Rental in Aurangabad
CITY OF AURANGZEB
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The city of Aurangabad is known for its medieval monuments and
cultural heritage. It was the seat of the Mughal Empire for a short
period. The city boasts of Bibi-ka-Makbara, a tomb that has some
resemblance to the Taj Mahal. The importance of Aurangabad is great,
owing to its proximity with world heritage sites of Ajanta and
Ellora. These sites have Buddhist, Jain and Hindu temples.
Aurangabad is also famous for its silk and cotton textiles.
Aurangabad city is located in the northern part of the state of
Maharashtra, in the western region of India. It is 375 km from
Mumbai (Bombay). The city is surrounded by hills. The weather of
Aurangabad is temperate with moderate winters (November-February)
and summers (April-June). This region experiences good southwestern
monsoon rains in June-September. River Kham passes through the city
Though the weather of Aurangabad is moderate, it is advisable to
visit it in the winter season.
The Mauryans ushered Buddhism in this region of India, which is
evident form the profusion of numerous Buddhist cave temples in and
around Aurangabad. Temples built by Satvahanna and Rashtrakuta
rulers are located here. The famous caves of Ajanta are a part of
this Buddhist tradition. The heritage of Aurangabad is linked with
different Muslim rulers and dynasties of India. The city was founded
in 1610, on the site of a village named Khirki, by a local Muslim
noble Malik Ambar. His son Fateh Khan ruled it and named the city as
Fatehpur in 1626. Aurangzeb, the last great Mughal ruler, took over
this city in 1653 and renamed it as Aurangabad. Due to its strategic
location in peninsular India, Aurangzeb made Aurangabad his capital.
He used this city as a base to quell the rising power of the
There are a number of important tourist spots beyond the city limits
of Aurangabad. The cave temples of Ellora, listed among the World
Heritage sites, are 30 km northwest of the city. The world famous
Buddhist caves at Ajanta, also a World Heritage site, lies 166 km
northeast of Aurangabad. The Buddhist caves of Ajanta are world
famous for their well-preserved frescoes (wall paintings), which
vividly depict the lifestyle of that period. The fortress of
Daulatabad is 13 km from Aurangabad and is situated en route Ellora.
Khuldabad, the last resting place of Aurangzeb, is 3 km from Ellora.
Grishneshwar temple, an important Hindu pilgrim place, is located in
the village of Verul, near Ellora caves. It is one of the twelve
Jyotirlingas of India, where Lord Shiva is worshipped. Paithan, 56
km south of Aurangabad, is famous for its traditional Paithani silk
saris. Twenty-four kilometers from Aurangabad lie the Bani Begum
Gardens, which surround the tomb of one of Aurangzeb's queens.
Pithalkora caves are 78 km from Aurangabad. Mhaismal, 25 km from
Aurangabad, is another tourist spot.
quality himroo textiles and brocaded Paithani saris to the traveler.
HOW TO REACH
Aurangabad airport is 10 km east of the city. On the road to the
airport, one can find the Indian Airlines office (Ph: 485421) and
Jet Airways office (Ph: 487092). Both Indian Airlines and Jet
Airways have a daily flight to Mumbai (Bombay). Indian Airlines has
an evening flight to Delhi via Udaipur and Jaipur. Aurangabad is
well connected with towns and cities around it by road. The main bus
station is located on Station Road, near Siddharth Garden. One can
get buses belonging to Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation
(MSRTC) as well as private buses for Pune, Nasik, Indore and Mumbai.
There are night services for Indore and Mumbai (via Pune). Bus
service to Ellora is frequent and the trip takes around 45 minutes.
There are four morning buses to Ajanta (trip takes 3 hours) and an
hourly bus service to the town Jalgaon (via Ajanta). The main taxi
stand is near the bus stand and one can hire taxis to Ellora and
is not on the main railway corridor, a number of trains stop there.
There are two direct trains to/from Mumbai. There is a daily train
to Hyderabad. Aurangabad railway station is located near the Tourist
Office on Station Road. The nearest railway station is in Manmad,
which is 113 km northwest of Aurangabad. Manmad can be reached by
bus or local trains.
There are a number of
ways to move around in the city. One can get plenty of
auto-rickshaws and their drivers often double up as local guides.
Bicycles can be hired for moving within the city from near the main
PLACES TO EAT
The East station Road in Aurangabad is known for cheap eating points
and restaurants. Indian, Chinese and fast food are available across
the city in restaurants and hotels.
Aurangabad Travel Info:
The city experiences extreme climate; hot summers and cold winters.
The tourists season extends right through the year but the best time
to visit is October to March.
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Cool cottons in summer and warm woollen for winter.
What to buy :
Aurangabad is famous for its Himroo Shawls, Mashru & Kimkhab
weaves, Bidriware artifacts, agate stones and Pathani silk salees.