25 Historical Places in Aurangabad For A Heritage Tour 2021!

Aurangabad Monuments

Ajanta Caves, Ellora Caves, Bibi-ka-Maqbara, Ghrishneshwar Temple, Daulatabad Fort, Aurangabad Caves, The Buddist Caves, Sunheri Mahal, Bani Begum Garden, Jain Caves, Panchakki, and many more.

Spread across the length and breadth of the glorious ancient city, the gorgeous historical places in Aurangabad have the hearts of all tourists. These historical sites are not only popular for their rich stories of the past, but are also known for their brilliant architectural designs and regal atmosphere.

One can spot a variety of marvelous Aurangabad monuments when in this historical city, starting from intriguing caves and majestic museums to magnificent forts and ancient temples. While the Ajanta-Ellora caves and Pitalkhora Caves will leave you spellbound with their Buddhist rock-cut caves, the Ghrishneshwar Temple and Bhadra Maruti will let you pay homage at the oldest shrines of the country. Places like Dargah of Pir Ismail and Bibi-ka-Maqbara will make you gaze in awe at the brilliant Mughal architecture and the Sunheri Mahal and the Shivaji Maharaj Museum will offer you a sneak peek into the rich past of Aurangabad with their vintage exhibits.
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Ajanta Caves

Ajanta Caves
Considered to be one of the oldest historical places in Aurangabad, Ajanta Caves are known popularly for their cave paintings and Buddhist sculptures. Surrounded by lush picturesque hills, these caves exhibit brilliant Indian architecture.

Made from basalt rock and sheltering a total of 30 rock-cut caves, the Ajanta Cave network is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Location: Ajanta Caves Road, Aurangabad district, Maharashtra 431117

Timing: 9 AM to 5 PM; Closed on Monday

Entry fees: INR 30 for Indians above 15 years & free entry for children below 15 years. INR 30 for citizens from SAARC & INR 500 for foreigners not from SAARC
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Ellora Caves

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Ellora Caves
Declared as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, Ellora Caves are considered to be one of the world’s largest rock-cut caves. Constructed between 600 and 1000 CE, the Ellora Caves consist of 100 Hindu, Jain, and Buddhist caves, out of which 34 are open to visitors.

While some of the sculptures of the caves have received some damage over the years, the intricate carvings and paintings have stood strong against the test of time.

Location: Ellora Cave Rd, Ellora, Aurangabad district, Maharashtra 431102

Timing: 9 AM to 5.30 PM; Closed on Tuesday

Entry fees: INR 10 for Indians above 15 years & free entry for children below 15 years. INR 250 for foreigners
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Bibi-ka-Maqbara

Bibi-ka-Maqbara
Considered to be the epitome of love and one of the prime historical places in Aurangabad, Bibi-ka-Maqbara was built by the last Mughal ruler Aurangeb in the loving memory of his beloved wife Dilras Banu Begum. Made of pure white marble and adorned with intricate carvings, this structure is also one of the largest Aurangabad monuments.

Set against a postcard-perfect backdrop, this gorgeous monument gives a tough competition to the Taj Mahal in Agra.

Location: Begumpura, Aurangabad, Maharashtra 431004

Timing: 8 AM to 8 PM

Entry fees: INR 25 for Indians, INR 300 for foreigners
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Ghrishneshwar Temple

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Ghrishneshwar Temple
Considered as the Earth’s 12th Jyotirlinga, the Ghrishneshwar Temple is one of the top historical places in Aurangabad for Hindu devotees. Exhibiting prehistoric architecture, the temple flaunts a 5-tier shikara, beautiful sculptures, and intricate ancient carvings.

One of the major attractions within the premises of this temple is the hot spring, which is believed to have divine powers that can cleanse the soul and heart of the devotees. The Grishneshwar Temple was annihilated by the Delhi Sultanate in the 14th century, but was rebuilt in the 16th century by Maloji Bhosale.

Location: Verul, Aurangabad District, Maharashtra 431102

Timing: 5 AM to 9 PM
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Aurangabad Caves

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Aurangabad Caves
Constructed between the sixth and seventh century, the stunning Aurangabad Caves are one of the most frequently visited historical places in Aurangabad. Carved out of basalt rock, these caves consist of 12 beautiful rock-cut Buddhist caves.

