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Aurangabad is steeped in history. Home to the UNESCO World-Heritage-listed Ajanta and Ellora caves, this quiet town rose to prominence when Emperor Aurangzeb made it his capital. His legacy stands proud in the architectural heritage that has lasted centuries, making Aurangabad a wonder to explore.

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Aurangabad Caves
Open :9:00 AM-5:00 PM
The Aurangabad Caves are the city’s unsung heroes. Carved into the hillside near Bibi ka Maqbara, most of these twelve caves are viharas – dwellings for Buddhist monks. They are believed to have been created between the 2nd and 6th centuries AD, and are protected by the Archaeological Survey of India.
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Stroll Through History
Open :8:00 AM-7:00 PM
Take a walk through the tranquil Bani Begum Bagh, created by the powerful Mughal ruler Aurangazeb’s grandson in memory of his consort Bani Begum. Her elegant tomb lies in the centre of a beautifully-landscaped garden dotted with pretty fountains and Mughal-style domes and pillars.
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Ellora Caves
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The highlight of the famous complex of caves is undoubtedly Cave 16’s Kailasa Temple, the largest monolithic cave monument in the world. The Ellora Caves hold within them seventeen Hindu, twelve Buddhist and five Jain temples and monasteries, all carved from a 2km-long escarpment.
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Bibi Ka Maqbara
Open :8:00 AM-8:00 PM
Modelled on the magnificent Taj Mahal, this tomb was built by Aurangzeb’s son Azam Shah in 1649 for his mother Rabia-ul-Duarani. The Mughal architecture is worth marvelling at, and the surrounding gardens and waterways offer opportunities for quietude.
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Offer A Prayer
Open :5:00 AM-8:00 PM
Pay your respects at Grishneshwar Temple, one of the twelve jyotirlingas at which a radiant symbol of Lord Shiva resides. Made of red basalt rock, the detailed carvings that adorn this temple are a sight to behold. It is believed that Ahilyabai Holkar, the queen of Indore, restored the temple.
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Bring Back A Paithani
Open :9:30 AM-9:00 PM
Treat yourself to beautiful Paithani saris, which are part of a centuries-old tradition. It takes over a month to create the most basic designs, which are intricately woven in rich colours. The Paithani Silk Weaving Centre gives you the unique chance to watch weavers work their magic before buying one of the beautiful pieces.
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Peek into the past at Bani Begum Baag
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Open :9:00 am-6:00 pm
Aurangazeb’s grandson built this splendid garden to honour his consort Bani Begum. Walk around the garden to find relics of the Mughal era scattered all over this green space, which is also home to her final resting place. Explore the tomb to admire the delicate jali (screen) work within.
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Discover Daulatabad Fort
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Open :8:00 am-6:00 pm
Trek up Daulatabad Fort and it is easy to see why it is regarded as one of the mightiest edifices. Moats, artificial slopes and high walls once prevented enemies from penetrating the fort. Look up at the gateway and find three openings above for artillery.
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Wander through Bibi ka Maqbara
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Open :8:00 am-8:00 pm
Wander through this splendid mausoleum built for Banu Begum, wife of Mughal emperor Aurangzeb. Run your hands along walls made of marble, brought specially from Jaipur, and gaze up at the stunning dome. Also visit the mosque, a structure which was added later, sited to the west of the tomb.
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Conquer A Fort
Open :9:00 AM-6:00 PM
The imposing Daulatabad Fort, perched atop a hill, is reputedly one of the few forts still standing that holds the distinction of remaining undefeated in battle. Make an early start and hike to the fort, accessible via a bridge so narrow only two people can walk side by side on it.
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Pay your respects at Ghrishneshwar Temple
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Open :5:30 am-7:30 pm
Stroll over to the Ghrishneshwar Temple next door to admire magnificent local architecture. Gaze up at the carved five-tiered superstructure, the temple’s most distinctive feature and step into the tranquil sanctum to admire incredible sculptures.
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Explore Ellora Caves
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Open :6:00 am-6:00 pm
Known locally as Verul Leni, the Ellora Caves are a volcanic basalt formation. Explore the thirty-four caves of the hundred that are present in the hills, and admire ancient inscriptions and carvings of divine beings within. Cave numbers 10, 16, 21, 32 and 34, are the most detailed and must be visited.
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Pick up a Paithani
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Open :9:30 am-9:00 pm
Named after Paithan, where they are woven, these saris make for beautiful reminders of your visit to this city. The age-old tradition of intricate weaving lives on in the form of this garment, which can be bought in stores like Paithani Silk Weaving Centre.
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