Cheap flights to Aurangabad land at Chikalthana Airport, the main entry point into the city. Originally built as a domestic only airport in the early 1990s, the airport was recently upgraded to accommodate international Aurangabad flights. Jet Airways, Air India, Spicejet and Indigo are the major domestic carriers flying from the Chikalthana airport. It is also one of the 17 airports in India from which Haji pilgrimage flights depart for the cities of Mecca and Medina. The new airport terminal is used by up to 700 passengers daily, and the terminal features escalators and lifts, child-care rooms, duty-free shopping and a modernized communication system.
Aurangabad enjoys a central location in the Indian state of Maharashtra and is barely an hour away by Aurangabad flights from major cities like Mumbai, Hyderabad and Bengaluru. The city is well-connected by rail and road as well. Many tourists prefer to take a train or bus from Mumbai, located roughly 350 kilometres away.
Cheap flights to Aurangabad will land you directly at the city's Chikalthana airport. Transport from the airport to the city can be arranged at the prepaid taxi counters within the airport. As one of the fastest growing cities in the world, Aurangabad boasts an efficient public transport system. The public bus service is well-equipped and covers most parts of the city. Buses are very cheap but can be uncomfortable during hot summer months. Travelling by bus is not recommended late at night due to safety concerns.
Most tourists prefer to use private taxis or auto-rickshaws for moving around Aurangabad. Hiring an air-conditioned taxi is recommended in the hot summer months. Auto-rickshaws are comparatively more affordable and are suitable for travelling over short distances. Make sure to settle the fare before getting into the vehicle however as many drivers will inflate fares for unwitting tourists.
If you plan to stay for longer than a few days, you can consider renting a car with a driver from one of the many travel agencies in the city. These can be quite affordable when hiring for longer periods and give you much improved mobility.
Aurangabad is a major tourist centre in India that was recently declared the 'Tourism Capital of Maharashtra'. The city was built in 1610 and is defined by its proximity to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Ajanta and Ellora caves. These rock carved caves are one of India's biggest tourist draw and are more than two thousand years old. The Ajanta caves were carved out of rock between 200 BCE to 650 CE by Buddhist monks using nothing but simple metal instruments. The Ellora caves were created later between 350 to 650 CE and depict Hindu, Buddhist and Jain deities.
The Bibi ka Maqbara, a 17th century mausoleum, is a stunning example of Mughal architecture and a major tourist attraction. The nearby Daulatabad fort is also a must-visit and dates back to the 12th century. Tourists would also enjoy a leisurely stroll in the Siddharth Gardens, or climb down into the Aurangabad caves located outside the city.
Aurangabad is strongly influenced by Persian traditions and Hyderabad's Muslim culture. Although host to many restaurants serving a variety of food, the traditional fare is Hyderabadi, including naan bread and mutton dishes flavoured with herbs and spices of the Marathwada region, and Deccani cuisine of South India. In City Chowk, which is the centre of Aurangabad, delicious spicy traditional foods can be eaten in Buddi Lane. A large fruit and vegetable market is also a good source for casual meals. A thriving local textile industry based means that beautiful handwoven garments in rich cotton and silk fabrics are available for purchase. Aurangabad is also known for bidriware - intricate silver inlay craft in the Persian style. You can bargain for bidriware, traditional Himroo and Mashru shawls, local pottery, and handicrafts at the local bazaars. For a more modern retail experience, visit Prozone Mall, one of India's largest, which features over 1 million square feet of retail space, restaurants, and night spots. If you are still ready to party after a day of shopping, Aurangabad is home to many bars and clubs, such as Pit Shop and Garbah Bar.