Known as the City of Gates, Aurangabad had 52 gates which served as a medium of revenue collection. Today only about 19 gates have survived, that too in a dilapidated condition. With its caves, forts, temples, textiles, museums, and historical monuments, this place has a lot to offer in terms of art and history. Aurangabad is home to some of the most famous and beautiful world heritage sites and historical monuments in the world. A must visit list includes places like Bibi-Ka-Maqbara, Ajanta & Ellora Caves, and Daulatabad Fort, which are some of the prominent ones. The Hyderabadi Muslims have profoundly influenced the culture of Aurangabad, its language, lifestyle, and cuisine. Interestingly, people of Aurangabad have a great passion for art and craft which is undoubtedly reflected in their work. Let’s check out the top three places to visit in Aurangabad here …
Bibi-ka-Maqbara, a replica of Taj Mahal is an astounding burial place of Aurangzeb’s wife, Rabia-ud-Durrani. Situated just 3 km away from Aurangabad, this monument is flawlessly developed by using sandstone and white shaded marble dome.
Ajanta and Ellora Caves
Ajanta Caves, one of the most magnificent caves famous for its beautiful architecture, are also home to some of the most beautiful Buddhist sculptures and paintings that draw attention to the life events of Buddha. Ellora Caves are yet another site strongly influenced by three religions – Hinduism, Buddhism, and Jainism. Kailash Temple, the most prominent division of the Ellora Caves is undoubtedly an outstanding work of art.
Daulatabad Fort situated 14 km northwest of Aurangabad was built in the 14th century and is an ideal one-day trip for art and history lovers. Aurangzeb’s tomb is situated in Khultabad, which is closer to Ellora Caves. Aurangzeb’s Tomb clearly reflects his passion for Islam, the minimalism of his lifestyle, and his intolerance for other religions. Aurangzeb’s wish to be buried alongside his guru is the only reason that his tomb was built in this city.
It is not just the cultural and historical beauty that attracts tourists to this beautiful city. Visitors can also explore the local ethnic art of Aurangabad like Kimkhab work, Paithani saris, the handmade paper of Kaghzipura and Himroo and Mashru fabric. Apart from this, tourists can visit other places like Chhatrapati Shivaji Museum, Buddha Caves, and Panchakki.
When to visit
The best time to visit Aurangabad is October to March when you can avoid the scorching heat of the summer.
How to reach
Reaching Aurangabad by air is convenient as the airport is only 10 km from the central city. All the major airlines fly multiple flights to Aurangabad from most metro cities. Aurangabad is also well-connected with direct trains from cities like Nagpur, Pune, Nashik, Mumbai, Hyderabad, etc. Aurangabad is also impressively connected by road to major cities like Indore, Pune, Nashik, etc., through regular bus services. If you’re a road trip kind of traveler, you can easily book a cab from Savaari Car Rentals from major cities in Maharashtra to reach Aurangabad.