Aurangabad Tourism, India: Places, Best Time & Travel Guides 2023
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The city of Aurangabad in Maharashtra is the sixth most populated city in the state and is an important cultural hub. The city has a hilly landscape and is the centre of art, education and commerce. Aurangabad is also famous throughout the country for its silk and cotton clothes.

Despite not being a metropolitan city, it is well-connected internally via urban transport facilities. It has a well-developed network of buses, metered taxis and chauffeur-driven cars for hire. Auto-rickshaws are also available in plenty to travel locally. Well-organized bus service is also provided if one needs to travel to and from Aurangabad and other cities.

The most famous and important place to visit in Aurangabad is Ajanta and Ellora caves. It is the most historically significant asset of the city. These caves are situated 99 km from the main city of Aurangabad and are some of the finest specimens of rich Indian heritage. The Ajanta caves were built around the 2nd to the 6th century A.D. and Ellora Caves were built sometime during the 6th and 11th century A.D. These caves were carved out from a single rock and cave paintings inside that are thousands of years old, give you a breathtaking insight into the history of art and culture in India. Other important sites to visit in and around Aurangabad are Bibi Ka Maqbara, Daulatabad Fort, Jama Mosque, Grishneshwar Temple, Himayat Bagh, Salim Ali Lake and Panchakki, to name a few.

The best time to visit Aurangabad is between October and March. The weather during this time of the year remains pleasantly cool which makes it ideal for exploration and sightseeing. Winters are cold as the temperature drops down to a minimum of 10 degrees Celsius, which is relatively pleasant. There are several hotels, resorts, home-stays and inns in the area to accommodate all your needs comfortably when you visit Aurangabad.

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  1. Which are the places to see in Aurangabad ?

    1. Bibi ka Maqbara: Depicting the love of Moghul Emperor Aurangzeb for his wife, this monument is known for its marvelous architecture, intricate designs, and impressive carvings. It is amongst the most popular attractions of Aurangabad and attracts history buffs, tourists, and photographers from all over the world.

    It is often called Dakkhani Taj or the Taj of Deccan because of its similarity with the iconic Taj Mahal. It is set against the picturesque backdrop of the Sihaychal Ranges offering remarkable scenery and exceptional structural beauty.

    - Location: Begumpura, Aurangabad, Maharashtra 431004
    - Timings: 8 AM to 8 PM, every day
    - Price: INR 25 for Indians; INR 300 for foreigners

    2. Aurangabad Caves: A cluster of 12 rock-cut caves displaying early Buddhist architecture, these caves lie in the Sihaychal Ranges near Aurangabad. These 6th and 7th centuries caves are adorned with several exceptional carvings and Buddhist deities sculptures.

    Carved out of soft basalt rocks, these caves are nestled amidst beautiful landscapes and divided into three groups that are located at a distance from each other. Now, the Archeological Survey of India is looking after their maintenance and upkeep.

    - Location: Grishneshwar Temple Road, Aurangabad, Maharashtra 431101
    - Timings: 9 AM to 5 PM, every day
    - Price: INR 10 for Indians; INR 100 for foreigners

    3. Salim Ali Lake & Bird Sanctuary: A perfect destination for nature lovers, this pristine lake is also an abode of a large species of local and migratory birds. It is a great location to unwind yourself with majestic sunrise views amidst the melodious sounds of birds chirping.

    Ideal for picnic, boating, and nature walks, it is thronged by visitors to have a wonderful time with loved ones or spot some of the exotic migratory birds.

    - Location: Chatrapathi Nagar, near Delhi Gate, Aurangabad, Maharashtra 431003
    - Timings: 8 AM to 5 PM, every day

    4. Jama Masjid Aurangabad: A seventeenth-century Mosque, it is one of the oldest mosques in Aurangabad known for its impeccable Moghul architecture. Its arches, tall minarets, and pillars amuse the visitors with their grandeur and design and are ancient structural marvels.

