Aurangabad

Aurangabad is a city in Maharashtra state, in India. It’s known for the 17th-century marble Bibi ka Maqbara shrine, styled on the Taj Mahal. The nearby Shivaji Maharaj Museum, dedicated to the Maratha king Shivaji, displays war weapons and a coin collection. North of the city, the Aurangabad Caves comprise ancient, rock-cut Buddhist shrines. West of the city, battlements surround the medieval Daulatabad Fort.

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One among the many tourist spots is the famous Ajanta and Ellora Caves. The mere mention of the Ajanta and Ellora Caves makes one think of the glorious history of the state of Maharashtra. The Caves are renowned all over the world for the art and skill of Indian Craftsmen and simply for their extraordinary appeal to visitors. Without a doubt, these Caves stand as an epitome of phenomenal cave architecture in India that existed in ancient times. The Ajanta Caves are located at a distance of about 166 kms from the main city of Aurangabad, whereas, the Ellora Caves are situated at a distance o...

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Aurangabad Caves
9 kms from Aurangabad city limits
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The Aurangabad Caves are a group of twelve rock-cut Buddhist shrines developed between the 6th and 8th century. It is situated at a distance of around 9 kms from the city of Aurangabad. The caves are located on a hill running roughly east to west. The caves are dedicated to Buddha. These were dug out of soft basalt rock. These are said to be a missing link between Ajanta and Ellora caves and are described as "Sensitive remaking of life situated in time and space span"

The twelve Aurangabad Caves run for about 2 km. The caves are divided into three groups depending on their locati...

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Bani Begum Garden, Aurangabad
24 kms from Aurangabad city limits
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Bani Begum Garden, is a garden location at a distance of 24 kms from Aurangabad.

Bani Begum Garden is this astonishingly beautiful garden with fountains, fluted pillars and massive domes. The garden is rather lush green site celebrating Mughal architecture and owes its name to Aurangzeb's son's wife, Bani Begum.

Bani Begum Garden can be visited during timings 8:00 AM -7:00 PM on all days of the week. Visitors usually spend around 1 to 2 hours to explore the place. ...

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Bhadra Maruti located at Khuldabad, 28. 5 kms from Aurangabad, is a prominent temple near the city.

Bhadra Maruti Temple is located in Khuldabad close to Aurangabad in Maharashtra. Bhadra Maruti Temple is dedicated to Lord Hanuman and is just 4 Km away from the well-known attraction of Ellora Caves. An interesting fact about the temple is that the statue of Lord Hanuman is in a reclining position. It is among the three temples where Lord Hanuman can be seen in a resting position. Bhadra Maruti Temple is well-known in the area and attracts several devotees in large numbers during th...

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Famous for its astonishing resemblance to the Taj Mahal, Bibi ka Maqbara (meaning “Tomb of the Lady”) is the main attraction of the Aurangabad city. It was commissioned by Aurangzeb's son, Prince Azam Shah, in the memory of his mother, Dilras Banu Begam, also known as Rabia-ud-Daurani. It is located at a distance of around 4. 3 kms away from the city centre. Even though the construction is very similar to the famous Taj Mahal, somehow it fails to reproduce the magic of Taj. Hence, it is called as poor imitation of Taj Mahal.

Bibi ka Maqbara is a symbol of Mughal architecture...

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Chand Minar, Daulatabad
17.6 kms from Aurangabad city limits
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Chand Minar, Daulatabad is a historic monument located at a distance of 17. 6 kms from Aurangabad.

Just 15 km from the northwest of Aurangabad lies the region of Daulatabad. The place roughly translated as ‘Abode of wealth’ was given to it by Muhammad-bin-Tughluq In 1327 AD. Built in 1435 by Ala-ud-din Bahmani, long after tugluq announced the place as capital, the place with its stunning minarets and Turkish style architecture became a prominent example of Islamic art in the state. Chand Minar is one of the most frequented creations of those times. The building is not only beautifu...

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Chini Mahal, Aurangabad
17 kms from Aurangabad city limits
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Chini Mahal, also known as China Palace, having attributed the name to its once existing in plenty, irradiant blue and white Chinese tiles, is a prison citadel located in Daulatabad Fort Complex, Aurangabad. Once an epitome of fine artistry in all its glory, built by the Mughal emperor Aurangzeb, Chini Mahal now lay standing in its lost eminence, on the Ellora-Aurangabad route at a distance of 17 kms from the Aurangabad city centre.

