If you think 48 hours is too little time to explore the historically important city of Aurangabad, then you’re wrong! Aurangabad is a magnificent and vibrant city that offers an interesting mix of rich history and modern culture and there’s plenty to see and do here in 48 hours. All you need to do is plan ahead and explore various attractions within and close to the city. Keep reading to discover how to plan the perfect two-day itinerary in Aurangabad.
On your first day, visit the famous Ellora Caves, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. You can spend a whole day gazing at the carvings on the walls of these caves. Our favourite is cave No. 16, which is where the Kailasanatha Temple lies. Built over 150 years ago under the Rashtrakutas, it is a breathtaking example of Hindu architecture. The other caves in Ellora pale in its comparison. You may also like cave No. 10 and cave No. 12, a three-storey Vihara, which is quite spectacular as well. Once you’re done exploring, take a break and enjoy a sumptuous meal at Ellora Canteen and Restaurant or at Ellora Restaurant before moving to your next location.
If you think you have seen beauty at its best, wait until you reach the next tourist destination. Daulatabad Fort, about 13 kilometres from the city, is the strongest standing fort in the Deccan region of Maharashtra. It was earlier known as Deogiri, which is situated 11 kilometres northwest of Aurangabad. The entry ticket is only INR 100. This historic site is known for its formidable 190-metre hill fort, which is situated on a cone-shaped hill. Within the fort, you can explore historically relevant structures, such as the Chini Mahal, the Chand Minar and the Baradari. You may find the uphill journey a little tiring but the sights you will see make every step worth it.
If time permits, be sure to visit the Grishneshwar Temple, one of the most popular attractions in the city. It is believed to be the last Jyotirlinga temple in the world. Although entry is free, you will need to make a small payment if you wish to make an offering to Lord Shiva. A magnificent example of prehistoric architecture and tradition, you will be amazed by the temple’s intricate inscriptions that cover the walls. Whether you want to spend time praying or get a glimpse of the sculptures and carvings in the temple, you will have an unforgettable evening visiting this temple.
After a long day of exploring Aurangabad’s historic monuments, it is time to let your hair down and have a bit of fun experiencing the city’s nightlife. Whether you are looking for a place to have a quiet dinner or a few drinks at a pub or a bar, you will find that this city has a vibrant nightlife offering everything you need to have a good time. Some of the most popular pubs and bars in Aurangabad include Harry’s Bar, KA Lounge, D Sutra and Bistro Bar. You can enjoy delicious starters and cocktails before heading back to your hotel for a good night’s rest.
On your second day, the first place you must visit is the Siddharth Garden and Zoo. You can ask your hotel to pack a snack for you to carry along. This is a beautifully landscaped garden filled with a wide variety of finely sculpted trees and shrubs. While it also features a small aquarium, the most popular attraction in this amazing place is its garden and zoo where you will find a diverse range of wildlife, including deer, lions, white tigers, hyenas, leopards, crocodiles, snakes and much more. There is so much to see at this zoo that you can spend all morning here.
After a whole morning of fun, squeeze in some time for a feast in one of the most popular restaurants in Aurangabad, Bhoj. This is the best place to get a taste of authentic Indian food. The restaurant specializes in thalis, a set meal served on a single platter with multiple delicacies. Decadent and delicious, the food here will make you a bit sleepy as most dishes are made in pure clarified butter. The ambiance at Bhoj provides a wonderful experience as well as the best afternoon you have had in a long time.
Spend your second evening in Aurangabad visiting the Bibi Ka Maqbara, which is about five kilometres away from the city. This historical monument is the burial site of Rabia Durrani, Aurangzeb’s wife. Dating back to 1678, the tomb was built by one of the emperor’s sons, Prince Azam Shah, in memory of his mother. It stands in the middle of a beautiful and spacious garden with fountains, axial ponds and water channels. This is the perfect place to spend your second evening in Aurangabad as it is less crowded and more serene at this time of day. If time permits, you may also visit Panchakki on the way back to your hotel.
It is your last night in Aurangabad! You will find the nightlife here exciting and entertaining. As mentioned, there are loads of pubs and bars you can go to, but if you are looking to party, there are a few names that stand out. Floating Spirit is an awesome place to go for a good time. If you want a casual dining establishment, then Latitude by Taj is the place for you. With good food and a superb bar menu, this is an amazing place to unwind and spend your last night in the city. If you are on a tight budget, you could also stop by for a quick meal at Sagar Restaurant on Buddi Lane.
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