    Offering magnificent views from all sides, it is visited by architecture and history buffs along with Muslim devotees that come here to offer prayers. The mosque is restored and preserved by the Archaeological Survey of India and is the largest mosque in Aurangabad.

    - Location: Station Rd, Buddi lane, Narali Baug, Aurangabad, Maharashtra 431001

    5. Goga Baba Tekdi: A beautiful hilltop that amazes the visitors with the stunning and panoramic views of Aurangabad City, it is amongst the gorgeous getaway destinations to visit in the city. The location is popular as a trekking spot and is visited by nature lovers, photographers, and tourists to enjoy a tranquil getaway amidst nature away from the city's hustle-bustle.

    The views of the sunset from the hill top are exhilarating and offer plenty of opportunities to click selfies or perfect shots of mother nature. A small temple is also situated at the base of this hill that is also visited by the tourists.

    - Location: Goga Baba Hill, Aurangabad, Maharashtra 431001

    6. Grishneshwar Jyotirlinga Temple: A UNESCO World Heritage Centre, this temple is amongst the 12 Jyotirlingas in India. Once destroyed by the Mughals, this 13th-century Shiva Temple was rebuilt after the end of that era and is one of the oldest holy shrines in Aurangabad.

    It resembles South India's temple architectural design and has beautifully carved Dashavatara and other sculptures over red sandstone. The central prayer hall called the ‘Garbhagriha’ houses the main Jyotirlinga and a gorgeous Nandikeshwara idol. The temple carries significant religious importance and is also visited for its beautiful construction and design.

    - Location: Verul, Aurangabad, Maharashtra 431001
    - Timings: 5 AM to 9:30 PM, every day

    7. Shivaji Maharaj Museum: Dedicated to the legendary Maratha ruler Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj, this museum houses the astounding artifacts belonging to the royal family. The collection includes coins, a traditional Paithani saree, 500-year-old armor, Maratha war weapons, a copy of the Holy Quran hand-written by Aurangzeb, and much more.

    The building comprises 6 exhibition halls, all displaying the glorious past of the brave king. The place is visited by history lovers to get a detailed insight into the Maratha lifestyle and their love for their homeland.

    - Location: Near Govt. Arts and Science college, Himayat Bagh, Aurangabad, Maharashtra 431004
    - Timings: 10:30 AM to 6 PM, every day
    - Price:  INR 85 for Indians; INR 300 for foreigners

    8. Soneri Mahal: An example of the Rajput style architecture, this palace is known for its gold paintings that used to adorn the place in ancient times. Now, this palace is transformed into a museum exhibiting a huge collection of antiques, old sculptures, pottery, and a range of household items used in the Rajput era.

    Soneri Mahal is also known for its annual Ajanta and Ellora Cave festivals, which draw tourists to enjoy the performances of prominent artists, dancers, and musicians.

    - Location: Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University Campus, Jaisingpura, Aurangabad, Maharashtra 431004
    - Timings: 9 AM to 5 PM, every day
    - Price:  INR 10 for Indians; INR 100 for foreigners
  2. Which are the best things to do in Aurangabad?

    1. Explore the Moghul heritage of Aurangabad city: Aurangabad served as the capital city during Aurangzeb's dynasty from 1653 to 1707, and also got its name after this famous Mughal emperor. The city houses several ancient monuments built during his reign that depict not only the marvelous architecture of that time but impress with their grandeur and majestic appeal.

    Visit the historical monuments like Bibi Ka Maqbara, Tomb of Mughal emperor Aurangzeb, Chinni Mahal, Chand Minar, Soneri Mahal, and discover the glorious history of the city.

    2. Witness the beauty of Buddhist Caves: The city proudly boasts of its Aurangabad Caves, Ajanta Caves, and Ellora Caves that are the most fascinating treasures of Buddhist art in India. The Ajanta caves intricately carved sculptures depict the Jataka stories and symbolize the evolution of Buddhism in India as a religion.

