A Travel Guide to Aurangabad

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Aurangabad is one of the beautiful cities in the Indian state of Maharashtra. It is named after the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb. Although metro cities like Mumbai and Pune overshadows the city of Aurangabad, you can still see the iconic attractions, some of which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites, such as Ajanta and Ellora caves.

The Ellora caves have a mysterious monolithic temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, carved out of a single rock, and is considered to be an architectural marvel. You will be able to witness exquisite carving on the caves which must have required skilled labour with mathematical and scientific intelligence. So, pack your bags and get ready to immerse yourself in the stunning city of Aurangabad.

Best time to visit Aurangabad

The months from October to March are perfect time to plan a vacation to Aurangabad. Let us look at the various seasons round the year to help you plan your trip better.

  • Winter: With temperature as low as 10°C, the winter season is from November through February. It is an excellent time to explore the city. Winter season is also considered a high tourist season to visit Aurangabad. 
  • Summer: Aurangabad experiences peak summers from March through May, with a maximum daytime temperature of 31°C. If you visit during this time of the year, make sure to pack sunscreen, shades, and a hat. 
  • Monsoon: Aurangabad receives moderate rainfall from July to September. The city is beautiful to visit during this time. 

Most Spoken Languages in Aurangabad

  • Marathi
  • Hindi
  • English
  • Urdu 

How to reach Aurangabad

  • By air: You can catch your flights to Aurangabad Airport which is situated 10 km east of the city centre in Chikalthana. It is around 11 km from the central railway station.
  • By bus: A bus network efficiently connects Aurangabad to Mumbai, Pune, Nasik, and Nagpur with various state-run and luxury buses. 
  • By train: The rail network connects Aurangabad to major Indian cities like Delhi, Mumbai, Pune, Ahmedabad, and Hyderabad. 
  • Getting around: The most convenient and affordable way to get around Aurangabad is by hiring taxis or auto-rickshaws.
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Places to visit in Aurangabad

  • Bibi-ka-Maqbara: With a close resemblance to the Taj Mahal, Bibi-ka-Maqbara is an epitome of love and was built by Aurangzeb’s son in remembrance of his mother. This exquisite structure boast of Mughal style architecture, intricate carvings and designs in the interiors along with manicured gardens and fountains dotting its landscape, making it a perfect backdrop for your Instagram pictures.
  • Ajanta and Ellora Caves: These fabulous caves are hand-carved into hillside rocks and form important UNESCO World Heritage Sites. While all caves in Ajanta are Buddhist, Ellora hosts a mix of Buddhist, Hindu, and Jain caves. The caves exude divine energy, and the ornate carvings on its walls and ceilings of the Buddhist Caves depict the life of Buddha. Ajanta and Ellora are situated at a distance of 95 km from each other, and the caves depict stories from the Jataka tales, an ancient form of Indian literature.
  • Aurangabad Caves: Carved out of soft basalt rock, these 12 Buddhist shrines were built during the 6th and 7th centuries and are a testimony to the rich culture and heritage of the city. Situated on a hill, this place provides a picturesque view of the entire city, including its popular monuments. If you have been in awe of the architecture of the Ajanta and Ellora caves, then Aurangabad Caves, with its intricate sculptural patterns and carvings will definitely baffle you. The caves are best visited early in the morning. 
  • Daulatabad Fort: This historic hilltop fortress, also popularly known as Devagiri or Deogiri was built by the first Yadava King. Surrounding the fort is a moat filled with water, and it is believed to have crocodiles in the ancient times. The fort exhibits several ingenious structures, including multiple rows of massive walls, a complex arrangement of entryways, and trenches that were carefully built to keep the enemies at bay.

Places to eat in Aurangabad

Bhoj Thali Restaurant
Bhoj Thali Restaurant

This restaurant is known to serve the most delicious and vibrant thalis. The food here is vegetarian, and the place serves delicious Gujarati and Rajasthani thalis to treat your taste buds. After a busy day of sightseeing, head to this place for a delightful experience.

