The Ajanta Caves
The UNESCO World Heritage Site of the Ajanta Caves is around 106 km from here. These 30 rock-cut caves are dedicated to Buddhism, depicting Viharas and Chaitya Grihas. 5 of these are Buddhist cathedrals and the remaining 25 are monasteries. These caves date back to the 2nd century. Carved in 2 phases, these caves are a masterpiece of Indian art and Buddhist religious art containing figurines of Lord Buddha and Jataka tales.
The Ellora Caves
Built between the 5th and 10th century, the Ellora Caves are listed in UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Located at a distance of 30 km from Aurangabad, these caves are dedicated to Hinduism, Jainism as well as Buddhism. A total of 43 caves, out of these 12 are Buddhist caves, 17 are Hindu caves and 5 are Jain caves. These caves are known for their beautiful carvings.
Baradari Iwaz Khan Aqueduct
Baradari Iwaz Khan Aqueduct, in ruins today, is a major tourist attraction and a place of interest of romantic couples. The ruined walls of the structure are a proof of the attack by the Maratha rulers. Baradari Iwaz Khan Aqueduct is a beautiful piece of architecture, attracting tourists from everywhere.
Bibi ka Maqbara
Bibi ka Maqbara was constructed in 1679 AD by the son of Aurangzeb, in the memory of Rabia, his mother. The design of this construction, designed by Ata Ullah was inspired from the Taj Mahal. This sandstone memorial has a marble dome and has plastered walls. The enclosure of the memorial is octagonal in shape.
Now almost in ruins, the Naukonda Palace was then occupied by Nizam Ali Khan when he was in Aurangabad. The complex of this palace consists of a number of interesting structures including 5 Zananas, a Masjid, A Kachahri, Dewan-i-Khas and Dewan-i-Am. Every section of this palace has a water tank and a garden. The Hamam in the central part is in a good state.
Sunheri Mahal was commissioned by a Bandalkand chief who was accompanying Auranzeb into the Deccan Region. Placed in Paharsingpura suburbs of Aurangabad, this construction is in lime and stone. Located on an elevated platform, this palace has beautiful paintings on the walls, which were once in gold, but now is almost in ruins.
Killa Arak was commissioned by Aurangzeb in the year 1692. It was a lavish palace, which is now in ruins but still charms the visitors. This palace has 4 entry gates and a Nakar Khana for the musicians along with the Jumma Masjid and the Darbar Hall. The room where the throne of Aurangzeb was placed was amidst a well-manicured garden.