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Bibi Ka Maqbara

This is the monument for which Aurngabad is best known. The comparison with the Agra monument has unfortunetly somewhat denigrated the Aurangabad tomb which in itself displays a worthwhile architectural design, with much distinguished surface ornamentation in the late Mughal style.

The mausoleum dates from 1678 and it was erected by Prince Azam Shah, one of Aurangzeb's sons, in memory of Begum Rabia Durani, his mother. It stands in the middle of spacious and formally planned garden, with axial ponds, fountains, and water channels, many defined by stone screens and lined with broad pathways.

The central focus of this vast enclosure is the tomb itself. This is raised on a high terrace to look out over the garden plots and waterways. Exactly like the Taj Mahal, the mausoleum is framed by four lofty minarets that stand freely at the corners of the terrace.


A 17th century water mill that takes its name from the mill which used to grind grain for the pilgrims and disciples of saints as well as for troops of the garrison. A mountain spring about eight kilometres away is the water source for running the mill ; a maze of underground earthen pipes cleverly chanelled the water to feed elevated masonary tanks;when full.

These would siphon out in the form of a perennial waterfall moving the blades of the grinding wheel. Underneath the reservoir of Panchakki there are spacious, cool chambers which are used during summer by pilgrims.

The water distribution system built in 1695 is a marble of hydrology and was the engineering feat of Malik Ambar, architect of Aurangabad city. In 1624 a Sufi saint, a spiritual guide to Emperor Aurangzeb, was buried here. The gardens with its several fish tanks serve as his memorial.


Ajanta is famous for its Buddhist rock-cut cave temples and monasteries with their extraordinary wall paintings. The temples are hollowed out of granite cliffs on the inner side of a 20-meter ravine in the Wagurna River valley, 105 km northeast of Aurangabad, at a site of great scenic beauty. About 30 caves were excavated between the 1st century BCE and the 7th century CE and are of two types, caityas ("sanctuaries") and viharas ("monasteries"). Although the sculpture, particularly the rich ornamentation of the caitya pillars, is noteworthy, it is the fresco-type paintings that are the chief interest of Ajanta. These paintings depict colorful Buddhist legends and divinities with an exuberance and vitality that is unsurpassed in Indian art.


Ellora sightseeing tour includes a visit to its 34 totally marvellous caves. Gaze in amazement at the beautiful and serene Buddha sculptures in Cave 2 and admire the wall paintings in Cave 6.

Cave 10 or the Vishwakarma Cave is also known as the Sutar Jhopada or Carpenters Cave referring to the stone rafters resembling wooden beams here and the fineness of the seated Buddha sculpture. Cave 11 and 12 are multi-storeyed and filled with beautiful carvings.

Trek through the Hindu caves and gaze at the countless bas-reliefs along the walls, most of them depicting episodes from Shiva’s life and a few showing Lord Vishnu’s various incarnations. Interesting some of the Hindu Caves were once Buddhist sites and one can see the transition in the carvings and friezes.

Explore the impressive Kailash Temple with its vibrant sculpted friezes and detailed paintings. Stop to admire the exquisite carvings of the two River Goddesses, Ganga and Yamuna, which flank the temple entrance. Watch the Mahabharata come alive in the long sculpted friezes running along the walls of the Kailash Temple.

The Jain Caves, though less grand in scale as compared to the Hindu Caves, bear some beautiful sculptures, particularly the Gomatesvara image. Ellora is sure to leave you filled with deep respect for India’s masterful artists.


Once known as 'Devgiri', this magnificent 12th century fortress stands on a hill just 13 kms. from Aurangabad. It was given the name Daulatabad,the' city of fortune', by Muhamad Tughlaq, Sultan of Delhi. Initially a Yadav stronghold, it passed through the hands of several dynasties in the Deccan.One of the world's best preserved fort of medieval times, surviving virtually unaltered, Daulatabad yet displays the character that made it invincible.

A Fortress that was conquered only by treachery. A series of secret, quizzical, subterranean passages lie coiled like a python amidst the fort. Here flaring torches were thrust upon an unwary enemy. Or hot oil poured down his path , as he deliberated in the labyrinth. Also the heat from a brazier was blown into the passage by a process of suction suffocating the entire garrison within.

The Fort itself lies in the body of an isolated hill; the steep hill - sides at the base falling so sharply to the moat that no hostile troops could scale the height. The moat, 40 ft. deep with mechanical drawbridges teemed with crocodiles. A 5 kilometre sturdy wall, artifical scarping and a complicated series of defences made Daulatabad impregnable.

The 30 metre high Chand Minar ( Tower) built much later with 3 circular gallaries had a defensive and religious role in the fortress.


Formerly known as Pratishthana, Paithan is an ancient town located 56 km south of Aurangabad, on the banks of the sacred river Godavari. It was the capital of the Satvahana dynasty from 2nd century BC to 2nd century AD. This pilgrim center has the shrine of 'Sant Eknath' dedicated to saint Eknath Maharaj and the 'Paithan fair' celebrated here attracts large crowds.

Paithan is also famous for its beautiful 6-yard Paithani silk saris with elaborate zari borders, which are woven with pure silk yarn and gold thread (drawn from pure gold). One can visit the Paithani saree kendra also known as 'Saat Bungalow' which is run by the Maharashtra State Small Scale Industries Corporation (MSSSIC). Other attractions of the place are Paithan garden or Saint Dnyaneshwar garden with dancing fountains; Paithan dam alias Jayakwadi dam constructed over the river godavari and the rock carved pillar named Tirthkhamb or Vijaystambh.

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