Aurangabad Tourism
Heritage

Aurangabad Tourism

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. 

Best time to visit Aurangabad in the next six months

  • June
  • July
  • August
  • September
  • October
  • November

Aurangabad Traveller Reviews

WRITE A REVIEW
Read 83 destination reviews
with average rating of 5.6/7, 1
out of 2058 Aurangabad reviews 83
Sort by:
Ganesh Kale

  • Tourist
  • Ganesh Kale
  • 1 Review
  •  233 readers

"A beautiful city"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Aurangabad is a city in Maharashtra. This city is very beautiful with good attraction like Bibi ka Maqbara, Pavan chakki, Aurangabad univercity, ellora ajanta caves. To reach Aurangabad transportation is available like railway. Airport and by road from Mumbai and Pune. Best time to visit Aurangabad is winter season.
  • Was this review useful?
  • YES
  • Be the first to vote.

Ricky Chetan

  • Tourist
  • Ricky Chetan
  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 7 photos
  • 3 Reviews
  •  2 helpful votes
  •  403 readers

"A Small trip back to history"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 2 months ago
Aurangabad is a city consists of history and culture since back to AD.

On the first day I reached to Ellora caves it was marvelous with all its architecture style and especially Lord Buddha statues were awesome, there are around 28 caves all are good however few are mind blowing.

Next after that we headed to Daulatabad fort since it's summer time I wouldn't dare to adventure in it but I had outer view it was great sight view.

Afterwards then towards bibi ka maqbara which is duplication of Taj Mahal it's almost same as Taj but differs to its construction you can have a great view nearby hills. Then my travel went on to panchakki which shows how the water is being purified or saved in those days. Also on that I had little shopping at prozone mall which is spacious and comfortable with all its facilities.

Second day it's a long journey to the Ajanta caves went through bus this is ultimate than above everything were it was 26 caves each one has got its own importance and the last 26th cave is really superb you can even have a view point towards caves it was really great.
  • Was this review useful?
  • YES
  • Be the first to vote.

Mohanta b

  • Tourist
  • Mohanta b
  • 2 Reviews
  •  319 readers

"A mixed experience"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
It was a mixed experience because we visited last week of March. I think it is better to visit between October to January because to avoid the heat as well as the Ajanta, Ellora were totally dried up, No water at all. If you visit post monsoon than you can enjoy the greenery as well the water falls also. We had 5 days trip in around Aurangabad (Ajanta, Ellora, Grishneshwar, Parli Vaijnath and Aundha Nagnath). Not to travel during Holi festival you will not get food, all shops were closed and we had a very horrible day.
  • Was this review useful?
  • YES
  • Be the first to vote.

Balasubramaniam r

  • Tourist
  • Balasubramaniam r
  • 2 photos
  • 4 Reviews
  •  36106 readers

"Quaint town with interesting places"

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
Aurangabad is a small town not very modern but roads are quite wide and traffic is less than what one sees these days in most cities/towns. Has hotels/lodgings of all types. Food in restaurants were fine but better consult your taxi driver or some local to spot decent eateries. I had thali at Naivedya and Kailash Restaurant, first one was good unlimited Thali Maharashtrian style the other one was limited thali that I had food was tolerable. Road side eateries are not attractive as the town is dry and dusty. Nothing much to shop around unless one is interested in paithani sarees for which a number of outlets are available on route to Ellora caves. Places to visit Bibi ka Maqbara a poor imitation of the Taj. Then there is Panchakki a flour mill run using water. Did not visit Aurangabad caves as we were satiated with Ajanta and Ellora.
  • Was this review useful?
  • YES
  • Be the first to vote.

Bhaskar Dontha

  • Tourist
  • Bhaskar Dontha
  • Lives in Bhiwandi
  • 2 Reviews
  •  392 readers

"Nice historical attractions"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Mar 7, 2016
Very good tourist place. Has good attractions there like Ajanta and Ellora caves. There was a very old temple name as Grushneswar temple and one of Jyotirling. One fort is there named as Devgiri fort and historical Bibi ka Makbara.
  • Was this review useful?
  • YES
  • Be the first to vote.

