How's the Josh : Aurangabadi Sir !

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11th Mar 2017
Photo of How's the Josh : Aurangabadi Sir ! by Girish Hiranand

Mahmud Darwaza

Photo of Mahmud Darwaza, Navkhanda, Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India by Girish Hiranand

Now the Quest to reach the most awaited place 'Bibi ka Maqbara' was increasing, as it would be sunset in fractionally 1 hour.

On the other side of Bibi ka Maqbara, there was a place which I wanted to see per my research. And that was the 'Soneri Mahal'.

A gentle man explained the path to me to cross a sand garbage area, and ply through the Ambedkar University. This turned to be a long walk. And what works best in this case, with some risk - Hitch hiking ! The Security guard at the university gate requested a University personnel to kindly drop me near the Soneri Mahal entrance pathway, which the person obliged :)

I reached Soneri Mahal in 5 minutes, thereby saving 30 minutes.

Soneri Mahal is a place located in the University complex itself.

Ticket : Rs. 5

Time : ~ 30 minutes

Features : Water entrance, Darbar Hall

Photo of Soneri Mahal, Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University Campus, Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India by Girish Hiranand
Photo of Soneri Mahal, Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University Campus, Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India by Girish Hiranand
Photo of Soneri Mahal, Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University Campus, Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India by Girish Hiranand
Photo of Soneri Mahal, Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University Campus, Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India by Girish Hiranand
Photo of Soneri Mahal, Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University Campus, Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India by Girish Hiranand
Photo of Soneri Mahal, Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University Campus, Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India by Girish Hiranand

Reminds me of the movie 'Karan Arjun'

Photo of Soneri Mahal, Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University Campus, Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India by Girish Hiranand
Photo of Soneri Mahal, Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University Campus, Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India by Girish Hiranand
Photo of Soneri Mahal, Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University Campus, Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India by Girish Hiranand
Photo of Soneri Mahal, Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University Campus, Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India by Girish Hiranand
Photo of Soneri Mahal, Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University Campus, Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India by Girish Hiranand
Day 1

Clock : Dawn of 11th March 2017, 6:30 hours

Location : Tapovan Express (IRTCTC -17617) Dadar Station, Bombay.

Time in hand : 3 days (including 8 hours train travel to and fro)

Mission : Aurangabad.

Aurangabad - Bit versatlile, yet worth to explore.

The very first thing I noticed at the station was the below picture - A blend Stand of Hindi, Marathi, English and Urdu.

A blend of Hindi, Marathi, English & Urdu

Photo of Aurangabad Railway Station, Silk Mill Colony, Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India by Girish Hiranand

This gave me the impression that Aurangabad is a place rich in culture and warmth to people around.

But how true could it be ? Let's check out.

As the heat was scorching a bit, the first thing was to search for a place to freshen up after an ~ 8 hour train journey.

Search and approach a sharing Auto Rickshaw near the Railway Station for Rs. 15 to be dropped at Mill corner. (You will notice a Central Bus Stand to your right on the way).

In the vicinity around Mill corner, you will find people popping out of nowhere to give you a deal for lodging. The prices offered did not fit my pocket. After a bit of searching around, I settled for a good amount for more than 2 days !

With 1 hour of resting and freshening up, I set base on foot through the place probably which even you too would pass through, the first 'Darwaza' of Aurangabad - Mahmud Darwaza.

From National Lodge to Pancahkki

Photo of How's the Josh : Aurangabadi Sir ! by Girish Hiranand

You arrive at a place called 'Panchakki' - a well known primitive Water Pump system of Aurangabad. Its finely maintained and has frequent visitors.

Ticket : Rs. 5

Time : 15 minutes

Features : System and arrangements

Photo of Panchakki, Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India by Girish Hiranand
Photo of Panchakki, Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India by Girish Hiranand
Photo of Panchakki, Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India by Girish Hiranand
Photo of Panchakki, Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India by Girish Hiranand
Photo of Panchakki, Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India by Girish Hiranand
Photo of Panchakki, Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India by Girish Hiranand

Now with 1 hour left for sunset, the challenge was to not only to make it to Bibi ka Maqbara, but also get mesmerised by it :).

