Aurangabad

Aurangabad is named after the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb. It literally means ‘named after the Throne’. The city is a gateway to many historical monuments like Ajanta Caves and Ellora Caves, Bibi Ka Maqbara and more. It is also known as the City of Gates and there are many elegantly crafted gates all through the city to justify the nomenclature.

Aurangabad is also one of the fastest growing cities in the world.

The city was founded on 1610 A.D. by Malik Ambar, the Prime Minister of the Shah of Ahmadnagar, who then made it his capital. It was named Fatehnagar or ‘the city of victory’ by his successors. The following decades saw rapid growth and development. The city was eventually conquered by the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb in 1653. He promptly changed its name and Aurangabad was born!

According to a recent survey, it is one of the fastest growing cities of the world and with good reason. It was in 1960 that the government started making serious efforts to industrialise the city. It set up MIDC or Maharashtra Industrial Development Corporation (MIDC) which acquired land and set up sprawling industrial estates. Today, the city is a major centre for industrial development. Many renowned Indian and international have established themselves in the Industrial Estates of Aurangabad: Audi India, Skoka, Volkwagon, Bajaj India, to name a few.

Aurangabad is also a major hub of silk and cotton textile production. Its Paithani silk saris are world renowned. They are made of fine silk with pure gold threads weaved into them. You can even witness this age-old weaving process. Just don’t forget to pick up one for yourself or your loved ones back home!

If you’ve been to Hyderabad, you will be surprised to find many Hyderabadi influences in Aurangabad. Both cities have an old-world charm and similar cultures. Marathi and Urdu are the main languages of the city, spoken in the Hyderabad dialect. Aurangabad’s cuisine too is Mughlai. So remember to tuck into the fragrant Biryani (rice cooked in fresh spices with vegetables or meat) and the plethora of sweets. Even the weather, extreme as it is, is strikingly similar to Hyderabad’s. During summer, temperatures can shoot up to 46 degree Celsius and in winters, they dip to 2 degree Celsius.

Places of interest in and around Aurangabad
Ajanta Caves - About 107 kms away from Aurangabad, this is a group of 30 caves. They belong to the era between 200 BC and 250 AD. Two decades ago, UNESCO delcared them a World Heritage Site. The caves are a stunning example of exquisite architecture, breathtaking sculptures and beautiful paintings. The Buddhist influence on these caves is hard to miss. There are many prayer halls and monasteries inside while almost all the paintings depict the life of the Buddha or stories from the Buddhist scriptures.

Ellora caves – These caves are situated comparatively closer to Aurangabad. Just 30 kms, Ellora is world-famous for the largest single monolithic excavation in the world, - the huge Kailasa temple in Cave 16. Again, most of the caves have religious (Hindu, Jain or Buddhist) influences, displaying the peaceful co-existence of different faiths in those days.

Bibi Ka Maqbara – Just about 3 kms away from Aurangabad is Bibi Ka Maqbara. This is the tomb of Aurangzeb's wife, Rabia-ud-Durrani. If you’ve seen the Taj Mahal in Agra, you will be surprised by the striking similarity this monument bears to the original. Not surprisingly, it is called the Mini Taj of the Deccan. The Maqbara stands proud surrounded by a well-manicured garden, beautiful ponds, fountains and pavilions. A monument worth visiting!

Daulatabad – This 14th century fort city is just about 16 kilometers away. Once known as Deogiri, it was the capital of the Tughlaq dynasty, under the ‘mad king’ Muhammad bin Tughluq. The King changed the city’s name to Daulatabad and even had grand plans of forcibly moving the entire population of Delhi here. The plans were eventually abandoned. Kali Masjid and Jumma Masjid – For the religiously inclined, there are many mosques in and around Aurangabad, the biggest ones being Kali Masjid and Jumma Masjid. Dating from 1600 AD, they are an architectural marvel indeed.

Top News

Bad Cars

Bad Cars

Dating is hard, especially when you have a shitty car. Film by Madatoms ...
28 May, 2013 by admin  0
India

India's Jewish Food

Joan Nathan travels to Kochi, India to look for Jewish food and discovers a rich cultural history in the process. From The New York Times ...
28 May, 2013 by admin  0
Salted Memoir

Salted Memoir's - India

Salted Memoir’s is a new series following French surfer Teiki Ballian's travels and adventures. Every month there will be a new episode with a new destination. This is the first episode of SALTED MEMOIR'S, this clip has Teiki exploring the uncharted waters of India. ...
27 May, 2013 by admin  0
GMO OMG

GMO OMG

Who controls the future of your food? GMO OMG explores the systematic cor-porate takeover and potential loss of humanity’s most precious and ancient inheritance: seeds. Director Jeremy Seifert investigates how loss of seed diversity and corresponding laboratory assisted genetic alteration of food affects his young children, ...
23 May, 2013 by admin  0
Coca-Cola Small World Machines

Coca-Cola Small World Machines

In the latest ‘Open Happiness’ installation, Coca-Cola is set out to break down barriers and create a simple moment of connection between two nations, India and Pakistan. The initiative "Small World Machines" provided a live communications portal between people in India and Pakistan and showed that what unites us is strong...
22 May, 2013 by admin  0
Polo Jodhpur

Polo Jodhpur

British Polo Day - a celebration of British luxury and heritage in a polo event that spans the world, China, India, Singapore, Abu Dhabi, Dubai, UK and more. British Polo Day in Jodhpur, India. Film by Toby Lockerbie British Polo Day India Official Clip ...
16 May, 2013 by admin  0
Vexta in Kochi, India

Vexta in Kochi, India

Vexta is a fine artist from Australia, she's recognized in the street art scene as one of the leading female artists. Vexta hit a bunch of walls in Kochi India during the first Contemporary Art Biennale of India. This is how her psychedelic street pieces unfolded across the streets. ...
14 May, 2013 by admin  0
Elio Motors Three Wheeler

Elio Motors Three Wheeler

Elio Motors unveiled a prototype of its two-passenger, three-wheeled vehicle. The Elio gets 84 miles to the gallon on the highway and 49 MPG in the city and can go 672 miles on its 8 gallon tank. It will cost $6,800 and is slated to begin production in the spring of 2014 at Elio Motor's Shreveport, Louisiana plant. Top spee...
13 May, 2013 by admin  0
AutoWed - Wedding Vending Machine

AutoWed - Wedding Vending Machine

The AutoWed Wedding Machine - yes it is as cruel and mechanised as it sounds, with the emotions of a parking meter, yet somehow putting in your $1, getting a pair of plastic rings and a personalised wedding receipt still feels special when you share it with the one you love. Aesthetically its part parking meter, part Cadillac,...
10 May, 2013 by admin  0
Terra Motors

Terra Motors' Electric Tuk-Tuk

Japanese start-up company Terra Motors has put together what it calls the electric tuk-tuk, which is an all-electric three-wheeled vehicle, which will be primarily used as a taxi. First offered in the Philippines, the all-electric tuk tuk will cost around $6,300, which is far more than the $1,500 gasoline versions currently...
10 May, 2013 by admin  0
Page 36 of 95« First...102030...3435363738...506070...Last »

Facebook

Get the Facebook Likebox Slider Pro for WordPress
X

Come join us on our next rickshaw adventure! Book Your Place!

¤