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Kareems
Kareems

From flavoursome biryani and kebabs to other Mughlai dishes, Kareem’s Fine Dining offers you food items in a distinct taste and aroma curated by experts and served to you by extremely friendly staff.

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Great Sagar Restaurant
Great Sagar Restaurant

Try some of authentic Aurangabadi cuisine at the Great Sagar Restaurant. The popular dishes you can try here include naan qalia, biryani, and other Mughlai items. Naan qalia is considered to be the staple food of the region, which consists of a serving of Naan and spicy red mutton curry.

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Uttam Mithai Bhandar
Uttam Mithai Bhandar

If you have a sweet tooth, then this is the place to be. Treat your taste buds to delicious imarti, jalebi, rasmalai, and other sweets.

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Shopping places in Aurangabad

Aurangabad is a popular spot for shopping, and there are several bazaars located in the heart of the city. From sarees to authentic fabrics and several handicraft items, there is a lot you can carry back home for yourself and your loved ones. Here are some of the famous shopping places to check out in Aurangabad.

  • Prozone Mall: Prozone Mall is one of the largest and horizontally designed shopping malls in India comprising more than 150 retail stores. The mall offers a number of stores for clothes, gadgets, shoes, accessories and more.
  • The Reliance Mall: The Reliance Mall offers the best services and products with attractive deals, discounts and more for its customers. The mall is home to a number of popular brands, thus offering an amazing shopping experience.

Street shopping in Aurangabad

  • Gulmandi: One of the largest bazaars in Aurangabad, Gulmandi, is famous for paithani sarees and is a favourite among shoppers.
  • Himroo Fabrics: Himroo is a local fabric made from silk and cotton. It is the perfect place to buy authentic handmade himroo, and most of the designs used in the material are inspired by the paintings inside the Ajanta and Ellora caves. They offer everything from shawls to dupattas, bedcovers, stoles, and sarees. 
  • Connaught Shopping Market: This place is known for the shops which sell exquisite kam khab weaves. You can splurge in buying some elegant shawls and other silk items at this place. 
  • Nirala Bazaar: Situated in the heart of the city, the Nirala Bazaar is famous for its branded showrooms. The place also has several food joints and souvenirs stores.

Where to stay in Aurangabad

The-Ambassador-Ajanta

The Ambassador Ajanta Ranked among the best heritage hotels in Aurangabad, this place boasts of unparalleled hospitality. It offers the most exquisite rooms in the city and is located in close proximity to Aurangabad Airport. You can choose from a range of rooms as per your requirement. The hotel is a perfect pick for business or leisure stay, and its artistic look is a treat for the eyes.

Vivanta-Aurangabad

Vivanta Aurangabad This Mughal style hotel is set amid manicured gardens and offers spacious and air-conditioned rooms with several amenities for its guests. Located 20-minute away from the Airport and central Railways Station, the hotel is an ideal accommodation for business and as well as leisure travellers.

Hotel-Olive-Green

Hotel Olive Green Modern architecture and tasteful hospitality are what define this hotel. The hotel has a multi-cuisine restaurant, Lounge Bar, and a conference hall for its guests.

VITS-Hotel

VITS Hotel This flagship hotel of the city is located just minutes away from the central railway station. VITS hotel houses various facilities for your comfortable stay.

