Maharashtra has many places which are so popular in India. People have number of options when it comes to tourist places in Maharashtra. Monuments, caves, wildlife, hill stations, beaches and the list in Maharashtra tourism goes a long way.
The architecture of Mughal era and various gateways, also gives the name 'the City of Gates'. There are many tourist places in Aurangabad which are worth a visit.
These monuments tell historic tales of this ancient city and depicts the richness of India art during those times.
Hence, a tour around Aurangabad is a must which will give you a different experience!
Gates in Aurangabad
Aurangabad is famous as the 'City of Gates' and it does have many gateways built during olden times. At one point there were 52 gates but now only 13 gates are surviving.
Bhadkal Gate is the oldest and largest among the gates of Aurangabad. Built in 1612, it is India's first column structure building.
The Delhi gate, the Jalna Gate, the Paithan Gate and the Mecca Gate are the 4 main entrances. The Khizri, the Khadgar, the Mada, and so on are the subordinate gates.
Photo Courtesy: Nefirious
Bibi Ka Maqbara
Bibi Ka Maqbara is tomb built by Azam Shah , son of Aurangzeb, in the memory of his mother Dilras Banu Begum.
Bibi Ka Maqbara looks similar Taj Mahal and hence it is called as 'Dakkhani Taj' ( Taj of the Deccan). This is one of the main and biggest monuments in Aurangabad.
Photo Courtesy: Ghumakkar Punit
The famous Ajanta Caves are Buddhist rock-cut monuments of 2nd century BC. The caves have the paintings and sculptures belonging to the genre of Buddhist religious art.
Today, Ajanta Caves are a World Heritage Site and a popular tourist place in Aurangabad.
Photo Courtesy: Marcin Białek
Jayakwadi Dam is one of the main irrigation projects in Maharashtra. This dam provides water for Aurangabad and Jalna district.
Along with Jayakwadi Dam, there is also a bird sanctuary and a garden. It is one of the must visit places in Aurangabad.
Photo Courtesy: IXU79
Salim Ali Lake
Originally, Khizri Talab, is renamed after the great Naturalist and Ornithologist 'Salim Ali'. The lake situated near the Delhi gate in Aurangabad is a popular attraction.
Salim Ali Lake also has a small bird sanctuary and especially during winter it gets migratory birds. This place is good for a pleasant time in the city.
Photo Courtesy: Niks887
Himayat Baugh was a Mughal garden belonging to 17th century. Now it is converted into the Fruit Research Station and Nursery.
A walk around this beautiful garden is surely refreshing and will fit in as a tourist attraction.
Photo Courtesy: IXU79
Ellora Caves was built by Rashtrakuta dynasty and is located to the west of Aurangabad. This World Heritage Site has Buddhist, Hindu and Jain influences.
Ellora Caves are one of the main rock-cut temples in India. The art and architecture of the caves are worth a visit.
Photo Courtesy: Y.Shishido
Panchakki is a water storage tank belonging to the medieval Indian architecture. It is also known as Water Mill and is considered as a monument.
Panchakki is attached to Baba Shah Musafir dargah and displays the ancient scientific water storage system
Photo Courtesy: Arun Sagar
Ghrishneshwar Jyotirlinga Temple
Ghrishneshwar Jyotirlinga Temple is believed to be the last of 12 Jyotirlinga's in the world. It is a Shiva temple located in a village called Verul in Aurangabad.
The temple is near to Daulatabad town and Ajanta Caves. It is one of the famous temples in Aurangabad.
Photo Courtesy: Rashmi.parab
Aurangabad Caves are yet another rock-cut monuments belonging to the 6th -7th century. The paintings and the architecture of the caves is depict rich Indian art.
Some researchers also believe that, Aurangabad caves are overshadowed by Ajanta and Ellora caves.
Today, protected under ASI, Aurangabad caves are also a tourist place in Aurangabad.
Photo Courtesy: Chtototakoe