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Brief of Aurangabad
This city is named after Mughal Emperor Aurangazeb. It was called Fatehpur before it took its present name. This city is gateway to the World Heritage Sites of Ajanta and Ellora caves. Developed as a modern city, Aurangabad provides all comforts and modern facilities. There are several luxury budget and star hotels, which caters the tourists of the city.
History of Aurangabad
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.
A prime minister of the Muslim Kingdom of Ahmednagar, Malik Ambar established a town at a village called Khirki. Later, his son Fateh Khan named the town as Fatehpur in 1626. Mohammad Bin Tughlaq tried to switch over the capital of his Delhi sultanate to Fatehpur in 14th century keeping in mind the strategic location of the town. The town was at the centre of India, and the region was considered the safest from the marauding armies of the Afghan and Central Asian raiders.

How to reach Aurangabad

Aurangabad airport is directly air-linked to Mumbai, Delhi, Jaipur and Udaipur. The airport is conveniently located at a distance of around 10 km east of the town. Aurangabad is known to be the gateway to the region, as most of the visitors who are coming from outside reach Aurangabad once just after the arrival or before leaving the state.
Two trains leave daily from Mumbai for Aurangabad. Tapovan Express departs Mumbai early morning that arrives Aurangabad by late afternoon, while the Devgiri Express is an overnight train.
Several luxury and state run buses too are running between Mumbai and Aurangabad that extends up to Ajanta/Ellora Caves.

Fairs & Festivals of Aurangabad
Ajanta and Ellora Festivals
It is the festival of classical dance and music under the backdrops of the Ellora Caves. The festival usually falls in March. The festival showcases best talents from across India. Maharashtra government organizes the festival.
Aurangabad Festival
Aurangabad Festival promotes the rich local culture, talent, art and heritage of the city. The festival is organized to explore the hidden talents and to increase the vibrancy of this historic city. The festival generally falls in December. The Aurangabad Festival Committee organizes it. The festival has programmes that emphasize local art, culture, and heritage, through classical dance performances, popular songs, folk dances, Mushaira, Qawalli, and Ghazals. The festival also exhibits local handlooms and handicrafts like Paithani Himroo, Bidri and Paperwork. Other attractions include, heritage walk for senior citizens, traditional bullock cart race, marathon, inter-school and inter-college competitions, etc.

Shopping in Aurangabad
Aurangabad is rich in its culture and heritage as well as its art and crafts. Whenever we talk of shopping in Aurangabad, himroo shawls, mashroo and kimkhab weaves click on one's mind. We can't also forget the well-known fine paithani silk sarees. The silver inlay craft of Bidri ware too is world famous.

All these things not only relate to the rich art and craft of the region but also reflect the expertise and dedication of the artistes on their works. Many outsiders come to this city to shop these world famous crafts.

Site Seeing at Aurangabad
Caves, Bibi Ka Maqbara, Himroo Factory and Panchakki are always worth to be organized. Daulatabad, Khuldabad Anwa Temple, Pitalkhora Caves, Lonar Crater and Paithan can also be organized as excursions. Sunheri Mahal Museum, University Museum and Chhatrapati Shivaji Museum are three the museums in the city, housing art treasures of the region.
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