Aurangabad Tour

Aurangabad Tour

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Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India

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Aurangabad is a histrocial city situated in the central part of Maharashtra. Situated along the right bank of the Kham River, the city is the district headquarters of Aurangabad. It was formerly known as Khadke, later Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb established a capital here in 1633, and it was renamed as Aurangabad.

The district with anarea of 10,106 Sq. Kms is bounded by the districts of Jalgaon to the north, Nasik to the west, Jalna to the east and Ahmednagar to the south. Aurangabadis a major tourist destination as it houses many historical monuments including the World Heritage Sites of Ajanta and Ellora. There are sufficient evidences, that depict Aurangabad was a trading hub almost four centuries ago.

It is situated on the main trade route, that used to connect north-west sea of India and land ports to deccan region. Aurangabad has been a major silk and cotton textile production centre for centuries. The Himroo textile was developed here by a fine blend of the silk with locally grown cotton.

The Paithani silk sarees are very popular here. A part from the silk industry Aurangabad is the manufacturing centre of Steer recycling, Autoparts manufacturing and Beverages production.

Major Tourist Attractions in Aurangabad: Aurangabad Caves, Bibi Ka Maqbara, Panchakki, Darwazas, Himroo Factory etc.
Aurangabad Caves, Aurangabad
The city of Aurangabad has a group of beautiful caves, built around 6th or 7th century AD. These Buddhist caves were carved out of the hill side. All the 10 caves are related to Buddhism. The Western group caves are called Viharas.
Bibi Ka Maqbara, Aurangabad
Built by Azam Shah in the year 1678, it has a little resemblance from Taj Mahal, as it is the tomb of Begum Rabia-Ud-Durani, wife of Emperor Aurangazeb. The tomb called as "PoorMan's Taj Mahal" is a perfect example of Persian Architecture. Standing beautifully on the lawns of the landscaped garden the ponds, fountains and water channels add more beauty to the tomb.
Panchakki, Aurangabad
A major attraction of Aurnagabad, the Panchakki or the Water mill built by Malik Amber in 1695. The mill is regarded as an amazing engineering feat of that time.

Panchakki is driven by water brought from the nearby spring through earthen pipes. The mill was used to power the flour mill and grind grain for the pilgrims. Adjacent to the mill is the shrine of Baba Shah Muzaffar, the spiritual guide toAurangzeb.
Darwazas, Aurangabad
Most of the historical monuments in the city dating back to Nizam Shahi, Mughal and Maratha period. The city has four main darwazas (gateways) along with nine secondary darwazas, which formed part of the defence systems of the city.
Himroo Factory, Aurangabad
Situated in the old town near Zaffar Gate, the factory produces hand-woven traditional Himroo shawls from cotton, silk and silver threads. Himroo shawls and sarees are available in many showrooms around Aurangabad city.
Famous Excursions from Aurangabad
Ajanta is situated at a distance of 99Kms from the Aurangabad city. The Ajanta caves were built during Gupta period, between the 2nd and 1st centuries B.C. The first Buddhist cave was later added by many more richly decorated caves. Ajanta is famous for paintings and sculptures, considered as master pieces of Buddhist religious art. The 34 monasteries and temples, extends over 2 Kms, which were carved side- by- side in the wall of a high basalt cliff.

Situated 30 Kms from Aurangabad, Ellora houses the several uninterrupted monuments, dating back to 600 to 1000 A.D. The caves brings the ancient Indian civilization to life. The Ellora has a collection of unique artistic style and a technological exploit. There are around 34 caves, carved out in a curve of low hills, 16 of them are Hindu,13 Buddhist and five of the Jain faith.
Accommodation in Aurangabad
There are many luxury and budget hotels according the budgets of tourists. Some of the famous hotels of the city are Taj Residency (Taj Groop), Hotel Ambassador Ajanta, The Meadows, Hotel President Park, Welcome Hotel Rama International and Hotel Aurangabad etc.
Best Time to Visit in Aurangabad
The climate of Aurangabad is moderate, but the ideal time to visit the city is in between October to March.
How to reach Aurangabad?
Aurangabad has its own airport, railway station and it is well connected by roads.

By Air - Aurangabad airport is located at a distanceof 10 Kms from the town. The airport is directly linked to Mumbai, Delhi, Jaipur and Udaipur etc.

By Rail - Aurangabad railhead is well connected to Mumbai and other major cities. Two trains run every day from Mumbai.

By Road - Aurangabad is well connected by good motorable road with Mumbai. Several luxury and State run bus services ply between Mumbai and Aurangabad. Aurangabad lies at a distance of 214 Kms from Pune, 218 Kms from Nasik, 402 Kms from Indore (402 km) and 403 Kms from Mumbai. The distance of other cities from Aurangabad are Daulatabad (13Kms), Shirdi (130 Kms), Jalgaon (194 Kms), Mandu (335 Kms) and Sholapur (324Kms).
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