Visit Aurangabad Caves
Nestled in the Silyachak range at around 700 feet above the ground, Aurangabad caves is a cluster of 2000-year old caves situated right behind the famous bibi-ka-maqbara. Exploring these caves is one of the top things to do in Aurangabad.
These are roughly twelve rock-carved Buddhist shrines which are situated at a distance of 8 kilometers from the main railway station in Aurangabad and the first reference of these were found in the Kanheri caves of Mumbai.
Timings: 9 AM to 5 PM
Location: Grishneshwar temple Road, Aurangabad, Maharashtra 431101
Entry fee: INR 10 per Indian adult | INR 100 per foreign adult.
Eat at Yalla Yalla
Yalla Yalla is a fine dine restaurant which has newbee in the food business in Aurangabad but masterfully aces the art of cooking Aurangabadi food, especially the spicy and aromatic biryani, north-indian dishes shami kebabs and achari chicken etc.
The other famous food items which have already created a huge fan base are the mutton dum biryani, prawn koliwada, caramel custard etc. Eating is one of the essential activities in Aurangabad that mean serious business to everyone and the town religiously serve and host you.
Timing: 11 AM to 11 PM
Location: Osmanpura Rd, Snehnagar, Konkanwadi, Aurangabad, Maharashtra 431005
The estimated cost for two: INR 500 (approximately)
The famous tomb of Dilras Banu Begum commissioned by her husband Aurangzeb in 1660 is famous for its resemblance to the world-renowned Taj-Mahal in Agra. Aurangzeb built Bibi-Ka-Maqbara as a memorial to his first wife Dilras Banu and one of the best things to do in Aurangabad.
It is the largest monument constructed under the reign of Aurangzeb as he lacked interest in architecture. The architecture of Bibi-ka-Maqbara has a strong resemblance to that of Taj Mahal and hence it is often fondly called the Taj of the Deccan (Dakkhani Taj).
Timing: 8 AM to 8 PM
Location: Begumpura, Aurangabad, Maharashtra 431004
Entry fee: INR 15 per Indian adult plus adults from the SAARC countries | INR 200 for foreign nationals.
Explore Ajanta Caves
The majestic columns, pillars and courtyards have remained as testimony to the brilliant temple architecture that was practised thousands of years ago.
Timings: Tuesday to Sunday (9:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.) (Closed on Mondays)
Entry Fees: INR 40 (INR 600 for foreign nationals)
Visit Ellora Caves
Timings: Wednesday to Monday (6:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.) (Closed on Tuesdays)
Location: Ellora Cave Rd, Ellora, Maharashtra 431102
Entry Fees: INR 40 (INR 600 for foreign nationals)
Explore the Buddhist Architecture of Pitalkhora Caves
Timings: Monday to Sunday (9:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.)
Location: 20 km from Kannad (Aurangabad) 30 km from Chalisgao, Chandikawadi, Maharashtra 431103
Spend a day at the Jayakwadi Bird Sanctuary
Timings: Monday to Sunday (6:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.)
Location: Paithan, Maharashtra 431148
Entry fees: INR 30 (INR 100 for a camera)
Visit Daulatabad Fort
Timings: Monday to Sunday (8:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.)
Location: MH SH 22, Daulatabad, Maharashtra 431002
Entry fees: INR 10 per person
Shop at Gul Mandi
Timings: Monday to Sunday (7:00 a.m. – 10:00 p.m.)
Location: Shahgunj, Aurangabad, Maharashtra 431001
Bird watching at Salim Ali Lake
Timings: Monday to Sunday (8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.)
Location: Opposite Himayat Bagh, near Delhi Gate, Aurangabad, Maharashtra.
Entry Fees: INR 10 per person
Explore Siddharth Garden
The green oasis sits in the heart of the city of Aurangabad quite close to the central bus stand of the city in Samarthnagar. It sprawls over a large area and also encompasses a zoo inside along with a couple of swings, slides, and rides to keep the children entertained.
Besides the rides, there is also a tiny aquarium and a musical water fountain show. If you are travelling to Aurangabad with kids then it should be your one stop for enjoying a myriad of fun activities in Aurangabad and one of the best things to do in Aurangabad.
Timing: The garden opens to the public from 10 AM to 7 PM. The zoo opens at 10:30 AM to 1 PM and 4 PM to 6 PM. The zoo remains closed on every tuesday.
Location: Central Bus Stand Road, Mhada, Aurangabad, Maharashtra 431001
Entry fee: INR 10 for adults, free for children.
Seek Blessings at Bhadra Maruti
Visiting the quaint old temple dedicated to Lord Hanuman is one of the heart-calming things to do in Aurangabad. Nestled in Khuldabad near Aurangabad, it lies quite close to the Ellora caves and is one of the three places where Lord Hanuman is displayed in his sleeping postures after the Yamuna at Allahabad and Jam Sawali in Madhya Pradesh.
The temple witness flocks of pilgrims during the month of Shravan and is mostly packed on every Saturday.
Timing: The Temple timings are: 5:00 AM to 12:00 PM, 4:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Location: Khuldabad Road, Khuldabad, Maharashtra 431101
Entry fee: Free of cost.
Visit Valley Of the Sufi Saints
The valley of the Sufi saints falls enroute Ellora caves in the town of Khuldabad. The name of the valley was coined based on the many tomb shrines of Chisti sufi master and saints.
