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Top Choice Monument in Aurangabad


Built by Aurangzeb’s son Azam Khan in 1679 as a mausoleum for his mother Rabia-ud-Daurani, Bibi-qa-Maqbara is widely known as the poor man’s Taj. With its four minarets flanking a central onion-domed mausoleum, the …
Top Choice Indian in Aurangabad


Rightly famous for its delicious unlimited Rajasthani and Gujurati thalis, Bhoj is a wonderful place to refuel and relax after a hard day on the road (or rail). It’s on the 1st floor of a somewhat scruffy little sho…
Museum in Aurangabad

Shivaji Museum

This simple museum is dedicated to the life of the Maratha hero Shivaji. Its collection includes a 500-year-old chain-mail suit and a copy of the Quran, handwritten by Aurangzeb.
Indian in Aurangabad


This busy pure-veg restaurant looks and feels vaguely like an Indian take on a American diner, with big portions of food in familial surrounds. There’s lots of Punjabi and South Indian food, as well as rice and nood…
Textiles in Aurangabad

Paithani Silk Weaving Centre

One of the best places to come and watch weavers at work is the Paithani Silk Weaving Centre where you’ll find good quality goods for sale. It’s about 6km east of Kranti Chowk (behind the Air India office), so take …
Gardens in Aurangabad


The garden complex of Panchakki, literally meaning ‘water wheel’, takes its name from the ancient hydromill which, in its day, was considered a marvel of engineering. It’s still in working condition but is today rea…
Cave in Aurangabad

Aurangabad Caves

Architecturally speaking, the Aurangabad Caves aren’t a patch on Ellora or Ajanta, but they do throw some light on early Buddhist architecture and, above all, make for a quiet and peaceful outing. Carved out of the …
Cultural in Aurangabad

Ellora Ajanta Aurangabad Festival

A cultural festival bringing together the best classical and folk performers from across the region, while promoting a number of artistic traditions and handicrafts on the side.
Multicuisine in Aurangabad

Hotel Panchavati

This budget hotel’s restaurant has Chinese and Korean food in addition to an extensive Indian menu and cold beer. Ambience isn’t a selling point here, but it’s air-conditioned and staff are friendly.
Indian in Aurangabad

Swad Veg Restaurant

Swad offers a great range of Indian snacks and staples, such as dosas, plus a few pizzas, ice creams and shakes. Try the Gujarati thali (₹170), an endless train of dishes that diners gobble up under the benevolent g…