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Most travellers visiting Daulatabad choose to be based in Aurangabad, a city equipped with an airport and modern hotels (not to mention its own splendid monuments). Daulatabad is located about 20 minutes East/Northeast of Aurangabad, an easy day trip that is best combined with Ellora Caves and a quick stop in Khuldabad, time permitting. Ellora is located 15 minutes further on the same road from Aurangabad. Although buses and tours are available, independent travellers will find it easiest to hire a private car and driver, or a taxi, to reach Daulatabad and Ellora.
Updated Nov 7, 2009
The Daulatabad Fort is a very popular excursion for school children in the area. When I visited in February 2009, I encountered numerous groups - see the attached photos.
Written Nov 8, 2009
Miscellaneous: 1- Take a couple of chilled bottles of water.
2- Pack a lunch or a filling snack for the road.
3- Bring a torch (flashlight) if you plan to climb the Andhari Passage.
4- Put on a hat and/or apply sunblock if you are sensitive to the sun.
5- Wear comfortable hiking shoes.
Finally, at the Fort's entrance, you will encounter many sellers of guidebooks. The Daulatabad Fort guidebook is worth purchasing, mainly for the map of the Fort and some useful historical information. It is rather inexpensive.
Updated Nov 8, 2009