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Tourist Places near Aurangabad 

Grishneshwar Jyotirlinga Temple, Daulatabad Fort, Bhadra Maruti Temple, Ellora Caves, Gautala Autramghat Wildlife Sanctuary, Lonar Crater Lake, Ajanta Caves, Shani Shingnapur, Shri Sai baba's Temple, Paithan Dam, Pitalkhora Caves and many more.

A reckoned industrial as well as tourist hub, Aurangabad is blessed with beauty, culture, and sanctity. However, when it comes to finding relief from your work-life stress, people prefer to step out of their hometown. Likewise, for residents this city there are a lot of places to visit near Aurangabad for their weekend getaways.

Many of these myriad tourist places near Aurangabad have an excellent ambiance and attracts a heap of the crowd with their historical and present brilliance. There are a lot of things to do for the ancient intellects as the nearby places are loaded with monuments, forts, historically significant edifices and many more. 

For those who feel to call their Aurangabad trip, can rebuild a new itinerary and explore the nearby places. To list a few of them are Pitalkhora Caves, Ajanta Visitor Centre, Lonar Crater Lake, Daulatabad Fort, and so on. Every destination is ready to drive you back in the era of Aurangzeb rule. Do not forget to pack your camera’s to capture some golden moments with these remarkable wonders.

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

01

Grishneshwar Jyotirlinga Temple

Grishneshwar Jyotirlinga Temple

Well-known as a revered temple, Grishneshwar Jyotirlinga Temple is one of the tourist places near aurangabad which lies close to the 12 caves of Buddhist group of Ellora Caves. Halfway your route to the temple, you can find Dashavtaras all carved out in pure red stone.

Besides, dashavtaras, there are many other beautiful sculptures and statues here to stare at. Pillars here have adorable carvings to take you back to the ancient era.

Attractions:
Mughal Silk Bazaar, Ellora Caves, Bhadra Maruti temple, Daulatabad Fort, Tomb of Malik Ambar, Tomb of Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb, Jain Temple, Chini Mahal.  

Location:
Verul, Maharashtra

Distance from Aurangabad:
30.7 km (46 min)

02

Daulatabad Fort

Daulatabad Fort

Yet another popular tourist destination of Maharashtra, Daulatabad Fort is a real treasure for all the historical freaks. Reflecting a triangular shape, this fort represents the cultural heritage of Maharashtra.

Fort has many beautiful monuments located within it namely Chini Mahal, Chand Minar, and Elephant Tank. The path to the top of the Fort is a narrow bridge allowing only two persons at one time to walk through. This fort has a wide ditch beside it and remains full of crocodiles.

Attractions:
Jain temple, Ellora Caves, Damri Mahal, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj Museum, Bibi ka Maqbara, Ajanta Caves, Bhadra Maruti, Hemadpanthi Temple.

Location:
MH SH 22, Daulatabad, Maharashtra 431002

Distance from Aurangabad:
17.0 km (29 min)

03

Bhadra Maruti Temple

Bhadra Maruti Temple

Bhadra Maruti Temple is one of those rarest places to visit near Aurangabad which is entirely dedicated to the Hindu deity, Lord Hanuman. The statue of Lord Hanuman rests here in a sleeping position and is covered all over by Sindoor.

As there is religious significance behind this posture of Lord Hanuman, locals make it a point to reach here with great devotion. If you are fortunate enough, do try to plan your trip during Hanuman Jayanti or Ram Navami. The beauty of this place and its spirituality increases multi-fold and indulges you in its spiritual aura.

Attractions:
Tomb of Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb, Ellora Caves, Grishneshwar Jyotirlinga Temple, Tomb of Malik Ambar, Daulatabad Fort, Mughal Silk Bazaar, Jain Temple, Chini Mahal.

Location:
Khuldabad Road, Khuldabad, Maharashtra 431101

Distance from Aurangabad:
28.1 km (44 min)

04

Ellora Caves

Ellora Caves

Comprising of famous rock shrines, Ellora Caves represents a blend of three different religions – Buddhism, Jainism and Hinduism. Buddhist group consists of the first 12 caves, Hindu group the next 17 caves, while the Jain group has 5 caves. If you are quick enough, you can easily wind up your Ellora Caves tour for 34 caves within 3 hours.

This is amongst those few
places to visit near Aurangabad which witnesses a fresh and pleasant climate all around 365 days of the year. Although the rainy season is the first choice of most of the tourists, be careful enough as your route might turn slippery.  

Attractions:
Ellora caves, Kailashnatha temple, Chota Kailash, Dhumar Lena, Dashavtara, Waterfall, and Jain Group of Ellora Caves.

Location:
Northwest Aurangabad, Maharashtra.

Distance from Aurangabad:
 30 km from Central Aurangabad in the north-west direction.

