In contrast to the Hinayana excavations at Ajanta, which are virtually devoid of carvings, are the ornate sculptures of the Mahayana period. These carvings are remarkable for their classic qualities and display a graceful elegance, restraint and erenity. The sculptural themes, mostly related to the life of the Buddha and the Buddhist divinities,are adorned with decorative columns and medallions. In the shrines are huge figures of the Buddha in the meditation and teaching pose.Their benign expression and grace of form evoke a sense of awe and reverence.
Situated 3 Km. from Aurangabad city, these caves were excavated between the 1st and 6th century AD. Though predominantly Buddhist in dedication, they reflect tantric influences in their iconography. These nine caves, comprises mainly Viharas. The sculptures and paintings inside the caves consist of Buddha Images, the Jataka tales and various Buddhist divinities.
This temple was built by Rajarshi Bhadrsena. According to the legend Saturday is said to be an auspicious day to worship the Lord and whoever goes to this temple eleven times all his wishes will be fulfilled. Every year in the month of March, Hanuman Jayanti is celebrated and for a whole week a number of rituals, ceremonies, vacations are organized.
Built by Azam Shah in 1678,the Bibi ka Maqbara is a Son's Loving tribute to the memory of his mother, Begum Rabia Durrani, the queen of the Mughal Emperor Aurangazeb. Standing spectacularly on the lawns of a landscaped garden with-marbled monuments rises majestically in an intentional bid to rival the world famous Taj Mahal of Agra. The central tomb, distinguishes by elaborate surface ornamentation and intricately perforated marbles screens, is framed by four towering minarets.
Gautala, 72 km from Aurangabad is a bowl shaped hilly terrain with sprawling deciduous forests. There is a sanctuary spread over 269 sq. km. in Kannad & Chalisgaon tehsils of Aurangabad and Jalgoan district. Located on the Satmala hills, the sanctuary presents a picturesque panoramic view. The interiors of the jungle are impenetrable. Gautalas repute as one of the most enchanting picnic spots that has grown over the past few years. Gautala's rapid waterfalls are a special attraction.
Khuldabad is a hallowed village, where all the pious holy saints lie in deep slumber. It is also known as the Abode of ternity. A 22 Km run from Aurangabad, Khuldabad to most tourist is famous as last abode of Aurangzeb. It is famous as the pilgrimage center as the venerated saints lie here. Two Dargahs in Khuldabad are situated on lofty platforms lying exactly opposite to each other
170 Km from Aurangabad, is the village of Lonar. Over 30,000 years ago, a falling meteorite struck the area creating the world's largest impact crater in basaltic rock. Botanists have recently discovered vegetation life forms, not found anywhere else on this planet, in the lake of crater. here are small temples along the lake shore.
It is a popular tourist location in the Khuldabad Taluka. Its surrounding are endowed with a beautiful water body. Due to the Jaikwadi back waters, the water is captured in this area. Added significance of Mhaismal is due to its spiritual importance. The famous Siddeshwar Temple lying near it has a historical origin. There is a rest house for those who want to spend their nights.
51 Km south of Aurangabad, the looms of Paithan still weave the beautiful Paithani saris that are prized by women. The town is also famous for the Dnyaneshwar Udyan, which is the largest garden in Maharashtra, and a museum which treasures a fascinating collection of art. The Jaikwadi Dam nearby is a bird watcher's delight. The garden is on the lines of Vrindavan Garden of Mysore with channels of flowing water, musical fountain, varied trees, plants, shrubs, and flowers. .