Aurangabad is a city in Maharashtra, the fourth largest urban area by population in the state, located in the hilly upland region of the Deccan Traps. Originally made a capital city of the Sultan of Ahmadnagar, and renamed to Fatehnagar, it was later under the rule of the Mughal Empire. Aurangzeb renamed the city to Aurangabad in 1653, and in later years, the city became the capital of Nizam al-Mulk. For a short time, the city was under Maratha rule, later it came under the rule of the Nizam of Hyderabad.
Be sure to check out IndiGo’s flights to Aurangabad. With its nickname of the ‘city of gates’, there are up to 52 gates in this city many of which exist to this day. If you can’t wait to discover the appeal of this city yourself, go through flights to Aurangabad flight tickets available on the official website of IndiGo. With excellent mild winters and monsoon season that last between June and September, check flights to Aurangabad flight schedule and fix a date that works for you. Aurangabad is also a major centre for cotton textiles and silk fabrics apart from its tourist attractions.
Aurangzeb had the Bibi ka Maqbara built as an imitation of the Taj Mahal, as such it is a monument with great beauty in itself. Find flights to Aurangabad flight fare on IndiGo’s website and you can see it with your own eyes! A very interesting quirk in this city is the love and celebration of paan, with Tara Paan Centre being a must visit for any paan lover. Aurangabad is also a prominent city for higher education with several colleges and institutes located here.
When in Aurangabad, the two essential places to see are the Ajanta and Ellora caves. Ajanta, located about 100 km away from the city centre, is older historically, with the earliest caves dating to the 2nd century BCE. Ellora, on the other hand, was built under various rules in between 600 to 1000 CE and lies approximately 30 km from Aurangabad. With their impressive collection of caves, paintings and sculptures, it’s no wonder that both have been granted world heritage site status by UNESCO. Apart from the previously mentioned Bibi ka Maqbara built by Aurangzeb for his wife, there is also the Daulatabad Fort nearby with its impressive walls still (mostly) standing today. Another cave system closer to the city is the Aurangabad Caves, which might not be as comprehensive and grand as the others but still has a delight of its own. For a fun family experience, visit the Siddharth Garden and Zoo, where you can spend the whole day exploring and enjoying nature. For the more scientifically inclined, Lonar Crater Lake, 3 hours away from the city, might be of interest; it draws a number of naturalists, archaeologists and students throughout the year. Some notable temples include Grishneshwar Temple, Kachner Jain Temple and Shuli Bhanjan. For those looking for a little adventure, there is a regular hike up nearby the Goga Baba Hill, where one can find spectacular views as well as a panorama of Aurangabad itself.
For relaxing, head out to Salim Ali Lake near the Delhi Gate in Aurangabad. With its lush greenery and bird sanctuary, this is a soothing spot to recharge from the city life. Walk through Gul Mandi Market, the largest in the city, where you can find everything from flowers, sweets and clothes. A specialty of Aurangabad can also be found in this market, the Paithani Sarees. Prozone Mall is a large mall in the city; here, you can find all the usual big brand stores and get some shopping therapy. Another fun one for the family is the H2O water park, with everything from slides and pools to rain dances. Another vitally important thing to do is to visit the Chhatrapati Shivaji Museum, dedicated to the legendary leader of the Marathas himself. Built in 1665 by the uncle of Aurangzeb (Shaista Khan), Chauki Ki Masjid is one of the city's oldest mosques and acts as an iconic representation of Mughal architecture. But, even older is the Jama Masjid, with its polygonal pillars, vaults and minarets. For more shopping, visit the shopping area around Connaught Place, a popular zone among tourists and locals for its malls, movie theatres, hotels, restaurants and street food.
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