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Aurangabad,The City Of Gates 

Aurangabad is a historical city which is situated in the Indian state of Maharashtra. The city of Aurangabad is situated on the banks of the Kham River and is surrounded by wooded hills on all the four sides. It is known for its rich cultural legacy and its splendid historic monuments, which speak volumes about its royal past. This city got its name from the famous Mughal emperor Aurangzeb. Moreover, the name Aurangabad also means 'city built by royalty'. The city is also famous for its silk saris and is situated on the 'Silk Route of India' which connects various ports to the Deccan region of the country. The city is famous for its cultural diversity and is dotted with numerous ancient monuments, palaces and tombs. Today, it has developed as one of the biggest commercial hubs of India due to the large number of garment industries flourishing here, especially producing silk items. Apart from this, the numerous Buddhist cave temple seen in and around the city, serve as a proof of the advent as well as flourishing state of Buddhism here. Amongst them, the popular ones are those of Ajanta and Ellora which is situated very close to Aurangabad. Aurangabad is also known as the 'City of Gates', with as many as 13 gates scattered all around the city, interestingly it is also the gateway to the UNSECO world heritage sites of Ajanta and Ellora.

The name of Aurangabad city is derived from the Mughal ruler, Aurangazeb. Its ancient history dates back up to the eras of Buddhism, but the modern history of Aurangabad is traced back to 1610. The city was founded in the year of 1610 and came up on the site of a Khirki village, which was ruled over by Malik Ambar, a local Muslim noble. After him, his son took over the reins of the village and renamed it as Fatehpur in 1626. The hamlet went into the hands of Emperor Aurangzeb, the last Mughal Emperor, in 1653 and was renamed by him as Aurangabad. Thereafter, the city became his capital and started moving forward on the path of development. The current day Aurangabad offers a wonderful opportunity to step back to past history. Ajanta and Ellora caves and Bibi-Ka-Makbara bring back the visitors to the past history of the town.

Aurangabad is a beautiful city in the state of Maharashtra. The city is a popular tourist hub and therefore experiences visitors in large numbers. Although the city is going through rapid industrial growth, its past glory and historical heritage are still the main Aurangabad attractions for which it is recognized. Among the most popular historical heritage, the Ajanta and Ellora are of major importance. The place is recognized as a world heritage by UNESCO. There are number of tourist attraction in Aurangabad are Bibi ka Maqbara, Daulatabad Fort, Grishneshwar Jyotirlinga Temple, Aurangbad Caves, Chatrapati Shivaji Museum, Siddharth Garden and many more.

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Ajanta Caves
Ajanta Caves is a major tourist destination in Aurangabad. The Ajanta Caves showcase the Buddhist stories of the period between 200 B.C. and 650 A.D. There are 29 caves in Ajanta, constructed by some Buddhist monks by using tools like chisel and hammer. This group of caves was discovered by few British Officers, who went for a tiger hunt in the site.

Ellora Caves
Ellora Caves is also a most visited place which is located at a distance of 29 kms away from the city of Aurangabad. The interiors of these cave temples are rich in facades and sculptures. The Ellora Caves were built during the period of 350 AD to 700 AD. It presents structures with the three faiths of Hinduism, Jainism and Buddhism.

Bibi Ka Maqbara
Bibi Ka Maqbara is a highly beautiful tourist destination in Aurangabad. The Bibi ka Maqbara, the sole illustration of the Mughal architecture in the Deccan Plateau was built in the model of Taj Mahal. The creator of this tomb was the son of Aurangzeb, who built it to pay homage to his mother Begum Rabia Durani.

Grishneshwar Jyotirlinga Temple
Grishneshwar Jyotirlinga Temple is one of the most famous temple located in Aurangabad. This is a must see destination for devotees of Shiva. The architecture of the temple is very beautiful. The shrine is important because it is believed to be the last Jyotirlinga temple on the earth.

Chatarpati Shivaji Museum
Chatarpati Shivaji Museum is also one of the most popular museum in Aurangabad. It is on the way to the Ajanta caves from Aurangabad. This museum is devoted to Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaja, showcasing collections related to Lord Shivaji. .

Area 123 km²
Population 1189376
Language Marathi, Urdu, Hindi
Pin Code 431001

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