Aurangabad to me was truly implausible, I mean why would you want to go to Aurangabad in mid April when the temperatures touch 40 degrees C. I doubt if it lands up on anyone's top list for a weekend getaway. Having said that, I am glad I took this trip. I came back tanned, with a sense of calm which remained even after hitting the busy CST station in Mumbai. Sometimes, implausible places can have its own charm and magic.
For the uninitiated, Aurangabad is a quaint town developing into a city and you could see the tell-tale signs there. The most sought after tourist spots in Aurangabad - the Ajanta & Ellora caves are about 100 kms away and you need a day each to tour both these caves. So one could discard the probability of trying to finish off both these places in a single day. While it is easy to get carried away with the enormity of scale surrounding these rock-cut caves, I think it would be prudent to also briefly touch upon the other notable places one could visit in Aurangabad.
Reaching Aurangabad is a pain if you are not taking a flight. The overnight trains passing through Aurangabad are always packed and even a confirmed ticket/seat cannot guarantee a peaceful night's sleep, with commuters butting in to take any inch of free space available. Regretfully, we took the train and after a long, arduous night travel we reached Aurangabad in the morning. Mornings in Aurangabad like all small upcoming cities are a peaceful affair. We had booked a cab in advance and it goes a long way if you do some research in getting a good cab and a driver. Reading up on travel sites prove immensely beneficial. So please do your homework well.
Ajanta & Ellora Caves: