HISTORY: Being a gateway for Northern invaders into the treasure-filled kingdoms of Central India, Aurangabad has been occupied by dynasties ranging from the Satavahanas, Vakatakas and Yadavas to the Nizamshahis and Mughals. When the area was known as Khadki, Sultan Mohammed bin Tughlaq, enamoured by the riches of the old city of Devgiri, rechristened it Daulatabad and moved his entire capital from Delhi to Daulatabad in the 14th Century. In 1490, when the city became part of the Nizamshahi state, Malik Amber, the Nizam’s Prime Minister, shifted his base here and the city flourished. Later, Aurangzeb arrived. He built many of the city’s fortifications and gates, some of which, still exist.
CULTURE: As you discover more about this glorious city, you’ll find Aurangabad’s culture to be as riveting as its history. With the influence of its former rulers reflected in its language, cuisine, poetry, music, textiles and handicrafts, this charming city captivates visitors with a myriad of experiences.
LANGUAGE: Marathi and Urdu are the primary spoken languages. The latter is spoken in the Dakhni-Hyderabadi Urdu dialect.