05

Gautala Autramghat Wildlife Sanctuary

Gautala Autramghat Wildlife Sanctuary

Gautala Autramghat Wildlife Sanctuary is one of the suitable dwelling tourist places near aurangabad for many wildlife species such as mammals, birds, and reptiles. To list a few of them are Panther, Barking deer, Wild dog, Wild cat, Chital, Peacock and so on.

This wildlife sanctuary is best to visit anywhere in between August to February. Make sure that you do not visit this sanctuary during traffic hours to avoid being late for your onward journey. The forest homes to Antur Fort which is a protected monument and a temple and this is one of the best 
places to visit near Aurangabad

Attractions:
Antur fort, Sita Nanhi, Mhaisghat, Sitakhori waterfalls, Bibi ka Maqbara, Panchakki.

Location:
Kannad, Maharashtra 431103

Distance from Aurangabad:
68.5 km (1 hr 49 min)

06

Lonar Crater Lake

Lonar Crater Lake

A lagoon lake, Lonar Crater Lake is the output of a meteorite attack and represents as a significant hover back amidst the basalt rocks. The water of this alkaline and the region is declared as a Wildlife Sanctuary. You thus have an opportunity to explore a wide array of flora and fauna endemic to this region and this is one of the best places to visit near Aurangabad

Majority of the tourists visiting Aurangabad miss on this natural wonder blessed with a jaw-dropping beauty to keep staring at. This is a bang on region to explore migratory as well as local bird species; so wildlife researchers have surely a lot of things to do here. If you are fortunate enough, you may notice the presence of one of the most prominent reptiles of this lake – monitor lizard.

Attractions:
Gomukh temple, Daitya Sudhan temple, Vishnu temple.

Location:
Buldhana District, Maharashtra

Distance from Aurangabad:
139.4 km (3 hr 18 min)

07

Ajanta Caves

Ajanta Caves

Reckoned as the historical heritage of Maharashtra, Ajanta Caves exhibits a blend of awe-winning structures and magnificent carvings. Dating back to the ancient era, these caves reflect the richness of ancient Indian culture and this is one of the best places to visit near Aurangabad

The architecture reflects a Buddhist influence and the count of the caves here is around 29. Every single cave is known for its exquisite wall paintings forming the center of tourist attraction. If you are familiar with the tales of Jataka, you can easily co-relate it with the wall paintings.

Attractions:
Kailashnatha temple, Grishneshwar Temple, Buddhist caves, Bibi ka Maqbara and Jain Caves.

Location:
Maharashtra 431117

Distance from Aurangabad:
102.3 km (3 hr 07 min)

08

Shani Shingnapur

Shani Shingnapur

The beauty of black stone with a high spirituality can be felt at no other place except Shani Shingnapur. What makes this place unique is that you do not need to stand in long queues here to seek divine blessings of Lord Saturn. Within a fraction of minutes, you are done with your visit. Locals here offer pooja and Abhishek on every Saturday and Monday and this is one of the best places to visit near Aurangabad

However, you need to be specific about a few religious traditions here. While offering either a Pooja or Abhishek, you should take a head bath and reach temple while still, you are wet from head to toe. Another thing to take care of is that only male devotees from your family are eligible to step up to the central platform while all females have to stand at a distance apart.

Attractions:
Shirdi, Sakori, Ajanta and Ellora Caves,

Location:
Shani Shingnapur Post, Sonai, Maharashtra.

Distance from Aurangabad:
80.9 km (1 hr 32 min)

09

Shri Sai baba's Temple

Shri Sai baba's Temple

Land of Sai is not to miss on while planning on your places to visit near Aurangabad. Being a religious site, this place is highly visited by Sai devotees from all over the globe. It is useful if you plan on your visit here in June to March. As soon as you enter the temple premises, you have to wait in queues to reach the main shrine or Samadhi temple. Besides, this zone, there is a marble statue of Sai Baba.

There is a religious significance behind the sitting position of Sai Baba here, and it appears live and energetic. Moving ahead is a Dwarkamayee Masjid, a place from where you can take the holy vibhuti along with you. Very near to the sacred dhuni, you can find a grinding stone, a bathing stone, chulha, a wooden pillar, padukas and a Tulsi plant which were a part of Sai Baba’s daily routine.

Attractions:
Gurusthan, Chavdi, Cottage of Adul Baba, Shirdi Sai Baba Samadhi Mandir, House of Laxmibai Shinde, Dixit Wada Museum, Dwarkamai Masjid, and Shani Shingnapur,.

Location:
Shirdi, Maharashtra

Distance from Aurangabad:
110.2 km (2 hr 43 min)

10

Paithan Dam

Paithan Dam

Stand at the top of this magnificently carved Paithan Dam standing juxtaposed a beautifully flowing and pious Godavari River. Locally reckoned as Paithan dam (Jayakwadi Dam), this is a significant irrigation project undertaken by Government of Maharashtra.

