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View all photosAurangabad 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 also a popular 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 on tour package in Aurangabad.
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by Jayati on Feb 15, 2010
Shani Shingnapur village near Shirdi is a very interesting place - all houses and buildings here are without any doors. The residents are devotee of Shani God and believes that he protects them.
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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.
Travel within city
Buses are a predominant mode of transport within the city of Aurangabad. Aurangabad Municipal Transport buses and Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation provide buses for tourists for sightseeing purposes in and around Aurangabad. Bus fares are very minimal and charges range around Rs 10 to 50.
Auto rickshaws in Aurangabad are metered, and the rates hover around Rs 5 per kilometer. The metered auto rickshaws have a minimum charge of Rs 10 and night charges are one and a half times the original charge.
Air conditioned chauffeur driven taxis are also available and these will also be available for minimal charges of around Rs 7-10 per kilometer. This is one of the safest modes of transport. Non air conditioned taxis and cabs will also be available.
You can also rent out two wheelers and four wheelers from car agencies for charges ranging around Rs 350 to 1500 per day. You can opt for such cabs in order to go for luxurious modes of transport.
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