I am Aurangabad, a very well known historical city of the country located in the northern part of the state of Maharashtra and since ancient times I have been counted as a city of great importance due to my strategic location on the famous “Silk Route” – which cut through the breadth of Asia to reach Europe.
History of Aurangabad
Though I have been ruled by a number of royal dynasties from Deccan for centuries, but I acquired by present name from the name of Aurangabad, that means “Built by the Throne” from Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb and I also have the rare distinction of being the only city in India that has served as the capital of the country apart from Delhi Kolkata.
But what brings me a unique position among all Indian cities is the fact that I am the only city in the country having two UNESCO world heritage sites – the Ajanta Caves and the Ellora Caves and it is only in recent times I have been declared as the tourism capital of Maharashtra. But having a heritage of more than thousand years doesn’t prevent me from growing in leaps and bounds during the post independence period and today I am a major hub for automobile, beverages, pharmaceutical and a number of other manufacturing industries in Maharashtra and have also acquired a forefront position in the educational sector.
Though I am located in Maharashtra, but my culture still retains the flavor and charm of the Muslim culture of Hyderabad and that is evident in the language and local cuisine. Aurangabadi cuisine is considered as closely similar to Hyderabadi and Mughlai cuisine and is highly preferred local residents as well as by tourists who come to visit me from all around the globe.
Art and Culture of Aurangabad
Apart from my immense historical significance I also boast of a rich heritage of culture as well as art and crafts. I am particularly well known for Mashru and Himru fabrics – those are made of cotton and silk and have a satin like shine and also for Paithani Saris – those are known be woven here for the past 2000 years. Bidri ware, that uses copper and zinc as raw material is another traditional craft that has been practiced by my people for many centuries.
Getting around in Aurangabad is easy and convenient as there are guided tours available to the Ajanta and the Ellora Caves as well as other popular tourist destinations in and around me like Daulatabad Fort, Ghrishneshwar Temple, Aurangzeb’s Tomb Bibi-Ka- Maqbara (Mini Taj Mahal) and Panchakki.
I am extremely well connected with many major cities of the country by rail, road, and air. Traveling in the city is also easy and convenient as there are buses run by Maharashtra State Road transport Corporation and private transport like taxis and autos plying all over the city. If you are planning to come and meet me the best time to come is between October and March – when I am green and pleasant. I am pretty hot and humid during summer and receive a medium to heavy rainfall during the monsoon and tourists don’t prefer those times much.