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Aurangabad Tour

PROGRAMME:
Day 01: Arrive at Aurangabad, Transfer to Hotel.
Day 02: Full day excursion to Ajanta Caves. Night halt at the hotel.
Day 03: Full day excursion tour of City, Daulatabad fort, & Ellora caves. Night halt at hotel
Day 04: Departure from Aurangabad.

Introduction:

Aurangabad named after Aurangzeb, the Mughal Emperor, is a city in Maharashtra. Aurangabad means ‘Built by the Throne’. Being a tourist hub, the city has many historical monuments of great importance. The monuments of Ajanta and Ellora shows the cultural heritage and is declared as World heritage site by UNESCO.

In the year 1681, Aurangzeb became the Mughal Emperor and he used Aurangabad as the base for his campaigns. He died in 1707 and his tomb is located at Khultabad a small town near the city of Aurangabad which is a tourist spot of the state.

Many beautiful Mughal monuments can be seen in Aurangabad. The most famous being the 'Bibi-ka-Maqbara' resembling the Taj Mahal. This monument is Aurangazeb's wife’s burial chamber. Behind this monument is a small archaeological museum also of tourist interest.

There is plentiful evidence to conceive that Aurangabad was formulated as a merchandising hub about four centuries ago. It is because of the fact that the city lies on a major trade route that connects India's sea and land ports to the Deccan area which is known as the ‘Silk Route’.

Aurangabad which is popular for its woven Himroo shawls, Mashru and Kimkhab weaves and is also a good shopping place for the tourists. Women visiting the city are tempted of its fantastic Paithani sarees and semi precious stones jewellery. Bidri, a metal object decorated with Indian art and made of iron, copper and other metals, is also a famous product of the city. The object is very beautiful and can be found only in this state.

History:

Aurangabad, the gateway to Ajanta and Ellora, holds a significant place in the Buddhism. Not much of Aurangabad’s ancient history is known except that it was founded by Malik Ambar in the year 1610 A.D. Malik Ambar, the prime minister of Murtaza Nizam Shah of Ahmadnagar discovered the city during his visit to Kharki village.

The King expanded the Kharki village and included Aurangabad in its domain. Malik Ambar’s son succeeded his father’s throne and transformed the name from Kharki to Fatehnagar. However, after the appointment of Aurangzeb as the Viceroy of Deccan in 1633, he made the city his capital and renamed it as the present day Aurangabad. The city was also referred as Khujista Bunyad during the rule of Aurangzeb.

The city of Aurangzeb deserves a special mention in the war of 1857 as it was the active ground of the British. It was the city of Aurangabad that the British moved their first cavalry to relieve their 3rd cavalry at Malegaon. It was here that the first rebellion against the British started.

Aurangabad was declared as part of Maharashtra in the year 1956.

Facts:

State: Maharashtra
District: Aurangabad
Famous for/as: Heritage
Languages: Marathi, Hindi, English
Best Season: Oct - Mar
Weather: Summer 22-45°C, Winter 12-30°C
Altitude: 582 m
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