Ajanta caves were first mentioned
in the writings of the Chinese
pilgrim Huen Tsang who visited
India between A.D 629 and 645.
the caves wre ‘discovered’
dramatically diring the course
of military maneuves being undertaken
by British officers in 1819.
The temples at Ajanta are ste
into the rocky sides of a cresent
shaped goege in the Inhyadri
hills of the Sahyadri ranges.
These caves found favour with
Buddhist missionaries and over
the next five centuries, Hindus
and Jains also built their temples
here. Both these caves have
been declared as World Heritage
sites by the UNESCO.
By Air: Chikhalthana airport
at Aurangabad (106 kms) is nearest
airfield and is directly linked
to Mumbai, Delhi, Jaipur and
Udaipur. By Rail: Aurangabad,
the closet railhead is directly
connected to Mumbai, Delhi,
Agra, and Bhopal. By Road: The
MSRTC runs ordinary and luxury
buses here to Mumbai (392 kms)
prodiving connectivity to Mumbai,
Delhi, Agra and Bhopal. Alternatively
one could take s bus or taxi
to Jalgoan (59 kms), a manline
junction from where you get
faster express trains to Mumbai
and delhi. Eco-friendly buses
ply between Ajanta and Ellora
pilgrim centre is of great significance,
since it is considered to be the
(adya) of the twelve Jyotirlings.
It is believed that Dharmraj Yudhishthir
constructed this beautiful temple
during the 14 years of exile from
Hastinapur. The temple of Nagnath
has exquisite carvings. The temple
is a showpiece over of Hemadpanti
architecture andis spread over
a 60,000sq.ft area. A large number
of pilgrims visit this temple
on Shivratri and Vijayadashmi.. Getting
By Air: Aurangabad, 210kms is
a convenient airport. By Rail:
Chondi, 21 kms. Is the convenient
railhead, Mumbai – Chondi,
614 kms. By Road: Mumbai- Aundha,
579 kms. Nagpur-Aundha, 359 kms,
Aurangabad – Aundha, 210
kms, State Transport buses ply
from Nanded, Parbhani and Chondi
in Aurangabad this monument
inspired by the Taj, is called
the ‘Mini Taj of the Deccan’.
It was built by Aurangzeb’s
son, Azam Shah, in 1660 as a
loving tribute ti his mother,
Dilras Bano Begum. Bibi ka Maqbara
is an architectural wonder with
intricate designs, carved motifs,
imposing structure and a beautifully
landscaped Mughal-style garden
complete with lush lawns, deep
green cypresses and gurgling
By Air: The Aurangabad airport
is 10 kms from the city and
links the directly to Delhi,
Jaipur, Udaipur and Mumbai.
By Rail: Aurangabad is directly
linked to Pune and Mumbai. Jalgoan
and Aurangabad are convenient
railheads. By Road: State Transport
buses run from Mumbai, Pune,
Ahmednagar, Jalgoan, Shridi,
Nasik and Dhule to Aurangabad.
(Daulatabad of the later period),
11 kms north-west of Aurangabad,
is famous for its formidable
hill fort. The fort is situated
on an isolated cone-shaped hill
rising abruptly from the plains
to a height of about 190 metres.
The Chand Minar, the Chini Mahal
and the Baradari are important
structures within the fort.
The famous Ellora Caves are
just 16 kms away from Deogiri-Daulatabad.
By Air: The nearest airport
from Daulatabad is the Aurangabad
airport, located around 10 kms
east of Aurangabad city. By
Rail: Aurangabad is well connected
to Mumbai and other cities of
the country. There are two trains
that depart daily from Mumbai.
By Road: Daulatabad Fort can
also be reached by private taxi
or by the local bus that runs
between Aurangabad and Ellora.
half a kilometer away from the
Ellora Caves is the hrishneshwar
temple. It enshrines one of
the 12 Jyotirlings dedicated
to Shiva. The temple walls are
richly sculptured. Both the
temple and its masory tank were
built by Queen Ahilyabai Holkar,
who ruled Indore from 1765 to
By Air: The nearest airport
is Aurangabad (42 kms). By Rial:
The nearest railhead is Aurangabad.
