Aurangabad Tourism
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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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Pratik Jena

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  • Lives in Cuttack
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"Place of Historical Heritage" new review

  • 7/7
  • Posted 2 weeks ago
This place is a must see for a history lover as one gets to see what one use to read in History books. Bibi-Ka-Maqbara also known as the Mini-Taj Mahal is the main attraction of Aurangabad. There is also Aurangabad fort which is also of historical importance. Ajanta and Ellora caves are also located on the hills of Daulatabad which is on the outskirts of Aurangabad.
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Shruti Mohanty

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"Experience the Heritage of India" new review

  • 6.5/7
  • Posted 3 weeks ago
Ellora - Integration of Hindu, Buddhist and Jain cave temples

An early morning journey by road took us from Shirdi to Aurangabad. We were greeted by a morning chill, to be expected in January and February, one of the best times to visit the area. Upon reaching, we made a start for caves of ellora, which is 28 kilometres, from Aurangabad. The road passes by the base of the Daulatabad fort. Ellora has a cluster of caves dedicated to three major religions: Buddhism, Jainism and Hinduism. Each has its own distinctive features and architectural style. Cave 16 celebrated as the Kailasha. Shiva's mountain abode, is by far best of all Ellora excavations and it is one of India's most famous monuments. Regarded as the greatest monolithic structure in the world, conception and planning are matched by the jewel like execution. Hundred of architects and sculptures created this grandeur out of living rock in an inspired period of the country's art history. The entrance has a stone elephant and a column reminiscent of Kailasha and also a Manav stambh which was built to bring down the human ego as when one stands in front of it, one will realize how small he is from all other worldly creations. The overall memory of Ellora was enchanting.

Ajanta - The majestic caves

Our next destination was Ajanta. Located about 104 kilometers away, it is a two and a half hour drive from Aurangabad. Consisting of 30 rock-cut cave monuments, the Ajanta caves were an outstanding display of craftsmanship, testimony to the perseverance of the artists. Ajanta have been excavated in a panoramic horse-shoe shaped bend of rock scarp which is considered as UNESCO world heritage site. Among the finest examples of early Buddhist architecture, cave-paintings and sculptures, these caves comprise Chaitya halls or shrines, and Viharas or monasteries. Some of the magnificent paintings, for which Ajanta is world-famous, can be seen in Caves 1, 2, 9, 10, 16 and 17. They depict episodes from the life of the Buddha, and scenes from the Jataka tales which relate to the Buddha's previous incarnations as a Bodhisattva. The sculptures, on the facade of some of the caves and in the shrines contain superb images of the Buddha. More remarkable among these is the one depicting the Buddha's Mahaparinirvana - his ultimate release from the cycle of rebirth, in Cave 26, evoking a sense of awe and reverence. The door frame and pillars were beautifully carved. Every inch of this caves was originally painted; even the pillars and the sculptures being no exceptions. The ceiling painted with geometrical, floral and faunal depictions, creates an impression of a decorative shamiyana held above. The walls painted mostly with the Jataka tales and scenes related to Lord Buddha's life. The cave contains some of the masterpieces of the world of painting namely Padmapani and Vajrapani

Bibi ka maqbara- Mini Taj Mahal

Our final destination for the day was Bibi ka Maqbara Built by Mughal Prince Azam Shah in loving memory of his mother, Begum Rabia Durani, wife of Aurangzeb, this monument was intended to be a replica of the Taj Mahal. However it is perceived as a poor imitation. The exterior lacks in symmetry. The structure is topped by marble dome but the walls are of plaster. An octagonal screen of perforated marble encloses the tomb. The interior decoration has nothing comparability the great architectectural wonder at Agra. Yet, Bibi ka- maqbara has its own splendour and grace. A high wall with bastions runs around the edifice. The recesses have little minarets. The entrance leads to an arch and from this point, a fine view of the structure ahead may be obtained. The pavements that lead to the mausoleum are flanked by oblong reservoirs. The mesmerizing craftsmanship that marked the architectural undertakings of Akbar and Shah Jahan was pitifully lost in the later years of the Mughal reign. Bibi ka Maqbara is an eloquent example. Nevertheless the monument is worth a visit, if only to understand this transition in Mughal architecture.
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Rameshwer Vaishnaw

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  • Rameshwer Vaishnaw
  • Lives in Mumbai
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"Perfect location for Ajanta Ellora caves"

  • 5/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Aurangabad is a perfect place to stay for visiting the world famous Ajanta and Ellora caves. It is actually the almost equal distance both for Ajanta caves and Ellora caves which located in the opposite directions to the city. There are many other historical importance monuments in vicinity to the city like Bibi-Ka-Maqbara, Daulatabad Fort etc. The city is also famous for its paithani sarees.
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Pratima Bhatt

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"What a city! Fabulous, memorable!"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
I can give you about 20 GREAT reasons why you should visit this city, but I cannot give you one reason to not visit this city!