Chini Mahal is a 17th century built monument, an example of a splendid workmanship, which takes us to the atrocious era of Aurangzeb's reign- the si...

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Connaught Gardens, Aurangabad
Within Aurangabad city limits
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The Connaught Garden, which is more popularly known as the Maharana Pratap Udhyan is quite a visual treat. It is located at a distance of around 2. 5km away from Aurangabad city center and can be reached by public or private transport.

Connaught Garden can be a great choice for a relaxing weekend with its soothing environs and the general sense of tranquility you feel there. Across from it, you can find myriad shops, eateries, showrooms, hotels, boutiques and almost everything else. It seems like there's nothing that you won't get here in this tiny but flourishing place. The Connaugh...

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Daulatabad Fort
15 kms from Aurangabad city limits
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The Daulatabad Fort is located at a distance of 15 kms from the Aurangabad city centre. It was constructed in 12th century and is often referred to as ‘Seven Wonders of Maharashtra’. It was built by Raja Bhillamraj and was once known as ‘Devgiri’. The name Daulatabad (meaning ‘city of fortune’) was given by Muhamad Tughlaq, Sultan of Delhi.

The first owner of the fort was Muhamad Bin Tughlaq. Daulatabad Fort is at a height, providing a scenic view to the visitors. Built on a 200 m high conical hill, it was said to be the most powerful fortress of the medieval period....

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Delhi Gate, Aurangabad
Within Aurangabad city limits
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Aurangabad is popularly known as the 'City of Gates' and the Delhi Gate is one of the largest ones. It was built by Aurangzeb during the 1600s and is situated around 4 kms away from the main city of Aurangabad.

To avert any attempted invasion by the Marathas, Aurangzeb built a wall that was punctured with thirteen gateways. The Delhi Gate was one of the most principal ones and was also the most regal and imposing gate amongst them. The gate encloses an arcaded passage and is flanked on both sides by semi-octagonal towers that are crowned by ornately carved dome-shaped pavilions. Batt...

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Goga Baba Hill, Aurangabad
9 kms from Aurangabad city limits
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Located in Kanchanwadi, about 9 kms away from the city centre, this spot promises breath taking views of the city of Aurangabad from its summit. In its vicinity lies Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathawada University. Atop the hill, apart from mesmerising views, there is a small temple dedicated to Goga baba. The Devgiri Fort, Hanuman Tekadi, Bibi Ka Maqbara and Aurangabad caves are all visible for an all inclusive panoramic photograph. The world famous Arurangabad caves are only a few steps away from the Goga Baba Hill.

The atmosphere of the place is extremely calm and serene. It re-i...

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The Grishneshwar Jyotirlinga Temple, Ellora is a very ancient and holy place situated at a distance of 60 kms from the city of Aurangabad and around 11 km from Daulatabad. It is just 2 km away from famous Ellora caves. The temple is also popularly known as Ghushmeswara. The Lord residing in the temple is given various names like Grushmeswara, Ghushmeswara, Grishneswara and Kusumeswarar. The group of “Dwadasha Jyotirlinga”, mentioned in Shiva Purana, is incomplete without the twelfth Jyotirlinga of Grishneshwara. The temple is also known as Ghrneshwar Jyotirlinga or Dhushmeshwar temple. ...

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Gul Mandi Market, Aurangabad
Within Aurangabad city limits
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Gul Mandi Market is Aurangabad's local market. Market is poplar for Punjabi dresses, Tees and clothing items. It is situated right at the heart of city.

Paithani silk sarees, himroo shawls and silver inlay craft of bidriware are famous products in Aurangabad. Apparels, utensils, spices, house hold plastic articles, luggage bags etc. are also sold are reasonable prices. Visitors can get a wide variety of items in this market at reasonable prices. It is a common practice to negotiate the prices within the market. Gul Mandi Market is an ideal place to purchase authentic Aurangabad fab...

