Aurangabad

Aurangabad

Named after the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb and once his capital in the Deccan, Aurangabad is now the much-acclaimed gateway to the artistic heritage of Ajanta-Ellora caves. This historical city, once surrounded by 52 gates out of which only 13 have survived the ravages of time & invasions, is a goldmine of history & heritage. Let’s take a quick trip through this bustling tourism capital of Maharashtra, where ancient caves, magnificent forts, and solemn mausoleum depict the enduring legacy of its rich past.

Alluring Attractions of Aurangabad

Ajanta and Ellora Cave

Ajanta Caves

Named after a nearby village and carved somewhere during 200 BC to 500 AD, these spectacular caves are an artistic wonder. Built as monasteries & retreats for Buddhist monks, this set of 30 caves, is a delightful jumble of sculptures and some of the finest cave paintings across the world. These sculptures & paintings, based on the themes of Bodhisattva & Jataka tales, have survived for centuries and are now preserved as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Ellora Caves

Ellora Caves

This cave complex was developed much after Ajanta Caves, around 600 AD to 1000 AD, and is renowned for its fine sculptures. Though there are around 100 caves in the complex, only 30 of them have been opened for public viewing. These include 7 Hindu, 12 Buddhist, and 5 Jain caves carved over a period of five centuries. An entrancing mishmash of temples, monasteries, & spectacular monoliths, these UNESCO-preserved caves are the epitome of ancient cave art & architecture in India.

Daulatabad Fort

Daulatabad Fort

This magnificent 12th-century hilltop fortress is one of the few invincible forts of medieval Maharashtra. Built by Yadavs of Deogiri as Devgiri Fort, it was later seized & fortified by Mohammad-bin- Tughlaq, who renamed it as Daulatabad Fort. Take a hike up to the fort to witness its magnificent architecture and brilliant engineering.

Bibi-ka-Maqbara

Bibi-ka-Maqbara

This spectacular sandstone replica of the Taj Mahal was built by Prince Azam as a memorial to his mother & Aurangzeb’s wife Begum Rabia. Although often called the Taj of the Deccan and a poor man’s Taj, this structure is a fine specimen of brilliant craftsmanship and detailing.

Aurangabad Caves

Aurangabad Caves

This set of 12 rock-cut Hindu & Buddhist caves, nestled in the Sinyachal ranges of the Western Ghats, is believed to be 2000 years old. A little overshadowed by the glory of Ajanta-Ellora, these caves with their ornate pillars, detailed carvings & compelling sculpture, are a masterpiece of rock-cut architecture in India.

Fairs & Festivals of Aurangabad

Fairs & Festivals of Aurangabad

Aurangabad Festival- Celebrating Aurangabad’s rich cultural & artistic heritage
Ellora-Ajanta International Festival- Classical Dance & Music Festival, held in January

Shopping in Aurangabad

Shopping in Aurangabad

This historic city is renowned for its spectacular handlooms. Buy exquisitely woven Himroo Shawls, Pathani Sarees, and Mashroo & Kimkhab fabrics to take home a slice of this beautiful city.

Food in Aurangabad

Food in Aurangabad

When in Aurangabad, be sure to try the delicious Naan Khaliya, a delectable mutton curry served with bread, a culinary delight of Aurangabad.

Best Time to Visit

Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit Aurangabad would be in winter when the weather is cool enough to explore the caves & the monuments.

How to Reach

How to Reach

By Air - Aurangabad Airport connects the city with some of the major airports in India.

By Rail - Direct & express trains to Aurangabad are available from all major railway stations across the country.

By Road - Aurangabad is serviced by both government and private buses that connect Aurangabad with other cities in the region.

If you wish to dabble in a bit for history, art, and architecture, Aurangabad is certainly the place to be. Just fill the form to receive free quotes for personalized tour packages for a fabulous India tour.

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