Monday, January 16, 2012

Aurangabad, City of Gates

From Pune we went to Shirdi. From here we traveled to Aurangabad by train covering a distance of 120 kms.

Aurangabad city located in Maharastra is more than 2200 years old and was known by many other names in the past like Rajtadak or Fatehbad.
It was given the present name by the Moghul ruler Aurangzeb. The entire city was fortified with the erection of huge entrance gates. Due to this it is known as "City of Gates". Today only 13 gates have survived test of time out of 54 gates.

This place is famous for Himroo and Paithani Sarees.
These sarees have gold & silver threads woven in silk fabric. There are many interesting places around the city. The places that I had covered during my visit of the city are:
  • Bibi-Ka-Maqbara a mausoleum which is a replica of Taj Mahal
  • The 12th century, Devagiri Fort (13kms from the city)
  • 2nd century B.C rock cut caves of Ajanta (110kms from the city)
  • 5th century B.C rock cut caves of Ellora (29kms from the city)
  • Ghrishneshwar Temple (30kms from the city)
We shall explore these places in detail soon.

58 comments:

Sridharan said...

Superb..!

eileeninmd said...

Rajesh, looks like another great place to visit. Wonderful photos and mosaic.

Vee said...

I always want to see your pictures in greater detail, but something prevents me. Is it a setting you have chosen? The loveliness of many things is in the details.

kavita said...

Lovely captures. Would love to visit City Of Gates .I do own Paithani sarees and now I am interested in a Himroo (Googled it ,the fabric is beautiful).

Team G Square said...

Nice to about gates of Aurangabad .

DeeBee L. said...

It seems to be a major landmark, so much to discover in and around! I think I have seen some of that silk...

Lowell said...

Another magnificent city! You have so many such cities and temples. This one is really ancient, though. I'll look forward to seeing your other photos....esp. the replica of the Taj Mahal!

Zuzana said...

That upper image to the
left looks like Taj Mahal.;)
xoxo

R.Ramakrishnan said...

Beautiful images from Aurangabad. Awaiting detailed posts.

Carol @ Always Thyme to Cook said...

What a majestic looking city, with such long history. Glad that some of the gates survived.

Pietro said...

How beautiful, amazing views!

Sylvia K said...

Beautiful and fascinating place, superb captures and a terrific post for the day, Rajesh! It's always wonderful to be able to visit your country through your photos! Thank you! Have a great week!

Sylvia

Gary said...

Another wonderful tour!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Your country is full of such interesting architecture, Rajesh. I'd love to visit it one day in the future.

Joyful said...

Wonderful photos. I bet those sarees are very sought after by the women.

NixBlog said...

Amazing shots, Rajesh. It must be wonderful to live in a country with so much history and so many wonderful monuments to photograph.

Carver said...

What a fascinating place. I love the way the tower looks against the blue sky.

My Little Home and Garden said...

Thank goodness that 13 of the gates still remain.

alicesg said...

Very lovely photos of historical buildings. Glad they are preserved.

Al said...

It looks like an amazing place, I can't wait to see more.

magiceye said...

city bursting with history!!

Barb said...

Formidable architecture,Rajesh. I would love to see the Sarees. My friend is leaving for 3 weeks in India this week. She is traveling with a friend whose son is studying there.

Indrani said...

Great place to revisit.

Rakesh Vanamali said...

Very interesting and informative post. Thanks very much.

Red Nomad OZ said...

I LOOOOVE that RED tower!! Such unusual architecture! I don't know what happened to the sari I got many years ago in Fiji, but it didn't have gold or silver ...

Leovi said...

Aurangabad. Yes, undoubtedly beautiful city. Magnificent photos.

ladyfi said...

The palace looks amazing!

joo said...

Superb collage!

Viyoma said...

For 17 years this was the city I lived in. Beautiful city, away from the noisy metros.

When I revisited A'bad recently, this is what I wrote.

http://vyoworld.blogspot.com/2009/12/aurangabad-its-my-metro.html

Life Ramblings said...

looks like a beautiful place to explore.

George said...

This collage has me wanting to see more of this beautiful city.

photowannabe said...

Amazing architecture.

Annie said...

I love your photos and that tower is amazing! I would love to go to India someday.

Roger Owen Green said...

Impressive structure.
ROG, ABC Wednesday team

Joy said...

It must have been well fortified with 54 gates. Marvellous that 13 have survived this length of time.

Reader Wil said...

India has so many temples, palaces and old towns. All of them full of historical facts. Always interesting!

chubskulit said...

Certainly a beautiful place!

My A entry, come and see. Have a lovely day!

☆♥Shydub♥☆ said...

Interesting. what happened to the remaining gates? Thanks for sharing this information.

Visiting from ABC Wednesday and RT

Karen said...

Another historical beauty!

Hazel said...

13 out of 54 - still wonderful!

joshi daniel said...

cool!

Leah H. said...

Wow, that's awesome! Thank's for sharing:)

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Rizalenio said...

Awesome. You're so lucky to be here.

Seow wei said...

This is a great place to visit, another interesting places.

Jeevan said...

Interesting describe on the place. Nice shots!

forgetmenot said...

Such beautiful buildings. You have certainly traveled all over India and seem many lovely and wonderful things. Mickie ;)

Rajesh said...

Thank you all for appreciating this city. We will explore it more.

Eden said...

This is a beautiful place to visit. Thank you for sharing.

Mel Cole said...

fascinating place you shared here. loved the domes. Interesting piece of info you shared here. some also describe attitude from their facial expression. My "A" for ABC Wednesday.

Indiawilds said...

I too remember that when I first went to this city about 16 yrs back, I was wondering why there were so many gates. Nice to have old memories coming back.

Tes said...

Beautiful shots. I've been to Aurangbad before but haven't find this place...
Tes
http://tesathome.com

Vikram said...

Very interesting, I am adding this to the list of places to visit

jaish_vats said...

Had no idea that there were so many Places in Aurangabad . Nice share

Maitreyee Bhattacharjee Chowdhury said...

Much educated about Aurangabad..thanks

indu chhibber said...

i didn't know it is such an old city----old cities were mostly encircled with walls having gates,Kota also has them.

jayadevm said...

Hi

Good one.

My son studied at IHMA Aurangabad for 4 years - other than the Bibi ka Makbara I have not visited any of the historic sites in and around the city.

You showeed me how much I have missed.

Wee presented

Ranjana's craft blog said...

Good captures. I should visit this historic place.

Rajesh said...

Thank you all for appreciating this small city and surroundings.