Visit Aurangabad - Best of Aurangabad

The Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb (then a prince) fell in love with the city in the 17th century. So they named the city after him. It subsequently came under the control of the British Raj, the Princely State of Hyderabad, and finally became a part of Maharashtra in 1960.

Right now, it’s world Heirtage Sites, the Ajanta and Ellora caves, make it the queen of Maharashtra tourism. They call it the “City of Gates”, for the fifty-two Mughal-era gates spread throughout the city. The population is pre-dominantly Hindu, but also has a large Muslim population. And though it is known as a tourism hub, it’s also one of the fastest growing cities in Asia.

The city is also famous for it’s Paithani textiles, an ancient saree weaving tradition; Himroo fabrics; and Bidriware, which are works of gold and silver inlays on copper. Despite being staunchly Maharasthrian now, the city retains much of it’s Hyderabadi cultural flavour. Marathi and Urdu are the main spoken languages.

Aurangabad was the part of the Nizam’s Hyderabad State until it was merged into Independent India in 1956. In 1960 it became a part of Maharashtra and also became a district headquarter.

Aurangabad is a flourishing industrial centre, a very interesting place of heritage and traditional richness and it is also an exotic destination which will attract tourists with a deep interest in architecture and the evolution of religions.

For a holiday with an ancient edge, Aurangabad is the destination for you. Travel guides will heartily recommend great Maharashtrian food, interesting historical sites, good shopping destinations and all modern amenities that will make your holiday more pleasant than you had expected.

Aurangabad Travel Tips

Essential travel information and Aurangabad tips for your visit


  • Please book your hotel in advance. Hotel owners may hike prices on arrival.
  • Always carry a Rickshaw fare card. Rickshaw drivers can be really nasty sometimes.
  • Always carry a bag of water with you.
  • Consider the time of the year of your visit. Pack accordingly.
  • In winters, you will have to pack a lot of winter wear because of the cold. Summers are hot and therefore loose, cotton clothes with do.
  • Carry sunglasses, scarves and sunscreen lotion during summer visits. In winters, keep a moisturizer with you.
  • Try the local cuisine and street food of the city.
  • Bring a phrase book and city guide with you.
  • Be careful from thieves and take safety measures to protect your wallet.


  • Do not travel at night on your own.
  • Do not fall for scams of local agents and touts. In need, contact a police officer or approach the traffic policeman.
  • Do not wear a lot of jewellery while travelling and avoid carrying cash. Carry a debit card/credit card instead.

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Facts and Stats for Aurangabad*

  • Pollution Statistics in Aurangabad

    Know the pollution level of Aurangabad before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 74 (High)
    • Water Pollution 68.06 (High)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 58.33 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 62.5 (High)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 48.61 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 79.41 (High)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 58.33 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 64.71 (High)
  • Aurangabad: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Aurangabad for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Aurangabad.

    • Burglary and Theft 50 (Moderate)
    • Mugging and Robbery 41.67 (Moderate)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 37.5 (Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 79.17 (High)
    • Car Stealing 45.83 (Moderate)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 45.83 (Moderate)
    • Attacks 40 (Moderate)
    • Drug offense 37.5 (Low)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 91.67 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 75 (High)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 33.33 (Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 20.83 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 37.5 (Low)
  • Living in Aurangabad - Quality of Life

    • Safety Index 58.18 (Moderate)
    • Pollution Index 78.13 (High)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 37.33 (Moderate)
    • Cost of Living Index 24.91 (Very Low)
    • Health Care Index 47.22 (Moderate)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 12.58 (High)
    • Purchasing Power Index 39.82 (Very Low)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Aurangabad

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Aurangabad

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.01 USD
    • International Movie per seat 2.43 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 30.07 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 38.7 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 22.48 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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