Aurangabad - A large industrial city in the Western Indian State of Maharashtra, serves as the Gateway to the World Heritage sites of the Ajanta and Ellora caves. Also, the city in itself, has a very rich heritage, since for a part of Aurangzeb's rule, Aurangabad had become the seat of the Mughal dynasty. The Mughal dynasty contributed to such architectural wonders as the Bibi-ka-Makbara, and the Daulatabad Fort.
The most popular attractions around Aurangabad are the Ajanta Caves - about 107 kms away, the rock cut caves of Ajanta nestle in a panoramic gorge, in the form of a gigantic horseshoe. Among the finest examples of some of the earliest Buddhist architecture, cave paintings and sculptures, these caves comprise Chaitya Halls, or shrines dedicated to Lord Buddha and Viharas or monasteries used by Buddhist monks for meditation and the study of Buddhist teachings. The paintings that adorn the walls and ceilings of the caves depict incidents from the life of Buddha and various Buddhist divinities. Ajanta has been designated as a World Heritage Site, to be preserved as an artistic legacy that will come to inspire and enrich the lives of generations to come.
The next most popular attraction around Aurangabad are the Ellora Caves - the cave temples and monasteries at Ellora, excavated out of the vertical face of an escarpment are 26 kms north of Aurangabad. Extending in a linear arrangement, the 34 caves contain Buddhist Chaityas, or halls of worship, and Viharas, or monasteries, Hindu and Jain temples. Spanning a period of about 600 years between the 5th and the 11th century A.D., the earliest excavation here is of the Dhumar Lena (cave 29). The most imposing excavation is, without doubt that of the magnificent Kailasa Temple (cave 16), which is the single largest monolithic structure in the World. Ellora too has been designated a World Heritage Site.
A good value for money accommodation option, for those wanting to visit the World Heritage sites of the Ajanta and Ellora Caves, the Meadows offers low rise cottage style accommodation. The Resort is spread over a large area and has wonderfully landscaped gardens. Cottages are elegantly furnished with all modern amenities. Leisure facilities here include a swimming pool and a Spa.
Luxuriously sprawled over 14 acres of verdant gardens, the Rama International is set amidst a quiet residential district and is the premier resort hotel in Aurangabad. Tastefully furnished and well-appointed rooms which cater to business as well as leisure needs, overlook the green expanse of sprawling lawns or the inviting waters of the pool. Leisure facilities here include Tennis, croquet, mini golf, badminton, table tennis, volleyball as well as a well equipped health club and yoga centre
his palace-styled hotel offers spacious comfort and rich warm, hospitable service. Conveniently located, the Taj Residency is a gateway to the World Heritage Sites of Ellora and Ajanta Caves and just 9kms from the airport and railway station. Stylish, modern, and above all comfortable, each guest room is well-equipped with amenities like international direct dial facility, safe deposit lockers, color television with satellite programmes and private verandahs overlooking lush lawns. Leisure facilities include a Fitness Centre, Souvenir shop and a Swimming pool.