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14 Best Places To Visit In Aurangabad

 
  • 14 Best Places to Visit in Aurangabad

    Named after the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb, Aurangabad is one of the famed and most sought after tourist destination in Maharashtra. Jotted with a plenitude of ancient and historic monuments, this quaint city wears a rustic charm of the past and still holds to its roots. Also called the 'City of Gates', a visit to this historic city will get you acquainted with the many different places to visit in Aurangabad and will offer a lively glimpse of its golden past.

    When it comes to tourism, the tourist places in Aurangabad with their history and brilliance attracts a large number of tourists from almost all the corners of the country. The overwhelming crowd, the myriad options for the tourists and the amazing ambience around Aurangabad makes it the tourism hub in the entire of Maharashtra.

    Here are some of the best places to visit in Aurangabad:

  • 01Ajanta Caves

    While searching for all the Aurangabad places to visit, Ajanta Caves will be one of the first and foremost names. A group of around 30 Buddhist caves that are carved out of rocks, these caves date back to the 2nd century and is considered as an epitome of ancient architecture and considered as the most brilliant form of Indian art.

    A UNESCO World Heritage Site, Ajanta Caves is further divided into many different caves that were meant for various purposes. From the architecture, shape and form of the caves, it is pretty evident that the ancient Buddhist monks used these caves for studying, living and worship purposes. The murals, paintings and carvings on the wall reveal many unknown facts about the way of living, the cultures and traditions of a bygone era.

    Once bygone and forgotten, these chain of caves were later rediscovered in 1819 by a British officer named John Smith while he accidently landed on them during his tiger hunting expedition. Since then, the caverns started gaining popularity among the history and architect lovers, tourists from across the world and aspiring geologists and became one of the must visit places near Aurangabad.

  • 02Bibi Ka Maqbara

    If you still think only Taj Mahal is the ultimate symbol of love, you must visit'BibiKaMaqbara', one of the historic places that must be visited while in Aurangabad called the. Though not as huge and popular like the Taj, this historic monument also symbolise the love of the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb for his wife DilrasBanu Begum.

    With a significant resemblance with the Taj Mahal, this mausoleum was built between 1651 and 1661 against a whooping sum of money. Though the emperor was not keenly interested in architecture, this is credited as the largest structure built by him. Built on an elevated platform, it is guarded by four minarets along its four corners and can be reached by a series of steps from three different sides.

    Studded with exquisite marbles and ornamented with intricate designs, carvings and showcasing the immortal love, this ancient monument truly deserves a visit while you are planning to cover all the major places to visit in Aurangabad.

  • 03Daulatabad Fort

    One of the most commanding and undefeatable forts in the entire country, Daulatabad Fort in Daulatabad; or Devagiri as it was known earlier, is among the must visit places near Aurangabad. Around 11km north-west of Aurangabad, this glorious fortress stand strong on a conical hill that stands around 200m above the sea level.

    Looking back into the history of the fort, you will realise its importance and strength. Compared to the other forts within or far from the region, the defence of Daulatabad Fort were very strong. With a narrow bridge as the only access to inside the fortress, it became very tough for the intruders to conquer the fort. And to add more to the fame of this glorious structure, you cannot miss the fact that during its lifetime, it was never been conquered by the enemies and stayed ever glorious throughout its reign.

    Talking about the architecture of this fort, it is three layers of defensive walls, and its moat, scrap and the sub-terranean passage are made out of solid rocks. A large pit of fire in its upper outlet gave hard times to the enemies and also helped in their progression. Chand Minar, ChiniMahal and Baradari are three of the most popular and significant structures within the fort.

  • 04Ellora Caves

    Another architectural brilliance of a bygone era, Ellora Caves is also among the not to miss places to visit near Aurangabad. Located around 29km from the city centre, this chain of caves were built by the Rashtrakuta dynasty of the Buddhist clan and Yadav group of the Jains. A must visit UNESCO World Heritage site in Maharashtra, this series of caves also showcases the perfection and epitome of the pre historic times of the Indian culture.