    Ellora caves, on the other hand, represent a blend of Buddhism, Jainism, and Hinduism. These possess gorgeous patterns, intricate structures, and elaborate architecture. Aurangabad Caves are also known for their intricate designs and carvings and comprise the twelve rock-carved Buddhist shrines. Exploring these caves in Aurangabad is one of the top things to do in the city.

    3. Visit Shrimant Chatrapati Shivaji Museum: The Shrimant Chatrapati Shivaji Museum was constructed in memory of the great Maratha ruler and houses a great collection of that era. It features six exhibition halls, all displaying antiques, war products, armors, the hand-written copy of the Quran by Aurangzeb, and other artifacts (a 500-year-old war suit, a 400-year old Paithani Sari, etc.) belonging to the royal family.

    Visiting this museum is amongst the top things to do in Aurangabad as it lets the visitors learn about the valor and heroism of the famous Maratha ruler. The museum attracts a multitude of tourists during the peak season.

    - Location: Near Govt. Arts and Science college, Himayat Bagh, Aurangabad, Maharashtra 431004
    - Price:  INR 85 for Indians; INR 300 for foreigners
    - Timings: 10:30 AM to 6 PM, every day

    4. Offer prayers at the ancient temples: Visiting ancient temples like Bhadra Maruti and Grishneshwar temple to offer prayers and seek blessings of Hindu Gods is amongst the must things to do in Aurangabad. While Bhadra Maruti is dedicated to Lord Hanuman, the Grishneshwar Temple is amongst the twelve Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva present in the country.

    Both the temples carry significant religious importance but also attract visitors for their tranquil appeal, impressive architecture, and majestic atmosphere.

    5. Bhadra Maruti:

    - Location: Khuldabad Road, Khuldabad, Maharashtra 431101
    - Timing: 5 AM to 12 PM; 4 PM to 9 PM

    6. Grishneshwar Temple:

    - Location: Verul, Aurangabad, Maharashtra 431001
    - Timing: 5 AM to 9:30 PM

    7. Trek to the Goga Baba Tekdi: Apart from visiting places of historical significance, one can also enjoy a thrilling trekking adventure to Goga Baba Tekdi. The hilltop offers a picturesque panorama of the city and is amongst the most tranquil and serene destinations to witness breathtaking sunset views.

    The trek to the hilltop is of easy grade, and one can easily reach the summit to soak in the natural elegance of the surroundings.

    - Location: Goga Baba Hill, Aurangabad, Maharashtra 431001

    8. Spending time with loved ones at the Siddharth Garden: A sprawling garden and a zoo located in the heart of the city, the place has something for visitors of all ages. The place boasts of its rides, slides, a small aquarium, a kid's area, musical fountain, and also lush garden.

    A small zoo is also there housing a number of wild animals such as- tigers, leopards, lions, deer, snakes, crocodiles, fox, hyena, etc. Visiting this place for an outing with your family and friends is another fun-filled thing to do in Aurangabad.

    - Location: Central Bus Stand Road, Mhada, Aurangabad, Maharashtra 431004
    - Price:  INR 10 for Indians; INR 300 for foreigners
    - Timings: 
    Garden: 10 AM to 7 PM
    Zoo: 10:30 AM to 1 PM; 4 PM to 6 PM (Tuesday closed)

    9. Boating and Birdwatching: Other must-do things in Aurangabad include boating and bird watching in Salim Ali Lake and Bird Sanctuary. Sailing through the blue water lake delights you with its lush charms and surrounding beauty.

    Spotting exotic local and migratory birds at the sanctuary is also overwhelming and leaves you with cherishable memories.

    - Location: Chatrapathi Nagar, near Delhi Gate, Aurangabad, Maharashtra 431003
    - Timings: 8 AM to 5 PM, every day

    10. Shopping and savoring the authentic flavors of the city: You can't leave the city without shopping for authentic silks and other handloom items of the city. Gul Mandi, Paithani Weaving Center, Connaught Shopping Market, etc., are some of the famous shopping places in the city to shop for popular Paithani sarees, Himroo weaves, handloom shawls, and other specialties.