More reasons to visit Aurangabad

  • Try some of the local dishes: If Ajanta and Ellora caves are not strong enough reasons for you to visit Aurangabad, then its gastronomical delights will surely win you over. The city has Persian and Mughal influence in its food, and delicacies such as sheermal, mawa jalebis, and naan qalia are a must-try on your visit to the city. Eat your way through some of the best slow cooked delights which can be found at various streets in Aurangabad.
  • Explore the Lonar Lake: Located nearly 3.5 hrs from Aurangabad, this lake in Buldhana district of Maharashtra is a national geo heritage monument. The lake was created by an asteroid collision and is one of the four such to exist globally, the other three being in Brazil. This salt lake is a haven for a wide variety of flora and fauna.
  • Pay homage at the Shani Shingnapur: Picture a town where nobody locks the door. Yes, this exists! The town of Shani Shingnapur, located 80 km southwest of Aurangabad, is known to have a zero crime rate, and even the banks here keep their doors unlocked. If this has piqued your curiosity, then do plan to visit this town to witness it yourself.
  • Enjoy peaceful time at Jayakwadi Dam: Located on the banks of River Godavari, 50 km south of Aurangabad, these massive Jayakwadi Dam have over two dozen floodgates. The Paithan town is also famous for its textile industries, and Paithani sarees must buy on your visit here.
  • Go smell flowers at the Bani Begum Mughal Garden: This impressive garden has a group of tombs, the mausoleum of Bani Begum, the wife Emperor Aurangzeb's son. Fluted pillars and fountains adorn the garden, which is reminiscent of the typical Mughal architecture. The beauty of this place is sure to charm you.

Nightlife in Aurangabad

  • KA Lounge
  • Harry’s Bar
  • Bistro Bar
  • Slounge at Lemon Tree Hotel
  • Behind Bar at VITS Hotel

Places to visit near Aurangabad

  • Mumbai: One of India’s major metropolitan cities, Mumbai is the capital of Maharashtra and also known as the country’s financial capital. It is everyone’s dream city to explore the home of the Bollywood, grand colonial structures, stunning beaches and bustling markets packed with unique and creative items like fabrics, accessories, and other knick-knacks.
  • Pune: The bustling metropolis of Maharashtra, Pune is a hub for varied culture and lifestyle. It is a city that seamlessly blends traditional values with modern outlook. Being home to several ancient structures and sightseeing spots, the city is preferred by people of all age groups for its fantastic weather and opportunities.
  • Nashik: An ancient city in Maharashtra known for Sula Vineyards is one of the best places to visit. The city is also a popular religious destination with links to the epic Hinu poem of Ramayana. You can find a popular temple adjacent to Godavari River called Panchavati. Several devotees come here to bathe in the river and rinse their sins. 

Festivals in Aurangabad

  • Paithan Festival: Paithan Festival is a religious fair that is held as a tribute to Saint Eknath Maharaj. Lasting for 10 days, the Paithan Festival is held in March or April as per the Hindu calendar. The fair marks religious celebrations and trading of traditional utensils made of brass, copper and silver.
  • Aurangabad Festival: In December, the Aurangabad Festival is an annual festival aimed to spread the city's culture and tradition to various travellers and guests. Classical folk dances, paperwork exhibitions, heritage walks, and bullock cart races are all organised under the Aurangabad festival's banner.
  • Dusshera: Dusshera is widely celebrated all over India, but in Aurangabad, Dusshera celebration lasts well over 10 days. On the last day, a fair is held where people meet and greet each other. “Apta leaf” offerings are made as a mark of good luck for the year ahead. The Bhavani temple in Karnapura is one of the most popular pilgrimage centres attracting pilgrims from across Maharashtra to celebrate Dusshera. Amid the burning of the effigies of Ravana, schools and college worship Goddess Saraswati as a metaphor for learning.
  • Ajanta and Ellora Festival: Ajanta and Ellora festival is by far one of the most well-known festivals in Aurangabad. The festival is known for art, dance and musical celebration and invites tourists from all over India. Painting, cooking, rangoli and other creative art competitions are conducted at the festival as well.
  • Ganesh Chaturthi: Ganesh Chaturthi also known as Ganeshotsav is a famous festival celebrated all over Maharashtra. In Aurangabad, the festival is celebrated with equal enthusiasm, pomp and show. The celebrations last over 10 days where various Ganesha pandals are set up all over the city.

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