Since ancient times, Aurangabad has been of great importance due to its location on the famous “Silk Route” that traversed across Asia to Europe. Textiles and beads were exported to the markets of Greece, Rome and Egypt, along with Buddhist teachings and Indian art forms. Aurangabad’s strategic position in the Deccan and topography so impressed Moghul Emperor Tughlaq that he moved his capital down from Delhi, renaming it Daulatabad, giving it the rare distinction of serving as the capital of India. Later it was the seat of Emperor Aurangzeb, as he fought to block the resurgent Maratha power.

Aurangabad’s wealth of fascinating historical, cultural, religious and ecological sites include the World Heritage Ellora and Ajanta Caves, Daulatabad fort, Bibi Ka Maqbara, Lonar crater and Ghrishneshwar Jyotirlinga among many others.

Aurangabad is easily accessible from the major cities of India by air, rail or road. It is directly connected by 4 daily flights and trains from Mumbai. It is also well connected to Delhi, Pune, Nasik, Hyderabad, Ahmedabad, Baroda and Surat.

Located about 30 Kilometers from Aurangabad, Ajanta & Ellora caves are known for the genius of their sculptors. Ellora first appears to the visitors as an irregular ridge of rock rising vertically from the ground. The cave complex is multicultural, as the caves here provide a mix of Buddhist, Hindu and Jain religions. Ellora represents some three hundred years of great experiments carried out by different faiths with their very different iconography and structural compulsions.

Additional Information:

Ajanta caves closed on Monday & Ellora caves closed On Tuesday.

World Heritage Ellora and Ajanta Caves
Daulatabad fort
Bibi Ka Maqbara
Lonar crater