A simple reason to visit here with your children is to introduce them with a highly sophisticated irrigation project of the Government to supply water to the nearby agricultural land as well as the drought-prone areas. You can see how the same dam that quenches the thirst of locals also provides water for industrial applications.

This is one of the most fascinating tourist places near aurangabad. Best time to visit here is either morning or evening. There are facilities such as food stalls to satiate your hunger throughout your visit.

Attractions:
Paithani Kendra, Eknath Maharaj Temple, Nathsagar Dam, Jnanyeshwari Vatika, Jayakwadi Bird Santuary.

Location:
North Jaikwadi Flyover, Sant Dynaneshwar Udyaan, Paithan, Maharashtra 431107

Distance from Aurangabad:
63.0 km (1 hr 45 min)

11

Pitalkhora Caves

Pitalkhora Caves

Considered as the oldest cave complex, Pitalkhora Caves now stands as a reserved part of forests. Amongst the best places to visit near Aurangabad, this cave exhibits a revolutionary architecture of cave engineering.

The count of cave monuments here is around 14 and are divided into two different groups – one containing 10 cave monuments and the other one containing about 4. There are steep concrete stairs juxtaposed a waterfall. However, be careful; as the stairs might be slippery due to water droplets falling onto it.

Attractions:
Ajanta Caves, Ellora Caves, Bani Begum Bagh, Grishneshwar Temple, Daulatabad Fort, Bibi ka Maqbara, and Panchakki.

Location:
Chandikawadi, Maharashtra 431103

Distance from Aurangabad:
78.6 km (1 hr 59 min)

12

Shahaji Raje Bhosale Monument

Fans of the history of the Maratha empire have some more places to visit near Aurangabad. One of those historically significant destinations is Shahaji Raje Bhosale Monument. Maloji Raje Bhosale’s stay at Verul is signified by the presence of this monument.

As he was a great devotee of Shivaji Maharaj’s father, Shahaji Raje, you can find a significant memorial of Shahaji Raje Bhosale at the entrance of this place. It is standing high on a towering platform and flanked by a beautiful garden on both sides. Stepping inside the fortress, you can find a lot of historical relics that still mark their presence there inside this protected monument.

Attractions:
Gautala Wildlife Sanctuary, Ghrishneshwar Jyotirlinga Temple, Ellora Caves.

Location:
Verul (Ellora), Maharashtra.

Distance from Aurangabad:
33.1 km (54 min)

13

Shirdi

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 Shirdi, also known as Sainagar, is a town located in the Rahata Taluka of district Ahmednagar. The quaint city of Shirdi is one of the holiest places to visit in Maharashtra. While most people know Shirdi for its temples and pilgrimages, the city has so much more to offer to tourists.

The city is famous around the globe as the birthplace of late 19th century spiritual guru Sai Baba. His temple, Sai Baba Mandir attracts thousands of tourists each year and gives peace and solace to the visitors. Here you can witness the resting place of the saint and take blessings.

Besides that, there are plenty of religious temples like Hanuman Mandir, Shani Shingnapur, and Dwarkamai that can take you on a deep spiritual journey of cleansing. Whether you follow any religion or not, you will find peace within the walls of the shrines.   

Apart from religious spots, the city is home to Sai Heritage Village that is like stepping into the past to witness the life of Sai Baba. The Wet N Joy Water Park can also give you a refreshing time with family and friends. The exquisite Jangli Maharaj Ashram and Lendi Baug encompass lush greenery that can rejuvenate you with the pristine beauty.

Shirdi is a popular spot for tourists all around the year. The holy city is located in the laps of majestic western ghats. The pleasant weather here makes it ideal for you to unwind and have a sacred journey with ease. If you are seeking religious harmony along with the epitome of simplicity, natural beauty and fun activities to enjoy, Shirdi is the place to visit. Plan your trip today for a great time.  

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14

Bani Begum Garden

 Bani Begum Garden
Bani Begum was the consort to one of the sons of the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb, in whose honour this beautiful garden was built. It consists of a group of tombs, a manicured garden, rivulets and a streaming fountain. Located at a slight distance from the main city, this quaint structure is one of the most fascinating places to visit near Aurangabad.

The most convenient way to reach this garden is by hiring a bus or a taxi from Aurangabad City and driving the distance.

Location: Khuldabad, Aurangabad, Maharashtra.

Distance from Aurangabad: 25 km
15

Zainuddin Shirzai Maqbara

Zainuddin Shirzai Maqbara
Zainuddin Shirazi was a Sufi saint who was greatly revered within his community and by important people such as Aurangzeb, the Mughal emperor. His tomb, which is found in an enclosure along with the tombs of his wife and Azam Khan – Aurangzebb’s son – is considered an exceptional piece of art. It is built in traditional Mughal style, with elaborate architecture and picturesque gardens surrounding it.

