Aurangabad has traces of settlements dating to the Stone Age, though it is better known for the 17th-century marble Bibi ka Maqbara shrine which is styled on the Taj Mahal. A distinctive feature of the city is its fascinating mix of cultures and the distinct Muslim aura which it still carries and it has some wonderful walks and street food.

From a tourism perspective, it is the ideal place to stay when visiting the Ajanta and Ellora Caves though within the town itself is the Shivaji Maharaj Museum, dedicated to the Maratha king Shivaji which an impressive display of war weapons and a coin collection.

The UNESCO World Heritage Site Ajanta Caves date back to the 2nd Century BC, and feature 29 intricately rock cut Buddha statues. The magnificent Kailasa Temple at Ellora is one of the 34 caves that make up this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

All the caves have been carved by hand, and are the most spectacular cave complexes in India.