1 Daulatabad fort :
- Famous For: Fort, Indian history and heritage, one of the seven wonders of Maharashtra
- Entry Fee: Indian Nationals- INR 10/- per person, Foreign Nationals- INR 100/- per person
- Visiting Time: The fort is open from 8.00am to 6.00pm on all days of the week (including Saturday and Sunday)
- Visiting Duration: Take out a good 2 to 3 hours of your time while visiting the fort as it has a lot to say about the Indian heritage.
Also known as Daulatabad fort, Devagiri fort is located in Daulatabad town, Maharashtra. It is also famous as one of the seven wonders of Maharashtra namely- Ajanta Caves, Lonar Lake, Kas Plateau, Raigadh Fort, Daulatabad Fort, Global Vipassana Pagoda and Chatrapati Shivaji Terminals. It was built by king Bhila, who was the first of the Yadav kings. The fort has an impeccable defense system to be safer during the war times and many techniques to confuse the enemy armies.
2 . Chand Minar :
2nd largest minaret in India - Chand Minar stands tall at the entrance of the iconic Daulatabad Fort. The fort was built in 1435 by Ala-ud-din Bahmani to commemorate his victory over the fort. Later, it was used to keep an eye on the surrounding region. Also, the Chand Minar was mainly used to make announcements related to the fort. The height of the tower is 30 meter (210 feet) and 70 feet in girth at the base. It has 24 chambers, spread over four floors and a small mosque.
THINGS TO DO & SEE IN AND AROUND:
Around Chand Minar, one can visit a couple of other attractions to visit like Daulatabad Fort, Chini Mahal, Hatti Houd, Bronze Cannon, Nagarkhana, decorative gates, a drawbridge, Sunheri Mahal, Purwar Museum and Jama Masjid. Light and sound show at the fort is a must to watch out for.
3. Ellora Caves :
At a distance of 28 km from Aurangabad, 98 km from Ajanta Caves, 104 km from Shirdi, 176 km from Nashik, 253 km from Pune, and 344 km from Mumbai, Ellora Caves are ancient historical caves locally known as 'Verul Leni'. The caves are located near Verul on the Aurangabad-Chalisgaon road to the northwest of Aurangabad in Maharashtra. The Ellora Caves were designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1983. Ellora is the most visited ancient monument and also one of the top Tourist places in Maharashtra. Ellora is also one of the top tourist places near Mumbai.
4. Mahesmal :
About 37 kilometres away from the city of Aurangabad in Maharashtra, Mhaismal is a beautiful, unexplored hill station tucked amidst the Sahyadri Ranges at an altitude of over 106 metres above the sea level. Also titled as the 'Mahabaleshwar of Marathwada', Mhaismal is a perfect blend of the undefiled nature and the breathtaking terrains. It s famous for its temples, gardens, valleys, caves and forts all adding to its inherent natural charm. The pristine ambience of the place is a treat for the tired urban eyes looking for a quiet weekend getaway from Mumbai, Aurangabad or Pune.
The hill station has a plateau with lush greenery, hills and forest cover which is a natural paradise that photographers and nature lovers seek. It is also famous as a Botanical Workshop for the wide variety of flora and fauna it has in store. Mhaismal, although offbeat, is slowly getting popularity because of the greenery that is it adorned with during the monsoons, the wide range of flora it has in store, the bamboo brown forests and the queer village.
5. Bani Begum Garden
Bani Begum Garden is a panoramic garden located 24 km from Aurangabad. The garden is known for its lush green surroundings and comfortable atmosphere. The garden got its name from the tomb of Bani Begum, wife of Aurangzeb's son, which is found in middle of this garden. Fountains, fluted pillars and massive domes can be seen in the garden and is landscaped in the Mughal style and presents with architecture of the departed period.
6. Tomb of Mugal Emperor Aurangzeb :
This is final resting place of Aurangzeb (1618–1707), the sixth and one of the longest serving Mughal emperors.
After his death at Ahmednagar, as per his wish his body was carried to Khuldabad by his his son Azam Shah and daughter Zinat-un-Nissa. He was buried near the dargah of Sheikh Zainuddin, his "spiritual guru".
As per his wish the tomb is kept in an extreme simple manner not housed under a building and roof. Aurangzeb's name is written on a marble plate located in one of the corners of the tomb.
It is believed that Aurangzeb paid for his burial place by stitching caps during his last years and that it cost only 14 Rupees and 12 Annas.
As per the directions of Lord Curzon the British Governor-General, a marble latticed screen was installed later around the tomb. One could also visit the accompanying mosque and the Dargah of Sheikh Zainuddin