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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Rameshwer Vaishnaw

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  • Rameshwer Vaishnaw
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 3 Reviews
  •  710 readers

"Perfect location for Ajanta Ellora caves"

  • 5/7
  • Posted 1 month 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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  • Lives in Pune
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  •  3 helpful votes
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"What a city! Fabulous, memorable!"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 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
  • 3 Reviews
  •  3 helpful votes
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"In simple I loved this city"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 2 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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  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 84 Reviews
  •  333 helpful votes
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"Good place for archaeological study"

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
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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  • Prashant Goel
  • Lives in Gurgaon
  • 3 Reviews
  •  52 helpful votes
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"A nice place to visit"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
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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  • Ashwin Taware
  • Lives in Bhiwandi
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  • 15 Reviews
  •  85 helpful votes
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"Not a small town anymore"

  • 5/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
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 3 months ago
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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Sd Datta

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"Incredible range of things to see around Aurangabad"

  • 6/7
  • Posted Jan 22, 2015
I found Aurangabad a rather intriguing place with an amazing amount of high quality attractions in the neighbourhood - Ajanta and Ellora and Aurangabad caves, Daulatabad fort, Bibi ka Maqbara, Grishneshwara jyotirlinga temple, Khuldabad meadows with the Valley of the Sufi saints, Aurangzeb's tomb and so many other lesser attractions.

Interesting endemic food (Nan-qualiya and it's own biriyani version) and Paan. The town itself may not be so interesting - there is a lot of medieval gateways in the fortification - the action is all around it. It is still a less hectic place than so many other Indian market towns. And I cannot think of any other Indian town/city with greater historical attractions around it.
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Ashish Malhotra

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  • Ashish Malhotra
  • Lives in New Delhi
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"Nice place to visit"

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted Nov 14, 2014
It require minimum 2 days to see the entire city or places, mostly the Ajanta & Ellora. Which most of us read in books at school. It is advised to wear sneakers since its a long walk & some casual clothing. The roads are not maintained so you will experience a bumpy ride.
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