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Aurangabad

Aurangabad

Weather

Aurangabad has a typical tropical weather with warm summers, followed by rainfall that brings relief and humidity. The average humidity is quite low at around an average of 48 except during the monsoons where it creeps towards the high 70’s. The Summers (March to May) have temperatures ranging between 26 and 37 degree Celsius,  peaking close to 40 degrees at times in May. The rains during June to September are heavy bringing down the temperature closer to a range between 21 and 26 degrees. The temperature during winters (November to February) falls to a pleasant range of 14 to 25 degrees on an average.  The ideal time to visit Aurangabad is from September to February.

How To Reach

By Road:

There is a good network of roads leading to Aurangabad. From Mumbai there are many buses to Aurangabad run by the Maharashtra State Transport Corporation. The driving distance from Mumbai to Aurangabad is about 373 kms and would take about five and a half hours. The other hub is Pune which also has many buses to Aurangabad. Pune is about 235 kms away from Aurangabad and Pune-Aurangabad road is a 4 lane smooth highway with enough curves to bring in the holiday excitement.


By Air:

The Chikalthana airport at Aurangabad is well connected to major cities in India like Mumbai, Delhi and Jaipur. International travellers can ideally come via Mumbai (365 kms) or Pune Airport (235 kms), and take a flight to Aurangabad.  



By Rail:

Aurangabad Railway station is well connected to Mumbai, Hyderabad and Pune. Another alternative is to take a train to Manmad junction which is about 117 kms from Aurangabad but has more connectivity to the major cities of Mumbai, Bangalore and New Delhi.


Overview

This city in Maharashtra is a tourist hub, mainly due to its historical monuments that are of great importance in the history of India. Home of the legendary 17th century Mughal Emperor- Aurangazeb, Aurangabad is named after him.

 

Aurangabad was a major trade route that connected India with the rest of the world and was known as the ‘Silk Route’. Aurangabad is also known as the City of Gates. The city once had 52 gates, each with its own history. Out of 52 only 13 survive now- 4 of the main gates and 9 subordinate gates.

 

To visit Aurangabad means to go back in time, to the ancient period. There are the amous ancient caves of Ajanta and Ellora that date to as old as the 2nd century. The palaces, mosques and stunning gardens here switch you back to the 16th century and in the glory of the Mughal era. The city’s cultural flavour is similar to that of Hyderabad.

 

Aurangabad is popular for its Himroo shawls (textile with silk blended with cotton). The Mashru and Kimkhab weaves (fabrics made by blending local silk with gold thread) are very popular among tourists. The city is famous for its Paithani sarees and semi precious stones jewellery. This craft is still taught from generation to generation through a community of weavers who carry on the traditional art of the city. Bidri is a popular memento that can be purchased from here; a metal object decorated with Indian art.

 

The cuisine in Aurangabad is mainly Mughlai cuisine with their popular fragrant pulavs, and Biryanis. The speciality food of Aurangabad however the Naan Qalia – Qalia - meat cooked in exotic spices and eaten with nan. For rice eaters, the speciality here is Tahri which is similar to Biryani.