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Aurangabad City

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Facts at a Glance

Country: India
Location: Central part of Maharashtra
Population: 1,171,330
Area: 300 km2
Languages: Marathi, Hindi, Urdu
Known as: City of Gates
Nearby Cities: Nashik, Ahmednagar

Aurangabad is one of the major cities located in the central part of Maharashtra state. With long history, Aurangabad city is a fast growing city. The city is not only the centre of various economic activities in the state but also has various tourists’ attractions. Interestingly, the city name is given after the name of the great Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb and the meaning of word Aurangabad is ‘Built by the Throne.’

The city has various significant industries including silk and cotton textile. The locally popular as Himroo Textile is a high quality textile which is manufactured by mixing silk and locally grown cotton. In addition, the Paithani silk saris are very much popular across the country.

Aurangabad Tourism

Interestingly, the city has many points of attraction for the tourists including three UNESCO World Heritage Sites; namely Ajanta Caves, Ellora Caves (located nearby Aurangabad) and Bibi Ka Maqbara. Thousands of Tourists not only from various part of India but from various countries of the world visit this city to know about the Ajanta and Ellora Caves every year.

The important tourists’ attractions in Aurangabad are:

• Bibi Ka Maqbara: it is the famous burial place of Rabia-ud-Durrani; she was the wife of the great Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb. The architecture of the structure is similar to Taj Mahal; because of this reason, it is also said as the mini Taj of Deccan. Interestingly, there are many other attractions in the Maqbara premises such as archaeological museum, garden, pond, water channel, etc.

• Aurangabad Caves: about 3 AD old, it is 12 Buddhist caves; you can enjoy here various picturesque landscapes.

• Gates in Aurangabad: it is surprising to share that there are 52’ gates built in the city premises in the past with unique features. This is the reason that it is also popular as 'City of Gates'.

• Panchakki (Water Mill): it is 17th century water mill more popular as water channel. It also fascinates tourists.

Other attractions in the city are:

• Quila-E-Ark
• Kali Masjid, Jumma Masjid
• Shahganj Masjid
• Chowk Masjid
• Salim Ali Lake & Bird Sanctuary

How to Reach??

By Road: The city is well connected with many cities of state Maharashtra and other neighbouring states by roads. National Highway 211 connects the city with Dhule and Solapur. The new expressway Nagpur-Aurangabad-Mumbai Express is the major roadways that connect the major cities.

By Rail: Aurangabad is the major railway station from where dozens of trains run and connect with many major and minor cities of India. Aurangabad is directly connected with Mumbai, Delhi, Hyderabad and many other cities.

By Air: Aurangabad has domestic airport that connects with the cities Delhi, Udaipur, Mumbai, Nagpur, Pune, Jaipur, Hyderabad etc.