About Aurangabad

Aurangabad is steeped in history. Home to the UNESCO World-Heritage-listed Ajanta and Ellora caves, this quiet town rose to prominence when Emperor Aurangzeb made it his capital. His legacy stands proud in the architectural heritage that has lasted centuries, making Aurangabad a wonder to explore.

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Sight Seeing

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Bibi ka Maqbara

Modelled on the magnificent Taj Mahal, this tomb was built by Aurangzeb’s son Azam Shah in 1649 for his mother Rabia-ul-Duarani. The Mughal architecture is worth marvelling at, and the surrounding gardens and waterways offer opportunities for quietude.
Time : 8:00 AM
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Ellora Caves

The highlight of the famous complex of caves is undoubtedly Cave 16’s Kailasa Temple, the largest monolithic cave monument in the world. The Ellora Caves hold within them seventeen Hindu, twelve Buddhist and five Jain temples and monasteries, all carved from a 2km-long escarpment.
Time : Sunrise
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Aurangabad Caves

The Aurangabad Caves are the city’s unsung heroes. Carved into the hillside near Bibi ka Maqbara, most of these twelve caves are viharas – dwellings for Buddhist monks. They are believed to have been created between the 2nd and 6th centuries AD, and are protected by the Archaeological Survey of India.
Time : 9:00 AM

Activities To Do

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Conquer a fort

The imposing Daulatabad Fort, perched atop a hill, is reputedly one of the few forts still standing that holds the distinction of remaining undefeated in battle. Make an early start and hike to the fort, accessible via a bridge so narrow only two people can walk side by side on it.
Time : 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
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Stroll through history

Take a walk through the tranquil Bani Begum Bagh, created by the powerful Mughal ruler Aurangazeb’s grandson in memory of his consort Bani Begum. Her elegant tomb lies in the centre of a beautifully-landscaped garden dotted with pretty fountains and Mughal-style domes and pillars.
Time : 8:00 AM - 7:00 PM
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Offer a prayer

Pay your respects at Grishneshwar Temple, one of the twelve jyotirlingas at which a radiant symbol of Lord Shiva resides. Made of red basalt rock, the detailed carvings that adorn this temple are a sight to behold. It is believed that Ahilyabai Holkar, the queen of Indore, restored the temple.
Time : 5:00 AM - 8:00 PM

Shopping

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Bring back a Paithani

Treat yourself to beautiful Paithani saris, which are part of a centuries-old tradition. It takes over a month to create the most basic designs, which are intricately woven in rich colours. The Paithani Silk Weaving Centre gives you the unique chance to watch weavers work their magic before buying one of the beautiful pieces.
Time : 9:30 AM - 9:00 PM
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Discover Aurangabad: Hike up a fort in the morning, then explore the Ellora caves and visit the temple next door. Pick up a sari and finally, visit a tranquil garden.
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Discover Daulatabad Fort
Explore Ellora Caves
Pay Your Respects at Ghrishneshwar Temple
Pick up a Paithani
Peek into the past at Bani Begum Baag
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