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Best tourist attraction

Best tourist attraction  Video Review
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The Ellora Caves

Sai Somanadh
5th Sep 17

Nice tourist attraction

Nice tourist attraction  Video Review
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The Ellora Caves

Sai Somanadh
5th Sep 17

Water mill- Good place for sightseeing

Water mill- Good place for sightseeing  Video Review
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Panchakki (Water Mill)

Rajesh Nyare
24th Dec 17

Awesome location

Awesome location  Video Review
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Daulatabad Fort

Rajesh Nyare
11th Dec 17

Daulatabad Fort

Daulatabad Fort  Video Review
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Daulatabad Fort

Rajesh Nyare
11th Dec 17

Good place for shopping and food

Good place for shopping and food  Video Review
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Cannought

Rajesh Nyare
5th Nov 17

Connaught sightseeing: Awesome place

Connaught sightseeing: Awesome place  Video Review
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Cannought

Rajesh Nyare
5th Nov 17

Nice mall

Nice mall  Video Review
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Prozone Mall

Vaibhav Sable
24th Jul 17

Inner view

Inner view  Video Review
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Aurangabad Railway Station

Vaibhav Sable
8th Jul 17

Beautiful Mini TajMahal

Beautiful Mini TajMahal  Video Review
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Bibi Ka Maqbara

Akarshpydah
7th Feb 17

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1Murada Janjira
Murada Janjira

Murud Janjira is one of the strongest marine forts in India. The fort is renowned for being the only undefeated despite Dutch, Maratha, and East India Company. The fort is sits on a oval shaped rock off the Arabian sea coast. The main entrance is hidden and can only be seen when one is 40 feet away from it. It also a posterior gate for escape that open towards the open sea. 

Namdeo Bhosale : Janjira fort is one of the oldest forts, constructed in 11th century and still it is in good condition. This fort is near Murud of Raigad district of Maharashtra and it is constructed on an island. You have to travel by yacht. There is a cannon which is said to India's 2nd largest cannon and is is made up of alloys. 

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2Daulatabad Fort
Daulatabad Fort

This rock-hewn fortress dominates the landscape from a 600 feet high messa like flat terrain. This fort has carries the distinction of remaining undefeated in battle till date. The lower have been cut away to improve defenses. The only access to the summit is through a narrow bridge that can allows passage of not more than 2 people at a time.

Sumeet Maharana : Good fort, good scenic view during sunset. Lot of wild fruits available near the fort. Don’t forget to taste them especially Sugar Apple. They are tasty, you will not find that tasty anywhere else.

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3Bibi Ka Maqbara, have you heard about the Taj Mahal replica?
Bibi Ka Maqbara, have you heard about the Taj Mahal replica?

HolidayIQ Reviewer Jyotindra Sharan says, “A peak of history Aurangabad Caves is one of the historical sights which is enough to give your eyes a peak of historic architecture and prevalent art and cultural.

HolidayIQ Reviewer Bhakti Karkare says, “A jaw-dropping history-  Bibi Ka Maqbara ”

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4Ellora Caves will remind you of the lavish lifestyle of the emperors!
Ellora Caves will remind you of the lavish lifestyle of the emperors!

HolidayIQ Reviewer Shilpa Pai says, “I visited the Ellora Caves in Aurangabad, must be on the list of visiting destination. Visiting those caves reminded of the lavish lifestyle the emperors had during those days. Excellent carvings, beautiful architecture and strong history.

HolidayIQ Reviewer Jyotindra Sharan adds, “A peak of history Aurangabad Caves is one of the historical sights which is enough to give your eyes a peak of historic architecture and prevalent art and cultural.

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5Forget about Taj Mahal for now, you will love Bibi Ka Maqbara!
Forget about Taj Mahal for now, you will love Bibi Ka Maqbara!

HolidayIQ Reviewer Shilpa Pai adds, “Excellent carvings, beautiful architecture and strong history.

