Aurangabad is a city in Maharashtra state, in India. It’s known for the 17th-century marble Bibi ka Maqbara shrine, styled on the Taj Mahal. The nearby Shivaji Maharaj Museum, dedicated to theMaratha king Shivaji, displays war weapons and a coin collection. North of the city, the Aurangabad Caves comprise ancient, rock-cut Buddhist shrines. West of the city, battlements surround the medieval Daulatabad Fort.
Northwest of Aurangabad are the Ellora Caves, around 1,500 years old, with Buddhist, Jain and Hindu cave temples said to indicate local religious harmony. Nearby is Grishneshwar Mandir, a Hindu temple dedicated to Lord Shiva, with intricate architectural details. In the northeast, the Ajanta Caves feature scenes from the life of Buddha depicted in paintings and rock carvings, some dating back more than 2,000 years. South of the city, Jayakwadi Bird Sanctuary is a haven for migratory species including glossy ibises and flamingos, plus cranes that flock to the adjacent Nath Sagar lake.