Culturally vibrant Aurangabad
Aurangabad is a well-known destination, and attracts multiple international travellers each year, due to the Ajanta and Ellora caves. Both caverns are UNESCO world heritage sites, and Aurangabad is regarded as being one of four most significant cities located in Maharashtra.
Seasons holidays and festivals in Aurangabad
The weather in Aurangabad can be quite extreme, depending on the time of year. The monsoon season brings lots of rain, and starts from June until September. During the winter season, from October to February, temperatures average at around 22 degrees Celsius, and the weather during the summer season, from June to September, can get extremely hot. Most Islamic and Hindu festivals are celebrated in Aurangabad, making this destination lively and vibrant. The Aurangabad Festival, held at the end of December, features music, and arts. The 5 day Diwali festival of lights spans across 5 days, and commences at the end of October, until early November. Ganesh Chaturthi, a festival held in honour of the Hindu deity Ganesha, begins in August and ends in September, and in May, Hindus and Muslims celebrate Shivaji Jayanti and Khultabad Urs. Muslims observing Ramadan, all celebrate Eid el Fitr at the end of the fast, although dates for this Islamic holiday vary, from year to year.
Advice and tips to consider before travelling
The main language spoken in Aurangabad is Marathi, although Hindu and Urdu are also widely used. Set meals, or Thali, are cheap, costing around Rs. 150, and a meal in a restaurant will cost approximately Rs. 200.
Local information transportation and accommodation
Taxis and auto rickshaw (auto) services are the only transfer options available from the airport to the city centre. Prepaid taxi fares to and from the airport depend on travel routes. Generally taxis charge around Rs. 15 for the first 1.5 km, and an additional Rs. 15 for each following km. Auto fares to and from the airport are approximately Rs. 150. It's a good idea to negotiate prices with taxi and auto drivers before boarding. If you're looking for budget accommodation, you'll most likely find it near the train station, or around the city centre. Top luxury hotels are generally located closer to the airport. Prices for cheap accommodation start at around Rs. 700. Middle of the range prices start from Rs. 2,000 and luxury accommodation can cost anywhere from 3,700 upwards.