Location: Aurangabad District
Aurangabad the only tourist district of India having two-world heritage monuments to its credit. Moreover, it is hoped that there will be a good addition of two more in near future. Barring these heritage monuments of Ajanta, Ellora, Daulatabad and Bibi-Ka-Maqbara the district is rich in monuments, historical and religious, of National importance. Hence, it deserves the epithet as Tourist District of India. Realizing its International Status the erstwhile central Minister for Tourism and Culture rightly praised the tremendous tourism potentiality of this district in one of the International Press- Met. (Mayami U.S.A. Press Meet.).
By and large, the Foreign tourists visit India to see the beauty of “Taj” Adhi the dream in marble, to experience the world of Lord-Budha and to speak to the colors sculptures of Ellora- Ajanta and Ellora are the creations of the dedicated artists of the by-gone days of this region. Besides the groups of the heritage caves, there are a large number of caves of exquisite beauty at Pitalkhora, the earliest rock-cut-temples of Western India, at Ghototkacha in the panoramic gorge of Jajla hills and at Aurangabad the sculptural beauty of which is unmatched, on the periphery of the city itself. Besides these cave temples the district is handsomely adorned other heritage objects such as, the ancient city of Pratisthan ( Paithan) famous for exuberant Paithani sarees, the abode and saint Eknath and also known for the wood-work of the Peshwa period, Elopur the house of Ghrushneswara one of the twelve Jyotirlingas of India and also the “Gandhi” of the Bhosales, the ancestors of Chhatrapati the architect of Hindavi Rajya, the impregnable fort of Devgiri- Daulatabad, Khultabad the seat of the Sufis and the Roza of the Aurangzeb in the midst his close relatives and preceptor. Besides these, there is a large number of historical Manora and mansions, tombs and maqbaras, Hammamas and gardens, temples and monasteries. Prominent among them are Bibi-ka-Maqbara, the tomb of Rabia-Ud Baurchi alias Dilres-Banu- Begam the wife of Aurangzeb also known as Mini Taj, Soneri-Mahal, the Haveli constructed by Pahadsing a noble of Orchha, Navkhanda palace, erected by Malik Ambar the prime-minister of Nizamshahi of Ahmednagar who enhanced the status of the city from Khadki a small hamlet to Fateh-Nagar the then capital of Nizamshahi Kingdom, Kile Arq the palace of Aurangzeb, the 52 towering gates interspersed in the fortification wall of the city mainly constructed by Aurangzeb during his over-stay in the Deccan, Pan-Chakki, the water-mill constructed by a Sufi-saint a marvel Feet in hydrology.
In Aurangabad district, the rainy season runs from June to September. Winter is from approximately October to February and summer from March to May. The average rainfall of Aurangabad district is 734 mm, and the temperature range is about 6–46 degree Celsius.
• Mumbai – Aurangabad
• Hyderabad – Aurangabad
• Nagpur – Aurangabad
• Pune – Aurangabad (approximately 4.5 hours journey time)
The Manmad-Kachiguda Railway Station Broad gauge railway line which emanates from the Mumbai-Bhusawal-Howrah trunk route at Manmad is an important artery of traffic in Aurangabad district.
• Mumbai – Aurangabad
• Hyderabad – Nanded – Aurangabad
• Secunderabad – Bangalore – Parbhani – Aurangabad
• Delhi – Aurangabad – Delhi
• Nagpur – Aurangabad – Nagpur
• Mumbai-Aurangabad – Mumbai – Janshatabdi Express – daily service – up and down
• Nandigram Express – via – Aurangabad to Mumbai – daily service
• Devgiri Express – via – Aurangabad to Mumbai – daily service
• Tapovan Express – daily service
Aurangabad Airport has flights to Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad-Tirupati & also to Jaipur.
Place of Interests
Grishneshwar Jyotirlinga Temple, Bibi Ka Maqbara, Bhadra Maruti, Aurangabad Caves, Panchakki (Water Mill), Jayakwadi Dam, Grishneshwar Jyotirlinga Temple, Bhadra Maruti, Alamgir Dargah, Valley of the Sufi Saints…….