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Meghna Paul Apr 02 2014

Which are the most popular places to see in Aurangabad?

Kanika Nevatia Apr 02 2014
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Aurangabad is a city full of so many spectacular and mesmerising heritage sites and here are the most popular places to see in Aurangabad that are all set to sway you.

The first is Bibi ka Maqbara which was Modelled on the Taj Mahal in Agra and built 25 years earlier. Built by Prince Azam Shah in memory of his mother and Aurangzeb’s wife, Begum Rabia Daurani. Its architects wanted it to rival the Taj Mahal, but fell short of funds so it isn't all that exquisite. The lower 2 metres of the mausoleum and 4 metres of the jaali (net) screens are constructed in marble, the rest in plaster. The entrance to the tomb has a huge brass inlaid door with an inscription around its edges naming the maker. For all its flaws, the tomb is still an impressive structure and is floodlit at night. In addition to a small State Museum, there are also many hotels near Bibi ka Maqbara.

Photo of Bibi Ka Maqbara (by Aur Rang Abad)

Another place is Panchakki a water- driven mill was built in 1695 for Baba Shah Musafir, Aurangzeb’s favourite saint. It’s fed by a lake some 10 km away. If you hire a guide, he will get the water flowing and demonstrate the way in which flour was ground in days of yore. You can also feed the fish and watch the frenzy.

Photo of Panchakki (by Arun Sagar)

The Aurangabad Caves one of the popular places to visit in Aurangabad, though not half as spectacular as the ones in Ajanta and Ellora, the Aurangabad Caves provide a good introduction to rock-cut architecture. Carved out of a steep spur of the Sahyadri Range just north of the city, the caves date back to the Vakatakas (4th and 5th century CE) and the succeeding Kalachuri dynasties (6th to 8th centuries CE) though the older Hinayana cave is said to date back to at least the 1st century CE, if not earlier. The location is tranquil and offers great city views.

Photo of Aurangabad Caves (by Nefirious)

Purwar Museum
is Dr.Shantilal Shankarlal Purwar’s fascinating personal collection, on display since 1970. It includes a 500-year-old chain mail suit, an 800-year-old Paithani sari and a copy of a Koran, handwritten by Aurangzeb. This lovely old haveli is situated near Sharafa Bazaar just next to Mohan Talkies. Spend some time with the gentle and knowledgeable Mr Purwar to learn more about the culture of the region.

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