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Himayat Bagh, Aurangabad
Within Aurangabad city limits
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Finely manicured, verdant, and extremely beautiful - Himayat Bagh is a masterpiece in Aurangabad. Sprawling across an area of 400 acres, the garden has been featuring unique flora since inception, and that is why it is home to the Fruit Research Station and Nursery. Different varieties of plants, trees, and herbs blooming around the garden are worth a watch. Do go for a long stroll on the crisis-crossed pathways to glance at the manicured garden, and rediscover the opulence of the bygone era. One can also buy plants and saplings from the gardens. Himayat Bagh also houses the Barra Darri which ...

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Himroo Factory, Aurangabad
Within Aurangabad city limits
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Himroo is a fabric made of silk and cotton, which is grown locally in Aurangabad. It was brought to Aurangabad in the reign of Mohammad Tughlaq, when he had shifted his capital from Delhi to Daulatabad, Aurangabad. The word himroo originated from Persian word Hum-ruh which means 'similar'. Himroo is a replication of Kum-khwab, which was woven with pure golden and silver threads in olden days, and was meant for the royal families. Himroo fabrics uses Persian designs, and is very characteristic and distinctive in appearance. Himroo fabrics from Aurangabad is in demand for its unique style and de...

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History Museum, Aurangabad
8 kms from Aurangabad city limits
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History Museum, Aurangabad is one of the larger museums in Aurangabad, situated at a distance of 8 kms from the city center. The perfect destination to explore antiques and understand the sculpture evolution of the country, the History Museum in Aurangabad, being a division of history wing of the university, offers an opportunity to history students to visualize sculpture evolution in the country. The museum holds artifacts relating to Satavadhana dynasty and original paintings of Rajput, Mughal, Maratha, and British era. The figurines and excavations from 7th to the 12th century are displayed...

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Jain Temple, Aurangabad
Within Aurangabad city limits
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Jain Temple is famous for the marvellous architecture and the design located in the city of Aurangabad. The exquisite art work and beautiful carvings inside the temple are worth being photographed and admired.

Jain Temple, Aurangabad offers a great diversity of various things to do in Aurangabad all within close proximity from the various travel terminals.

The temple is known to attract people from all over, who often come here walking all the way through the village as an offering to the deity. The Karthik Shukla is the main festival here and special arrangements are d...

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The Jama Masjid is a mosque built in 1612 AD, located near the Killa Arrak in Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India. It is historically significant because it was constructed in 1612 AD, very soon after the foundation of Aurangabad (then called "Khadki") by Malik Amber in 1610 AD. The mosque was later extended by Aurangzeb(R. H) in the year 1692 AD, it is one of the oldest mosques of Aurangabad which is still in good condition.

The mosque was constructed by Malik Amber in 1612 AD, once he found the city Kharaki in 1610 AD, and when Malik Ambar died in 1626 AD, and succeeded by his son Fat...

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Jayakwadi Dam
52.2 kms from Aurangabad city limits
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Located in the village of Paithan, the Jayakwadi Dam is a part of one of the largest irrigation projects in the state of Maharashtra. Constructed over the sacred Godavari River, the Dam is located at a distance of about 52. 2 kms from the main city of Aurangabad. Although Aurangabad is best known for its historic marvels, the Jayakwadi Dam stands strong as one among the many tourist spots visited in and around the city of Aurangabad.

Constructed by the Cheif Engineer of the project, Mr. A. A. A. Siddiqui, the foundation of the Jayakwadi Dam was laid by the then Prime Minister of...

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Khuldabad, Aurangabad
27 kms from Aurangabad city limits
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Khuldabad, a small historical town located 27 kms from Aurangabad is known with many names. The town majorly is famous for Aurangzeb's Tomb. The town is packed with a lot of Dargahs of Zar Zari Zar Baksh, Shaikh Burhan ud-din Gharib Chisti and Shaikh Zain-ud-din Shirazi and also exhibits a famous Bhandra Maruti Temple.

In 14th century many sufi saints chose to reside in Khuladabad. Later, The town was captured by the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb in the 17th century, who surrounded the town with a high fortified wall. The wall has seven entrances inside the town. The ruins of the monume...

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Lonar Crater Lake
140 kms from Aurangabad city limits
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One of the most unique sights in India, the Lonar Crater lake was the result of a meteor striking the surface of the earth around 55,000 years ago. Located at Lonar in Buldhana district of Maharashtra and it is at a distance of 140 kms from Aurangabad.