    Built in accordance with the Buddhist and Jain architecture, the caves also stand a testimony to the peace and brotherhood among these groups and were carved out during the late 5th and 10th century. The entire structure mainly comprises of monasteries; also known as 'viharas', and are divided into different levels. The multi-level structure is further divided into small quarters meant for sleeping, kitchen and several other purpose.

    With detailed and intricate carvings, the caves are now given distinct numbers. Among all these, the Vishwakarma; cave number 10, Dashavatara; cave number 15, Kailasanatha Temple; cave number 16, Rameshvara; cave number 21 and IndraSabha; cave number 32, are the most prominent and sought after in the Ellora Cave. The glimpses of a bygone era, the diverse history, architectural brilliance and the grandeur of this chain of caves make it one of the most popular tourist places near Aurangabad.

  • 05Grishneshwar Temple

    An important pilgrimage for the Hindus, this ancient temple is located in a quaint hamlet that is around 30km from Aurangabad and also lies within the limits of the historic Ellora Caves. A major name in the list of tourist places near Aurangabad, the temple is considered as a pious destination by the Hindu devotees. It is also said that it is the last or the 12th 'Jyotirlinga' on earth.

    Built in pre-historical architectural style and in red bricks with the walls showcasing the carvings of several Hindu Gods and Goddesses, the temple was later renovated during the 18th century. According to the legends, holy water springs out from inside the temple and purifies one heart and soul.

    Legends also has it that out of jealousy between two sisters; Sudeha and Ghushma, who were married to a Brahmin named BrahmavettaSudhram, the former sister killed one of the sons of the latter. Though Ghushma got to know about this heart wrenching incident, her devotion towards Lord Shiva was unshaken and she continued worshipping the Lord with full devotion. Pleased with her devotion, the Lord fulfilled Ghushma's wish to stay there eternally in the form of a jyotirlinga, and thus the Grishneshwar Temple became a pious and devout pilgrimage for the Hindus.

  • 06Hazur Sahib Nanded

    One amongst the five takhts in Sikhism, Hazur Sahib Nanded is considered as a holy place for the Sikhs and is thronged by a large number of devotees every year. Among all the pious places to visit near Aurangabad, this seat of temporal authority sits on the banks of the gurgling Godavari River in the Maharashtrian city called Nanded.

    Built to commemorate the death of the Sikh leader Guru Gobind Sahib, the gurdwara was built during 1832 and 1837 by Maharaja Ranit Singh. During 2008, Hazur Sahib completed its 300 years and celebrated the Gurudomship Ceremony or Shri Guru GranthSahibji along with the 300th death anniversary of Guru GobindSinghji.

    Visit this historic and religious place, discover and revisit the glorious history of the Sikhs! Among the many different Aurangabad places to visit, this is in fact the only place that will get you acquainted with the valorous tales of Guru Gobind Sahib.

  • 07Hazur Sahib Nanded

    One amongst the five takhts in Sikhism, Hazur Sahib Nanded is considered as a holy place for the Sikhs and is thronged by a large number of devotees every year. Among all the pious places to visit near Aurangabad, this seat of temporal authority sits on the banks of the gurgling Godavari River in the Maharashtrian city called Nanded.

    Built to commemorate the death of the Sikh leader Guru Gobind Sahib, the gurdwara was built during 1832 and 1837 by Maharaja Ranit Singh. During 2008, Hazur Sahib completed its 300 years and celebrated the Gurudomship Ceremony or Shri Guru GranthSahibji along with the 300th death anniversary of Guru GobindSinghji.

    Visit this historic and religious place, discover and revisit the glorious history of the Sikhs! Among the many different Aurangabad places to visit, this is in fact the only place that will get you acquainted with the valorous tales of Guru Gobind Sahib.

