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Famous for: Ajanta Ellora Caves
Shopping: Fabrics, Silver, Semi precious stones and many more
History of: 500 years
Population: 11.60 Lac

The ancient city of Aurangabad is located in the northern part of the state of Maharashtra in the western region of India. It is 403 km away from Mumbai and is encircled by hills. Situated on the banks of the Kham River, this historical city is famous for its medieval monuments and cultural heritage.

Aurangabad was an important seat of the Mughal Empire for a short period. Thus, the city has many monuments speaking volumes about the grandeur of the Mughal architecture. Take a travel trip to important monument sites at Aurangabad, Bibi-Ka-Maqbara, Panchakki, Himroo factory and Aurangabad caves are most important among them. There are many Buddhist, Jain, and Hindu temples also located in this region. Apart from these historical structures, the city is also famous for its close proximity with world heritage sites of Ajanta and Ellora and for its silk and cotton textiles.

Major Attractions

 

Aurangabad Caves
There are 12 Buddhist caves snuggled in the middle of hills, probably dating back to the 1 A.D. The most important ones are those with the Tantric influences, which is reflected through the iconography and architectural designs of the caves. Some of these caves show Lord Buddha seated on an intricately carved throne. You can also get beautiful views of the city as well as the imposing Maqbara from this point.

Bibi-Ka-Maqbara
Bibi-ka-Maqbara was built by Aurangzeb in the memory of his wife Rabia-ud-Daurani Begum. This tomb bears some resemblance with the Taj Mahal, which is a major attraction for tourists coming to this place. The architecture of this tomb is magnificent which is surrounded by a garden. You will have to buy an entry ticket of a negligible amount to enter the Maqbara.

Panchakki
Panchakki is a major attraction of Aurangabad and its literal meaning is water mill. This mill receives its share of water that travels through an underground channel from a source which is 6 km away in the mountains. The water is then discharged on to the wheel creating a fascinating waterfall. There is also a garden and fountains with fish-filled tanks adding to the charm of the entire area. Panchakki also has a tomb of Baba Shah Muzaffar, a Sufi Saint who was spiritual adviser to Aurangzeb.

 

 

Nearby Excursions

 

Ajanta Caves
The world heritage Ajanta caves are one of the few historical and architectural marvels of India. It was discovered accidentally during the 19th century by a group of British officers who were on a tiger hunt. These caves are located deep within the Sahyadri hills above the Waghora. They describe the story of Lord Buddha and Buddhism religion that prevailed here during 200 BC to 650 AD.

Ellora Caves
The Ellora cave temples are regarded as the World heritage sites of India. They are situated just 30 kilometers northwest of Aurangabad. It can be easily reached from the nearby major towns. There are almost 34 monasteries and temples that date back from 600 to 1000 AD. The temples of Ellora are dedicated to Brahmanism, Jainism, and Buddhism. The cave temples here have some superior carvings on the stone depicting the legends related to Lord Shiva.

Daulatabad Fort
The exquisite Daulatabad fort is located just 13 kilometers from Aurangabad on the way to Ellora, makes an excellent travel excursion from Aurangabad. The fort was built during the 12th century by king Bhillama of Yadav dynasty. It is situated on a pyramid shaped hill making it a major attraction here. According to the locals here, the Daulatabad fortress was earlier known as 'Devgiri'. Later the name was changed to Daulatabad by Mohammed Bin Tughlaq, Sultan of Delhi.

Fun Festives

 

Ajanta and Ellora Festivals

It is the festival of classical dance and music under the backdrops of the Ellora Caves. The festival usually falls in March. The festival showcases best talents from across India. Maharashtra government organizes the festival.

Aurangabad Festival

Aurangabad Festival promotes the rich local culture, talent, art and heritage of the city. The festival is organized to explore the hidden talents and to increase the vibrancy of this historic city. The festival generally falls in December. The Aurangabad Festival Committee organizes it. The festival has programmes that emphasize local art, culture, and heritage, through classical dance performances, popular songs, folk dances, Mushaira, Qawalli, and Ghazals. The festival also exhibits local handlooms and handicrafts like Paithani Himroo, Bidri and Paperwork. Other attractions include, heritage walk for senior citizens, traditional bullock cart race, marathon, inter-school and inter-college competitions, etc.

Paithan Fair
This festival is celebrated in the months of March or April every year. Pilgrims gather to pay homage to saint Eknath Maharaj at Paithan on the banks of the river Godavari. The fair runs for 10 days with great enthusiasm.

 

 

Distance from major cities
Mumbai 403 Kms
Pune 248 Kms
Nasik 237 Kms

 

 

How to reach there

by Air Aurangabad Airport is well connected with Delhi, Mumbai & many major cities of India.
by Rail Aurangabad Railway Station is well connected with Hydrabad, Mumbai, Delhi and all major states & cities of India.
by Road Aurangabad is well connected with major cities of the state by a good network of roads.

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  • Windsor Castle Hotel, Aurangabad

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