This crater is the only known hyper velocity impact crater in basaltic rock on earth. The main crater is about 150-meter-deep and is a kilometre west of the town centre. This transcendent lake is surrounded by ancient temples decorated with carvings, mostly empty and in ruins except for the temple of Daitya Sudan at the centre of the ...

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Makai Gate, Aurangabad
6 kms from Aurangabad city limits
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About 6 kms from city center, lies the Makai Gate also known as "Makai Darwaza". Aurangabad is also bestowed with the name, "City of Gates". The Makai gate, is one of the four gates of Fortification walls ofAurangabad city, out of which, each face a cardinal direction, namely, Delhi gate demarcating the North, with the Jalna gate and Paithan gate guarding the East and South respectively. The Makai gate barricades the West.

Measuring a total of 28. 95 x 21. 33 x 38 feet with huge bastions on either sides, this gate was erected in about 1682 AD by General Khan Bahadur under Auranzeb'...

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Paithan Gate, Aurangabad
Within Aurangabad city limits
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Paithan Gate, is one of the famed gates near Aurangabad, which now houses a marketplace in the vicinity.

Present day Paithan which is located 56 km off the district area of Aurangabad, was guarded by the Paithan Gate, which was the capital city of the historic Satavahana empire. It was located towards the South as a cardinal point for the empire. The important aspect to note here is that Aurangabad came to be known popularly and eventually as the ‘city of gates. ’The several gates were guarded entry and exit points for royalty and the warrior clan alike. Many of the gates out of 52...

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Panchakki, Aurangabad
6 kms from Aurangabad city limits
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Panchakki (also known as ‘Nehar-e-Panchakki’ or ‘watermill’) in Aurangabad is located at around 6 kms from the city centre. It is basically a grinding mill based on water mechanism. It was built during the 17th century and is a unique tourist attraction. Although, Panchakki used to generate electricity from water falling from a height, its main aim was to grind the grains to provide food to military troops, saints and devotees visiting the Aurangabad city. It is one of the best tourist spots due to its distinct architectural style. It represents the scientific thought process put in...

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Parli Vaidhyanath Temple is sacred place located in the Beed district of Maharashtra. The temple is one among the 12 Jyotirlinga's of Shankara, the most sacred abode of Shiva. This holy temple surrounds with many mythological stories, and has a never revealing complete story. It is located on the top of a small hill in Parli city, around 224 kms from Aurangabad.

The pasts of Vaidhyanath temple says that it belongs to yadava period, 12th or 13th century CE, and later renovated by Rani Ahilyabai in the year 1706. The beautiful architectural temple is built on a hill using stones. The...

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Pitalkhora Caves
80 kms from Aurangabad city limits
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Pitalkhora caves or “Brazen Glen” are located near Ambala village in the river valley of the Satamala range of Western Ghats of Maharashtra, India. These caves can be dated back to 3rd century and are a group of 14 rock-cut cave structures. It is one of the earliest examples of rock-cut architecture. It is at a distance of around 40 km from Ellora caves and 80 kms from the Aurangabad city. There is a waterfall alongside which the steep stairs to reach the caves are built. An iron bridge also needs to be crossed to reach the caves. Pitalkhora can be identified with ‘Petrigala’ of Pto...

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Roshan Gate, Aurangabad
Within Aurangabad city limits
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The Roshan Gate is one among the 52 gates located in the city of Aurangabad, which was called as Ahmednagar up till Aurangzeb's reign. It is situated only around 2 kilometres away from the main city of Aurangabad and can be accessed by autos, transport buses or private vehicles.

The Roshan Gate stands to the north of Khas Darwaza and is believed to have acquired its name from Aurangzeb's sister, Roshanara. It finds itself in the midst of a bustling area called Sharif Colony that is dotted with small shops, cafes and restaurants at every corner. The Darwaza is clad in concrete stone w...

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Salim Ali Sarovar is located near Delhi Gate, opposite Himayat Bagh, Aurangabad. It is located in the northern part of the city. During the Mughal period it was known as Khiziri Talab. It has been renamed after the great ornithologist, naturalist Salim Ali and also known as birdman of India. In Aurangzeb's time, a large marsh or tank extended the whole length of the northern wall, (extending from present day Salim Ali Lake till Begumpura / Makbara) but the exhalation and dampness proved unhealthy and Aurangzeb ordered the portion immediately in front of his palace (Kila-e-Ark) to be filled in ...

