Aurangabad is a beautiful city, filled with ancient buildings and historical relics that tell the tale of its tumultuous past. Malik Ambar, prime minister of the Murtaza Nizam Shah II, founded the city in the early 16th century. Ambar’s son, Fateh Khan succeeded the throne in 1626, renaming the city Fatehpur, before the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb muscled on in and made it his capital in 1653. At his behest, the impressive city walls and gates were raised in 1682 to withstand persistent Maratha attacks. Following his death in 1707, the city was renamed in his honour and again changed hands.Read More
The old walled city still forms the core of the Aurangabad’s vast bazaar area, which is where much of the life and soul of the city is. In this area is the Chatrapathi Shivaji Museum, a museum exclusively devoted to 16th century artifacts. The city’s largest and most impressive mosque is the Jami Masjid, a spectacular place of worship, well worth checking out. To the east of the mosque lie the ruins of Aurangzeb's former imperial headquarters, the Kila Arak. On the left bank of the Kham River is the Panchakki, an unusual water mill, and a marvel of ancient engineering.
Meanwhile, Bibi-ka-Maqbara, a 17th century mausoleum dedicated to Aurangzeb’s wife, Rabia-ud-Daurani is an imitation of the Taj Mahal, though a grand piece of Moghul architecture all the same. Beyond here are the Aurangabad Caves, ten Buddhist caves carved in the 6th or 7th century AD. There are dozens of fascinating sights to see in Aurangabad, so why not spend a day meandering through its streets, absorbing its rich cultural heritage.
Here are some popular itineraries that include a visit to Aurangabad
If you are planning a Aurangabad holiday, have a look at some of the accommodation that we recommend. 'Our Rating' indicates how we feel each property rates according to normal Western hotel standards. 'Local Rating' indicates how the property is categorised/rated locally:
Ambassador Ajanta Aurangabad
Set amidst vast stretches of exquisitely manicured gardens, the Ambassador Ajanta is a comfortable hotel with spacious, luxuriously furnished rooms. After a day exploring the nearby Ajanta and Ellora caves, guests can retire to the steam baths or swimming pool located at the heart of the resort. A selection of Indian, Chinese and European cuisine awaits visitors in the dining room and there is a fitness centre at the disposal of the guests. The hotel is 5 km from the airport and 7 km from the railway station.
Aurangabad Tailor made suggestions
Here are some of the recent tailor made itineraries we have created for our clients which include a visit to Aurangabad.