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General Information about Aurangabad

Named after Aurangzeb, the Mughal Emperor, the Aurangabad city is known for its rich heritage. A well-known tourist destination in the state of Maharashtra, it is dotted with a number of tourist attractions and so is a perfect weekend getaway from Mumbai and Pune too. Located on the banks of the River Kham, Aurangabad is known as the gateway to the World Heritage Sites of Ajanta and Ellora Caves. A visit to this city is truly a cultural as well as an architectural delight for the tourists. Do not forget to get your hands on special Himroo shawls, jewellery with semi-precious stone, Paithani saris, metal artifacts and Mashru and Kimkhab weaves.


Connectivity :

By Rail :
The Aurangabad railway station is connected to Mumbai. You can board a train from Mumbai to go to Aurangabad. From the railway station, you can rent a taxi to go to your destination.

By Air :
The airport of Aurangabad, Chikalthana Airport, is just 10 km away from the city centre. It is well-connected to most of the popular cities of India including Mumbai. You can board a flight from Mumbai to Aurangabad and then from the airport, you can hire a taxi.

By Road :
The Aurangabad city is well- connected by road to all the important destinations in the state. A suitable option is to rent a taxi to Aurangabad. There is also the option to ride state- owned bus. However, luxury buses are also available between Mumbai and Aurangabad.

Aurangabad offers a decent variety of cuisines, however traditionally, the food here, has a strong influence of Mughlai and Hyderabadi cuisine. Hence you can enjoy dishes of these styles in their rich and authentic form in the city . One must try the exquisite Pulao, Biryani, Tahri and Naan Qalia while here. 'Naan' is a type of bread prepared in a traditional style oven called 'tandoor' and 'Qalia' is a preparation of mutton.

Aurangabad is also a home to Deccani food which is prepared with a number of masalas and has a subtle influence of South Indian cuisine especially in terms of the ingredients used. The other popular items of the area are Gavran Chicken, Thalipeeth, Poli and Bajrichi Bhakari.


An Ideal Itinerary :

Day 1: Arrive in Aurangabad by bus, train, car or air and check in to the hotel. Late in the morning, proceed to Bibi-Ka-Maqbara which is a 20-minute drive from the city centre. There are many auto rickshaws, tourist vans and taxis to ferry tourists to and from this destinations. Enjoy the gardens, landscapes and cool breeze and have lunch in one of these gardens. In the late afternoon, proceed to Panchakki, a flour grinding mill built during the Mughal era to prepare food for the devotees who visited the dargah. In the evening, head for a stroll in one of the markets like Gul Mandi or Connaught Market and enjoy the local flavour, street food and sizzling tandoori delights.

Day 2: Leave early in the morning for Ajanta caves, a three-hour drive from the city and reach by around 10:00 AM. Take your time to explore the caves carved in different styles with sculptures, paintings and murals. Have lunch in one of the many restaurants near the caves and proceed back to the city in the evening.

Day 3: Take a leisurely morning stroll around one of the many gardens like the Siddhartha Garden and leave for Ellora caves after breakfast. Walk around the cool stone cut caves and take in the years of history. After lunch, proceed back to the city and prepare for departure.


Few Places of Interest

The Ajanta Caves
The UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Ajanta Caves is around 106 km from here. These 30 rock-cut caves are dedicated to Buddhism, depicting Viharas and Chaitya Grihas. 5 of these are Buddhist cathedrals and the remaining 25 are monasteries. These caves date back to the 2nd century. Carved in 2 phases, these caves are a masterpiece of Indian art and Buddhist religious art containing figurines of Lord Buddha and Jataka tales.


The Ellora Caves
Built between the 5th and 10th century, the Ellora Caves are listed in UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Located at a distance of 30 km from Aurangabad, these caves are dedicated to Hinduism, Jainism as well as Buddhism. A total of 43 caves, out of these 12 are Buddhist caves, 17 are Hindu caves and 5 are Jain caves. These caves are known for their beautiful carvings.


Baradari Iwaz Khan Aqueduct
Baradari Iwaz Khan Aqueduct, in ruins today, is a major tourist attraction and a place of interest of romantic couples. The ruined walls of the structure are a proof of the attack by the Maratha rulers. Baradari Iwaz Khan Aqueduct is a beautiful piece of architecture, attracting tourists from everywhere.


Bibi ka Maqbara
Bibi ka Maqbara was constructed in 1679 AD by the son of Aurangzeb, in the memory of Rabia, his mother. The design of this construction, designed by Ata Ullah was inspired from the Taj Mahal. This sandstone memorial has a marble dome and has plastered walls. The enclosure of the memorial is octagonal in shape.


Naukonda Palace
Now almost in ruins, the Naukonda Palace was then occupied by Nizam Ali Khan when he was in Aurangabad. The complex of this palace consists of a number of interesting structures including 5 Zananas, a Masjid, A Kachahri, Dewan-i-Khas and Dewan-i-Am. Every section of this palace has a water tank and a garden. The Hamam in the central part is in a good state.


Sunheri Mahal
Sunheri Mahal was commissioned by a Bandalkand chief who was accompanying Auranzeb into the Deccan Region. Placed in Paharsingpura suburbs of Aurangabad, this construction is in lime and stone. Located on an elevated platform, this palace has beautiful paintings on the walls, which were once in gold, but now is almost in ruins.


Killa Arak
Killa Arak was commissioned by Aurangzeb in the year 1692. It was a lavish palace, which is now in ruins but still charms the visitors. This palace has 4 entry gates and a Nakar Khana for the musicians along with the Jumma Masjid and the Darbar Hall. The room where the throne of Aurangzeb was placed was amidst a well-manicured garden.

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