Aurangabad is a very well known historical city of the country located in the northern part of the state of Maharashtra and since ancient times Aurangabad has been counted as a city of great importance due to its strategic location on the famous “Silk Route” – which cut through the breadth of Asia to reach Europe.
History of Aurangabad
Though Aurangabad has been ruled by a number of royal dynasties from Deccan for centuries, it was acquired by the present name from the name of Aurangabad, which means “Built by the Throne” from Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb. Aurangabad also has 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 Aurangabad a unique position among all Indian cities is the fact that it is 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 Aurangabad has been declared as the tourism capital of Maharashtra.
But having a heritage of more than a thousand years doesn’t prevent Aurangabad from growing in leaps and bounds during the post-independence period and today Aurangabad is 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 Aurangabad is located in Maharashtra, its 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 closely similar to Hyderabadi and Mughlai cuisine and is highly preferred local residents as well as by tourists who come to visit Aurangabad from all around the globe.
Places to visit in Aurangabad
Ajanta Caves, Aurangabad
Ellora Caves, Aurangabad
Aurangabad Caves, Aurangabad
Pithalkhora Caves, Aurangabad
Devgiri Fort Daulatabad, Aurangabad
Bani Begam Bagh, Aurangabad
Grishneshwar Jyotirlinga Temple, Aurangabad
Bibi ka Maqabara, Aurangabad
Aurangzeb Tomb, Aurangabad
Siddharth Garden, Aurangabad
Chini Mahal, Aurangabad
Jayakwadi Dam, Aurangabad
Chhatrapati Shivaji Museum, Aurangabad
H2O Water Park, Aurangabad
Sunheri Mahal, Aurangabad
Nizamshahi Mahal, Aurangabad
Art and Culture of Aurangabad
Apart from the immense historical significance Aurangabad also boasts a rich heritage of culture as well as art and crafts. Aurangabad is 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 to 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 people of Aurangabad 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 Aurangabad like Daulatabad Fort, Ghrishneshwar Temple, Aurangzeb’s Tomb Bibi-Ka- Maqbara (Mini Taj Mahal) and Panchakki.
How to Reach Aurangabad
Aurangabad is extremely well connected with many major cities of the country by rail, road, and air. Traveling to Aurangabad 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.
Best time to Visit Aurangabad
If you are planning to come and visit Aurangabad the best time to come is between October and March – when it is green and pleasant. Aurangabad is pretty hot and humid during summer and receives medium to heavy rainfall during the monsoon and tourists don’t prefer those times much.