Aurangabads International Airport, Chikalthana Airport, is just 10 km away from the city centre. The airport is served by air carriers such as Air India, Jet Airways, Kingfisher Class, Kingfisher Red and JetLite. It is well connected with all the other major cities in India. Moreover, regular air services to and from cities like Jaipur, Jodhpur, Mumbai, Pune and Delhi are available.
Aurangabad is a station located on the Secunderabad-Manmad section of the Nanded Division of South Central Railway zone of the Indian Railways. Aurangabad has rail connectivity with Mumbai, Delhi, Hyderabad. It is also connected to Nanded, Parli, Nagpur, Nizamabad, Nasik, Pune, Kurnool, Renigunta, Erode, Madurai, Bhopal, Gwalior, Vadodra, Narsapur. But there is still a demand for direct rail connectivity to other major cities of India. The Aurangabad Jan Shatabdi Express is the fastest train connecting it with Mumbai.
Aurangabad is very well connected to all the major towns in the state of Maharashtra via road. One can opt for the State-owned public transport buses that are available at a cheap fare of around Rs. 300. Else, one can choose from the several overnight luxury buses that ply between Mumbai and Aurangabad and the Ajanta/Ellora Caves. The fare comes to about Rs. 1100.
Best time To visit Aurangabad
The best time to visit Aurangabad is between October and March when the weather is pleasant enough to enjoy sightseeing and explore the outdoors.During the summer season, from March to May, the climate is hot, ranging between 21°C to 37°C. However, at times, the mercury can rise up to 43°C. It is better not to visit this place during the summer season.
Places to visit Aurangabad
Aurangabad caves are just a few kilometers away from the famous monument of Bibi Ka Maqbara. These caves are believed to be excavated between 2nd and 6th century AD. Aurangabad caves are carved out of the hillside and are a fine piece of architecture. A major chunk of the caves in Aurangabad are Viharas. Total number of caves is twelve; out of which cave number 3 and 7 are the most fascinating ones. Cave number 1 to 5 are in the western group and caves from 6 to 10 are in the eastern group. Tantric influences are noticeable in Aurangabad caves.
Bibi Ka Maqbara
Bibi Ka Maqbara is situated 5 km away from Aurangabad. Aurangazeb's son, Prince Azam Shah built it in 1678 in the memory of his mother Begum Rabia Durani. This mausoleum is a replica of the famous Taj Mahal. Despite the layout and surrounding of the tomb is very much similar to Taj Mahal, somehow the architecture fails to produce the magic of the Taj. Hence, it is considered to be a poor imitation of the Taj Mahal.
A workshop in Aurangabad's Zaffar gate is continuing the conventional style of Himroo hand weaving. The workshop also maintains a show room to showcase these products. Here, one can see and shop Himroo shawls and sarees. Bold patternsand colours are the specialities of Mashru fabrics. It is said that Marco Polo has been gifted a fabric woven in silk and gold threads.
There is also a shrine of a saint, Baba Shah Musafir at the site where panchaki is situated. Panchakki (Water Wheel) derives its name from the mill that was used at the early days. The mill is driven with the water brought through earthen pipes from the river 6km away.
The Ajanta Caves, Aurangabad
The Ajanta Caves have 30 rock cut Bhuddhist caves and it is 106 km from Aurangabad. The basic designs of the caves are called ‘Chaitya grihas’ and ‘Viharas’. Five caves are Buddhist cathedrals and the remaining 25 are monasteries. The Chaityas are large, rectangular chambers separated by rows of pillars. They are decorated by sculptures and murals which depict the many incarnations of Buddha. The Vhharas are rectangular shaped halls. They have series of small cells which are attached on both sides. Opposite to the entrance is an image of Buddha. The caves also include a visual form of the life of Buddha and interesting stories from Jatakas.
The Ellora Caves, Aurangabad
The Ellora Caves are listed in the world-heritage list. They are located about 30 km from Aurangabad. The Kailash Temple of the Ellora caves is the most attractive and masterpiece of the creator. The Kailash temple in the Ellora caves is one of the world’s largest and massive sculpture. It was curved out of a rock with the help of 7000 laborers and took nearly 150 years to complete. The shrines are a mix or both Hindu and Jain faiths. Cave number 32 is famous for a glorious Yakshi statue and beautiful ceiling paintings.
Bani Begum Garden, Aurangabad
Bani Begum Garden is a graceful garden located about 24 km from Aurangabad. The garden is known for its lush green appearance and comforting atmosphere. It got its name from the tomb of Bani Begum who is the wife of Aurangzeb’s son which is located in middle of this garden. The garden is constructed in various styles. Massive domes, fountains and fluted pillars can be seen in the garden. The garden is an example of the Mughal style and architecture of the departed period. Tourists visiting Aurangabad never return before visiting the beautiful Bani Begum Gardens.
Ghrishneshwar Temple, Aurangabad
The Ghrishneshwar Temple was built during 1765 and 1795. The construction of the temple was done by Ahilyabai Holkar of Indore. The temple is built of red volcanic rock and it delivers a characteristic appearance. The most impressing feature of Ghrishneshwar Temple is the 5 tier shikara. The shikara rises in decreasing height. The height is then increased with the help of the high wall component of the sanctum. An unerect bull at each corner and monkey behind it is the crown of the Shikara. The temple is of great importance as the presiding deity is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas in India.
Gul Mandi, Aurangabad
Like all other cities in India, Aurangabad also features a large number of bazaars. Gul Mandi is also one of the largest bazaars in Aurangabad. Exchanging also takes place in these markets. Varities of goods are sold in this market. The products changes on all days and the products available depends on the day the market is visited. But these bazaars do not have genuine shopping malls. The best quality products are sold in the markets. The special products are the Paithani saris. Different varieties of garments and Himroo silk stuff is also available.
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DAY 01: Arrive at Aurangabad (airport / railway station) Transfer to Hotel.
DAY 02: Full day excursion to Ajanta Caves. Night halt at the hotel
DAY 03: Full day excursion tour of City, Daulatabad fort, & Ellora caves. Night halt at hotel
DAY 04: Departure from Aurangabad. Transfer to Railway Station OR Airport.