Aurangabad city serves as the headquarters of the district of the same name. Located on the right bank of the Kham River, the city is visited by a large number of tourists every year. One of the major attractions of Aurangabad is that it serves as the gateway to the exotic caves of Ajanta and Ellora, two of the World Heritage Sites in Maharashtra. Apart from that, there are a number of other tourist places near the city that make excellent excursions from it. These excursion places, combined with the attractions of the Aurangabad city itself, make it so popular amongst visitors. Given below is information on the major excursions from Aurangabad.
Daulatabad Fort is a magnificent fort situated in Maharashtra, at a
distance of around 13 km from the Aurangabad city. It forms a part of
the Daulatabad city, which was earlier known as 'Devigiri'. The fort,
perched at a height of approximately 60 ft, dates back to the 12th
Ghrishneshwar Temple is a very revered temple, situated in the state of
Maharashtra. It lies very near to the Buddhist caves of Ellora, only
half a kilometer away, and serves as the abode of one of the 12
Jyotirlingas in India dedicated to Lord Shiva.
Ajanta Caves are one of the most magnificent Buddhist caves in the
whole of India. They are situated at a distance of approximately 100 km
from Aurangabad and 40 km from Jalgaon. Counted amongst the UNESCO World
Heritage Sites in Maharashtra
Ellora Caves are situated in Maharashtra, at a distance of
approximately 30 km from the city of Aurangabad. Founded in the period
between 5th century and 10th century AD, these caves were declared as
one of the World Heritage Sites by UNESCO, a number of years back.
The holy village of Khuldabad, meaning the Abode of Eternity, houses
the tomb of Aurangzeb, the last Mughal Emperor. A simple structure, it
serves as a reminder of the frugal life led by the great ruler. It was
constructed, as per his instructions, with the few rupees he had earned
by stitching cloth caps.
Situated at a distance of almost 122 km from Aurangabad, Lonar forms
the site of one of the world's 5 largest craters, with its diameter
being nearly 1.75 km, and depth being nearly 132 m. It was formed nearly
50,000 years ago, by the impact of a meteorite. One can find a beautiful
lake at its base, which was formed over thousands of years, by the
perennial streams flowing into the crater. This lake has become a
preferred retreat for birds like flamingoes, moorhen, coot, peacocks and
dabchicks. A number of temples, with exquisite carvings and built around
12th-13th century, can be found on the embankment of the lake.
Shani Shignapur is a village, situated 68 km from Aurangabad. It is
famous for housing a splendid temple, dedicated to Shani Dev. One of the
remarkable features of the village is that in it, none of the houses
have locks and it hasn't witnessed a single theft till date. The
villagers say the houses are protected by Shani Dev himself.
Pariyon ka Talab
Pariyon ka Talab, meaning the 'Lake of Fairies', lies around 60 km from
Aurangabad. Situated on the banks of the lake is a beautiful temple,
dedicated to Lord Shiva.
Paithan is an ancient city, located 56 km away from Aurangabad. It has
been constructed on the embankment of Godavari River and is known for
its beautiful 'Paithanis' - silk sarees woven with elaborate zari
borders. One of the major attractions of the city is Jayakwadi Dam,
which comprises of a garden and dancing fountains in its complex.
Pithalkora is nothing but, a group of 13 cave sanctuaries. Located on
the ancient trade route, these sanctuaries have been found to dates back
to as far back as the 2nd century BC.