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In Maharashtra, lies a big city named Aurangabad which is a hub for tourism and vacation. It has so many historical monuments such as the Ellora and the Ajanta Caves, you would have definitely heard of it. There are some more UNESCO World Heritage Sites apart from the Caves which are worth seeing. The name Aurangabad came when in the year of 1653 the Mughal prince Aurangzeb was made the viceroy of the Deccan. The city became a part of Maharashtra state in 1960 after being a city in the Hyderabad state for a very long time. The city is a major producer of silk and cotton textiles. The famous Paithani sarees are also made in Aurangabad which is a highlight for the people. The city is also one of the most balanced industrialized cities and has shown the results of great efforts over the years.

Places to visit in Aurangabad

The Ajanta Caves

The Ajanta Caves are quite ancient and were built in the 2nd century BC and 650 CE. There is no doubt in the fact that this tourist destination is considered to be one of the most impeccable monuments of India as they specifically house some of the most beautiful paintings which depict the enchanting rich Indian culture.

Bibi Ka Maqbara

The Bibi Ka Maqbara is yet again one of the most interesting places to visit and explore its history. This place was built in the year 1661 by Aurangzeb in the memory of his wife. This place indeed has a very magnificent edifice which is in the name of his son Azam Shah who was born in the year 1653.

Aurangabad Caves

This place is located at a distance of 20km from Aurangabad. The Aurangabad caves date back to the 6th as well as the 8th century and must not be particularly confused with anything related to Ajanta and Ellora Caves. These have been carved out of the Soft Basalt Rock. And one thing which you must be aware of is the fact that these caves were mostly the Buddhist Viharas. Thus, if you travel to these caves then it might take you a full day exploring and discovering them.

Things to do in Aurangabad

Visit Siddharth Garden

The Siddharth Gardens is a beautiful garden which features a very wide variety of trees and shrubs. This garden also features a small aquarium. This zoo has been one of the most important tourist destinations to visit, explore and discover. Here you will be finding a plethora of wildlife options and attractions.

Also Read: This city is home to the popular Bhangarh fort which is one of the most visited horror tourist attractions in India

Visit Bhadra Maruti Temple

The Bhadra Maruti Temple is well-known and is dedicated to Lord Hanuman which is located near the Aurangabad. Furthermore, the local legend has it that the Bhadrasena is a past ruler of the region which once sang songs in praising Lord Rama. It is one of the only three temples where you will be finding the Hanuman in a sleeping posture.

Valley of the Sufi Saints

This tourist destination is located at a distance nearby Khuldabad which is also known by the name of Valley of Saints. This was where most of the Sufi saints particularly chose to reside in the fourteenth century. Furthermore, the best timeline to visit this place is from the months of October and November.

Events and festivals in & around Aurangabad

The Aurangabad Festival

The Aurangabad festival is specifically held in the months of December. Here you can witness for yourself some of the most amazing folk dances along with the paperwork exhibitions, bullock cart races and so much more.

Ajanta and Ellora Festival

It is also one of the most charming festivals celebrated in Aurangabad. This festival is particularly known for its dance, art and musical way of celebrating. So, if you ever visit Aurangabad then experiencing the Ajanta and Ellora festival is a must.

Paithan Festival

This festival is specifically celebrated as a tribute to Saint Eknath Maharaj. This festival lasts for around 10 days and is held in the months of March or either April as per the Hindu calendar. Amid the local people, this festival is celebrated with great zeal and enthusiasm.

Best time to visit in Aurangabad

Planning a trip to Aurangabad? You should consider visiting this place during the months of October to March as during this time the climatic and weather condition is very pleasant. Apart from that, you can also consider visiting this place during the monsoon season.

How to reach Aurangabad?

By Air – The Aurangabad airport is responsible for connecting the flights all around the country. And from the airport, you can easily get a cab or buses for reaching your destination.

By Road – There are two major bus depots in Aurangabad namely Central bus station and CIDCO terminal. The distance between both these terminals is around 6 km. And the buses operate on a daily basis.

By Train – Aurangabad has good rail connectivity with other major cities like Mumbai, Hyderabad, Nasik, Pune etc.

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