Aurangabad is a city in the Aurangabad district of Maharashtra, India. The city is named after the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb. The city is a tourist hub, surrounded with many historical monuments, including the Ajanta Caves and Ellora Caves, which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. This city is an administrative headquarters of the Marathwada region. Aurangabad is said to be a City of Gates and the strong presence of these can be felt as one drives through the city. Aurangabad is Tourism Capital of Maharashtra. The city is one of the fastest growing cities in India.
The name is derived from the Mughal ruler, Aurangazeb. Its ancient history dates back up to the eras of Buddhism, but the modern history of Aurangabad is traced back to 1610. The Buddhist caves in Aurangabad and Ellora are the clear evidence of strong Buddhism influence and influx around the city in earlier times. When Aurangazeb took over the Deccan kingdoms, he changed the name of the town to Aurangabad in 1653. Aurangazeb used the town as the strategic point to suppress the rising power of Chatrapati Shivaji. Aurangabad was taken over by the Nizam of Hyderabad after the death of Aurangazeb in 1707 that retained control to Nizam. Aurangabad was the epicentre of Marathwada freedom movement, till it was merged with Maharashtra in 1956.
WHERE TO STAY
Aurangabad offers several lodging options according to your taste and economy, from five star hotels to two star hotels and from private to government guest houses. Finding accommodation is normally not a problem unless you are arriving near Diwali, Christmas or during summer vacations. During this period you might want to book your room at least ten days in advance.
WHERE TO EAT
Aurangabad tenders a wide range of restaurants to a person. Locals restaurants from five star restaurants serving vegetarian, oriental, Chinese and delicious non vegetarian dishes are popular to tourists.
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