Khuldabad, Aurangabad Overview
Situated at a distance of about 27 kilometres from Aurangabad city and 3 kilometres from the historic site of Ellora Caves is a small town of Khuldabad. The town was renamed to Khuladabad from Rauzaa, which means a garden of paradise. Nowadays, Khuadabad is popularly known as ‘Valley of Saints’ as this town used to reside many Sufi saints during the 14th century.
It is one of the holiest places in Maharastra and is also known for several interesting historic places and monuments such as Shaikh Burhan ud-din Gharib Chisti, Dargah of Zar Zari Zar Baksh, Aurangzeb’s Tomb and Shaikh Zain-ud-din Shirazi. The famous Lord Hanuman temple, Bhadra Maruti Temple is also located in this town.
A place named the ‘Valley of Siants’ is situated close to this town and is believed to have the graves of 1500 Sufi saints. After Khuldabad town was overtaken by Aurangzeb in the early 17th century, a majestic and sturdy wall was built around the city. The wall comprises seven gateways namely, Hamdadi, Mangalpeth, Nagarkhana, Kunbi Ali, Langda, Pangra, and Azam Shahi, the last one being the wicket gate. Every nook and corners of the town resonate with rich Mughal history and you will travel back to time while witnessing the ruins of monuments spread across Khuldabad.
More on Khuldabad
During the reign of last Mughal emperor, Aurangzeb, the town of Khuldabad witnessed rapid development in trade and simultaneous construction of various infrastructures. Out of all the splendid monuments, Aurangzeb’s tomb is the most famous monument in the city. After the demise of Aurangzeb in 1707 A.D, he was buried at Dargah of Sheikh Zainuddin and a tomb was built over it by his son Azam Shah.
Other Attraction in Khuldabad
There are many historical places to visit in and around Khuldabad. The world-famous Ellora Caves is located 3km away from this town. A tomb of Azam Shah and his beloved wife is also situated close to Aurangzeb’s Tomb. You can explore the mausoleum of Burhan-Ud-din and Zaid-Ud-din, who were eminent Muslim saints. You can also visit other Mughal monuments including tombs of Asaf Shah and Nazir Jung, Khan Jahan’s Lal Bagh, Bani Begum ka Maqbara, etc.
Tips for Visiting Khuldabad
1. For your convenience, book a taxi for a day’s trip to Khuldabad.
2. Don not worry about the accommodation as there are plenty of hotels in Khuldabad and near to Ellora Caves.
How to Reach Khuldabad?
Khuldabad is situated 27 km away from Aurangabad and is well connected with both private and state bus services. You can also hire your own taxi for a round trip.