This city takes its name from the last Mughal, Aurangzeb, who made it his capital, and embellished it with impressive monuments and architecture. Unfortunately following his death, the city fell into decline. However its proximity to Mumbai, just a weekend trip away, and the World Heritage sights of Ellora and Ajanta, mean that a steady flow of tourists still come here. Our pick of the best places to stay in Aurangabad are all ideally located for exploring all of its attractions.
With the unfortunate nickname of “the poor man’s Taj”, Bibi-qa-Maqbara is a mausoleum built by the great Aurangzeb’s son, Azam Khan, for his mother. Whilst it may not be quite as grand as its bigger brother it is still worth a visit, even if just to perambulate its impressive formal gardens.
But what the punters really come here for are the Ellora and Ajanta caves. Just 29 and 105 kilometres from Aurangabad, respectively, they are best reached by car. Once there, visitors are transported into an ancient world, today World Heritage Sights.
Our pick of the best places to stay in Aurangabad offer excellent value for money and stylish accommodation for all tastes.
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Located out of town amongst peaceful gardens, this resort of individual cottages is ideal accommodation for families. There is a large pool, kids playground, spa and gym. Four Seasons restaurant serves International & Asian cuisine. Rooms feature private terraces and simple yet chic decor.
A young and fun hotel chain providing stylish and contemporary interiors with amenities for both business and leisure travellers. Rooms feature Indian accents, surprisingly large bathrooms and some private balconies. There is a fun bar and billiards room serving light snacks and fusion restaurant.
Housed in an impressive colonial building amongst manicured lawns this Taj offering provides excellent value for money. Rooms are timeless and classic in style featuring bathtubs, garden views and some private balconies. World cuisine is served in the atmospheric restaurant. There is a pool and gym.
A global chain providing renowned service at an affordable price. Rooms are of a good size, classic in style but fuss free featuring large bathrooms. The restaurant serves Chinese, Indian and International dishes and there is a large pool around which to relax. The sites of Aurangabad are close by.