Attractions in Aurangabad

 
Panchakki - Panchakki (Water Wheel) derives its name from the mill that, in its days, was considered a great feat in engineering. Driven by water brought through earthen pipes from the river 6km away, the mill once ground grain for pilgrims. The mill itself is to the right of the first tank as you enter. It is also the shrine of a saint, Baba Shah Musafir.

Himroo factory - Tucked away in the old town near Zaffar Gate, this small workshop is the only place in the city that still manufactures hand-woven Himroo shawls from cotton, silk and silver threads. This art developed as a cheaper alternative to the more extravagant brocades of silk and gold thread, known as Kam Khab, that were woven for royalty in the 14th century. Aurangabad is well known for its Himroo, shawls and saris. It can be found in the many showrooms around the market area. Most are produced in bulk using power looms but here you can see the traditional process. Many of the designs are based on motifs in Ajanta frescoes.

Aurangabad caves - Although they're easily overlooked in favor of the Ajanta and Ellora caves, Aurangabad has its own group of caves 2 km north of the Bibi-ka-Maqbara. They were carved out of the hillside around the 6th or 7th century AD. The 10 caves are all Buddhist; caves 1 to 5 are in the western group and caves 6 to 10 are 1 km away in the eastern group.

Bibi Ka Maqbara - Bibi Ka Maqbara is the tomb of Begum Rabia Durani, wife  of  Emperor  Aurangazeb. The  monument  is  a   brilliant

Aurangabad caves
example of Persian Architecture. The arched alcove crowned by a swelling dome, Bibi Ka Maqbara is considered a poor imitation of Taj Mahal in Agra. The layout and surrounding of the tomb is quite similar to that of Taj but somehow the architecture fails to produce the magic of Taj. Nevertheless, the monument has its own charm and has been attracting tourists far & wide.
Quick Getaways Aurangabad

Daulatabad
– In the twelfth century, Bhillama, king of the Yadav Dynasty built an indestructible fort at Daulatabad. Situated on a pyramid-shaped hill 13 kms away, the fort with its slippery gravel pathways, spiked gates, spiral staircases and dungeons is a sight to behold. The sultan of Delhi Mohammed Bin Tughlaq was so impressed by the fort that he shifted his capital from Delhi to Daulatabad.

Ajanta Caves

Ajanta – Famous for its caves, Ajanta is one of the few historical and architectural marvels of India. Recognised as the World Heritage site today, it was discovered during the 19th century by a group of British officers who were on a tiger hunt. The Ajanta group of caves, located deep within the Sahyadri hills above the Waghora, depict the story of Buddhism that existed here during 200 BC to 650 AD.

Ellora – Ellora is one of the highly visited World heritage sites of India.Situated 30 kilometres Northwest of Aurangabad, Ellora is easily

accessible from the nearby major towns. It houses 34 monasteries and temples with some exclusive uninterrupted sequence of monuments that date back from 600 to 1000 AD. The temples of Ellora are dedicated to Brahmanism, Jainism, and Buddhism. It also has some of the best stonework portraying the legends related to Lord Shiva.

Shirdi - Approximately 144 kilometres from Aurangabad, Shirdi is a tourist destination considered holy by the Hindus. A large number of tourists come here all through the year to visit the shrine of Shirdi Sai Baba. Moreover, there are some more holy shrines closely related to Sai Baba here. Easily accessible from the nearby towns, Shirdi is an important excursion destination from Aurangabad.

Getting There & Away

Cheap Flights to Aurangabad
Aurangabad airport is 10 km east of the city. Regular flights operate from Bombay and Delhi.
Trains to Aurangabad
Although Aurangabad is not on the main railway corridor, a number of trains stop here. There are a couple of direct trains to/from Mumbai. There is a daily train to Hyderabad.
Car Bus Service to Aurangabad
Aurangabad is well connected with good all-weathered metal roads. The distances for some of the major cities from Aurangabad are Pune (214 km), Nasik (218 km), Indore (402 km) and Mumbai (403 km).

Getting Around Aurangabad

Aurangabad has auto-rickshaws aplenty that ply everywhere within the city. For sightseeing, one would need a mode of transport as the sites are not too close to each other. Taxis are also available from the airport to the town and for travel within the city.
                                   Travel guide to Aurangabad

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