HolidayIQ Reviewer Jyotindra Sharan says, “A peak of history Aurangabad Caves is one of the historical sight which is enough to give your eyes a peak of history architecture and prevalent art and cultural”

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Reviews (112)

Saranya Devanathan

Saranya Devanathan3.9/5

420 reviews

History revisited

I visited Aurangabad to attend a conference. I went there 2 days early to visit Ajanta and Ellora. It is total paisa vasool . Everyone in Aurangabad seems to be pleasing the tourist in every little things. An auto driver caught me while trying to cross the road in front of the railway station at 8:30 pm. He took me to the hotel that I plan to stay for Rs. 30. In the process he got a taxi driver to take me to Ajanta next day. I did not like the hotel in front of the station. He convinced me to take me to another hotel, situated midway between station and city centre. The taxi person came along showing his swift desire car. I wanted a small car, non AC. Agreed for that also for Rs. 2000. The hotel persons got me hot water and got dinner room service. The driver switched on AC and did not charge me extra because the road was dusty. I planned to go to the motorable view point. The driver was made to agree for extra Rs. 200. Finally it took 10 hours all together. Next evening the auto driver convinced me to go in auto itself to Ellora. Though he asked for Rs. 1000, agreed for Rs. 600. I asked him to go to the college so that I can shift to a room nearby. He went extra 6 km to show a hotel of his choice and convinced me that hotel instead of the one suggested by the college. He was always available for every need of me. Whether it is shopping or guiding the restaurants or buying seetha and rampals or chasing away monkeys, dogs or vendors. He speaks English. He is Babu Sherike 7767074818. Next day along with Ellora 7 other destinations are covered. After the conference I had one afternoon free. So went to watermill locally. So 3 days is more than enough to visit Aurangabad. I did not plan to visit Shirdi or Nasik . The photo shows a gate, a mosque and a canal. That shows the history. There are many such gates all over the city still allowing vehicles to pass through. There are many mosques and tombs of not only Aurangzeb and his bibi but also many sufi saints. Along with jyotirlinga temple, there are many jain and buddhist places. The canal is also all over - informing about the olden day city water and sewerage management . . I have to mention about MGM medical mission where my conference was held. A modern university with older (Paithani weaving, clay modelling, drama, script writing, etc. And newer subjects (medicine, engineering, management) to study just like the city . What a city, it is !!

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  • History revisited
  • History revisited

Saranya Devanathan

Saranya Devanathan5.0/5

420 reviews

Aurangabad

The weather was tolerable in November. Chairs - 4 men carrying at Ajanta and wheeled one at Ellora makes me not to become tired soon. Caretakers of Ajanta cave guide you for Rs. 50-60. Guides are too costly if you are alone. Reading beforehand all about the caves, paintings, Buddhism etc helps you to enjoy fully. Make a trip to view Ajanta from the top like a necklace. There is a friendly tourism restaurant with garden. Though shoe is not allowed, socks is allowed. Wear it for your protection from heat. At Grishneshwar temple, spend time to enjoy the architecture of each pillar. Book rooms through hotel/other sites directly so that the rate is lowest. Speak in English, people do understand. But they cannot reply in English. You get what you want. I can not give to any tip to avoid book, memento sellers. Find your own way.

Food and Shopping: Shopping is promoted by every auto. Cab driver. They take you free, they induce you. It is all Himroo factory and Paithani woven sarees. Of course there are other gift, shawl, suit, purses, handbags, etc. Since I was not interested I did not buy. Food is normal like any other place. Vada pav all over. I liked pomegranate seeds, slothful and Raphael (custard apples). In one hotel I ordered kichidi and it was nice and flavored.
Highlight of the trip: I made it to Ajanta and Ellora at the age of 70 years.

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Recommended Duration in Aurangabad

Number of days to spend in Aurangabad as recommended by our travellers.

2 days

37.5%

3 days

12.5%

4 days

50%

Aurangabad Overview

History of Aurangabad

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 square km, out of which 141.1 square km is urban area and 9,958.9 square 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.

People and Culture of Aurangabad

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.

Things To Do in Aurangabad

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.

Food and Shopping in Aurangabad

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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Bibi Ka Maqbara, Aurangabad

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Bibi Ka Maqbara, Aurangabad
The Ellora Caves, Aurangabad

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The Ellora Caves, Aurangabad
Bibi Ka Maqbara, Aurangabad

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Bibi Ka Maqbara

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