- Pune to Aurangabad – 230 km by road
- Mumbai to Aurangabad – 327 km by road
- Nasik to Aurangabad – 187 km by road
A big City in the Maharashtra State of India. Over the last decade, the City has grown a lot in terms of total population, the number of Businesses in this City and the way the commercialization is happening here. You must have heard about Ajanta Caves, which are near Aurangabad City.
Like all other places in Marathwada region of Maharashtra, this City also faces severe water scarcity during the summer months and provided this problem is addressed properly, this City can grow as a great place for Tourism.
Why a major Tourist Attraction?
The key reason for Tourists getting attracted to this City is the proximity to the World famous Ellora and Ajanta caves. There will be hardly any Travel portal or blog or website related to travel in India, which would not have covered these two locations. The best season to visit these places is winter (Oct to Jan)
There is a lot of information published on these caves on various other government and private sites also. People who have lived in India (especially Maharashtra) are well aware of these places and millions of tourists visit the caves each year.
I will only touch base both the Caves in this Blog. This could be a very good Winter Trip for you. The Aurangabad City and Ellora may be one trip and only Ajanta can be the second trip from Pune. If you can stay for 2 to 3 nights at Aurangabad, you can cover all places in a single tour.
The temple picture at the top of this Blog is of Grishnewar Temple which is Lord Shiva temple. There are 12 such important Lord Shiva temples in India (called as 12 Jyotirlinga) and Grishneswar temple is one of them. This is very near the Verul/Ellora caves and you can visit it during your Verul trip.
This structure is a copy of the World famous Taj Mahal at Agra but never became popular like Taj Mahal due to the Architectural differences. The structure is built on a large square platform with a dome at the center and four minarets at the corners of the square.
This is a mausoleum of ‘Rabia-Ul-Daurani’, the wife of Mughal emperor Aurangzeb. This is believed to be constructed by Azam Shah, the son of this Queen. The location of this place is great and the structure is a part of a large enclosure. One of the World heritage sites.
Ellora Caves (Verul Caves)
Aurangabad to Ellora Caves – 30 km
Aurangabad to Ajanta Caves – 100 km
Explore the City
Aurangabad, because of its proximity to two World famous heritage sites, has several hotels in the City. You can find multiple restaurants in the City. For foreign tourists, there are many luxurious hotels in the City. The City is famous for its spicy Veg and Non-Veg food. The best way to travel in this tour is using your own vehicle. Consider for Weekend Trips from Pune.