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Aurangabad Sightseeing

Bibi Ka Maqbara
Bibi Ka Maqbara is a magnificent mausoleum, situated at a distance of approximately 5 km from the Aurangabad city of India. It entombs Rabia-ul-Daurani, alias Dilras Banu Begum, the wife of the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb. The construction work on the mausoleum was started in the year 1651.

Daulatabad Fort
The Daulatabad Fort is probably the only fort in India which was not won over by might. It has some maze like entrances where you could have had hot oil poured over you if you were not a friendly visitor!!! There is a huge stone carved temple on the way up to the top and a victory pillar too. Beautiful views from the top of the fort.

The Pan Chakki or Water Mill is another old structure worth seeing and has a shrine and a small pool with some fish in it.

Ellora Caves (15 Kms from Aurangabad)
At Ellora caves, there are three different styles - the Buddhist, Hindu and the Jain caves with the Kailas Temple standing tall in the middle, cut out from one single piece of rockwhich makes it the largest monolithic temple in the world. The Buddhist and Hindu caves are at one end and then another set of Hindu and Jain caves a short distance away from there.

Ghrineshwar Temple
The Grishneshwar Temple is one of the 12 Jyotirlingas in India and is worth seeing for the old stone carvings.

Aurangabad Caves
The Aurangabad Caves were crafted from soft rock during the 6th and 7th century. These ten caves are separated into two different locations, the Western Group Caves and Eastern Group Caves, which are located 1 km apart.

At Khuldabad you can see the simple tomb of Emperor Aurangzeb after whom the city is named which is just a small bed of roses with a small marble plaque at the side mentioning where he was buried under an open sky with no monument like he wished.

Ajanta (110 Kms from Aurangabad)
The Ajanta caves are another UNESCO World Heritage Site besides the Ellora caves and it is worth seeing all the caves together from the vantage point on top of a small hill in the middle of the horseshoe shaped valley made by the Waghora river.

Lonar (122 Kms from Aurangabad)
Lonar is an extremely beautiful place. The place also has an importance of its own as it is has the only lake in India that is created out of hypervelocity meteorite impact. The crater that is formed because of the impact is the third largest crater lake in the world.

Shani - Shinganapur (68 Kms from Aurangabad)
The village houses around 1700 homes and none of them has doors, Lord Saturn (Shani) is the reigning deity and he takes care of the village.Only men are allowed to worship and go inside the main worship area where as women or girls are not allowed to go inside the main worship area and can see from outside.

Pariyon Ka talab (60 Kms from Aurangabad)
Pariyon ka Talab literally means 'Fairies Lake'. All steps of the lake are located along the western shore. The lake also has a stage like platform, which bears great similarity to the ancient Roman Amphitheatre. A Shiva temple situated on the banks of the lake attracts devotees from great distances.

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