Aurangabad Travel Guide
Aurangabad is famous for the UNESCO World Heritage Site – Ajanta and Ellora Caves. The city has balanced its traditions and modernity in the most seamless manner. Aurangabad held an important place during the Mughal reign and glimpses can be seen in the architecture. Beautiful mosques, and tombs with intricate Mughal architecture and carvings have stood strong through time and are an example of the grandeur of the bygone times. The confluence of cultures and religions is what makes the city of Aurangabad so special. On one hand you see heavy Mughal influence in the architecture and monuments, on the other you see Buddhist remains in Ajanta Caves. Thanks to the Mughal influence, Aurangabad is famous for its cuisine. Relish delicious kebabs, biryani, and traditional recipes! It is also famous for silk weaving and handicrafts, so make sure to pick some
Peaceful Shikara, Dal lake, Nishat park., Shalimar, Shalimar Mughal Garden
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Aurangzeb’s Dream City
Aurangabad in Maharashtra, India, gets a large number of international tourists, who travel here to see the world heritage sites, Ajanta & Ellora caves. Once a dream region of Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb, Aurangabad was founded in 1610 & its name was derived from the emperor’s name. The then capital of Mughal Empire, is one of the four important cities in Maharashtra, today. Strikingly different tourist attractions like UNESCO World Heritage Sites of primitive caves verses busy & eventful local markets that sell delicate silk items and exquisite hand-woven garments, color Aurangabad. This city promises an engaging & exciting holiday experience. From history buffs to shopaholics, from students to family holidayers every discerning tourist has his pick in this city. Much like rest of India, Aurangabad is rapidly growing towards industrial & economic growth, yet the city has maintained an appreciable balance between modern changes and relics of its past glory, heritage and traditions.
Primitively, a village named Khadki existed where Aurangabad stands today. This village was converted as a capital city the Shah of Ahmadnagar. After a couple of years, Khadki became populous and an imposing city and in course of time the name of Khadki became Fatehnagar. It was the era of imperial troops then and with the capture of Daulatabad in 1633, Fatehnagar also came under the Mughals. In 1653 Aurangzeb became the viceroy of the Deccan and he made Fatehnagar his capital city and further renamed it to Aurangabad. However, the primitive history of this place dates back to 200 BC or before, as derived from the excavated Ajanta & Ellora caves.
Aurangabad is etched on global tourism map for its Ajanta & Ellora caves. These are UNESCO listed World Heritage Sites, which are visited by tourists in thousands. The Ajanta Caves depict the era of Buddhism & its teachings in between 200 B.C. & 650 A.D. Discovered in the 19th century, the cluster has 29 caves, which were built using hammer & chisel by Buddhist monks. These caves were the retiring rooms of Buddhist monks. One can find the stories of Jataka tales in the elaborate sculptures and cave paintings here. The Ellora Caves belong to the 350 AD to 700 AD era and these caves represent Hinduism, Buddhism and Jainism. This complex has 34 caves (12 in south are dedicated to Buddhism, 17 in centre are dedicated to Hinduism, and 5 in north are dedicated to Jainism) that are fascinating and one of the finest illustration of cave temple architecture. The elaborate facades and exquisite interiors are exclusive here. Along with these, the Mughal remains here also attract tourists. Bibi ka Maqbara - mausoleum of Rabia-ul-Daurani, is similar to that of the Taj Mahal, is the most visited one. Aurangabad’s Jyotirlinga Grishneshwar temple and the Bhadra Maruti Temple are very popular owing to their legends and myth.
This erstwhile Mughal capital has in store the traditional Tughlaq cuisine, and Tandoors and Kebabs are best made here. Aurangabad is also known for its silk weaving and handicrafts made using silk, gems etc. The famous paithani silk sarees of Maharashtra are woven here.