Aurangabad is called the ‘city of gates’ for its innumerable gates made of stone across the city. Some of the gates in and around the city are Barapulla Gate, Bhadkal Darwaza, Delhi Gate, Naubat Gate, Buland Darwaza and Paithan Gate.

Aurangabad is located in the Aurangabad district of the state of Maharashtra. Aurangabad is rated as Maharashtra’s most important tourism destination due to its proximity to the world famous Ajanta and Ellora caves.

Aurangabad, named after Emperor Aurangzeb and means ‘built by the throne’, has a lot of sightseeing options. Aurangabad retains a lot of historical relics including monuments, stoned gates, and carved caves.

Bibi-qa-maqbara, one of the main places to visit in Aurangabad, was built by Aurangzeb for his wife and is popularly known as the poor man’s Taj for its uncanny resemblance to Taj Mahal.

Daulatabad fortress built on a hilltop, about 13 km from Aurangabad, is in ruins but is one of the places to visit in Aurangabad. One can enjoy the magnificent views from the top. The fort is surrounded by 5 km of sturdy walls and a bastion is found at the top. A cannon which has Aurangazeb’s name engraved is found at the top.

Panchakki is a 17th century water mill that has underground water channels travelling through the mountains.

The Ajanta and Ellora caves, UNESCO World Heritage Sites, are the places to visit in Aurangabad.

Ellora caves, about 30 km from Aurangabad, have a collection of 34 caves carved into the rocky mountain sides. These caves were built by monks from different religions, Hindu, Buddhist and Jain. These caves were carved by monks over five centuries. A 2 km long rock face has detailed sculptures with courtyards in front.

Ajanta caves are situated about 105 km northeast of Aurangabad, and date from around 200 BC. Around 30 caves are cut into a horse shoe shaped rock and have mostly Buddhist sculptures. Ajanta caves are also known for the paintings or frescoes.

Aurangabad has also its share of caves called the Aurangabad caves.

Around 50,000 years ago a meteorite slammed into the earth leaving a massive crater called the Lonar crater which is 2 km wide and about 170 m deep. A shallow lake has been formed at the base.

Aurangabad Airport is the nearest airport and has connecting flights to all major cities.

Aurangabad railway station is located on the Secunderabad-Manmad route and has rail connectivity with Mumbai, Delhi, Hyderabad and other major cities.

Aurangabad is well connected by roads with various major cities of Maharashtra and other states. Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation (MSRTC) and numerous other private bus operators provide bus service connecting the city to all parts of the state.

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