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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Ramasubramaniyan Krishnamoorthy
  • Ramasubramaniyan Krishnamoorthy
  • Lives in Chennai
  • 4 photos
  • 1 Review

"Trip to the past" new review

  • 6/7
  • Posted 4 weeks 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 1 month 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 3 months ago
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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Ajay Ahuja
  • Ajay Ahuja
  • Lives in New Delhi
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  • 17 Reviews

"Beautiful places to visit and spend time"

  • 4.5/7
  • Posted Sep 27, 2014
It was my second visit to Aurangabad and first with family. First time I had not stayed here but only visited Ajanta caves and left. But this time I stayed for 2 days and visited most of the tourist places. I was surprised to see Bibi ka Maqbara which is replica of Taj Mahal. Aurangabad is clean nice city to roam around. Ajanta and Ellora caves are a must see. For religious purpose, Girishneshwar temple is there which is one of the Jyotirlingas. Aurangabad has much to offer for heritage and religious tourism.
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Sumeet Maharana
  • Sumeet Maharana
  • Lives in Hyderabad
  • 7 Reviews

"Overall the trip was really gud"

  • 6/7
  • Posted Sep 26, 2014
As I visited with my family, entire trip was really good. Started from Shirdi to Shanisingnapur to Nasik to Aurangabad. All the places were really good. Make sure to book the hotels in advance if you are going with family. After reaching Shirdi enquire with travel agencies (4-5) to get better deals. The place was really amazing. There was so much to do there. I really enjoyed my trip.
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Sameer Ali
  • Sameer Ali
  • 2 Reviews

"An amazing trip to Aurangabad"

  • 7/7
  • Posted Sep 6, 2014
Last month I went to meet one of my friend to his native which is located in Maharastra in India, the place is Aurangabad. Their are many places to visit the most famous which we visited was Bibi ka Makhbara, Pani chakhi etc. We missed out on a couple of places. So, one must take some time in hand and then visit this place.
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Shareque Touseef
  • Shareque Touseef
  • Lives in Mumbai
  • 1 Review

"City of gates"

  • 4/7
  • Posted Aug 31, 2014
Aurangabad popularly called city of gates as you can see no. Of historical gates while roaming around the city.
It's a tier 2 city with a historical touch as well as sprinkle of modernity. Many tourists sites like Bibi ka maqbera, Aurangabad caves, panchakki, soneri mahal etc. are the sites one should not miss. Bibika maqbera is a beautiful replica of Taj Mahal of Agra. Nearby you can visit the world heritage sites the famous Ajanta and Ellora caves. Daulatabad or devgiri is a watchable fort near the city. The city is also famous for it's eateries. One should definitely try the dish 'naan khaliya.' Poor transport and bad roads but people of this city have big heart and r very cooperative. This city is the one which one should visit at least once with family and friends.
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Milind navadikar
  • Milind navadikar
  • Highlander
  • 26 Reviews

"A place for tourism as well as business."

  • 6/7
  • Posted Apr 2, 2014
I keep on visiting Aurangabad almost every quarter on business trips. Good point of Aurangabad is skilled manpower with cost effectiveness which has grown business. Aurangabad is famous for tourist spots like Daulatabad fort, Bibi ka makbara, Ajantha Leni etc, city has got good hotels for stay.
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