Mumbai to Aurangabad road trip consists of such scenic views that your heart will fill with nature love especially if you travel during monsoon season. One of the famous historical cities of India, Aurangabad is just a mixture of diverse culture, ethnicity, history and the famous caves. Rain is little scarce in this area, but surprisingly 2018 saw a good amount of demonstration of rain. Following are the 6 places which you cannot ever miss if you plan to visit this historic city.
#1 Grishneshwar Jyotirlinga Temple :-
Grishneshwar temple, sometimes referred to as the Ghrneshwar Jyotirlinga or Dhushmeshwar temple, is one of the 12 Jyotirlinga shrines mentioned in the Shiva Purana. If you are wondering what is Jyotirlinga, then I must tell you that it is the greatest devotional representation of the supreme god "Shiva". The temple is around 20 kms for Daulatabad which is neared to Aurangabad.
Three prohibitions of this Temple are -
-> No upper body clothes allowed for male devotees.
-> No leather products allowed like belt or wallets.
-> No footware allowed which is generally common in temples around India.
Photography is strictly prohibited in temple premises. Male devotees need to remove their upper clothing, leather products like belt, wallet and then they are allowed in the temple.
One tip for people to visit here is if you come by car then remove belt, wallets and t-shirts in the car itself.
This temple is believed to be very divine and prayers come true according to the locals living around here.
Entry fee - Free
Photography - Not Allowed
#2 Ellora Caves :-
Just situated near Grineshwar Temple, this is the destination you should visit next. Surrounded by breath taking sculptures and beautiful caves, Ellora is a true form of historic art. It is considered as one of the largest rock-cut monastery-temple cave complexes in the world, and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, featuring Buddhist, Hindu and Jain monuments, and artwork, dating from the 600-1000 CE period.
There is a small entry fee i.e. 40rs in which they gives you a coin token to scan at the entry gate. Losing that coin token can be quite expensive for you as the authorities charge 400rs while exiting the place. Photography is free in Ellora caves. You can see many tourists in this area.
There are over 100 caves at the site, all excavated from the basalt cliffs in the Charanandri Hills, 34 of which are open to public. These consist of 12 Buddhist (caves 1–12), 17 Hindu (caves 13–29) and 5 Jain (caves 30–34) caves. Each and every sculptures has a history and a story. I would recommend you to take a tour guide while going in to the caves. They have a very good knowledge regarding the sculptures and its history. They charge around 100rs for a certain amount of time as a guide in Ellora caves.
Entry fee - Rs. 40
Photography - Allowed
#3 Paithani Silk Mall :-
Paithani and Himroo are the 2 types of silk which are famous in Aurangabad. The beautiful patterns and colour combination of these silk items are just mind blowing. Paithani Silk Mall is situated on the way to the Ellora caves and has a large variety of designs in silk sarees, bags, scarfs, stoles and other items.
They provide a good amount of discounts in their products. The most important thing about this shop is that they provide genuine silk. They also give you a certificate of pure silk with their products. Customer service is good and they have good grip on the customer's choices.
All these products are hand made. Also you can see some manufacturing machines kept outside the shops. These are the machines which are used by the tailors to weave hand made silk products. They can even alter some designs in front of you on these machines as per your needs.
Weaving machine for hand made silk productsWeaving machine for hand made silk products
Weaving machine for hand made silk products
If you come by Ellora caves then you should definitely check out this silk mall.