No looking back, strolled my way through the compound onto the road that led to Bibi ka Maqbara and behold the beauty from far away!

Photo of How's the Josh : Aurangabadi Sir ! by Girish Hiranand

Route from University Soneri Mahal to Bibi ka Maqbara

Photo of How's the Josh : Aurangabadi Sir ! by Girish Hiranand

Its said, the morning and evening times are best to see Bibi ka Maqbara. Maybe the below evening images will personify this....

Ticket : Rs. 15

Time : ~ 1.5 hour

Features : Architecture, Minarets and Shining white Marble

Photo of Bibi Ka Maqbara, Begumpura, Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India by Girish Hiranand
Photo of Bibi Ka Maqbara, Begumpura, Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India by Girish Hiranand

Gimic the Taj Mahal

Photo of Bibi Ka Maqbara, Begumpura, Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India by Girish Hiranand
Photo of Bibi Ka Maqbara, Begumpura, Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India by Girish Hiranand
Photo of Bibi Ka Maqbara, Begumpura, Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India by Girish Hiranand
Photo of Bibi Ka Maqbara, Begumpura, Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India by Girish Hiranand
Photo of Bibi Ka Maqbara, Begumpura, Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India by Girish Hiranand
Photo of Bibi Ka Maqbara, Begumpura, Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India by Girish Hiranand
Photo of Bibi Ka Maqbara, Begumpura, Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India by Girish Hiranand
Photo of Bibi Ka Maqbara, Begumpura, Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India by Girish Hiranand
Photo of Bibi Ka Maqbara, Begumpura, Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India by Girish Hiranand
Photo of Bibi Ka Maqbara, Begumpura, Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India by Girish Hiranand
Photo of Bibi Ka Maqbara, Begumpura, Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India by Girish Hiranand
Photo of Bibi Ka Maqbara, Begumpura, Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India by Girish Hiranand
Photo of Bibi Ka Maqbara, Begumpura, Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India by Girish Hiranand
Photo of Bibi Ka Maqbara, Begumpura, Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India by Girish Hiranand
Photo of Bibi Ka Maqbara, Begumpura, Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India by Girish Hiranand
Photo of Bibi Ka Maqbara, Begumpura, Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India by Girish Hiranand
Photo of Bibi Ka Maqbara, Begumpura, Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India by Girish Hiranand
Photo of Bibi Ka Maqbara, Begumpura, Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India by Girish Hiranand
Photo of Bibi Ka Maqbara, Begumpura, Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India by Girish Hiranand

Its The Sunset + Marble Glow !

Photo of Bibi Ka Maqbara, Begumpura, Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India by Girish Hiranand

The Maqbara with Money

Photo of Bibi Ka Maqbara, Begumpura, Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India by Girish Hiranand
Photo of Bibi Ka Maqbara, Begumpura, Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India by Girish Hiranand
Photo of Bibi Ka Maqbara, Begumpura, Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India by Girish Hiranand
Photo of Bibi Ka Maqbara, Begumpura, Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India by Girish Hiranand
Photo of Bibi Ka Maqbara, Begumpura, Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India by Girish Hiranand
Photo of Bibi Ka Maqbara, Begumpura, Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India by Girish Hiranand
Photo of Bibi Ka Maqbara, Begumpura, Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India by Girish Hiranand
Photo of Bibi Ka Maqbara, Begumpura, Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India by Girish Hiranand
Photo of Bibi Ka Maqbara, Begumpura, Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India by Girish Hiranand
Photo of Bibi Ka Maqbara, Begumpura, Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India by Girish Hiranand
Photo of Bibi Ka Maqbara, Begumpura, Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India by Girish Hiranand
Photo of Bibi Ka Maqbara, Begumpura, Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India by Girish Hiranand
Photo of Bibi Ka Maqbara, Begumpura, Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India by Girish Hiranand
Photo of Bibi Ka Maqbara, Begumpura, Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India by Girish Hiranand
Photo of Bibi Ka Maqbara, Begumpura, Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India by Girish Hiranand

First Sight

Photo of Bibi Ka Maqbara, Begumpura, Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India by Girish Hiranand

The Etrance

Photo of Bibi Ka Maqbara, Begumpura, Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India by Girish Hiranand

This was followed by seeing some of the Darwazas of Aurangabad. The lightings of the Darwazas at night is amazing.

