Aurangabad derives its name from the Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb. It is indisputably renowned for the magnificent Ajanta and Ellora caves, which are UNESCO World Heritage Sites. These ancient Buddhist and Hindu caves nestled in forests, have enthralled millions over years. The technique of construction and the perfect inscriptions inside the caves have intrigued Historians and conservationists for ages.
Kailashnath temple, a wondrous 8th century shrine situated in Ellora is one of the world's largest monolithic structures formed by a free-standing temple flanked by huge elephants, pillars, podiums, a gateway, two-storied halls and the main shrine within - all carved from one solid piece of rock.
Bibi ka Mabara, also known as the 'Taj of the Deccan' is worth a brief visit. It is a degraded version of the Taj built for emperor Aurangzeb's wife by his first son.