Aurangabad – The City of Gates

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The historical city of Aurangabad is essential in the Indian state of Maharashtra. Named after the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb, it has a rich culture and has seen the ebb and tide of India's historical evolution. It has primarily remained overshadowed by the neighbouring cities in Maharashtra. However, if you are a history buff, then Aurangabad with several UNESCO World Heritage Sites is the place to be. 

The Ajanta and Ellora caves attract thousands of visitors from across the globe. 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! Believed to be carved in the 8th century, such exquisite carving must have required skilled labour with mathematical and scientific intelligence. It is considered to be the largest monolith to be discovered, even more, extensive than the pantheon in Greece. Some also believe the structure was created by extra-terrestrial beings and houses several secrets yet to be explored. So pack your bags and get ready to immerse yourself in the mystery of these caves on your trip to Aurangabad.

Best time to visit Aurangabad

The months from October to March are perfect 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 from November to February is an excellent time to explore the city.This is also a high tourist season as the city is green and pleasant during this time. 
  • Summer: Aurangabad experiences peak summers from March to May, with a maximum daytime temperature of 31°C. 
  • Monsoon: Aurangabad receives moderate rainfall from July to September. The city is beautiful to visit during this time. 

Most Spoken Languages in Aurangabad: 

  • Marathi
  • Urdu
  • Hindi and English are also widely understood, making it easier for tourists to communicate. 

How to reach Aurangabad

  • Flights to AurangabadAurangabad airport is situated 10 km east of the city centre in Chikalthana and 11 km from the central railway station. Once you land, you can either hire a cab or an auto to the city. IndiGo now operates non-stop flights between Aurangabad and Delhi, Mumbai & Hyderabad, and seamless connections to other key destinations.
  • 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/local transport in Aurangabad: 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

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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Kareem’s Fine Dining
Kareem’s Fine Dining

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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Sagar Restaurant
Sagar Restaurant

Try your hands at authentic Aurangabadi cuisine at this restaurant. The popular dishes to be tried 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 (Sweet House)
Uttam Mithai Bhandar (Sweet House)

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

High-end shopping/luxury shopping/shopping malls in Aurangabad

  • Prozone Mall: Prozone Mall, Aurangabad 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 city's heart, the Nirala Bazaar is famous for its branded showrooms. The place also has several food joints and souvenirs stores.
  • 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 bazaars to check out in Aurangabad.

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/Top things to do in Aurangabad

Food trail

If Ajanta-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.  

Lonar Crater Lake

Located nearly 3.5 hrs from Aurangabad, this Lake located 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.

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 follow suit by keeping their doors unlocked. If this has piqued your curiosity, then do plan to visit this town to witness it yourself.

Paithan and Jayakwadi Dam

Located on the banks of River Godavari, 50 km south of Aurangabad, these massive dams have over two dozen floodgates. The Paithan town is also famous for its textile industries, and Paithani Sarees must buy on your visit here.

Bani Begum Mughal Garden

This impressive Garden hosts 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/party places in Aurangabad

  • KA Lounge
  • Harry's Bar
  • Garbah
  • Tonic The Bar
  • Bistro Bar
  • Slounge at Lemon Tree Hotel
  • Behing Bar at VITS Hotel
  • D Sutra at Hotel Manor

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 to Bollywood, grand colonial structures, stunning beaches and 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.

Festivals in Aurangabad

Aurangabad is one of the most culturally vibrant cities in Maharashtra. The city is home to the UNESCO world heritage sites of Ajanta and Ellora caves and carries the bygone era's imprints. Aurangabad has another facet too. The city hosts various events and festivals as a testimony to its rich and vibrant cultural heritage.

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 was 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.

Maharashtra is known for its festivals and fairs, and Aurangabad is no different. The city hosts multiple fairs and festivals that are popular with locals and tourists alike. So if you plan to visit Aurangabad during a festive time, book your Aurangabad hotels in advance.

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