Photo of How's the Josh : Aurangabadi Sir ! by Girish Hiranand
Photo of How's the Josh : Aurangabadi Sir ! by Girish Hiranand
Photo of How's the Josh : Aurangabadi Sir ! by Girish Hiranand
Photo of How's the Josh : Aurangabadi Sir ! by Girish Hiranand
Photo of How's the Josh : Aurangabadi Sir ! by Girish Hiranand
Photo of How's the Josh : Aurangabadi Sir ! by Girish Hiranand
Photo of How's the Josh : Aurangabadi Sir ! by Girish Hiranand
Photo of How's the Josh : Aurangabadi Sir ! by Girish Hiranand
Photo of How's the Josh : Aurangabadi Sir ! by Girish Hiranand
Photo of How's the Josh : Aurangabadi Sir ! by Girish Hiranand
Day 2

The morning starts with Tea and biscuits, and off to the Central Bus Stand to catch a bus for - Ellora Caves.

Ticket : Rs. 35 (+ pay Rs 21 for internal government bus to reach far off caves inside).

Time : ~ 5-6 hours

Feature : The Kailash Temple complex is worth the site from all angles, as this is one the structures built from a single stone. Astonishing to understand as to how such a fine piece of architecture was possible in those times. (Please search over the net, as to how its still a mystery to understand the construction of this temple complex).

Tips :

1) Carry water and biscuits.

2) There is a internal public bus to take you to the far off caves. Use them.

3) Start as early as sunrise from Aurangabad, and aim to spend the morning hours only there, rather to avoid the noon heat .

Photo of Ellora Caves, Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India by Girish Hiranand
Photo of Ellora Caves, Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India by Girish Hiranand
Photo of Ellora Caves, Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India by Girish Hiranand
Photo of Ellora Caves, Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India by Girish Hiranand
Photo of Ellora Caves, Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India by Girish Hiranand
Photo of Ellora Caves, Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India by Girish Hiranand
Photo of Ellora Caves, Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India by Girish Hiranand
Photo of Ellora Caves, Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India by Girish Hiranand
Photo of Ellora Caves, Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India by Girish Hiranand
Photo of Ellora Caves, Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India by Girish Hiranand
Photo of Ellora Caves, Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India by Girish Hiranand
Photo of Ellora Caves, Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India by Girish Hiranand
Photo of Ellora Caves, Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India by Girish Hiranand
Photo of Ellora Caves, Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India by Girish Hiranand
Photo of Ellora Caves, Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India by Girish Hiranand
Photo of Ellora Caves, Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India by Girish Hiranand
Photo of Ellora Caves, Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India by Girish Hiranand
Photo of Ellora Caves, Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India by Girish Hiranand
Photo of Ellora Caves, Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India by Girish Hiranand
Photo of Ellora Caves, Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India by Girish Hiranand
Photo of Ellora Caves, Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India by Girish Hiranand
Photo of Ellora Caves, Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India by Girish Hiranand
Photo of Ellora Caves, Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India by Girish Hiranand
Photo of Ellora Caves, Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India by Girish Hiranand
Photo of Ellora Caves, Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India by Girish Hiranand
Photo of Ellora Caves, Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India by Girish Hiranand
Photo of Ellora Caves, Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India by Girish Hiranand
Photo of Ellora Caves, Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India by Girish Hiranand
Photo of Ellora Caves, Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India by Girish Hiranand
Photo of Ellora Caves, Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India by Girish Hiranand
Photo of Ellora Caves, Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India by Girish Hiranand
Photo of Ellora Caves, Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India by Girish Hiranand
Photo of Ellora Caves, Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India by Girish Hiranand
Photo of Ellora Caves, Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India by Girish Hiranand
Photo of Ellora Caves, Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India by Girish Hiranand
Photo of Ellora Caves, Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India by Girish Hiranand
Photo of Ellora Caves, Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India by Girish Hiranand
Photo of Ellora Caves, Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India by Girish Hiranand
Photo of Ellora Caves, Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India by Girish Hiranand
Photo of Ellora Caves, Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India by Girish Hiranand
Photo of Ellora Caves, Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India by Girish Hiranand
Photo of Ellora Caves, Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India by Girish Hiranand
Photo of Ellora Caves, Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India by Girish Hiranand
Photo of Ellora Caves, Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India by Girish Hiranand
Photo of Ellora Caves, Aurangabad, Maharashtra, India by Girish Hiranand

Aurangabad is not complete without a visit to Aurangzeb's tomb.