These caves are categorized into 3 groups - Group I: Caves 1 to 5, Group II: Caves 6 to 9, Group III: Caves 10 to 12 - and are maintained by the Archaeological Survey of India.

Location: Grishneshwar temple Road, Aurangabad, Maharashtra 431101

Timing: 9 AM to 5 PM

Entry fees: INR 10 for Indians, INR 100 for foreigners
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Daulatabad Fort

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Daulatabad Fort
Constructed back in the 12th century, the robust Daulatabad Fort is considered to be a very powerful fortification of the medieval era. Perched atop a conical hill at an elevation of 200 meters from sea level, this fort posed to be a real challenge to defeat. This fort had multiple layers of strong defense walls and could only be accessed by a slender bridge.

Having its name amongst the seven wonders of Maharashtra, the Daulatabad Fort makes for one of the must-visit historical places in Aurangabad.

Location: MH SH 22, Daulatabad, Maharashtra 431002

Timing: 9 AM to 6 PM

Entry fees:  INR 10 for Indians, INR 100 for foreigners
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The Buddist Caves

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The Buddist Caves
Part of the famous Ajanta Caves, there are a total of 29 rock-cut Buddhist caves that ooze out calmness and serenity. These caves date back to the 2nd century BC and feature monasteries and chaitya grihas. The walls of the caves are adorned with beautiful murals and impressive sculptures that tell about the life of Gautama Buddha.

Location: Ajanta Caves Road, Aurangabad district, Maharashtra 431102

Timing: 9 AM to 5 PM; Closed on Monday

Entry fees: INR 30 for Indians above 15 years & free entry for children below 15 years. INR 30 for citizens from SAARC & INR 500 for foreigners not from SAARC
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Sunheri Mahal

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Sunheri Mahal
Having been named after the beautiful golden paintings that adorned the interior walls of the palace in the bygone times, the Sunheri Mahal is one of the best Aurangabad monuments. Exhibiting a stunning Rajput style architectural design, this magnificent palace is known to host the famous Ajanta Ellora Cave festivals every year.

At present day, the Sunheri Mahal features an intriguing museum, which has an amazing collection of antiques, household items from the Rajput era, potteries, and vintage sculptures.

Location: Pandariba Rd, Mahavir Chowk, Shahgunj, Aurangabad, Maharashtra 431001

Timing: 9 AM to 5 PM

Entry fees: INR 10 per head
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Bani Begum Garden

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Bani Begum Garden
Named after the wife of one of the sons of the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb, Bani Begum Garden is a breathtaking garden, featuring huge domes, fluted pillars, and gorgeous fountains. Flaunting awe-inspiring Mughal architectural design with lush surroundings and a pleasant atmosphere, this lush garden is one of the most favorite historical places in Aurangabad among romance seekers.

Each of the Southern, Western, and Eastern walls of the garden have a baradari at their centres. Each of the baradaris has 12 doors and 5 scalloped front arches.

Location: Aurangabad, Maharashtra, 431001

Timing: 9 AM to 6 PM
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Jain Caves

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Jain Caves
Excavated back in the 9th century CE, a conglomeration of five ancient Jain caves lie at the popular Ellora Caves and make for one of the most interesting Aurangabad monuments. Flaunting impressive carvings and paintings, these caves celebrate the beliefs and preachings of Jainism.

Caves 30 to 35 are marked as the Jain Caves, which are located towards the end of the entire complex. The first Jain Cave (Cave 30) is known as chota Kailasa temple, the third Jain Cave (Cave 32) is known as Indra sabha, and the fourth Jain Cave (Cave 33) is known as Jagannath sabha.

Location: Ellora Cave Rd, Ellora, Aurangabad district, Maharashtra 431102

Timing:  9 AM to 5.30 PM; Closed on Tuesday

Entry fees:  INR 10 for Indians above 15 years & free entry for children below 15 years. INR 250 for foreigners
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Panchakki

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Panchakki
Constructed back in 1734 by Hazrat Baba Shah Musafir, Panchakki happens to be a charming water mill.  Featuring a court, a mosque, a madrasa, a sarai, a house for ladies, and a house for the minister, this place was built for grinding grains for the pilgrims. With a 300 years old tall banyan tree adding to its charm, Panchakki is one of the most beautiful historical places in Aurangabad.

