Aurangabad Travel Guide

  • Bibi Ka Maqbara in Aurangabad
    Bibi Ka Maqbara in Aurangabad
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    Intricate Patterns Inside the Tomb
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    Amazing Bibi Ka Maqbara
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Aurangabad Highlights

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    Donna_in_India says…

     Fascinating Sights!! 

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    Paul2001 says…

     Hard to get to. No place to eat near Ellora 

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    lynnehamman says…

     I would not really visit here again 

Aurangabad Things to Do

  • Magnificient Bibi ka Maqbara

    Built about 25 years after the Taj Mahal , it was supposed to rival it's predecessor.Prince Azam Shah built it in the memory of his mother and Emperor Aurangzeb's wife Begum Rabia.The lower reaches of the monument are built in marble while the upper reaches are built in plaster.it is a very impressive monument nonetheless and surely worth a visit.

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  • The Baby Taj: Bibi Ka Maqbara

    It is hard not to compare the two, but if you visit Bibi Ka Maqbara expecting the Taj Mahal you will disappointed. Bibi Ka Maqbara was buit in 1678. It was built in memory of the the wife of Aurangzeb, Rabia-ud-Durrani by one of their sons, Prince Azam Shah. Aurangzeb was the last of the six great Mogul emperors, founder of Aurangabad, and son of...

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  • Shri Ghrishneshwar Mandir

    Shri Ghrishneshwar Mandir is located in the village of Verul (Ellora), about 30 km from Aurangabad and less than 1 km from Ellora Caves. This temple is an important place of Hindu pilgrimage and it dedicated to Lord Shiva.The temple is revered as a jyotirling (there are only 12 in all of India). It is the last of the 12 and without a visit to this...

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  • Fascinating Daulatabad Fort

    Daulatabad Fortress rises dramatically over 600 feet above the Deccan plain. It was originally called Deogiri ("hill of the Gods") and is said to have been founded in 1187 by the Hindu king (of the Yadav dynasty). The name was changed to Daultabad ("city of fortune/prosperity") when the sultan of Delhi overtook it in 1308. It has a long and bloody...

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  • Ajanta Caves (2)

    Please note that this tip is a continuation of my Ajanta Caves (1) which includes overall information for Ajanta. Please see that tip for my **special tip! Ajanta Terms: Chaitya: A chaitya-griha (stupta hall) is a meeting or assembly place with architectural similarities to Roman design concepts of column and arch; prayer hall ...

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  • Ajanta Caves (1)

    The Ajanta Caves are a UNESCO Designated World Heritage Site. Aurangabad, although not the nearest link to the caves, makes a good base for the sights around if coming from Mumbai. Located in the Indian State of Maharashtra Aurangabad is about a 12 hour bus journey from Mumbai or a 7 hour train trip (that runs infrequently) - a kind of out of the...

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  • Feed the Monkeys at Ellora Caves

    I was hoping to see monkeys at the caves and I was not disappointed. In between the main gate and the parking lot were a couple of dozen monkeys hanging around. What a funny bunch they were - climbing on the cars, sitting by the buses as if waiting to board! They were used to being fed by humans and were not aggressive towards them, only...

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  • Ellora Caves - Buddhist

    There are 12 Buddhist Caves at Ellora - numbers 1-12. The caves comprise of Chaityas (shrines) and Viharas (monasteries). Cave number 1 is possibly the earliest excavation; the Buddhist caves date back to 500-700 A.D.In comparison to the slightly elaborate Jain Caves and the very elaborate Hindu Caves, the Buddhist Caves are almost serene. But it...

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  • Ellora Caves - Hindu

    There are 17 Hindu Caves at Ellora - numbers 13-29. They were excavated at the beginning of the 7th century. The Hindu caves are the centerpieces of Ellora and are so detailed and intricate that they must have required generations of planning and coordination, not to mention the 100+ years it took to actually create them. Two of the more...

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Aurangabad Restaurants

  • Prashanth

    The food hadn’t been too good at the hotel so I looked for a restaurant with good reviews, not too far from the hotel. Prashanth was mentioned in my guidebook for having great vegetarian dishes. I ordered Malai Kofta, butter nan and water for Rs 98 (June 2010). The Malai Kofta was one of the better ones I had in India and it was prepared with...

