Named after the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb, Aurangabad is one of the most sought after tourist destination in Maharashtra. It is dotted with plenty of ancient and historic monuments, such as Bibi ka Maqbara, also known as the Mini Taj Mahal. Aurangabad still hold to its past roots and the historical charm and the brilliance of the city attracts a large number of tourists from almost all the corners of the country.
Aurangabad is an important tourist hub with numerous points of interest, Bibi ka Maqbara being one of them. It is one of the historic places that must be visited while in Aurangabad. This historical monument symbolizes the love of the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb for his wife Dilras Banu Begum.
Bibi ka Maqbara has significant resemblance with the Taj Mahal, built on an elevated platform, with four minarets along its four corners. It showcases the brilliance of Mughal architecture with intricate designs, carvings and ornate gems and exquisite marbles.
Aurangabad is also an important pilgrimage centre for Hindus as the Grishneshwar Temple, located just 30 km away from the main town. It is considered as the 12 th jyotirlingas of Hindu religion. The temple is built in pre-historical architectural style and with the walls showcasing the carvings of several Hindu Gods and Goddesses. As per the legends it is believed that holy water springs out from inside the temple and purifies one heart and soul.
Aurangabad boasts of two UNESCO heritage sites Ajanta and Ellora caves that date back to more than 2,000 years. The sculptures at Ellora caves, represent elements of three religions while Ajanta caves depict the Buddhist culture.
Ajanta Caves are situated in the Aurangabad district of Maharashtra, and date back to the period between 2nd century BC and 650 CE. The caves are considered to be one of the most significant monuments of India as they house many beautiful paintings and sculptures depicting the rich cultural heritage of India.
Aurangabad has many more interesting places which you must visit including the Lonar lake, which is the world's third largest crater lake, Jayakwadi Bird Sanctuary, Gautala Wildlife Sanctuary, Daulatabad fort, Himayat Bagh and others. You can also enjoy shopping at Aurangabad as it is also famous for its hand-woven Himroo and Paithani Sarees, its markets and bazaars.
How To Reach
Aurangabad is situated at a distance of 370 kms from Mumbai. There is/are 7 direct train(s) from Mumbai to Aurangabad namely Tapovan Express, Devagiri Exp, Nandigram Exp, Jan Shatabdi Exp, Ltt Nzb Express.
Frequent buses also run between Mumbai and Aurangabad.