Step out of Ellora caves. The Auto fellow will say Rs. 40 upto Aurangzeb's tomb, however if you wish to alight at the road that leads to Aurangzeb's tomb, the charge is Rs 10 for Sharing Auto. The place where the auto stops, 1 km ahead on the right is the Aurangzeb's tomb.

Ticket : Free

Time : 30 - 45 minutes

Features : The environment around this complex. Also there is a place inside lined up on its entrance with green bangles. They say, your 'Mannat' if really genuine will be heard and granted, if you line up 1 green bangle. Picture below.

Photo of Tomb of Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb, Hamal Wadi, Khuldabad, Maharashtra, India by Girish Hiranand
Photo of Tomb of Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb, Hamal Wadi, Khuldabad, Maharashtra, India by Girish Hiranand
Photo of Tomb of Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb, Hamal Wadi, Khuldabad, Maharashtra, India by Girish Hiranand
Photo of Tomb of Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb, Hamal Wadi, Khuldabad, Maharashtra, India by Girish Hiranand
Photo of Tomb of Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb, Hamal Wadi, Khuldabad, Maharashtra, India by Girish Hiranand
Photo of Tomb of Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb, Hamal Wadi, Khuldabad, Maharashtra, India by Girish Hiranand
Photo of Tomb of Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb, Hamal Wadi, Khuldabad, Maharashtra, India by Girish Hiranand
Photo of Tomb of Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb, Hamal Wadi, Khuldabad, Maharashtra, India by Girish Hiranand

The Green bangles = Mannat

Photo of Tomb of Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb, Hamal Wadi, Khuldabad, Maharashtra, India by Girish Hiranand
Photo of Tomb of Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb, Hamal Wadi, Khuldabad, Maharashtra, India by Girish Hiranand
Photo of Tomb of Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb, Hamal Wadi, Khuldabad, Maharashtra, India by Girish Hiranand
Photo of Tomb of Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb, Hamal Wadi, Khuldabad, Maharashtra, India by Girish Hiranand

This slope appears to be simple, but i fell, maybe even you will :)

Photo of Tomb of Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb, Hamal Wadi, Khuldabad, Maharashtra, India by Girish Hiranand
Photo of Tomb of Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb, Hamal Wadi, Khuldabad, Maharashtra, India by Girish Hiranand

A savor in Aurangabad - Khwaja. Khwaja is a heavy sweet, and so people with a Heavy Sweet tooth can have it. Trust me, after having only 1, you can forget about having dinner. I had one for lunch, standing. You can imagine having a crushing sweet meal under scorching noon heat. Your head spins, literally!.

The below picture says it all.

Have 1 all by yourself, I bet you wont have dinner :)

Photo of Tomb of Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb, Hamal Wadi, Khuldabad, Maharashtra, India by Girish Hiranand

Next and last stop for Day 2 -Daulatabad Fort. A fort which is all red and adds to the heat. The bus which takes you to & fro from Aurangabad to Ellora has a midway stop of Daulatabad Fort.

Ticket : Rs 15

Time : 1.5 hours

Features : All red !

