1:- Grishneshwar Temple
One of twelve major shrines devoted to the goddess Shiva, Grishneshwar Jyotirlinga Temple features a red-brick design with many intricate details, fine carvings, and statues of Indian gods. When you visit, keep in mind that photography is not allowed inside. Use our Aurangabad travel route planner to add Grishneshwar Jyotirlinga Temple and other attractions to your Aurangabad.
2 :- Bhadra Maruti Temple
At a distance of 3.5 km from Ellora Caves and 26 km from Aurangabad Railway Station, Sri Bhadra Maruti Temple is a Hindu temple located near Aurangzeb Tomb in Khuldabad.
Bhadra Maruti Temple is dedicated to Lord Hanuman. The idol of the presiding deity Hanuman is portrayed in a reclining or sleeping posture. It is among the three temples where Lord Hanuman can be seen in a resting position. The other two temples are the temple in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh and the temple in Jam Sawali, Madhya Pradesh.
According to the legend, in ancient times the Khuldabad was known as Bhadravati and the ruler was a noble king named Bhadrasena, who was an ardent devotee of Rama and used to sing songs in his praise. One day Hanuman descended in the place, listening to the devotional songs sung in praise of Rama. He was mesmerized and without his knowledge took a reclining posture - called 'Bhava-Samadhi' (a yogic posture). King Bhadrasena, when he had finished his song, was astonished to find Hanuman in Samadhi before him. He requested Hanuman to reside there forever and bless his devotees.
The temple was built in traditional style. The interior of the temple is made of marble and the ceiling is designed beautifully with floral motifs and hymns are written all over the interiors of the temple. The figurine of Lord Hanuman is covered with an orange cloth and decorated with garlands.
The temple is best visited during the festival of Ram Navami and Hanuman Jayanti when the temple is decorated beautifully and special prayers and aartis are conducted. The temple is usually very crowded on Saturdays, as this is the day dedicated to Lord Hanuman. Long queues of devotees can be seen till outside the temple.
Timings: 5 AM - 12 PM and 4 PM - 9 PM.
3 :- Ellora Caves
The Ellora caves are about 30 minutes away from Aurangabad city. They date from the 6th century A.D. to 12th century A.D. In total, there are nearly 100 caves in the hill range out of which 34 caves are famous and visited by many tourists.
Along the cliff face, starting from south to north, are the twelve caves of the Buddhist group, which appear to be the oldest. After this come the caves 13 to 29 of the Hindu group, which include the famous Kailasa temple, and, finally, caves 30 to 34 of the Jain group. Thus the Ellora Caves not only bear witness to three great religions (Buddhism, Brahminism and Jainism) but they also illustrate the spirit of tolerance, characteristic of ancient India, which permitted these three religions to establish their sanctuaries and their communities in a single place, which thus served to reinforce its universal value.
In 1983, the caves at Ellora were declared a UNESCO World Heritage site.
How it works:
We will pick you up from your hotel at 9 a.m. and drive 30 minutes to the caves. At Ellora the caves are at the base of the hill so, there is no climbing. The vehicle takes you right to the cave entrance. After spending about 2.5 to 3 hours at the caves, we will return to Aurangabad in time for lunch.
4 :- Tomb of Mughal Emporer
The tomb of the last Mughal ruler is located in Khuldabad, he is buried in an unmarked grave inside the complex of the shrine of Sheikh Zainuddin.
5 :- Beni Begum Garden
At a distance of 24km from Aurangabad is the astonishingly beautiful Bani Begum Garden with fountains, fluted pillars & massive domes. Bani Begum Garden is a rather lush green site celebrating Mughal architecture and owes its name to Aurangzeb's son's wife, Bani Begum.