  • 08Himayat Bagh

    Once known as the 'Mughal Garden', HimayatBagh in Aurangabad is another delightful reminiscent of the past. Sprawling over an area of 300 acres, this lush and verdant garden of the 17th century is now the home to the Fruit Research Station and Nursery.

    A garden established during the reign of the great Mughal emperor Aurangzeb, HimayatBagh got its origin from the northern wall surrounding the emperor's palace. Due to the unhealthy exhalation and dampness of the wall, it was summoned to be destroyed and the place to be made healthy. Once it was done, the entire place was converted into a lush and colourful garden; thus HimayatBagh came into existence.

    In the present time, the opulent greeneries, the bucolic ambience around and the different species of plants, trees and herbs around the garden has made it one of the important places to visit in Aurangabad. Visit this gorgeous garden, take a walk through the well-manicured lawns, rediscover the bits and crunches of a bygone era while cuddling your senses along with the cool breezes!

  • 09Jayakwadi Dam

    Another not to miss Aurangabad places to visit is the fascinating Jayakwadi Dam. Known to be one of the largest irrigation dams in the entire of Maharashtra and one of the largest earthen dams in Asia, it contributes mainly to irrigation and other agricultural purposes in the Marathwada vicinity which is mainly a drought prone area.

    Also contributing largely to meet the need and requirement of drinking water in areas like Aurangabad, Jalna and others, this dam on the Godavari River is located in a hamlet called Jayakwadi in the Paithantaluka of Aurangabad. With the surrounding areas housing a garden and a bird sanctuary, the foundation of this dam was laid in in 1965 and was completed in 1976.

    During your visit to Jayakwadi Dam, also visit the Jayakwadi Bird Sanctuary that comprises of 30 tiny islands formed by the NathSagar and serves as one of the major tourist places near Aurangabad. Shallow water, favourable conditions and the availability of food makes this sanctuary an ideal shelter for a large number of local and migratory birds. On a whole, it serves as an abode to more than 200 species of rare and exotic birds including cranes, flamingos, wigeons, brahminy and several others.

  • 10Zainuddin Shirzai's Maqbara

    More than a tourist destination, Aurangabad is known for its diverse history and pious saints. One among such saints, Syed Zain-ud-Din, who was born in Shiraz, Hijri, came to Delhi and became the disciple of MaulanaKamaluddin in Samana. Along with his teacher, he finally came to Daualtabad and began the 'Chistia Order'.

    All along his life, he dedicated himself for the preaching and well-being of the people. After his death, a cenotaph was built to commemorate his great contributions to the society. A maqbara called the ZainuddinShirzai'sMaqbara was built in Khuladabad, which now is visited by the Muslims of the Dakhan region and also by visitors from all over the world.

  • 11Lonar Crater Lake

    Around 3 hours from Aurangabad, the Lonar Crater Lake in Buldhana district of Maharashtra is also among the important places to visit near Aurangabad. A study point of several geologists, ecologists, archaeologists, naturalist, astronomers and aspiring students, this lake was created due to impact of a meteor that is known to be the largest of its kind. Huge mass and velocity of the meteor, after it hit the ground, created a saline soda lake that measures around 1.2km in diameter and 137m in depth.

    Though in the beginning, the origin of this fascinating lake was believed to be due to a volcanic eruption, later studies on the Lonar Crater Lake confirmed that it is the impact of a meteor that created it. Oval in shape, it is surrounded by a series of low lying hills and lush greeneries. In addition to the amazing outlook of the lake, the surrounding also adds to its captivating beauty and charm. On your visit to this saline lake, you can also witness several temples around it; among all of these, the Daitya Sudan, which is located at the heart of the Lonar town is currently in good form.

  • 12Panchakki & Baba Shah MusafirDargah

    Today, we might be living in a world, where science and technology has achieved giant milestones. However, looking at the Panchakki in Aurangabad, we cannot deny the fact, medieval India was also up to date with science and technology of their own kinds.