Photo of Daulatabad Fort, Talesaman, Maharashtra, India by Girish Hiranand
Photo of Daulatabad Fort, Talesaman, Maharashtra, India by Girish Hiranand
Photo of Daulatabad Fort, Talesaman, Maharashtra, India by Girish Hiranand
Photo of Daulatabad Fort, Talesaman, Maharashtra, India by Girish Hiranand
Photo of Daulatabad Fort, Talesaman, Maharashtra, India by Girish Hiranand
Photo of Daulatabad Fort, Talesaman, Maharashtra, India by Girish Hiranand
Photo of Daulatabad Fort, Talesaman, Maharashtra, India by Girish Hiranand
Photo of Daulatabad Fort, Talesaman, Maharashtra, India by Girish Hiranand
Photo of Daulatabad Fort, Talesaman, Maharashtra, India by Girish Hiranand
Photo of Daulatabad Fort, Talesaman, Maharashtra, India by Girish Hiranand
Photo of Daulatabad Fort, Talesaman, Maharashtra, India by Girish Hiranand

A plea : Dont disturb them, its their environment

Photo of Daulatabad Fort, Talesaman, Maharashtra, India by Girish Hiranand
Photo of Daulatabad Fort, Talesaman, Maharashtra, India by Girish Hiranand
Photo of Daulatabad Fort, Talesaman, Maharashtra, India by Girish Hiranand
Photo of Daulatabad Fort, Talesaman, Maharashtra, India by Girish Hiranand
Photo of Daulatabad Fort, Talesaman, Maharashtra, India by Girish Hiranand
Photo of Daulatabad Fort, Talesaman, Maharashtra, India by Girish Hiranand
Photo of Daulatabad Fort, Talesaman, Maharashtra, India by Girish Hiranand

Dinner was splendid at a local restaurant there, with a lot of Papad. Haven't seen any restaurant giving away so much Papad!

A part of Day 3 could have been spent at Siddharth Garden, however it was scheduled to open later in the day, and I had a train to catch back home.

The view from my stay;

Photo of How's the Josh : Aurangabadi Sir ! by Girish Hiranand

A few tips for Aurangabad;

1) Carry water while you go around. Reasons - its quite hot in Aurangabad, and water shops might be distance apart.

2) Walk on foot for nearby places, as they easily accessible.

3) If you eat at a restaurant, these places might offer packaged drinking water for Rs. 10. However if you have not had a meal in these restaurants and ask for water, you will be asked to pay Rs. 12 or Rs. 15 (A smart marketing strategy to make people eat at these places).

4) Standard distant auto rates will be mostly Rs. 15. Do not go for anything beyond this.

5) The train journey from Bombay is approximately 8 hours to & fro. Better have a good rest prior and post your trip, as the trains have mostly seats, hardly sleeper. Oh! and fight for your seat !

Trip cost (without train fares):

Water : Rs 15 X3 X3 days : Rs 135

Meals : Total : Rs 400

Stay : Rs 500

Bus fares : ~ Rs. 100

Auto Fares : Rs. 50

Tea : Rs. 50

Total : Rs 1300 (approx)

Well, a trip to Aurangabad is worth for a good extended weekend gateaway.

Its best you have company on the trip, whether friends, or 1-minute strangers to make your trip memorable.

A message, from this trip - It made me set base for an upcoming trip, and that is...... (to be continued, in the next Travel Blog !)

Going Home!

Photo of How's the Josh : Aurangabadi Sir ! by Girish Hiranand
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Amazingly written and what a journey!!! Next time I plan a trip to Aurangabad, I know whom to contact. Looking forward to more travel updates from you.
Thu 02 07 19, 23:11 · Reply (1) · Report
Thank you :) sure !!
Fri 02 08 19, 03:28 · Report
Wow!! Quite an adventure! Hope to read more such small trip details here. This is really helpful. More power to you☺️
Wed 02 06 19, 22:22 · Reply (1) · Report
Thank youuu :)
Thu 02 07 19, 05:35 · Report
Too good Girish. Budget trip is what people look for and this is one of them. Very helpful! Waiting for your next update. Keep travelling:)
Tue 02 05 19, 00:45 · Reply (1) · Report
thankyouuu !
Tue 02 05 19, 01:12 · Report
Wow so well written..i almost imagined myself there though i haven't been to these places yet but your post is going to help me out to get there..
Mon 02 04 19, 05:43 · Reply (1) · Report
thankyou !!!! :)
Mon 02 04 19, 05:53 · Report
Very detailed and amazing explaination. Beautifully explained the whole of Aurangabad in a nutshell. Great going
Mon 02 04 19, 05:36 · Reply (1) · Report
Thank you !!!
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