Lying along the bank of the Kham River in the state of Maharashtra, Aurangabad is a historical city which is often referred to as the "gateway to the World Heritage Sites of Ajanta and Ellora". Named after the Mughal emperor, Aurangzeb, the city is a potpourri of historical monuments and religious artefacts.
Largely being a historical city, Aurangabad invites hundreds of thousands of tourists each year from all parts of the globe. Apart from historical sites and religious places, it has many lush green gardens that make it a perfect setting for a family outing or picnic.
Major tourist attractions here include Aurangabad Caves, which date back to 2nd - 3rd century and depict the flourishing Buddhist settlement of the erstwhile period. Ajanta Caves are a World Heritage site that further adds to the mythical tales of Buddhism during 200 BC to 650 AD. Ellora caves, which are located just 30 kilometres Northwest of Aurangabad, are also a "World Heritage Site" for their stonework that are devoted to Hinduism, Jainism, and Buddhism.
Other popular tourist attractions in Aurangabad include Bibi Ka Maqbara, Panchakki, Jama Masjid, Chauk Masjid and Lal Masjid. The city has three museums also, which showcase art legacy of the historical times, namely Chhatrapati Shivaji Museum, Sunheri Mahal Museum and University Museum.