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  • Breakfast

    I came to this hotel, (which is located across the road from my hotel - the MTDC Holiday Resort) for breakfast as breakfast was pretty poor where I was staying. I think, I remember there being a buffet service which cost Rs90 but I do remember it being pretty good food.

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  • Interesting decor

    This rather posh looking restaurant was just down the road from where I was staying. The decor inside is rather interesting with walls of clay face-brick, tiled flooring, and a bold collection of Egyptian figures (King Tut's head is displayed on a wall). All of this doesn't fit as the restaurant serves some excellent Indian and Mughlai food such as...

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Aurangabad Transportation

  • Arrive by plane...

    Daily flights to Aurangabad are offered from many Indian cities.Domestc airlines serving Aurangabad include:Air India www.airindia.in Indian Airlines www.indian-airlines.nic.inGo Air (*) www.goair.inIndigo(*) ww.goindigo.inJet Airways/Jet Lite(*) www.jetairways.comKingfisher/Kingfisher Red(*) www.flykingfisher.comSpiceJet(*) www.spicejet.comThe...

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  • Mumbai to Aurangabad

    By Bus: Aurangabad is 388 kms north-east of Mumbai (via Nasik-Manmad and 400 kms via Pune). There are several luxury and state bus services that travel between Mumbai and Aurangabad (and Ajanta/Ellora caves). Luxury Volvo buses cost around Rs 400. They leave from Dadar and Borivali around 10 p.m. and arrive in Aurangabad around 5:30 a.m. By Air:...

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  • Autorickshaws

    As in many Indian cities there are lots of black and yellow autorickshaws in Aurangabad. The autorickshaw is a three wheeled motorised vehicle with room for a few people. I took a few autorickshawrides in Aurangabad and this is what I paid in June 2010:From Hotel Shree Maya to the Bus Stand Rs 20From Kranti Chowk to Bibi-qa-Maqbara Rs 40From...

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Aurangabad Shopping

  • Beautiful Himroo

    Aurangabad is famous for its Himroo shawls and sarees. There is a factory that is on the way back from Daultabad Fortress/Ellora. This is NOT the place we went to. (I think that is the "tourist" place.) We asked our driver and he brought us to a store in Aurangabad. Himroo is an age old art of weaving that originated in Aurangabad. We were shown...

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  • Exquisite Himroo

    This shop has a few artisans who are using original hand looms, weaving this beautiful fabric. Most himroo cloth today is mass-produced by power-looms.It is a blend of silver thread, cotton & silk. We watched the hand- weaving process, the dexterity of the weavers hands was quite something.....so nimble & quick.We were served chai by the owner-no...

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Aurangabad Local Customs

  • The Children of Aurangabad

    Bibi-ka-Maqbara is a popular tourist site for Indians as well as westerners. Equally present at the site are young children on school trips to teach them the glorious history of their hometown. Much like elsewhere in India, these friendly children were most intrigued by the sight of a westerner carrying a camera; in fact, I was probably more...

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  • Slumdog Millionaire

    When the film Slumdog Millionaire was awarded the Best Picture award in February 2009, I happened to be at the Aurangabad airport waiting for my flight to New Delhi. That morning, I had been packing my bag at the hotel and every TV channel was showing the Academy Awards Ceremony and celebrating every Oscar win by the team that made the legendary...

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  • Looms

    When we had finished our tour to the Ellora Caves, we got taken to this silk and cotton clothing factory in the city and shown how they made the clothing using traditional hand-operated looms, one of which came from Keighley in Yorkshire, England. Aurangabad is famous for Mashru and Himroo fabrics made of cotton and silk with the luster of satin....

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Aurangabad Warnings and Dangers

  • Travelling with Infants/Toddlers...

    Indians adore children and you will see (and hear) children all over - at all times - of the day and night. So your children will be welcomed warmly. But if your infant/toddler is new to travelling or is not a good traveller, India may not be the best place to visit. As difficult as India may be for some first time visitors, it will be much more so...

