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Aurangabad ...Last city of Emporer Aurangzeb

Aurangabad was the city of the last great Mughal Emperor, Aurangzeb ( (November 4, 1618 – March 3, 1707). Aurangzeb was the son of Shah Jehan(builder of Taj Mahal), whom he imprisoned until death.

Aurangabad is visited mainly by tourists who pass through, on their way to Ellora Caves. It is small , compact and easily discovered in one day.
There are some fine old buildings, but they are very dilapidated. Not much has been preserved here. It is industrial, and the motor cycle industry is centered here. All the Auto Rickshaws in India are manufactured here.
Textile shops are all around, and a speciality is a type of silk called "himroo". This is a mixture of cotton, silver thread & silk, similar to brocade. Himroo used to be hand-woven, a skill passed down in families, but today is produced mostly by machinery. There are still about 2 hand-weaving centres in Aurangabad.

Ellora Caves

For more information about Ellora Caves visit my page ELLORA

Pros and Cons
  • Pros:very few tourists
  • Cons:not tourist-geared at all
  • In a nutshell:I would not really visit here again
  • Last visit to Aurangabad: Dec 2006
  • Intro Updated Mar 1, 2010
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  • tiabunna's Profile Photo
    Mar 7, 2010 at 4:06 AM

    A very interesting looking place: the caves really are excellent and the hotel sounds very pleasant. Are the caves far from Aurangabad? Enjoyable reading and photos in your updates.

  • ranger49's Profile Photo
    Mar 6, 2010 at 2:05 PM

    Back to see the updates. I did not know this history of Emperer Aurangzeb. Another informative and colourful page.

  • Trekki's Profile Photo
    Mar 3, 2010 at 10:24 PM

    Wow, these caves look magnificent! I love your hidden photo of Kailasa Temple with these tiny people on the stairs compared to the huge temple size! Had to come back again and get inspired again :-)

  • BruceDunning's Profile Photo
    Dec 20, 2009 at 10:46 AM

    You presented good history and detail of the tomb and caves. Thank you for the virtual tour of India sites.

  • MM212's Profile Photo
    Dec 13, 2009 at 4:19 PM

    Too bad I missed the himroo weaving process. Next time! Thanks for your visit. Your India pages are amazing!

  • JLBG's Profile Photo
    Nov 22, 2009 at 1:19 PM

    there is a lot of fascinating tales and information in your tips! Wow, 34 caves, that must be amazing! I can easily believe that you needed 10 days! Gorgious Bougainvilla!

  • MalenaN's Profile Photo
    Nov 17, 2009 at 9:14 AM

    Thanks for great tips Lynne! I plan to go to both Ellora and Ajanta when I visit India next year, but only on daytrips from Aurangabad. Wish I had more time, but there are so many places to see!

  • vpas's Profile Photo
    Oct 7, 2009 at 6:53 PM

    Great to read your tips,as always!Love, vpa S

  • VeronicaG's Profile Photo
    Sep 19, 2009 at 9:28 AM

    Love the history you give an account for in Aurangabad--emperors, caves and luscious silks to be found here!

  • Yaqui's Profile Photo
    Jun 8, 2009 at 6:58 PM

    Your information is so wonderful, its like I am really there seeing your travels. Thanks again for sharing your wonderful travels!

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