From ancient times Aurangabad has been a place of great importance due to it's location on the famous "Silk Route" that traversed across the breadth of Asia to reach Europe.The importance of Aurangabad is great, owing to its proximity with world heritage sites of Ajanta and Ellora. These sites have Buddhist, Jain and Hindu temples.The history of Aurangabad can be traced back to 1610, when the former Abyssinian slave and then prime minister of the Muslim kingdom of Ahmednagar, Malik Ambar establishment a city on the site of an old village called Khirki. His son Fateh Khan named the city he ruled over, Fatehpur in 1626.
Places around aurangabad
The fortress of Daulatabad is 13 km from Aurangabad and is situated en route Ellora. Khuldabad, the last resting place of Aurangzeb, is 3 km from Ellora. Grishneshwar temple, an important Hindu pilgrim place, is located in the village of Verul, near Ellora caves. It is one of the twelve Jyotirlingas of India, where Lord Shiva is worshipped. Paithan, 56 km south of Aurangabad, is famous for its traditional Paithani silk saris. Twenty-four kilometers from Aurangabad lie the Bani Begum Gardens, which surround the tomb of one of Aurangzeb's queens. Pithalkora caves are 78 km from Aurangabad. Mhaismal, 25 km from Aurangabad, is another tourist spot.
Shopping in Aurangabad:
Aurangabad city is one of the popular tourist attractions in the state of Maharashtra. People from different corners of India as well as the world come here on sightseeing tours. It is obvious that they would like to have a look around the local markets and buy something for themselves as well as to take back as souvenirs.
One thing we can assure you is that you wouldn't go back from Aurangabad, disappointed in this respect. There are a number of items that you can shop for in the city.
These include Himroo shawls, Mashru and Kimkhab weaves, Bidriware, etc. The Paithani sarees seen at the shopping places in the city are a hot favorite amongst women shoppers. You can also shop for jewelry and semi-precious stones in Aurangabad, especially Agate in a variety of forms and sizes. Some of the popular shopping items of Aurangabad are Fabrics , Silver , Semi-precious Stones jewelry and decorative pieces , Old Coins
Aurangabad city is located in the northern part of the state of Maharashtra,in the western region of India at an altitude of approximately 513 meters
above the sea level. The exact location of the city is 19° 53' 47" North and 75° 23' 54" East. Surrounded by hills on all the four sides, it boasts of mesmerizing scenery. It is 375 km from Mumbai (Bombay).
The climate of Aurangabad is temperate with moderate winters in the months of November-February and hot summers from April through to June.There is never too big a difference between the summer and winter temperatures of the city. This southwestern monsoon arrives here by end June-September and the city receives a moderate amount of rainfall though the surrounding region varies from arid to semi arid to fertile.Just like the other cities of India, it also experiences three main seasons -
summers, winters and monsoons. The summers here last for three to four months i.e. from mid March to mid July. During this time, the average temperature reaches
the maximum level of 40 deg C.The winter season in Aurangabad usually stretches on from November till February. During this time, the average temperature hovers somewhere around 24 deg C to 13 deg C. Keeping the weather conditions in mind, one can say that the best time to visit Aurangabad is from October to March, when the weather conditions are at their very best.