    Also known as the 'Water Mill'; the origin of the name is associated with the mill that used to grind grains for the pilgrims to the sight, Panchakki was built to meet up the energy requirement by bringing down the water of a spring in a nearby mountain. An underground conduit feeds the mill with uninterrupted supply of water, which then descends down to a cistern from a considerable height and produces the required power to operate the mill.

    Around the mill, you can find the Baba Shah MusafirDargah, a sprawling garden and several other monuments. It also offers amazing views of the Kham River and the cenotaph of Baba Shah Musafir and a few graves that belongs to his disciples. One of the scientific marvels of the olden times, it is truly one of the not to be misses places to visit in Aurangabad!

  • 13Parli Vaidhyanath Jyotirlinga Temple

    Located on the slopes of the Meru and Naganarayana mountains, Parli is an ancient and quaint village situated near Brahma, Venu and Saraswati rivers. It is often said that if a straight line is drawn between the Kanyakumari and Ujjain, this village would fall on this line and will also be clearly seen.

    Located in this village is the fifth ‘jyotirlinga’ called the ParliVaidyanath Jyotirlinga; a major site for the Hindu pilgrims, this temple is considered as a pious and sacred among the Hindus and is visited by thousads of devotees every year. According to the legends, the Linga in this temple emerged while both the demons and the gods were trying to acquire the 'amrit' (nectar) and while the demons went forward to touch the Linga, a fire started flaming out which scared the demons. However, when the true devotees of Lord Shakara went forward, the fire stopped giving rise to a free flow of 'amrit'. Even till date, devotees to this holy temple follow the practice of touching the Linga and seek blessing from Lord Shankara.

    It is also said that the mountains and the lush thickets around the temple have huge medicinal properties. Thus the temple is also known as the 'Vaidyanath' Jyotirlinga Temple by the devotees.

  • 14Prozone Mall

    Studded with a diverse and historical past, Aurangabad is now synchronising to the pace of the modern world. And of the proofs of the city's giant leap is the Prozone Mall! One of the largest malls and best places to visit in Aurangabad, it is in fact one of the largest malls within or around the city limits. Not just this, it is also among the largest and first horizontally built malls in the entire of India.

    With a capacity of more than a million square feet of retail space, it has outlets of most of the prominent brands from all the corners of the world. Opened in 2010, this 20 acres mall also has a five-sceen cinema complex, more than 150 retail stores, large family entertainment centre and ample of parking spaces.

    For the corporate members, the mall has a plan to come up with a world-class hotel that will meet all the requirements and needs of the business class travellers. In the recent time, the Prozone houses brands like Shopper's Stop, Puma, Titan, Catwalk, Pantaloons, Provogue, Wills Lifestyle, United Colour of Benneton and several others.

  • 15Tulja Bhavani Temple

    Around 268km from the city limits, is the city of Tuljapur in the Osmanabad district of Maharashtra. Located in this city, the TuljapurBhavani Temple is one of the holiest and sacred temples dedicated to Goddess Bhavani; it also makes it to the list of important places to visit near Aurangabad.

    Built during the 12 century CE, this temple is considered a holy pilgrimage by the Hindus and is regularly visited by the devotees. The architecture of the temple showcases the intricate work form of Hemadpanti style of the early Indian era. With two large gates called the 'mahadwars', the entry to the main courtyard of the TuljaBhavani Temple offers the glimpses of the KalloTirtha.

    GomukhTirtha within the temple serves as the source of the holy water and ahead of this lies the Siddivinayaka Temple, and after crossing few more temples and gates, you can reach the main room of the temple where the Goddess is seated opposite to Lord Shankara.

    Visit this sacred temple during the Chaitra month of the Hindu calendar to witness the grand festival of 'Full Moon Day' which is celebrated in the memory of God ShambhooMahadeo. During the Pausha month of the Hindu calendar, the temple witnesses another nine days festival called the 'ShakambhareeNavaratra'. Other festivals in TuljaBhavani Temple includes the 'SharadeeyaNavaratra' during Ashwina month.