Keeping it short and simple, this city has so much history, so much culture, it'll make your head spin! Yet, what is impressive is that in spite of all of that long history, it's a very peaceful place. No clashes. If there are, they are well in control.

The main attractions are, of course, Ajanta and Ellora caves. Visit them now since Ajanta especially, is almost ruined - the paintings, sculptures are damaged. So visit and see them for yourself while you still can.

Other places of tourist attraction are Daulatabad fort, Khuldabad (Aurangzeb's grave), Panchakki and Bibi-ka-Maqbara.

Also, visit any factory that weaves and manufactures Himroo silk textiles. That's another ancient art and interesting to watch.

TIP :

1. It's a relatively safe city, so women can visit without much ado.
2. Avoid visiting in the summer season; if at all you do, then make sure your hotel and cab is air conditioned. Also, carry lots of water everywhere you go and sunscreen and hats too.
3. Carry durable, good quality shoes as there will be a lot of walking and climbing around.
4. Be well fed before you go to any tourist destination. There are no good eating facilities available at either of the caves or any other places mentioned above and most of those places are quite far from the city.
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Khalid Shaikh

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  • Khalid Shaikh
  • Lives in Pune
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"In simple I loved this city"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Aurangabad is a must visit place. It is in the heart of Maharashtra but its culture is same like Hyderabad. People and the city everything is good. Panchakki, Bibi ka Maqbara etc are best places to visit. You may visit Ellora caves near Aurangabad.

The Maharashtra State Road transport Corporation and numerous other private bus operators provide bus service connecting the city to all parts of the state. (MSRTC) also operates an intracity bus service called 'Aurangabad City Bus' which connects different parts of the city together along with connecting the city to its nearby suburbs. In simple I loved this city. As part of creating the Smart City the Aurangabad going to create a good infrastructure.
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Suresh Ramaswamy

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"Good place for archaeological study"

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted Mar 28, 2015
A short flight away from Mumbai, this small city attracts lots of tourists due to its proximity to Ajanta and Ellora caves. There are also some interesting structures/attractions in the immediate vicinity. Dry and hot weather for much of the year. Lots of hotels to suit various budgets. Nov-Feb has delightful weather. Airport with very limited flights has been completely reconstructed on modern lines.
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Prashant Goel

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"A nice place to visit"

  • 7/7
  • Posted Mar 26, 2015
My experience is very good. Around Aurangabad there are various places to see. My visit was related to religious purpose. I went there with family. I enjoyed a lot there. We visited shirdi temple, a very good place for sai devotees & also shani shingnapur.
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Ashwin Taware

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"Not a small town anymore"

  • 5/7
  • Posted Mar 23, 2015
It was my official visit and I was travelling to Aurangabad after 12 years. It has lots been changed. A small town was the picture in my mind. But all changed the first day itself. Clean city with nice road connectivity. Life is slow here so you can stay at your pace in life.
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G  Bhat

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"Aurangabad means old world charm"

  • 5/7
  • Posted Mar 22, 2015
The very name Aurangabad means Ajanta and Ellora caves, some magnificent historic places to visit, sightseeing etc.

There are plenty of good hotels around this city. Like all typical India cities, this too is not that friendly to drive through, chaotic and not much clear signages, but if you switch on the Google Maps on mobiles, it comes very very handy and driving becomes very easy.

Aurangabad was little dusty for my wife and daughter and they had little breathing issues due to pollution.
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Ramasubramaniyan Krishnamoorthy

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"Trip to the past"

  • 6/7
  • Posted Jan 31, 2015
While Aurangabad itself does not have much attractions within the city, there are quite some excellent attractions around the city that can be visited on a one day trip. Most famous of them are The Ajanta and Ellora caves and the Shirdi Temple. The weather can be dry and extreme. Winters are bitter and summers are very hot with the mercury soaring to 43 degree C easily. The local food is a mix of South Indian and North Indian dishes, they are very tasty.
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