Aurangabad is a city in Maharashtra State, India. This city was the capital of Aurangzeb from 1653 to 1707, so the city is named after the Mughal emperor. After the death of the emperor, this city decline and lost its glory. This city is popular for old monuments like Bibi Ka Maqbara, Chinna Mahal, Tomb of Mughal emperor Aurangzeb and many more. So, one could say visiting Aurangabad is vital to see and study the history of India. Aurangabad City has an airport, Chikkalthana Airport, and the nearest railway station is Jalgaon. The metro cities are well connected by air, rail and road. By visiting Aurnagabad, we can gain lots of information about Mughal rulers and about their life. Here are the best things to do here.
1. Ajanta Caves
There are 29 Buddhist cave temple surrounding both the Theravada and Mahayana Buddhist traditions. In the caves there are the most beautiful masterpieces of Buddhist art in India. The caves start from east to the west, arranged in a row. The Ajanta Caves are amazing and the paintings are still brilliant. They are huge caves and many are carved out of stone.
Address: Gautala Wildlife Sanctuary, Maharashtra 431117
Website: Ajanta Caves
2. Ellora Caves
The local name for Ellora Caves is Verul Leni. In these caves there are monuments and artwork of Buddhism, Hinduism and Jainism religions. These caves were built between the 6th and 10th-centuries AD. These caves are built beautifully, providing a good experience and a rather good way to collect historic information and learn about India’s history.
Address: Aurangabad, Maharashtra 431005
Website: Ellora Caves
3. Bibi Ka Maqbara
This was made by the sixth mughal emperor Aurangzeb in 1660, in the memory of his first wife Dilras Banu Begam. This is a clone of the Taj Mahal, which was made by Shah Jahan in the memory of his wife Mumtaz. Shah Jahan was the father of Aurangzeb. It is a beautiful place to see and the best time to visit is in the evening. Outside there are shops stocking fresh vegetables, fruit and water.
Bibi Ka Maqbara
Address: Begumpura, Aurangabad, Maharashtra 431004
Website: Bibi Ka Maqbara
4. Aurangabad Caves
These caves are made throughout twelve cut rocks and are situated near Bibi Ka Maqbara. After seeing Ajanta and Ellora cave’s beauty, we can have another opportunity to observe historical places through these caves. The caves are cared so well for and are well preserved today. Aurangabad Caves are smaller in comparison to Ajanta and Ellora caves.
Address: Grishneswar Temple Road, Aurangabad, Maharashtra 431101
Website: Aurangabad Caves
5. Bhadra Maruti
After the caves it would be a great time to visit the Bhadra Maruti. This temple is a religious place of Hindus. In India, Hanuman is also called Maruti. This temple is famous for the Hanuman monument in a sleeping position. This temple is very clean and provides tranquility and peace to the heart. Bhadra Maruti is opened from 5:00 am to 12:00 pm and again reopens in afternoon from 4:00 pm to 9:00 pm.
Address: Badlabai, Maharashtra 431101
6. Tomb of Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb
The Aurangzeb was the sixth emperor of the Mughal. His coffin was brought here by his son Muhammad Azam Shah, and his funeral was held here. The grave is located at the center of an elevated stone platform and is surrounded with marble. It is a solemn place to visit to see the history of the fort and learn about the Mughal emperor.
Tomb of Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb
Address: Khuldabad, Maharashtra, India
7. Chini Mahal
This fort is inside the Daulatabad Fort and has a very long history. This fort was made to imprison royals and held many of the royal captives of emperor Aurangzeb. This fort is situated on a hill so you need to climb stairs to reach it. There are monkeys near the fort, so keep your food and beverages in bags.
Address: Entry gate to Daulatabad Fort, Daulatabad, Maharashtra 431002
8. Chatrapati Shivaji Museum
This museum is also one of the most important tourist attractions in Aurangabad. Situated near Nehru Bal Udyan, the museum is named after the Chatrapati Shivaji, who was the great emperor of the Marathas. The war products and antique items made at that time are kept here, such as 500 year old war suits and 400 year old Paithani Sari. This museum doesn’t allow picture taking inside.
Chatrapati Shivaji Museum
Address: Himayat Bagh, Aurangabad, Maharashtra 431004
9. H2O Water Park
After collecting lots of information and seeing old forts, you can enjoy your time by visiting H2O Water Park. This is a small water park and a good place to visit in the summer with the family. To escape the heat you can go on water rides and go swimming here, which will be a refreshing experience after all of the historic attractions.
H2O Water Park
Address: NH 211, Ellora Road, Near Daulatabad Fort, Daulatabad, Aurangabad, Maharashtra 431005
Website: H2O Water Park
10. Panchakki (water mill)
The Panchakki, also called water mill, is used to grind grain for the pilgrims. The water falls in Panchakki from a height and it helps move the turbine to generate the necessary power for the mill to produce energy. It’s an interesting spot to visit during your time in Aurangabad.
Panchakki (water mill)
Address: Nagsenvan, Aurangabad, Maharashtra 431001
Aurangabad is great for history lovers, where they can visit various old forts, buildings, caves and temples. The best time to visit Aurangabad is from November to February, because at that time the temperature of the city is pleasant. Aurangabad is famous for Mashru and Himroo fabrics, made of cotton and silk, so you could bring some home as a moment of your trip. A holiday in Aurangabad will be a memorable trip for the whole family, including youngsters.
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