Location: Panchakki, Panchakki Rd, Aurangabad, Maharashtra

Timing: 6.30 AM to 9.30 PM

Entry fees: INR 5 for Indians, INR 100 for foreigners
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Kailasanatha

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Kailasanatha
Better known as the Kailasa Temple, Kailasanatha is a stunning cave temple, which is one of the 34 ancient caves of Ellora. The 16th cave of the Ellora Caves, Kailasanatha is a monolithic structure built during the Rashtrakuta Dynasty and dedicated to Lord Shiva. Built over a long period of 18 years, the temple is adorned with carvings that showcase various instances from Mahabharata and Ramayana.

Location: Ellora, Aurangabad district, Maharashtra 431102

Timing: 6 AM to 12 PM and 5 PM to 8 PM

Entry fees: INR 10 for Indians and INR 250 for foreigners
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Jama Masjid

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Constructed back in the 17th century, the Jama Masjid is one of the spiritually important Aurangabad monuments. Known popularly for its extraordinary architecture, this Islamic shrine features a total of 50 polygonal pillars, towering minarets, and awe-inspiring arches.

Showcasing impeccable Mughal designs, the Jama Masjid is one of the best places to lose oneself to peace and serenity. At present, the Jama Masjid Aurangabad is protected by the Archaeological Survey of India.

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

Timing: Open 24 hours
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Dargah of Pir Ismail

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Dargah of Pir Ismail
Dedicated to and named after the revered Sufi Saint Pir Ismail, the tutor of the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb, the Dargah of Pir Ismail is one of the spiritual Aurangabad monuments. This magnificent dargah will take you back to the Mughal era with its Mughal style architectural design and imperial ambiance.

The entrance of this Islamic shrine has a huge archway and forms a nice portico. Adorned with intricate designs, the structure features a dome, a terrace, a facade, and a parapet.

Location: Harsul, Aurangabad, Maharashtra, 431001

Timing: 5 AM to 8 PM
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Killa Arak

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Built back in 1692 under the reign of the last Mughal ruler Aurangzeb, Killa Arak is one of the most-admired Aurangabad monuments. Killa Arak is known popularly for sheltering the throne room of emperor Aurangzeb. Having a total of 4 entry sites, this majestic fortification features the Jumma Masjid, the durbar hall, and the Nakarkhana for the very talented musicians.

Location: Killa Arak, Aurangabad, Maharashtra

Timing: 10 AM to 5 PM
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Bhadra Maruti

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Bhadra Maruti
Dedicated to the Hindu god Lord Hanuman, Bhadra Maruti is one of the three temples of the country where the god can be seen in sleeping position. According to popular beliefs the ruler of Khuldabad was called Bhadravati and the king was devoted to Lord Rama.

Lord Hanuman once noticed the King and lied down in front of him in a sleeping position to enjoy listening to his melodious songs in the praise of Lord Rama.

Location: Khuldabad Rd, Khuldabad, Aurangabad district, Maharashtra 431101

Timing: Open 24 hours
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Jain Temple

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Located in the village of Kachner, the Jain Temple is dedicated to Chintamani Parshwanath, the 23rd Tirthankara. This temple is believed to be a miraculous spot and the figurine of Chintamani Parshvanath is considered to possess divine powers.

Dating back to about 250 years, the 3.5 feet tall idol is believed to fulfill the desires and heal the troubles of the devotees. The Jain Temple receives the highest influx of pilgrims during Karthik Shukla, the occasion that is observed here with great enthusiasm.

Location: Jain Temple, Rangar Galli, Mahavir Chowk, Narali Baug, Aurangabad, Maharashtra 431001
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Tomb of Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb

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Tomb of Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb
Lying in the village of Khuldabad, the Tomb of Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb is one of the most famous Aurangabad monuments. The tomb of the last ruler of the Mughal Dynasty, Aurangzeb lies at the shrine of his religious guru, revered Sheikh Zainuddin.

