Aurangabad—regal, charming and nostalgic this compact little city in the heart of Maharashtra has its own distinct identity. The sudden glory it tasted under the reign of Emperor Aurangzeb, faded away with the setting sun of the Mughal empire
Yet marvelous reminders of the past splendor still grace the land. Warm and balmy, Aurangabad is a feast for your senses. The stately monuments adorning the city, the rumbling hustle of its old quarters and the majestic backdrop of ancient caves; everything about Aurangabad captivates you. Humble despite its charms, and inviting despite its formidable heritage, the city is a delight to every traveler.A witness to the rise and fall of many rulers and dynasties, culture comes alive in Aurangabad. From the rustic flavor of Marathwada to the majestic appeal of Mughal monuments, and the bustle and activity of an urban space, the city is truly a mixed bag. Aurangabad, with its genial spirit and unforgettable experiences, is sure to win you over. Aurangabad has myriad experiences waiting for travelers. The city’s architectural map is filled with Mughal monuments. In fact, the city has been named ‘City of Gates’ on account of the numerous splendid gateways dotting the city. Aurangabad’s historical presence stretches back long before the Mughals even stepped into India. In its milieu are caves that are living proof of a thriving ancient civilization. The city’s cultural diversity is reflected in the number of religious sites belonging to different faiths. In a nutshell, Aurangabad is a delightful place to explore the echoes of past that continue to thrive even today.The royal legacy of Aurangabad is mirrored in its markets teeming with a score of rich fabrics. The Kimkhab weave is especially popular for its floral patterns hand-woven with gold and silver threads. The skillfully crafted Bidri handicrafts are another specialty of Aurangabad. Bidri work involves intricate inlays of silver or brass in floral and arabesque patterns hand-crafted on black metal or clay.The festive flavor of Aurangabad can be experienced during occasions such as the Ajanta and Ellora Festival. The legacy and cultural heritage of the city is celebrated during the annual Aurangabad festival. Spectacles of traditional performing arts such as folk dances, mushairas, qawwalis, and so on are put up along with displays of local arts and artifacts are also displayed. Another important festival is the Paithan fair where pilgrims offer homage to the great Hindu Saint, Eknath Maharaj, on the banks of the River Godavari.Traveling within Aurangabad is hassle-free on account of its accessible and affordable local transport. Metered auto rickshaws and public buses are easy ways of traversing the city. Intra-city bus services are offered by the municipal body while the state-run buses are convenient for traveling to popular tourist spots. For a more comfortable alternative, you can hire a car or a private vehicle from fleet owners.The summers in Aurangabad tend to be very hot. It is advisable to carry light cotton clothing and adequate sun protection to travel comfortably.Though generally safe for women, it is advisable for single women travelers to avoid deserted places at night.Beware of pickpockets at crowded public spaces such as bus stops, railway stations and markets.
Aurangabad is well connected to other major cities of the country via regular flights.
Airports: Aurangabad Airport
You can easily get regular trains to Aurangabad from other major cities of the country..