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Aurangabad Travel Guide

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Aurangabad Flights & Travel Guide

About Aurangabad

In the city of Aurangabad, you can travel back in time to the Mughal past. Aurangabad was the erstwhile capital of the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb. In the current times, tourists flock this city, as it is a base to explore the UNESCO World Heritage sites of Ellora and Ajanta caves. There are many more historical relics still intact in the city. 52 gates, each telling a different story from the past, surround Aurangabad. Hence, Aurangabad is known as the ‘City of Gates.’ The city is also popular for its silk handlooms, especially the Paithani and Himroo sarees.

Aurangabad Tourism: City Details

Dial Code

0240

Currency

Indian Rupee

Area

139 sq km

Languages Spoken in Aurangabad

The primary language spoken in Aurangabad is Marathi. The dialects may change as per the region. Hindi and English are also well understood. In the older parts of the city, Urdu is spoken too.

 

Best Time to Visit Aurangabad

The best time to visit Aurangabad is in winter. The weather in the months from November to February is cool and pleasant for travel. These are the ideal months to explore the caves, palaces, temples, and tombs.

Summers in Aurangabad

Summers in Aurangabad last from March to May. Aurangabad sees sweltering heat as the temperatures soar up to 36-40 degrees.

Monsoons in Aurangabad

Monsoons in Aurangabad bring about pleasant weather to the city. The rains start from July until September.

Winters in Aurangabad

Winters in the city start from November and stay until February. The weather is chilly. This is the best time to explore the city.

Festivals or Events of Aurangabad

Along with the usual festivals such as Ganesh Chaturthi, Dusshera, and Diwali, Aurangabad also has many other events. The Aurangabad festival celebrates the history, culture, and traditions of the city. The Ajanta and Ellora Festival is one of the well-known festivals that celebrate arts, dance, and music. The Paithan festival is a religious festival as a tribute to Sant Eknath Maharaj. This festival lasts for 10 days.

 

Places to See in Aurangabad

Bibi Ka Maqbara

Popular as a replica of the Taj Mahal, Bibi ka Maqbara is known as the Taj of the Deccan. It is one of the principal historical monuments in Aurangabad. With the backdrop of the mountains, Bibi ka Maqbara is a sight for sore eyes.

Ajanta Caves

These rock-cut Buddhist caves date back to the 2nd century BC. Ajanta caves are a prime example of Buddhist architecture. The caves are filled with paintings and sculptures. These are considered the masterpieces of Buddhist religious art.

Ellora Caves

The Ellora caves are a mixture of monasteries and temples. These were dug in the wall of a basalt cliff. There are a total of 34 such monasteries and temples. They have elaborate facades and interiors walls. These structures are architectural marvels. Some of the caves also have sleeping cells carved for itinerant monks.

Daulatabad Fort

The Daulatabad fort is famous as one of the unbeatable fort in Maharashtra. It was built by the Yadava dynasty in 1187 and was known as Deogiri. The fort has a 5 km strong wall, artificial scarping, and a complicated series of defenses. These have made the fortress impregnable on multiple occasions.

Khuldabad

If you are interested in spirituality, then you should definitely visit Khuldabad. The town is known as the ‘Valley of Saints’ as several saints resided here in the 14th century. The town is home to historical monuments such as Aurangzeb’s Tomb, Dargah of Zar Zari Zar Baksh, Shaikh Burhan ud-din Gharib Chisti and Shaikh Zain-ud-din Shirazi.

 

Things to Do in Aurangabad

Visit the Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Museum

If you are interested in having a glimpse of the Maratha prowess, then this is where you should go. The Shivaji Maharaj Museum has six galleries that comprise of Maratha weapons, coins from the Satavahana Dynasty, vessels, and photos of the forts. Overall, it is an ideal place for a history buff.

Go shopping the classic Paithani Sarees

If there is one thing you should buy from Aurangabad, then it is a Paithani saree. These handwoven silk sarees drenched in bright colours and peacock motifs are must-have for any occasion. They are a sheer sign of affluence.

Gorge on the local delicacies

After a long shopping excursion, you can head to Aurangabad's streets and gorge on the local delicacies. You can try dishes such as sheermal, naankhaliya, chicken tikka, reshmi kebab, and the crispy fried chicken. You can end the day by relishing the mango rabdi or doodhi halwa.

 

Airports in Aurangabad

The Aurangabad Airport is also known as Chikkalthana Airport. It is located at a distance of 5.5 km from the city centre and 11 km from the Aurangabad railway station. The airport has a single integrated terminal building.

Aurangabad Airport:

Chikkalthana Airport, Jalna Road, Maharashtra 431006, Airport Code: IXU

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