According to popular beliefs, it was the last wish of the Mughal emperor to be buried at the dargah. Unlike that of most Mughal emperors, the Tomb of Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb happens to be a modest sepulchre without any adornment that would define the ruler’s royalty.

Location: Old City, Hamal Wadi, Khuldabad, Aurangabad district, Maharashtra 431101

Timing: 5.30 AM to 11 PM
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Pitalkhora Caves

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Pitalkhora Caves
Dating back to the 2nd century BC, Pitalkhora Caves happen to be an age-old rock cut cave that poses to be the perfect epitome of Buddhist architectural design. Carved out of basalt rock, this cave monument is set alongside a picturesque cascading waterfall, which adds to its incredible beauty and charm.

Also referred to as “Brazen Glen”, Pitalkhora Caves consists of a total of 14 rock-cut caves. Although some caves are now in their ruins, yet Pitalkhora Caves remains one of the all-time favorite Aurangabad monuments among history and nature lovers.

Location: 20 kms away from Kannad, Aurangabad district, Maharashtra

Timing: 8 AM to 5 PM
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Himayat Bagh

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Constructed during the rule of Aurangzeb in the 17th century, Himayat Bagh happens to be a part of the renowned Marathwada University, at the present day. Spread across an area of around 400 acres, this ever-charming garden features lush lawns, a shimmering pool, and a beautiful nursery.

Also sheltering the Fruit Research Station, this garden is even referred to as the Mughal Garden. Perfect for long romantic walks, Himayat Bagh is one of the best historical places in Aurangabad for couples.

Location: Plot no- 77, 439, Al-Hilal Colony, Himayat Bagh, Aurangabad, Maharashtra 431004

Timing: Open 24 hours
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Hazur Sahib Nanded

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Hazur Sahib Nanded
Also referred to as Takht Hazuri Sahib Sachkhand, Hazur Sahib Nanded is one of the very popular Sikh pilgrimage sites in Aurangabad. Home to one of the 5 Takhts of Sikhism, this religious site was once visited by the revered Sikh Guru, Guru Gobind Singh, which is why this place is so popular amongst the devotees.

Considered to be one of the most significant historical places in Aurangabad, Hazur Sahib Nanded flaunts a breathtaking architecture to marvel at and a humbling ambiance to pray in.

Location: Hyder Bagh, Dashmesh Nagar, Aurangabad, Maharashtra

Timing: Open 24 hours
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Shivaji Maharaj Museum

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Shivaji Maharaj Museum
Lying around 5.5 kilometers away from the Aurangabad Railway Station, Shivaji Maharaj Museum is one of the most popular historical places in Aurangabad. This stunning museum showcases the glories of the life of the legendary Maratha ruler, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj in the form of visual displays.

The museum features six galleries that showcase the various war equipment used at the time of Shivaji’s rule. Some of the prime attractions at the Shivaji Maharaj Museum, include a war armour dating back to 500 years, a Paithani Sari dating back to 400 years, and Aurangzeb’s handwritten note of the holy Quran.

Location: Near Govt. Arts and Science college, Himayat Bagh, Aurangabad, Maharashtra 431004

Timing: 10 AM to 6 PM

Entry fees: INR 50 per head
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Rangeen Darwaza

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Rangeen Darwaza
Constructed during the Mughal rule and lying near Killa Ark, Rangeen Darwaza is a part of the popular Quila-e-Ark fortification gates. Although this majestic gate had suffered a significant amount of destruction over the years, it has been beautifully restored for the architecture buffs to marvel at.

Location: Dr Ambedkar Rd, Aurangabad, Maharashtra, 431004, India

Timing: Open 24 hours
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Naukhanda Palace

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Naukhanda Palace
Constructed by Malik Ambar back in 1616, the majestic Naukhanda palace is one of the most brilliantly architectured historical places in Aurangabad. Although some of the parts of this palace are in their ruins, yet a majority have passed the test of time.

The palace stands strong to feature 9 apartments, kacheri, a masjid, and hot baths. At the present day, the Naukhanda palace is owned by Prince Mukarram Jah Bahadur and is home to the reputed Aurangabad College For Women.

