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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Khalid Shaikh
  • Khalid Shaikh
  • Lives in Pune
  • 3 Reviews

"In simple I loved this city" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 7 days 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
  • Suresh Ramaswamy
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 80 Reviews

"Good place for archaeological study"

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted 1 month 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
  • Prashant Goel
  • Lives in Gurgaon
  • 3 Reviews

"A nice place to visit"

  • 7/7
  • Posted 1 month 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
  • Ashwin Taware
  • Lives in Bhiwandi
  • 3 photos
  • 15 Reviews

"Not a small town anymore"

  • 5/7
  • Posted 1 month 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
  • G Bhat
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 7 photos
  • 26 Reviews

"Aurangabad means old world charm"

  • 5/7
  • Posted 1 month 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
  • Ramasubramaniyan Krishnamoorthy
  • Lives in Chennai
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  • 4 Reviews

"Trip to the past"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
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
  • Sd Datta
  • 16 Reviews

"Incredible range of things to see around Aurangabad"

  • 6/7
  • Posted 3 months ago
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
  • Ashish Malhotra
  • Lives in New Delhi
  • 3 Reviews

"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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Rajat
  • Rajat
  • Lives in Allahabad
  • 7 Reviews

"So many places to visit"

  • 6/7
  • Posted Nov 8, 2014
Places to visit:
Ajanta Caves (closed on Monday)
Ellora Caves (closed on Tuesday)
Gyaneshwar Temple,
Bhadra Maruti,
Bibi Ka Maqbara,
Aurangabad Caves, and
Panchakki.
You have to have about 3 full days for sightseeing.
Ajanta Caves is closed on Mondays & Ellora Caves is closed on Tuesday So plan accordingly.
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Souvik Debnath
  • Souvik Debnath
  • Lives in Kolkata
  • 12 Reviews

"So many places to see"

  • 6/7
  • Posted Oct 7, 2014
The must see place of Maharashtra.
Ajanta Caves - The Best of Buddhist architecture & paintings
Ellora Caves - An architectural combo of Buddha, Hindu & Jain. Kailas Temple is the whole and soul of this caves.
Daulatabad Fort - Devagiri (Daultabad of the later period), 11 km north-west of Aurangabad, and is famous for its formidable hill fort. The fort is situated on an isolated cone-shaped hill rising abruptly from the plain to the height of about 190 metres.
Mhaismal - It is a beautiful hill station located in the Aurangabad. Now-a-days, it offers paragliding.
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