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The Aurangabad Caves are a prime destination of historic importance. Apart from being a marvel of bygone era, these caves are also a prelude to the grander and more celebrated Ajanta Ellora Caves. Read on.



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Aurangabad Caves

Location: Aurangabad, Maharashtra
Attractions: Bibi Ka Maqbara, Buddhist stupas, rock formations, Caves 1, 2 and 3.
Best Time To Visit: All through the year

Aurangabad Caves Mumbai The Aurangabad Caves are tucked between the Satara and Sihyachal range of hills in Aurangabad. Located just 2 km from the famous 'Bibi Ka Maqbara', the Aurangabad Caves are a standing testament to India's glorious past. Constructed around the 2nd or 3rd century like its many counterparts, the caves are a cluster of three sets of Buddhist caverns separated by a distance of 500 meters from each other. The heterogeneous rock formations are the showstoppers of this delightful place and attract hordes of tourists and avid history-lovers every year. The first clusters of Caves, also known as 'Cave 1', are the incomplete set of caves with old-fashioned pillars and obscure ornamentation. Cave 2, a square-shaped shrine resembling traditional temples, has a mammoth image of a seated Buddha. Several other figures of Buddha can also be seen adorned on the walls and the porch. Cave 3 is believed to be the largest and the most beautiful of them all. A large verandah with a huge monastery resembles the interiors and the architecture at Ajanta. A Buddhist shrine, the popular carving of the "Sutasoma Jataka" and the floral/geometrical architecture can be seen here. The Aurangabad Caves is a beautiful tourist destination. Scroll down for more!

Places To See
Apart from the 3 sets of Aurangabad caves, there are a variety of other places in and around the area that you can visit. One of the most popular choices is the Bibi Ka Maqbara which is situated only 2 km from the caves. The Aurangabad city walls also offer a beautiful view of the settlement and stand as an engineering marvel. If you are looking to visit places of religious importance, then you could visit the Aurangabad Masjids and the 'Panchakki'. The 'Sonari Mahal' in Aurangabad that once housed a painting made of gold, may now stand in a ruinous condition but still holds as a very important tourist destination of modern times.

Shopping
Aurangabad is famous for shopping and there are a few places in and around the Aurangabad Caves that promise to intrigue you with a unique shopping experience. Famous 'Paithani' saris, semi-precious stones, polished jewelery dating back to the Mughal period and the renowned 'Himroo' shawls can all be found here. Some of the best shopping destinations are Noor Super Bazaar, Glass Land, Anjali Cintorium and Tej Collections.

Eating Out
If this is your first trip to Aurangabad, then you should not miss the local Aurangabad delights. Some of the best local eateries are 56 Bhog, Indian Street Restaurant, Biryani House and Chimnay.

Accommodation
Budget Hotels
  • Hotel Amanpreet
    Pt. Nehru Marg, (Jalna Road)
    Aurangabad - 431 001, India
    Phone: 0240 6621133
  • Hotel Classic Aurangabad
    Plot No. 4,
    Beside Goldie Cinema,
    Railway Station Road,
    Aurangabad - 431 005.
    Phone: 0240 - 6624313/14/15
  • The Manor Hotel
    Kranti Chowk
    Aurangabad-431 001,
    Maharashtra (India)
    Phone: 0240-2333383/2334772
Star Hotels
  • Taj Residency
    8-N-12 Cidco
    Rauza Bagh,
    Aurangabad,
    Maharashtra 431003
    Phone: 0240 2381106-10
  • Aurangabad Gymkhana Club
    Airport Road,
    Mukundwadi Circle,
    Aurangabad 431 001
    Phone: 0240-2476501 / 05
  • The Meadows
  • Gat # 135 & 136, Mitmita
    Aurangabad-Nasik Highway
    Aurangabad-431002
    Phone: 0240-2677412/13/14
How To Reach

By Road
Aurangabad is very well connected by road and is linked to major cities such as Pune, Nagpur and Mumbai via NH-4. Local and state transport buses can get you to Aurangabad, and from here you can take local transport to reach the Aurangabad Caves.

By Rail
Aurangabad is directly connected by rail to Navi Mumbai, Mumbai, Nasik and Manmad. Once you get off at the Aurangabad Central Station, you can opt for local transport to take you to the Aurangabad Caves.

A historic sanctuary amidst the hilly regions, the Aurangabad Caves are amongst the most noted archaeological structures in India. These caves feature Buddhist inscriptions, Vihara and sculptures from the Jataka tales.



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