Rashmi Wade

  • Explorer
  • Rashmi Wade
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 7 Reviews
  •  20 helpful votes
  •  7671 readers

"Place of historic importance"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Feb 29, 2016
You can reach Aurangabad by road, rail and by flight. During summers it has hot and dry climate otherwise it has a very pleasant weather. You have a number of good hotels to stay along the airport road. The old Aurangabad also has its own charm. Situated in the city is Biwi ka Maqbara i.e, grave made for his wife and than you have the pan Chakki where water is continuously motored through these turbines. Outside the city you have Daulatabad fort which was supposed to be the impossible one to conquer. And when you go further you have Ellora caves. On the way you have a few dhabas where you get good food. Than you have the grushneshwar temple dedicated to Lord shiva which is also one of the jyotirlinga. And far from Aurangabad city you have the Ajanta caves. If you are going to these places for the first time try getting a guide as they really explain you well especially the daulatabad fort.

The city in itself is beautiful, you have the army cantonment area just outside the city. Overall a must visit place.
  • Was this review useful?
  • YES
  • Be the first to vote.

Sameer Shahadulla

  • Tourist
  • Sameer Shahadulla
  • 1 Review
  •  390 readers

"It is also called as fast growing city"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Feb 20, 2016
Here so many things that you have to see when you come. Bibi Ka Maqbara is one of the example to see like copy of the Taj Mahal. Khuldabad, Ajanta Caves are terrible, wow its great experience to see all of such a things in Aurangabad. So many types of the foods avail here like Chinese, Italian special Indian, I like to taste.
  • Was this review useful?
  • YES
  • Be the first to vote.

Shabbir Sadriwala

  • Scout
  • Shabbir Sadriwala
  • 2 photos
  • 6 Reviews
  •  1908 readers

"Best place with awesome view"

  • 6.0/7
  • Posted Jan 29, 2016
It is a fort situated on an altitude of more than 4,500 ft, lies in the sahyadri ranges of Maharashtra. It is also one of the peak in AMK range, which is considered to be the toughest of Sahyadri, but it is the risk worth taking. The view of sunrise & sunset is spectacular and one can feel all the powerful forces of nature over here.
  • Was this review useful?
  • YES
  • Be the first to vote.

Smriti Sharma

  • Tourist
  • Smriti Sharma
  • Lives in New Delhi
  • 7 photos
  • 1 Review
  •  552 readers

"Over view of Aurangabad!"

  • 5.0/7
  • Posted Jan 27, 2016
Aurangabad in Maharshtra is a satisfying and just destination for those who love history and exploring. Though the local destinations are not of much interest but a few include Bibi ka makbra, Ballabhgarh fort etc. A few miles away are the Ajanta and Ellora caves which are a must visit. An advice for the travellers is that they should be physically fit and healthy to explore these two caves because they include a lot of travelling by foot. Also you won't like these much if you have nill interest in History. Almost all the caves have the same idols of Buddha and I would advice you to wear footwear which can be easily removed. Also there is this amazing place named Bibi ka maqbara which is a failed attempt in copying Taj Mahal. The only good point is that you can see the kafn of the wife of Aurangzeb.

You must have vada pav in Aurangabad. And I would advice you to buy Maharashtrian saree. Rest nothing is of purchasing interest ofcourse until and unless you have a lady with you. As for the hotels, you can find some really good ones near the railway station. So I hope you enjoy your trip to Aurangabad.
  • Was this review useful?
  • YES
  • 1 vote

Mohd Rehan

  • Tourist
  • Mohd Rehan
  • 2 Reviews
  •  694 readers

"Awesome place to go!"

  • 7.0/7
  • Posted Jan 27, 2016
Aurangabad is a historical city it is situated in Maharashtra. In this city there are many historical places like Bibi ka Maqbara, Ajanta caves, Ellora, Panchakki, Khultabad, Daultabad and many more. Every place is awesome just visit Aurangabad in once in your life time.
  • Was this review useful?
  • YES
  • Be the first to vote.

Prashant maske Tilak mullick Tilak mullick A.k.singh Prashant maske, Tilak mullick, Tilak mullick and 2133 other people have been to Aurangabad.
View their ratings...

Aurangabad Sightseeing


Aurangabad Blogs


Best time to visit Aurangabad with family

  • Jan
  • Feb
  • Mar
  • Apr
  • May
  • Jun
  • Jul
  • Aug
  • Sep
  • Oct
  • Nov
  • Dec

Aurangabad Packages

Click to send the package enquiries

Maharashtra Splendour - Companion Free Offer 199999 Per Person 8 days & 7 nights VIEW DETAILS
Indian Odyssey - Companion Free Offer 199999 Per Person 8 days & 7 nights VIEW DETAILS


Aurangabad Information