Aurangabad is an ancient city located in the state of Maharashtra. Gateway to the World Heritage Sites of Ajanta and Ellora, Aurangabad is visited by scores of tourists on way to the age old rock cut caves.

Standing on the right bank of Kham River, Aurangabad is surrounded by Satmala Hills all around, which form a perfect scenic backdrop to this fairly clean city.

Earlier known as Fatehnagar, the city was renamed to Aurangabad after Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb who came and settled here.

With the arrival of the Mughals the town was soon transformed into a glorious estate with various splendid monuments, impregnable walls and gates embellished with exquisite designs and laid out in typical Mughal architecture.

Evidences of Mughal rule can be seen even today in the heritage monuments which still dot the city.

The city saw rule of various dynasties over centuries who left their imprints in some form or the other.

Once a trade hub, Aurangabad today is famous for Himroo & Paithani sarees and wood-work of the Peshwa period.



History of Aurangabad

History of Aurangabad dates back to Buddhist era which has left its imprints in the form of rock-cut Buddhist caves. Thereafter, for a long period there are no historic records per se till medieval period.

Thereafter, the history can be traced back to when Malik Amber, a former Abyssinian slave, who later became a ‘Wazir’, established a city here on the site of a village called ‘Khirki’. Soon, Khirki was renamed as Fatehnagar after Amber’s son and successor Fateh Khan.

Mohammad Bin Tughlaq was so taken by the city that he moved his capital from Delhi to Daulatabad. However, the decision was not just impractical but lacked logistical planning too and thence he had to revert to Delhi later.



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