Aurangabad, the Tourism Capital of Maharashtra, is also known as the City of Gates. Renamed in the name of Aurangzeb, the last powerful ruler of the Mughal dynasty in India, a drive through the city takes you to some of the monuments that add to the rich history of the city.
Such is the lure of the historical monuments here, that the curious traveller cannot help but be seduced by the charm and beauty of this medieval city.
Let's see what makes Aurangabad one of the most sought-after tourist destinations in Maharashtra.
Bibi ka Maqbara
Bibi ka Maqbara is also known as the 'Mini Taj of the Deccan' for its similarity to Taj Mahal in Agra. Standing amidst a beautiful Mughal garden, the structure is the burial place of Aurangazeb's wife, Rabia-ud-Durrani. Though the idea was to construct a replica of Taj Mahal, the architecture of Bibi ka Maqbara is nowhere close to it.
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The name is derived from a mill that was used to grind grains for the pilgrims. This water mill was designed to generate energy from a spring. Here is something more about Panchakki.
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Salim Ali Lake and Bird Sanctuary
Salim Ali Lake, popularly known as Salim Ali Talab is located opposite to Himayat Bagh, close to the Delhi Gate. It has boating facilities for the tourists and the lake is visibly full during monsoon and winters.
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Khuldabad is a pilgrimage centre in Aurangabad. It is called as the Valley of Saints as it is the abode of two of the most worshipped Muhammaden saints. These tombs are visited by worshippers and tourists alike.
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Daulatabad is located around 16 km from Aurangabad. Translated as the City of Prosperity, Daulatabad was once the capital of Tughlaq dynasty. Today the city is abandoned and it has come close to a village with the human presence felt only with the tourists who visit the place to visit the Daulatabad fort and the abandoned city.
Ajanta & Ellora Caves
The Ajanta and Ellora Caves are also not too far from Aurangabad. Here's a detailed guide to plan your trip to the caves.