Holxo Tours in Aurangabad
Around 400 km eastward of Mumbai – in the Marathwada region – lies Aurangabad (also called Fatehnagar), which, like most Mughal-trodden places on the Indian map, showcases two sides. Named for the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb, whose Deccan capital it once was, Aurangabad still holds the air of a bygone era that only enhances the charm of its tourist-centred economy. The many beautiful monuments here stand as the proud keepers of the prodigious history that sustains the city.
The major tourist sites here are the Bibi-ka-Maqbara, an elegant edifice which is the burial mausoleum of Emperor Aurangzeb’s wife, Dilras Banu Begum. Since it was designed like the Taj Mahal in Agra, the mausoleum is also popularly called the ‘Taj of the Deccan’. The 17th-century water wheel Panchakki is known for its underground water channel. The powerful 12th century Daulatabad Fort (aka Devgiri Fort) was a coveted citadel of its times due to its extraordinary military strength. The Grishneshwar Temple is one of the 12 Jyotirlinga (linga of light) shrines in India and is an extremely important pilgrimage site in the Shaivite (of Shiva) tradition of Hinduism; the Temple is believed to be the last or 12th Jyotirlinga.
But Aurangabad’s undisputed claim to fame is that it is the gateway to India’s timeless art at the renowned Ajanta and Ellora Caves – both UNESCO World Heritage Sites.Aurangabad is famous for its beautiful Paithani sarees that are hand-woven in the Paithan and Yeola towns of Maharashtra. Created from very fine silk and using gold thread, the traditional Paithani (or pattan) saree is especially noted for its intricate weave, exquisite motifs, and elegant colours, and is one of the iconic crafts of Maharashtra.