Location: Mill Corner, Paithan Village, Aurangabad, Maharashtra

Timing: Open 24 hours
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Makai Gate

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Makai Gate
Better known as “Makai Darwaza”, the magnificent Makai Gate lies around 6 kilometers away from the heart of Aurangabad. This majestic gate was constructed back in 1682 AD under the rule of Aurangzeb, with the help of the grants received from General Khan Bahadur. Exhibiting a brilliant Mughal architectural design, the Makai Gate was built to signify the Direction of Mecca and to protect against Maratha invasions.

Location: Bibi ka Maqbara Rd, Begumpura, Aurangabad, Maharashtra 431001

Timing: Open 24 hours
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  1. What is famous about Aurangabad?

    The city of Aurangabad is famous all over the world for its breathtaking historical sites, including intriguing age-old caves, magnificent forts, stunning temples, majestic palaces, and impressive museums. Aurangabad is also known for its colourful and lively open air street bazaars.
  2. Which are the best forts to visit in Aurangabad?

    1. Daulatabad Fort: Constructed in 1187 AD by Yadava king Bhillama V Daulatabad Fort is one of the well-preserved hill forts of the state. Perched on a 200 meters tall conical hill, this fort flaunts a sturdy architecture and is counted among the powerful forts of its time.

    2. Killa Arak: Featuring a total of 4 entry points, Killa Arak is a fascinating fortification, known for being home to the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb’s throne room. Constructed on the orders of Aurangzeb, this fort features the Jumma Masjid, the durbar hall, and a Nakarkhana to shelter the musicians.

    3. Vetalwadi Fort: Vetalwadi fort is a huge fortification located in the Ajanta-satmala range. This hill fort has stood strong against the test of time and its buildings and bastions are still in their best condition.
  3. Which are the best historical places to visit in Aurangabad with family?

    1. Goga Baba Hill: Trek to the summit of the serene Goga Baba Hill and seek blessings at the small hill temple for the wellbeing of your family.

    2. Siddharth Garden and Zoo: Packed with colourful flowering plants and a wide range of wild animals like foxes, tigers, crocodiles, snakes, lions, and hyenas, Siddharth Garden and Zoo is a recreation hub for your complete family.

    3. Salim Ali Lake: Known as the abode of migratory birds, Salim Ali Lake welcomes birdwatchers. You can spend a day here with your family, spotting and photographing exotic birds.

    4. Jayakwadi Dam: Constructed across river Godavari, Jayakwadi Dam aims at irrigating the entire Marathwada region.

    5. Zainuddin Shirzai’s Maqbara: Dedicated to the sufi saint Syed Zain-ud-Din, Zainuddin Shirzai’s Maqbara is one of the beautiful designed Aurangabad monuments.

    6. Tulja Bhavani Temple: Built in the 12 century and dedicated to Goddess Bhavani, Tulja Bhavani Temple is one of the most significant historical places in Aurangabad for Hindus.
  4. Which are the best historical caves to visit in Aurangabad?

    1. Pitalkhora Caves: Also referred to as Brazen Glen, Pitalkhora Caves is a 3rd century Buddhish rock-cut cave network. There are a total of 14 caves, out of which ten are viharas and four are chaityas.

    2. Aurangabad Caves: Aurangabad Caves comprise a total of 12 rock-cut Buddhist shrines, dating to the 6th and 8th century. Carved out of basalt rock, these caves offer excellent trekking opportunities, offering spectacular panoramic views of the entire Aurangabad city from its top.

    3. Ellora Caves: Packed with 34 stunning rock-cut cave monuments, Ellora Caves is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The caves are cut out of basalt rocks & feature intricate walls and elaborate facades.

    4. Ajanta Caves: Dating back to the 2nd century BC and 650 CE, Ajanta Caves comprise a group of ancient rock-cut Buddhist caves. The caves feature many carvings and paintings that speak about the preachings and life of Gautama Buddha.
  5. What is the best time to visit Aurangabad?

    The most ideal time to visit Aurangabad is during the winter season, between the months of October and February. During this time of the year, the weather of the city remains cool and skies are clear, letting you enjoy outdoor activities, such as sightseeing and street shopping.

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