side. But he said Yes to all my wishes. For example, he took me to gayatri chaat bhandar and Tara paan chat wala (which were not a concrete part of my original exploration). Of course, none of it would be possible without Hussain. He was the mastermind behind everything.
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G venkatesh

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

"Educative and wonderstruck"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Feb 27, 2017
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
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  • 30 Reviews
  •  115 helpful votes
  •  52304 readers

"Must Visit"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jan 8, 2017
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
  • 25 photos
  • 30 Reviews
  •  537 readers

"Nice place for a weekend relaxation trip"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Jan 7, 2017
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
  •  2 helpful votes
  •  1200 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
  •  629 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
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"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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