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Exploring the Aurangabad

Chand Minar 

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Chand Minar, which stands in Daulatabad Fort, was built in 1435 by Ala-ud-Din Bahmani to commemorate his capture of the fort. Constructed in the Turkish style, this minaret is an outstanding example of Islamic art. The 210-ft. (64 metres) high tower has four storeys with balconies at each level, and three circular galleries. It was originally covered with beautiful glazed blue Persian tiles, and its carved motifs can still be seen. Chand Minar also has 24 chambers and a small mosque at its base. Apart from being a victory tower, it also served two major functions. It was used as a watch tower to look out for approaching enemies, as well as a place from which the faithful were called for 'namaaz' (prayer). 

Dnyneshwar Udyan

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Dnyaneshwar Udyan is the largest garden In Maharashtra, resembling the Vrindavan Gardens of Mysore, and is situated on the banks of Nathsagar Lake, formed by the Jayakwadi Dam. Out of the 125 hectares it spans, orchids cover 26 hectares, 28 hectares are laid out as parks ana 15 hectares have been beautified with floriculture.

Lonar Lake 

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This lake, which evolved due to a meteor strike, is both saline and alkaline in nature and is the world's third largest meteoritic impact crater. Today, a forest nearly 137 metres deep in the rim of the crater surrounds the lake. Rare herbs can be found here, including the Sanjivani' that has great medịcinal values and mythological significance. There are several historical temples around the lake belonging to the Hemadpanthi style of architecture, in which the building is constructed by placing rocks on top of each other. The historic Dhara Mandir, situated on the rim of the crater, is visited by several devotees every year.

Prazone Mall 

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Prozone Mall is one of the largest and the first horizontally designed shopping mall in India. Spread over an area of 1 million sq. ft., it has ushered in the concept of modern retailing in Aurangabad. Here, you'll find more than 150 retail stores selling local and international brands, a five-screen cineplex, a 40,000 sq. ft. family entertainment centre, prominent food chains and 3000 parking bays. Plans are on the anvil to construct an office building and a business class hotel in the same complex.

Shirdi

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Shirdi, This is the abode of one of Maharashtra's most revered saints, Sai Baba of Shirdi, who preached tolerance towards all religions and the message of universal brotherhood. Every activity at Shirdi revolves around the vast temple complex dedicated to Sai Baba. Devotees queue up in the early hours of dawn to seek the blessings of the life-size statue of Sai Baba. Thursday is marked by special pujas in honour of Sai Baba. Other places of interest include the Dwarkamai Mosque where Sai Baba spent about 60 years of his life. Here, the dhuni or eternal flame burns day and night. 

Himroo Factory 

Himroo is a fabric made of silk and cotton grown locally in Aurangabad. The Himroo Factory of Aurangabad near Zaffar Gate is a major tourist attraction, famed for its quality products. Paithani sarees and conventional handloom shawls are also on display. The designs and patterns on these fabrics are inspired from the paintings at Ajanta.

Gulmandi 

Gulmandi is one of the largest bazaars in Aurangabad. A variety of goods are sold and exchanged here, and the products keep changing every day. The specialities are Paithani saree as well as a selection of garments and Himroo silk.

Sutonda Fort 

Probably built by the Marathas before the Muslim rulers took over the Deccan region, this fort is perched on the summit of a small hill, 42 kms north-east of Kannad. The waters of its mineral Springs remain cool throughout the Year.

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