Aurangabad Tourism

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.

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.

The best tours and activities in the city, guided by experts to give you a local insight to the best of Aurangabad

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

    • Air Pollution 74.04 (High)
    • Water Pollution 66.25 (High)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 60 (High)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 65 (High)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 50 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 80.26 (Very High)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 58.7 (Moderate)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 64.47 (High)
  • How safe is Aurangabad for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Aurangabad.

    • Burglary and Theft 53.57 (Moderate)
    • Mugging and Robbery 46.43 (Moderate)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 46.43 (Moderate)
    • Corruption and Bribery 82.14 (Very High)
    • Car Stealing 50 (Moderate)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 50 (Moderate)
    • Attacks 45.83 (Moderate)
    • Drug offense 42.86 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 82.14 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 64.29 (High)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 39.29 (Low)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 28.57 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 42.86 (Moderate)
  • Quality of Life Index of Aurangabad is 88.25 (Moderate)

    • Safety Index 51.72 (Moderate)
    • Climate Index 72.12 (High)
    • Pollution Index 78.48 (High)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 37.33 (Moderate)
    • Cost of Living Index 23.56 (Very Low)
    • Health Care Index 26.39 (Low)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 14.35 (High)
    • Purchasing Power Index 38.72 (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.

  • 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 3.44 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 28.64 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 38.03 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 26.12 USD

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