    The city is also known for its rich food culture and indeed a foodie's paradise. Its quintessential Mughlai and Hyderabadi flavors are the highlights of its local cuisines and must be tried while on a trip to this beautiful and grand city.
  3. When is the best time to visit Aurangabad?

    The best time to visit Aurangabad is during winters (October to February) when the temperatures are pleasant, and chances of rain are minimal. As the city experiences a semiarid climate, the climate remains pleasant all over the year, but for outdoor excursions and activities, winters are the best.
  4. How to reach Aurangabad?

    Aurangabad is the biggest city in Marathwada Region, Maharashtra, and has good access by air, train, and road.

    - By Air: The Chikalthana International Airport is the main aviation center in Aurangabad that operates flights to all the major Indian cities.

    - By Train: The Aurangabad Railway station has direct train links to several Indian cities.

    - By Road: Shared taxis, cabs, and public transport are available to the city from Pune, Mumbai, Nashik, Nagpur, other major cities.
  5. Which is better, Ellora or Ajanta?

    Ajanta is known for its paintings while Ellora is for beautifully carved sculptures, both have their own charm and elegance. Both are UNESCO World Heritage Sites but Ellora is comparatively easily accessible and has other tourist attractions in close vicinity.
  6. Is Aurangabad worth visiting?

    Absolutely, Aurangabad is worth-visiting as it houses several historical monuments, ancient temples, museums, along with plenty of natural attractions. It is also known for its paithani sarees, shawls, handloom products and mouth-watering delicacies.
  7. Why is Aurangabad called the City of Gates?

    Aurangabad is called "The City of Gates" as it houses 52 gates, each having its own share of history and significance.
  8. How far is Ajanta Ellora from Aurangabad?

    Ellora caves are around 30 km, whereas Ajanta caves are approx. 100 km from Aurangabad City. One can easily reach these architectural marvels by a hired cab.
  9. Which are the famous historical monuments in Aurangabad?

    1. Grishneshwar Temple: A 13th-century temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, it is one of the 12 natural Jyotirlingas. The original temple was demolished during the Mughal rule and the present-day structure was built in the 18th century by the Queen of Indore.

    2. Bibi Ka Maqbara: Known as the Taj of the Deccan, it is the mausoleum built for Rabia –ul –Daurani, the wife of Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb. It is a masterpiece of Mughal architecture and displays beautiful artistry on the cupolas and minarets.

    3. Daulatabad Fort: Known as the Devgiri Fort, it is set on a hilltop and is surrounded by a canal that probably prevented enemy infiltration. It dates back to the 12th century and was built by the Yadava Kings.

    4. Ajanta & Ellora Caves: These are rock-cut cave monasteries, comprising viharas and chaitya grihas. Every cave is exquisite in architecture and style and has sculptures, paintings, or murals of the Buddha.
  10. Which are the best places for shopping in Aurangabad?

    1. Gulmandi: Amongst the largest bazaars in Aurangabad, Gul Mandi is known for traditional Paithani sarees and silk shawls. The market is a hotspot amongst women shoppers and visited for street food and handloom items.
    The Connaught Shopping Market: Another important landmark in Aurangabad city, it houses shops selling exquisite   sarees, Kum-khwab weaves, Himroo shawls, and  sarees. Visit this market to shop for some fine silks and shawls.

    2. Nirala Bazar: Situated in the heart of the city, it is renowned for its branded showrooms, mobile and electronic stores, food joints, and souvenir shops. The place remains crowded throughout the day but during the evening the ambiance is energetic and bustling.

    3. Aurangabad Himroo Industry: Located on Mondha Road near Jafar Gate, this place sells exclusive Himroo fabric. Himroo fabric is made using locally grown silk and cotton and is a replica of Kum-khwab fabric, which was earlier woven with pure gold and silver threads.
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