By Road: Ghrishneshwar is well
connected by road. It is 422
kms from Mumbai. State Transport
buses ply from Aurangabad to
Gurudwara is situated where the
tenth Sikh Guru Shri Gobind Singh
Breathed his last. It is called
“Sachkhand Sri Hazur Abchal
Nagar Sahib’. The two-storeyed
design resembles that of the Golden
Temple. Some of the sacred relics
of Guru Gobind Singh, which include
a golden dagger, a matchlock gun,
an archer with 35 arrows two bows,
a steel shield studded with precious
stones and five golden swords
are also preserved here. This
historical shrine is situated
on the banks of the Godavari River
and is visited by thousands of
devotees throughout the year from
all India and abroad. Getting
By Air: Nearest AIRPORT IS Aurangabad.
By Rail: The nearest railway station
is Nanded. One can board a train
from Pune, Mumbai or Aurangabad.
By Road: The nearest city is Aurangabad.
Private Bus tours are available.
is located within 50 kms of
Aurangabad on the Godavari river.
Paithan was the home of the
great Maharashtrian Saint Eknath,
whose Samadhi or shrine can
be found here. The town is mostly
famous today for its Paithani
saris. Sant Dnyneshwar Udyan
and the Jaikwadi dam are located
By Air: Aurangabad is linked
by daily flights to Mumbai,
Udaipur, Jodhpur and Delhi.
By Rail: Nearest railhead is
Aurangabad, 56 kms. By Road:
Paithan is connected by bus
service to Aurangabad.
kms from Aurangabad, is the
village of Lonar. Over 30,000
years ago, a falling meteorite
struck the area creating the
world's largest impact crater
in basaltic rock. Botanists
have recently discovered vegetation
life forms not found anywhere
else on this planet, in the
stunning lake of the crater
There are a few state transport
buses that ply between Aurangabad
and Lonar, however the best
way to go is by private car
Shiva temple, with beautifully
carved sculptures and decorated
pillars stands in the village
of Anwa, 10 kms east of Golegaon,
on the main road leading from
Aurangabad to the Ajanta Caves.
It was built in the 12th century,
and consists of a sanctuary,
a mandapa or open hall with
decorated pillars. The niches
have exquisitely sculpted images
of Vishnu, Ganesha and other
Close by to Ajanta, Anwa Temple
can be reached by taking a well-marked
diversion at Golegaon. Private
car or taxi is probably the
best mode of transport.
the 14th century, several Sufi
saints of the Chishti order, chose
to reside in Khuldabad or the
Abode of Eternity. The dargah,
or tomb of Moinuddin Chishti,
the spiritual guide of the Mughal
emperor, Aurangzeb, is within
this sacred complex. The austere
emperor himself rests nearby,
in a grave as simple as that of
man's, in striking contrast to
the grand mausoleums of his predecessors.
Eloquent testimony to Aurangzeb's
simplicity is the inscription
on his plain tombstone: "No
marble sheets should shield me
from the sky as I lie there one
with the earth."
Khuldabad is a part of the MTDC
tour to Ellora. It can also be
reached by private taxis.
is well-known for the shrine
of Vaijnath containing one of
the famous twelve Jyotirlings
of India. It is 26 kilometers
from Ambejogai in the Beed district.
Legend has it that Yogeshwari
of Ambejogai was married to
Lord Vaidyanatha of Parali.
But by the time the marriage
party reached, the auspicious
time of the wedding had passed.
As result the people of the
marriage party turned into stone
By Air: Nearest airport is Aurangabad.
By Rail: Nearest railway sataion
is Parli Vaijnath. By Road:
Nearest city is Aurangabad,
Kulswamini Tuljabhavani is present
at Shri Kshetra Tuljapur. This
is the ancient temple situated
45 kms away from Solapur city.
Out of three and a half Shaktipith.
There are many small and large
temples in the configuration
around this temple. Newly married
couples often visit this temple.
By Air: Nearest airport is Aurangabad,
257 kms. By Rail: Nearest railahead
is Solapur on South Central
Railway. By Road: Mumbai –
Tuljapur, 452 kms. Via Solapur.
Aurangabad – Tuljapur,
257 kms. Solapur – Tuljapur,
40 kms. Osmanabad – Tuljapur