Aurangabad’s legacy lives on in Bibi-ka-Maqbara, a magnificent monument inspired by the Taj Mahal. You can shop for hand-woven silk, visit a local museum and enjoy sumptuous Maharashtra cuisine. Aurangabad is also a popular base for travellers wanting to explore Ellora and Ajanta, a pair of World Heritage-listed Buddhist caves.
Things to do in Aurangabad
Bibi-ka-Maqbara, inspired by the magnificent Taj Mahal, was raised in the 1600s as a mausoleum for the emperor's beloved wife, Rabia-ud-Daurani. Admire its soaring dome, four soaring minarets and gleaming reflection pool.
The Aurangabad Caves offer a glimpse at the city's ancient Buddhist roots. They're carved into the hillsides and date back to the 6th century. Today you can visit all 10 of the caves and admire the intricate paintings.
History buffs can visit the Shrimant Chhatrapati Shivaji Museum, which is filled with local treasures. Admire a 500-year-old chain-mail suit, learn about Maratha hero Shivaji and view a copy of the Quran written by Aurangzeb, India's last Mughal emperor.
For the best thali in Aurangabad, head to Bhoj, a traditional restaurant famous for its colourful platters filled with curries, chutneys and rotis. You can also devour tantalising street food, including crispy "kanda bhajji" pakoras, spicy "pithla bhakri" roti wraps and buttery "pav bhaji" curry.
Getting around Aurangabad
Aurangabad is easy to get around on foot, but also has taxis and auto-rickshaws. Renting a private driver for the day is a popular option if you want to visit nearby attractions. Regional flights arrive at Aurangabad Airport, 10 kilometres away.