Auranabad, The city of Aurangabad
was founded by Malik Ambar, the Prime Minister of Murtaza
Nizam Shah II, in 1610, 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. A region that has been inhabited
since the Stone Ages, Aurangabad has seen several dynasties
come and go, absorbing the culture of each into itself.
Aurangabad Caves, Just outside the city, lie the Aurangabad
caves, excavated between the 2nd and 6th century AD. Tantric
influences can be discerned in their architecture and iconography.There
are twelve caves in all, a major chunk of which are viharas,
of which Caves 3 and 7, are the most fascinating.
Bibi - Ka - Maqbara, The Bibi - Ka - Maqbara was built in
1679, by Aurangzeb's son, as a tribute to his mother Begum
Rabia Durani. A replica of the Taj Mahal, this monument is
the only specimen of Mughal architecture of its kind, in the
Pan Chakki, Dating back to the 17th century, this ingenious
watermill, that takes its name from the mill, which used to
grind grain for the pilgrims, was designed to generate energy
via water, brought down from a spring on a mountain, located
Access by Air:
The Aurangabad airport is 10 kms from the city, and links
the city directly to Delhi, Jaipur, Udaipur and Mumbai.
Access by Rail:
By rail Aurangabad is directly linked to Pune and Mumbai.
Jalgaon, a railhead on the Central Railway line, is only 59
kms from Ajanta (30 kms).
Access by Road:
State Transport buses run from Mumbai, Pune, Ahmednagar, Jalgaon,
Shirdi, Nasik and Dhule to Aurangabad, and from Aurangabad
to Jalgaon. Maharashtra Tourist Development Corporation (M
T D C) operates a bus service, and conducts luxury - coach
- tours from Mumbai to Aurangabad.
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