Aurangabad is known for some of the finest colleges and university in Maharashtra. And it is the fastest growing industrial town in India. But the charm and glory of its long past has not been lost. And its heritage is rich and varied – the result of the artistic and cultural influences of several dynasties since its first Stone Age inhabitants. Malik Ambar, the Prime Minister of Murtaza Nizam Shah II, founded the city of Aurangabad in 1610 A.D, on the site of a village, Khirki.
When Fateh Khan, Malik Ambar’s son succeeded the throne in 1626, he named the city ‘Fatehpur’. In 1653, when Aurangzeb became the Viceroy of the Deccan, he made it his capital, and renamed it Aurangabad. Maurya rule heralded the advent of Buddhism in the state of Maharashtra. Aurangabad is northern Maharashtra’s largest city though it is remarkably uncrowded and quiet except for the occasional politicalrally. The earliest caves at Ajanta and Pithalkora were excavated in the 2nd century BC, during the Satvahana era. Paithan, then known as Pratishthana, was an important trade centre at the time.
Aurangabad has a number of attractions and could easily stand on its own were it not overshadowed by the famous EIlora and Ajanta caves nearby. The city is named after Aurangzeb.
|AURANGABAD FACTS AND FIGURES|
|Area||10,107 sq. km|
|Temperature||Summer : Max 39ºC, Min 21.5ºC.|
|Winter : Max 31.3ºC, Min 10ºC|
|Language||English, Marathi, Hindi and Urdu|
|Rainfall||557 m average yearly|
|Best Time to Visit||November-February|
|AURANGABAD TOURIST ATTRACTIONS|
|Aurangabad Caves||Bibi ka Maqbara||Ghrishneshwar Temple|
|Rauza||Daulatabad||Ellora Caves||Ajanta Caves|
|Lonar||Sayeed Burhan ud-din Dargah|
AURANGABAD TRAVEL INFO
By Air – Aurangabad is connected by Indian Airlines flights with Bombay, Delhi, Jaipur and Udiapur.
By Rail – Aurangabad is on Manmad-Kachiguda section of South Central Railway, Mumbai – Manmad – Aurangabad: 375 kms. ad.
By Road – Aurangabad is directly connected by rail with Bombay, Manmad and Nasik Road.