Aurangabad is one of the major cities in Maharashtrian State of India. Aurangabad (“Aurang City”) is named after the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb. The city is a tourism hub, surrounded by many historical monuments, including the Ajanta Caves and Ellora Caves, which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
I have been to this city twice in my lifetime as it is just 350 km approx Which is nearly 6-7 hours drive from my hometown Mumbai. In this article I would briefly highlight the main attractions you should not miss when in the city.
Let us discuss the attractions below.
The Aurangabad caves are twelve artificial rock-cut Buddhist shrines located on a hill running roughly east to west, nearly 2 km north from Bibi Ka Maqbara in Aurangabad, Maharashtra. The first reference to the Aurangabad Caves is in the great chaitya of Kanheri Caves. The Aurangabad Caves were dug out of comparatively soft basalt rock during the 6th and 7th century.
Tomb of Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb
The Tomb of Aurangzeb, the last of the great Mughal emperors, is located in Khuldabad, Maharashtra, India. Aurangzeb is buried in an unmarked grave at the complex of the dargah or shrine of Sheikh Zainuddin.
Bibi Ka Maqbara
The Bibi Ka Maqbara was built by Azam Shah son of Aurangzeb, in 1678 in memory of his mother, Dilras Banu Begum It bears a striking resemblance to the famous Taj Mahal.
Daulatabad also known as Devagiri is a town which includes the Devagiri-Daulatabad fort. It carries the distinction of remaining undefeated in battle. It is a 14th-century fort city in Maharashtra state of India, about 16 kilometers northwest of Aurangabad. The place was originally named Devagiri when it was an important uplands city along caravan routes. However it is also considered to be one of the seven wonders of Maharashtra and a developing tourist spot.
The Ajanta Caves in Aurangabad district of Maharashtra state of India are about 30 rock-cut Buddhist cave monuments which date from the 2nd century BCE to about 480 or 650 CE. The caves include paintings and sculptures described by the government Archaeological Survey of India. These are the finest surviving examples of Indian art, particularly painting. These are masterpieces of Buddhist religious art, with figures of the Buddha and depictions of the Jataka tale.
Ellora is an archaeological site 29 km north-west of the city of Aurangabad in the Indian state of Maharashtra. It is built by the Rashtrakuta dynasty (Brahmanical & Buddhist group of caves) and Yadav (Jain group of caves). Well known for its monumental caves, Ellora is an UNESCO World Heritage Site and forms one of major tourist attraction in Marathwada region of Maharashtra. Ellora represents the epitome of Indian rock-cut architecture. The 34 “caves” are actually structures excavated out of the vertical face of the Charanandri hills.
Just 60 km from Aurangabad, this place is surely worth a visit. Paithan is a name of a village and Sant Dnyaneshwar Garden is mostly known as Paithan Garden amongst the locals. A Musical Fountain is the main attraction in this garden. Besides this, different flowers is something to cherish for all nature lovers.
Don’t forget to explore the local culture, Gul Mandi market for shopping and food in Aurangabad city. You will surely love it. Also Silk is very much famous in Paithan so look for Silk suits, sarees from local shops.
So when are you planning your next Aurangabad trip ?