Aurangabad is a relatively small city which experienced its golden age between 1653 and 1707 when it was declared capital by Mughal emperor, Aurangzeb. With the death of emperor came the city’s decline, however, during that short period while city situated in Maharashtra state was the capital couple fascinating monuments were built. On the north western edge of the city, near Makai gates you can find small copy of Taj Mahal Bibi-qa-Maqbara or Tomb of the Lady. This is the major structure built through the emperors’ rule which strikes remarkable resemblance with Taj Mahal. To current day it is attracting hordes of tourist every day.
City is attracting travelers not only because of the Taj Mahal replica, nor because of medieval Daulatabad Fort located west of the city but rather because it is a perfect base camp for the ones who want to explore nature and World Heritage sites of Ajanta and Ellora. Both of these cave complexes are located up to hundred kilometers distance from Aurangabad and many uses the city as a place where they stay during the exploration of these two as it holds most of accommodation options, has best accessibility by any means of transport and is on the way when traveling between the caves.
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