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The Shahganj Masjid is a popular tourist attraction located about 3 kilometres away from Aurangabad.

Shahganj Masjid is a magnificent example of architectural brilliance and finery. The Indo-Saracenic architectural style was employed to build this impressive piece of history that continues to draw in visitors everyday. It is one of many structures that emblematizes the artistic and creative genius that stood out during the Mughal era. It rises from an elevated platform and has an elegant archway flanked on both sides by imposing towers. A series of small domes resting on four pillars...

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One of the major tourist attractions of Aurangabad, the Shivaji Maharaj Museum goes way back in time. Located at a distance of about 3. 2 km from the main city of Aurangabad, the Museum is situated near Nehru Bal Udyan. As the name suggests, the Museum has been built in honour of the great Maratha leader, Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj. He was an Indian warrior king and a member of the Bhonsle Maratha Clan. Shivaji carved out an enclave from the ever declining Adilshahi Sultanate of Bijapur to form the genesis of the Maratha Empire. In 1674, he was officially crowned as 'Chhatrapati' (monarch)...

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Siddharth Garden and Zoo, Aurangabad
4.2 kms from Aurangabad city limits
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Situated in the heart of the city of Aurangabad, the Siddharth Garden and Zoo is well known for its family friendly environment. The garden is a popular picnic spot in the city that covers a large area. Located at a distance of about 4. 2 kms from the main city of Aurangabad, the Siddharth Garden and Zoo is the perfect spot to relish the scenic beauty of mother nature and to sit back and relax in leisure.

Aurangabad's tryst with Buddha continues till date. Named after Buddha, the Siddharth Garden and Zoo gives a fresh outlook to the otherwise busy city. It is adjacent to the Kha...

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Soneri (Sunheri) Mahal
7.7 kms from Aurangabad city limits
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Situated in the suburbs of the city of Aurangabad, the Soneri Mahal is one among the architectural marvels of the city. The name 'Soneri' has been derived from the fact that the entire palace had been adorned with golden paintings, which unfortunately do not exist anymore. Located about 7. 7 kms away from the main city of Aurangabad, the Soneri Mahal is placed in the Dr. Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University campus. Having a backdrop of the Satara Ranges, the surrounding trees, grazing and farming add to the natural glory of this famous monument.

The Soneri Mahal was built by...

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Standing proud since the 16th century, amidst the vibrantly busy Gulmandi Marketplace which has evolved around the temple organically, in downtown Aurangabad is this iconic temple ornamented with sculptures, dedicated to Lord Hanuman.

This destination is a favourite not among just the tourists, but also the locals, the shopkeepers of Gulmadi always make time in the day for “Darshan”. This place Is teeming with history and heritage, has been kept alive by people’s dedication and faith, and is a must-visit for any Heritage walk of Aurangabad. Aurangpura Bazaar, better known as Gulman...

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Tomb of Aurangzeb, Aurangabad
26.5 kms from Aurangabad city limits
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Tomb of Auranzeb, Aurangabad is located at a distance of 26. 5 kms from Aurangabad city center. The Tomb of Aurangzeb, the last of the great Mughal emperors, is located in Khuldabad, Maharashtra, India. In notable contrast to other Mughal tombs, which are large monuments of Mughal architecture, including the Taj Mahal, at his own direction Aurangzeb is buried in an unmarked grave at the complex of the dargah or shrine of Sheikh Zainuddin.

Aurangzeb died in 1707 at Ahmednagar. His body was then carried to Khuldabad after his son Azam Shah and daughter Zinat-un-Nissa came. There is a...

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Aurangabad is a city known for its history of devout holy people. Sayyed Zainuddin was one among the holy people who devoted himself to the preaching and well-being of people. Zainuddin Shirzai's Maqbara, the mausoleum of the Sufi saint - Zainuddin Shirazi, is situated in Khuladabad near Aurangabad and is a must-visit for everyone travelling here. About 8 kms from the Daulatabad fortress, Khuladabad can be reached in an hour by car from Aurangabad.

Sayyed Zainuddin was a Muhammedan saint highly revered by the Muslims. He was born in Shiraz, Hijri and went on to study under Maulana K...

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