Known for its innate historians, Ajanta and Ellora caves and Grishneshwar Jyotirling, Aurangabad is a brilliant city and was the capital of Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb.
Also an industrial town, Aurangabad is a town as well as district in Maharashtra and was named after the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb. It serves as a tourist hub with numerous points of interest such as Bibi ka Maqbara, also known as the Mini Taj Mahal. Ajanta and Ellora caves are world renowned cave temples dating back more than 2, 000 years and is now part of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Aurangabad is also an important pilgrimage centre for Hindus as the Grishneshwar Jyotirlinga is located just 30 km away from the main town. Apart from showcasing the era of Mughals through its royalty and great architectural work, this place is also beautiful as it has two of the most famous rivers of central India, Godavari & Tapi namely. Aurangabad is also famous for its hand-woven Himroo and Paithani Sarees, its markets and colourful crowded bazaars.
There are a number of good hotels from all the budget categories suiting the needs of all tourists visiting the city. One can find budget hotels near the Aurangabad Railway Station and City Center.
Conveniently located, close to the major cities of Mumbai and Pune. Beautiful historic monuments like Ajanta and Ellora. A mix of different cultures.
The temperature during summer is very hot. Some parts of the city are not very well developed in terms of tourist facilities.
This destination is the go to place for family vacations, for history and architecture enthusiasts who want to dive into the beautiful caves and stone temples that surround the city and for photographers who want to capture the unique cultural blend the city presents.
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.
Aurangabad has a good transport system with intra-city buses, autorickshaws and taxis. The ATM (Aurangabad Municipal Transport) buses ply regularly within the city and are cost effective. However, the most convenient way of commuting within Aurangabad is hiring a metered-autorickshaw or a taxi.
Aurangabad is a city that is a confluence of many cultures. Over the years, it has been ruled by Hindu, Muslim and Buddhist dynasties that have each added something new to this city. Temples stand side by side with Dargahs, and the people of this city has internalised all of these cultures. The language of this city too shows a strong influence of Hindi because of its proximity with Madhya Pradesh despite the most common language being Marathi. The food is heavily influenced by the Mughal style of cooking and the outdoor night markets of Aurangabad are famed for the kebabs and other non-vegetarian preparations.
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. A traditional ending to you meal could be with a
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.
- Drinking regular water on the streets is a strict no. Always go for purified water.
By Meera S Sivakumar
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