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  • Mischievous Monkeys...

    You will come across monkeys in many places in India - everywhere from temples to forts to jungles. The monkeys in the jungles are not used to interaction with humans and there is less chance they will bother you. The monkeys that have been fed by humans are more likely to become aggressive - especially when they want more food. While the monkeys...

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  • Safety/Police

    1. Within India dial 100 or 108 for police.2. Within India dial 101 or 108 for medical or fire emergency.3. Although it is common in India, do not offer bribes. If anyone asks for a bribe tell them you will report them to the Anit-Corruption Bureau or the nearest police station.4. Always carry your passport with you. Put a sticky note inside with...

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Aurangabad Tourist Traps

  • Crowds at Ajanta

    For some reason I found that the crowds at the Ajanta caves to be more crowded than those at Ellora. This is probably because of the abundance of bus tours as compared to Ellora. I in fact took such a bus tour where as I traveled to Ellora on my own like most tourist. The crowds make it all the more difficult to walk around the complex. This is...

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  • Bib Ka Maqbara

    This curious building in Aurangabad was built as a small copy of the Taj Mahal. If you haven’t seen the “original”, it might seem interesting to visit it, but if you compare, it really seems a bad poor copy.Anyway, it’s got nice gardens around and it can be a nice way to spend the afternoon.

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Aurangabad What to Pack

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    by travelmana Written Jun 4, 2008

    Luggage and bags: Also definitely carry a small fan or newspaper to fan oneself coz it can get a bit hot and humid after a lot of walking and esp inside the caves.
    Also purchasing a book guide before entering the caves is a good idea and also most definitely hire a guide as also no book or any research knowledge can explaing the finer intricacies of the paintings or scultures as a guide with a torch. Guides are available at the entrance and are government approved with standard rates.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Wear light cotton clothing and carry plenty of water in ur ruck sack.

    Photo Equipment: An important tip is to carry a mobile or camera having high resolution and clarity as no photos or video recording having flash is permitted inside the cave.

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Aurangabad Off The Beaten Path

  • Khuldabad

    One of the holiest towns in this part of India, Khuldabad, whose name translates to "Abode of Eternity," is the burial place of some 1500 14th century Sufi Moslem saints. The abundance of domed shrines of these saints earned the town the nickname "Valley of the Saints," which led the pious Aurangzeb, the last great Mughal Emperor, to select it as...

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  • Daulatabad Fort

    A formidable defence structure, the Daulatabad Fort occupies a hill that overlooks the surrounding plains of the Deccan Plateau. Originally called Deogiri under the Yadava dynasty's rule, the Fort fell into the hands of the Delhi Sultanate in 1328. Its conqueror, Mohammed ibn Tughluq, renamed it Daulatabad and made it the capital of the Sultanate,...

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  • Ajanta Caves

    Carved between the 2nd century BC and the 6th century AD, the Ajanta Caves are considered masterpieces of Buddhist art. Much like the nearby Ellora site, Ajanta is a fascinating site on the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites. However, while it does not have a single magnificent temple to boast, such as the Kailasa at Ellora, Ajanta more than...

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Aurangabad Favorites

  • How Much to Tip??

    N/ATipping is fairly common in India with the exception of rickshaw drivers or taxi drivers, unless you hire them for the day (although a few rupees or rounding up the fare is always appreciated). These amounts are meant as a guideline. Tip ONLY in rupees, not any other currency. Check to see if a service charge has already been added to any...

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  • Aurangabad Outskirts & Bougainvillas in...

    Ellora Caves are really the reason that most tourists pass through Aurangabad. The town itself is quite small,and dusty, with few tourist attractions. The better attractions are a way out of the town itself. The scenery just outside the town is really pretty, with bougainvilla dotted everywhere, blazing red in the sunlight. I loved the flowers,...

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  • Entry Ticket

    Dear FriendsThis is for all international tourists who are planning to visit Ajanta/ Ellora caves that the ASI officials have stopped accepting dollars as entry fees to these places. you have to pay compulsorily in indian rupees only (Rs 250 / person)for any other information regarding visiting these places please feel free to mail me at...

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