Some of the famed tomb shrines in the valley is the shrine of the Sufi saint Muntajib al-Din the tomb of Aurangzeb who was the last great Mughal emperor, the first Nizam of Hyderabad, the Tomb of Asif Jah, the tomb of Tana Shan who was the last king of Golconda and the respected saint Moinuddin Chishti of Khuldabad.
Timing: 6 AM to 5 PM
Location: Khuldabad Village, Aurangabad.
Entry fee: Free of cost.
Pray at Grishneshwar temple
Grishneshwar temple is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas of Lord Shiva scattered across the country. Revered and worshipped all along the year, visiting Jyotirlinga Grishneshwar temple is one of the pious things to do in Aurangabad.
The formation of the temple was led by Ahilyabhai Holkar who also played a significant role behind the establishment of Kashi Vishwanath temple in Banaras. The temple is located at around 11 kilometres towards Aurangabad from Daulatabad. Another name for the temple is Ghushmeswara and it is a well-marked holy pilgrimage site.
Timing: 5:30 AM to 9:30 PM on regular days. However, during the Shravan month, the temple complex is open at 3 AM and closes at around 11 PM.
Location: Enroute Aurangabad from Daulatabad, Maharashtra.
Entry fee: Free of cost.
Dine at Bhoj
The mouthwater food served at Bhoj is relished by all in a plush setting that has a regal appeal in its decor and it serves royal Thalis. Bhoj is an authentic vegetarian restaurant that specializes in serving thalis from all parts of the country such as Maharashtra, Punjab, Gujarat etc.
It offers more than 25 varieties of Thalis with a changing menu and chat items as well. Eating is one of the sacred things to do in Aurangabad to understand the authentic dishes that originate from the place.
Timing: 11 AM to 3:30 PM and 7 PM to 11 PM
Location: First Floor, Bhau Pathak Smriti Kamgar Bhavan, CBS Road, Nirala Bazar, Aurangabad.
The estimated cost for two: Approximately INR 500
Eat at Green Leaf
Green Leaf is a one of its kind dining experience in Aurangabad which wasn’t introduced long ago yet it has everyone’s heart. From Pina colada to Baigan Garvar; every dish at Green Leaf is prepared in its well-furnished and well-equipped live kitchen.
Loved for its tasteful decor fresh food, Green leaf also houses a garden bistro and a function hall which can accommodate 70 to 80 people at once. The halls are appointed with LCD displays, perfectly controlled air-con and soundproof halls.
Timing: 12 AM to 10:45 PM on all days of the week.
Location: Shop No 6 to 9, Block J B, Beside Inox Tapadiya, Town Centre, N 1, Cidco, Aurangabad, Maharashtra 431001
An estimated cost for two: Around INR 800
Relax at Panchakki
Located adjacent to the popular Bibi-ka-Maqbara, Panchakki is an ancient watermill. It is an excellent architecture that picked its name from the mill that pulverizes grains for the pilgrims.
It is encircled in the complex of Baba Sahi Musafir dargah and was also used for generating hydro energy from a spring on a mountain. It was built in the year 1734 and is known as Nehar-e-Panchakki.
Timing: 6:30 AM to 9:30 PM
Location: Panchakki Rd, Panchakki, Nagsenvan, Aurangabad, Maharashtra 431004
Entry fee: INR 5 for Indian adults | INR 100 for foreign nationals.
Visit Shrimant Chatrapati Shivaji Museum
As the name itself informs about the exhibits and display in this museum, Shrimant Chatrapati Shivaji Museum is dedicated to the great Maratha ruler- Chhatrapati Shivaji.
Featuring a total of six exhibition halls, the museum displays some antiques such as the 500-year-old war suit, a 400-year old Paithani Sari and the hand-written copy of the Quran by Aurangzeb along with many war weapons and antiques used by the ruler.
It is a testimony to the valour and courage of the famous Maratha ruler which attracts hordes of tourists during the peak season.
Timing: Open all days of the week from 10:30 A.M to 6:00 P.M
Location: Near Govt. Arts and Science college, Himayat Bagh, Aurangabad, Maharashtra 431004
Entry fee: INR 5 for Indian adults | INR 20 for foreign nationals.
Enjoy at H2O Water Park
Famous for its heart-stopping 40 feet drop slides, the H2O water park is the topmost choice among the water babies for its fantastic tube rides and slides. The grand pool is a fun filled playground for children at the pirate bay and the string of food stalls serve tasty vegetarian snacks.
The place is amazing for spending a day with friends or family. It is one of the highly recommended things to do in Aurangabad if you are travelling with kids.
Timing: 10 AM to 6 PM
Location: NH 211, Ellora Road, Near Daulatabad Fort, Daulatabad, Aurangabad, Maharashtra 431005
Entry fee: INR 400 onwards.
Chill at KA Lounge
A vegetarian gastropub sits right in the centre of the city hub is loved by the party animals in Aurangabad. Lounging at this upbeat place is one of the mandate things to do in Aurangabad. The place boasts a top-notch ambience, modern interiors, ample spacing between loungers and friendly staff.
People go gaga for the innovatives dishes served here such as Godzilla garlic bread, gunpowder kebab, Pacho Nacho, hulk pizza and seafood risotto etc.
Timing: Monday to Thursday- 11 AM to 11 PM | Friday to Sunday- 11 AM to 1 AM
Location: Plot No. 2, Jalna Road, Akashwani Circle, Opp. Big Bazar, Mahesh Nagar, Mondha, Aurangabad, Maharashtra 431001
An estimated cost for two: Around INR 1000 to 1400