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.