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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.
For peace and quiet
- Located outside of town The Meadows sounds as peaceful as it is. Individual cottage accommodation, set amidst well kept grounds means it is also great for holidaying families wanting to spend some quality time together.
- With fun, spacious and well-priced rooms The Lemon Tree is a great option for young couples. It is within easy reach of Aurangabad city’s shops and restaurants plus it has a fun bar and billiards room.
For a luxury stay
- You can always rely on the Taj group for a luxurious stay. Housed in an imposing, white colonial building their Vivanta by Taj Aurangabad property provides just that. There is a spa and pool, plus the rooms are large with private balconies.
For a central location
- Situated bang in the centre of town, you'll find the WelcomHotel Rama International. It offers stylish accommodation and a great pool.
Still not sure which to book? From city style to a country escape browse through our list of the best places to stay in Aurangabad to start to plan your trip - or widen the net and take a look at all of our Maharashtra recommendations. Or contact one of our friendly gurus for advice.
Best Hotels in Aurangabad
Lemon Tree Hotel 99 rooms from $74Aurangabad (Maharashtra)
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.Sights nearby - Do not mistake the Bibi-qa-Maqbara for the Taj! Well worth a visit, it bears a striking resemblence.Great walks - Visit the Aurangabad Caves and spend the day exploring.Local markets - Good for local colour.Swimming Pool - Indoor/outdoor
The Meadows 48 rooms from $59Aurangabad (Maharashtra)
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.Sights nearby - Daulatabad Fort is an impressive sight and well worth a trip.Great walks - Explore the nearby Ellora Caves.Secluded setting - For escaping.Swimming Pool - Indoor/outdoor
WelcomHotel Rama International 130 rooms from $87Aurangabad (Maharashtra)
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.Local markets - Paithani Silk Weaving Centre is one of the best places to pick up fine silks.Sights nearby - Bibi-qa-Maqbara bears a striking resemblance to the Taj Mahal.Great walks - Around the Aurangabad Caves is a fascinating walk.Swimming Pool - Outdoor pool
Vivanta by Taj 63 rooms from $85Aurangabad (Maharashtra)
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.Local markets - Gul Mandi Market is a favourite amongst tourists and locals.Sights nearby - Panchakki, also known as the water mill, is a must visit.Great walks - Around the Aurangad Caves.Swimming Pool - Indoor/outdoor