Aurangabad India - Touring, Travel and Photo Guide.
About the Indian City of Aurangabad, Maharashtra State, Western India.
Aurangabad is a large city which from a touring point of view offers easy access to several very interesting Indian locations namely the Ajanta Caves, Ellora Caves and the excellent Daulatabad Fort.
Named after the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb, the City started it's
rapid development from just a small village (initially called Khadki) in the early 1600s.
Aurangabad is a walled city and there are several what should be beautiful gates and bridges but sadly the condition of large parts of these fortifications is poor and where any water lies it is just one appalling smelly mess.
However at least the City's Gate and Bridge next to Mahmud Darwaza Mosque is in a quite reasonable condition (Photo right).
Travelling too and fro from Aurangabad - flying, road and rail.
Aurangabad's airport is officially known as Chikkalthana Airport - it's a small fairly quiet airport and located around 8kms from the city centre. Airlines offering regular services there are Jet Airways, JetKonnect and Air India - which go to either Mumbai or Delhi.
As far as Indian Railways is concerned, there are direct connections with
Delhi, Mumbai and Hyderabad - the main railway station is located on the western side of Aurangabad City. Long distance buses provide sometimes
quite fast services to Mumbai and Hyderabad - although as with Indian Railways if you have the time just about anywhere in India is reachable by bus. An enjoyable bit of road if coming from Indore by car is when you reach The Western Ghats and have to go over the Ajanta Hills. The NH22 really twists particularly on the climb up - with little room for traffic to pass there are huge drops. The roads into the city are quite good although if travelling in and being anywhere near the Caves expect delays because of the tourist traffic. Within the city the fastest way to get around is by auto-rickshaw - the area around the markets gets very busy and jammed up especially in mid-afternoon.[ Click the thumbnails for a larger picture - use the back button to return to this page. ]
Hotels and Accommodation at Aurangabad.
There are several hotels to stay within the city which are of pretty reasonable standard - these are of course set up specifically for tourists and are in fairly quiet areas of the city. For instance you can get a pleasant room for around UKstg55 to 65 or so a night (The Lemon Tree was pretty good).
Going to see Jama Masjid, Aurangabad - perhaps not!. Mentioned as one of the places to visit in Aurangabad the only comment from our experience is to say do not bother especially if one of you is female. On an auto-rickshaw ride around town we (my wife and I) mentioned to the driver that we wanted to see the mosque - he was quite negative but did take us there. The reason was obvious on
arrival - women are not allowed in and non-Muslims apparently are not wanted there either even if male. I did go in but was soon confronted by a couple of people who aggressively demanded to know what I wanted - and basically was made to feel 100 percent unwelcome.
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