The rapidly growing city of Aurangabad, more famously known as the ‘Tourism Capital’ of Maharashtra stands today as the gateway to world heritage sites like the Ajanta and Ellora Caves as well as mausoleums such as Bibi ka Maqbara. The city name translates to ‘Built by the Throne’ and is named after Mughal ruler, Aurangzeb, who at one time had conquered a large part of the country.
Throughout time, Aurangabad has been a major silk and cotton textile production centre with the famous, Paithani silk sarees originating from here. Industry aside, the city is famous for its 52 gates. It is these very gates that gave Aurangabad the name of ‘City of Gates’. There are multiple tourist attractions in the city apart from the Buddhist caves dating back to 3 A.D., there are mosques, a lake named after bird watcher, Salim Ali and a bird sanctuary.
Aurangabadi food is much like Mughlai or Hyderabadi cuisine with its fragrant pulao and Biryani. Meat cooked in fresh spices and herbs is a speciality, as are the delectable sweets. The local cuisine is a blend of Mughlai and Hyderabadi cuisine, with an influence of the spices and herbs of the Marathwada region.
At the end of every Aurangabad visit, one mustn’t forget to take back Mashroo and Himru fabrics that are made out of an age old weaving craft and is unique to that place.
- We are back home from our trip to India…what an adventure! It is not an easy country in which to travel, but your detailed plan made the trip relaxing and very interesting. From Delhi to Aurangabad everyone associated with Indebo was great. Lilly and Monika in Delhi were always available to address any concerns or questions we had. We were fortunate to have excellent guides who were punctual, courteous and very knowledgeable – Alice Martin, USA
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