It is a place that you must visit when you are in Aurangabad, simply to get a feel of the ancient history that has withstood the test of time.

Location: Khuldabad, Aurangabad, Maharashtra 431101.

Distance from Aurangabad: 8 km
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  1. What are the best places to visit near Aurangabad in winters?

    1. Lonar Crater Lake: Surrounded by forest-covered hills, Lonar Crater Lake is an amazing destination to soak in the splendor of nature during the winters. The periphery of this lake is dotted by old Hindu temples that make the place more peaceful and serene.

    2. Ajanta and Ellora Caves: Considered as the best examples of rock-cut caves, Ajanta and Ellora Caves are adorned with ancient paintings, frescoes, and sculptures. These caves are home to a collection of Hindu and Jain temples and Buddhist monasteries. 

    3. Gautala Autramghat Wildlife Sanctuary: Named after the Indian monk Gautam Rishi, Gautala Autramghat Wildlife Sanctuary is a beautiful reserve forest. Home to a dense deciduous forest and the Antur Fort, this sanctuary makes for an amazing jungle walk in the winters.  

    4. Bibi Ka Maqbara: Showcasing a resemblance to the spectacular Taj Mahal, Bibi Ka Maqbara happens to be the mausoleum of Emperor Aurangzeb’s wife, Rabia-Ul-Daurani.
  2. What are the best places to visit near Aurangabad with family?

    Some of the places to visit near Aurangabad with family are – 

    1. Grishneshwar Jyotirlinga Temple: Popular as a revered temple, Grishneshwar Jyotirlinga Temple accounts as a key religious spot amongst the Buddhist followers. In addition to the Dashavtaras, the temple features beautiful sculptures and statues from the past. 

    2. Daulatabad Fort: Reflecting the shape of a triangle, the Daulatabad Fort represents the rich cultural heritage of Maharashtra. Jain temple, Chattrapati Shivaji Maharaj Museum, Ajanta Caves, Hemadpanthi Temple are some of the key attractions of this spot. 

    3. Bhadra Maruti Temple: One of the rarest places to explore near Aurangabad is the Bhadra Maruti Temple entirely dedicated to Hindu deity, Lord Hanuman. What makes this temple unique from the rest is that here the statue of Lord Maruti is in a sleeping position and is entirely covered all over by Sindoor. 

    4. Lonar Crater Lake: 
    Lonar Crater Lake is a lagoon lake which is considered to be an output of the meteorite attack. The water of this lake is alkaline and the region surrounding this lake is declared as a Wildlife Reserve. Thus, the spot gives plenty of opportunities for exploring rich and verdant endemic flora and fauna. 

    5. Paithan Dam: Standing juxtaposed to a beautiful Godavari River, the Paithan Dam represents a significant irrigation project undertaken by the Government of Maharashtra. A simple reason to bring your children here is introducing them with a highly sophisticated irrigation project that aims to supply water to a large stretch of the agricultural field that stretches around. 
  3. Which are the tourist places near Aurangabad within 100 km?

    1. Ajanta Caves: Located within 100 km of Aurangabad is the beautiful Ajanta Caves. These were built several thousand years ago in a typical Buddhist style, where the carvings and scriptures have remained intact.

    2. Ellora Caves: Ellora caves can be found within 29 km of Aurangabad. It is a single temple complex that contains carvings and messages from various religions.

    3. Jayakwadi Dam and Bird Sanctuary: If you travel 52 km from Aurangabad, you can reach Jayakwadi Dam, which is a stunning place for picnics and bird-watching in the adjacent sanctuary.

    4. Goga Baba Hill: If you can travel a distance of about 9 km from Aurangabad, you can reach Goga Baba Hill, which offers a breathtaking panoramic view of the entire city. It is also a great place to trek.
  4. Which are the tourist places near Aurangabad within 200 km?

    1. Grishneshwar Temple: Located within 60 km of Aurangabad, the Grishneshwar Temple is almost 3000 years old and dedicated primarily to Lord Shiva, but containing images and icons of several gods and goddesses.

    2. Khuldabad: This quaint town near Aurangabad is home to several interesting historical sites such as the Bani Begum Garden and the Zainuddin Shirzai Maqbara. 

    3. Pitalkhora caves: Located at a distance of 80 km from the city, you can discover another set of caves known as the Pitalkhora Caves, which are as beautiful and breathtaking as the Ajanta-Ellora Caves.

    4. The Tomb of Aurangzeb: The Tomb of one of the most notorious Mughal Emperors is definitely a place that is worth visiting when you are in the vicinity of Aurangabad.

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