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Aurangabad


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Rs. 350 per person

Best time to visit

October - March

Recommended stay

1 to 30 days

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About Aurangabad

Aurangabad is a city coined after Aurangzeb and is located in Maharashtra. Aurangabad in lierary terms means 'Built by thethrone'. The city comprises of many historical monuments of great significance. The Ajanta and Ellora caves are declaredas world heritage site by UNESCO. Aurangzeb died in 1707 and his tomb is located at Khultabad which is near Aurangabad and isconsidered a popular tourist spot. Many beautiful monuments can be seen in Aurangabad with the most famous being theBibi Ka Maqbara that resembles Taj Mahal. There is an archaeological museum located behind it.
Aurangabad flourished as a merchandising hub 4 centuries ago. Aurangabad is popular for its woven Himroo shawls, Mashru and Kimkhan weaves and is an excellent shopping place for tourists. Women visiting the city buy Paithani sarees andsemi precious jewellery. Bidri, a metal object made of iron, copper and other metals and decorated with intricate carvings isa famous product of the city.
CONNECTIVITY TO AURANGABAD:
Nearest railway station is Manmad which is 120km from Aurangabad. Aurangabad Airport Chikalthana Airport is 10km away from the city centre and is well connected with major cities in the country. State run buses regularly ply to and fromAurangabad.
ATTRACTIONS:
Aurangabad Caves were excated from the soft rock during the 6th and 7th century. These caves 10 in number are divided intotwo separate locations- Western Group caves having caves 1-5 and Eastern Group Caves having caves 6-10 located 1 km apart. Cave 4 is the most ancient cave. The rest of the 4 caves are viharas. Cave 6 has a large statue ofBuddha and Cave 7 representsbejeweled women.
Baradari Iwaz Khan Aquaduct is a ruined structure and is a place of interest for romantic tourists.
Biwi ka Maqbara was built in 1679 AD by son of Aurangzeb and he built it in fond memory of his mother Rabia. The memorial is built of sandstone with plastered walls and has a marble dome. It has a flowery wall around with an entrance which providesbest view of the memorial.
Aurangzeb in 1692 had ordered to build a palace called Killa Arak. It has four entrances and a Nakarkhana for musicians. The Dabar Hall and Jama Masjid are of immense interest.
When Nizam Ali Khan was at Aurangabad he occupied the Naukonda Palace. The palace comprises of 5 Zananas-Diwan-e-am, Diwan-e-khas, mosque and a kachari. Each section of the palace is provided with a garden and a water tank.
The Sunehri Mahal was constructed by a chief who came along with Aurangzeb to Deccan. The structure is made of stone and lime. The paintings in the Mahal were once painted in gold hence the name Sunehri Mahal.
The Ajanta caves have 30 rock cut caves and it is 106km from Aurangabad and Ellora caves listed in world heritage site are located 30 km from Aurangabad.
Bani Begum garden is a famous garden located 20 km from Aurangabad. It provides a lush green appearnace and offers peace andserenity in a relaxed atmosphere. It got its name from the tomb of Bani begum which is located in the middle of the garden and whowas the wife of the son of Aurangzeb. Massive domes, fountains and fluted pillars are visible here. The Garden represents Mughal style of architecture.
Ghrishneshwar temple is built of red volcanic rock and  delivers a characteristic appeal. The most impressive feature is the5 tier shikhara. The presiding deity is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas in the country.