The weird, the funny and the interesting: Aurangabad

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Aurangabad is a beautiful city surrounded by green plateaus in the state of Maharashtra, India. We had many things happen to us while we were in Aurangabad. Some of these things were funny, some were weird, and some were very interesting.

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This is the yellow naan that is only in Aurangabad

One of the moments was when we went to a famous restaurant in a certain area of the city. I have had lots of Indian food, but I think the biryani we ate there was maybe the the spiciest biryani I have ever had. The restaurant did have delicious yellow naan though, which we were told is only found in Aurangabad.

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Bibi Ki Maqabar is also known as the “Mini Taj Mahal”

A second memory was when we went to Bibi Ki Maqabar. This was one of the kind of weird and kind of funny memories. We were swarmed by people asking for selfies nearly the whole time we were there. We had just enough time to take only a couple pictures before we were asked again! It kind of ruined the our time there, but it was also kind of funny. It started out with just one person asking my dad, then more people started asking until we finally just had to say no every time.

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This is not the auto we took, but the same kind.

A third time that was really funny was when we decided to go check out the mall. It had begun to lightly rain, but we went out and caught an auto rickshaw anyway. My dad kept insisting the mall was right across the street, but it turned out to be like five streets away. It had started to rain harder, so the driver put down the side covers. However, because I was sitting on the side, and the wind was blowing the rain cover around, my jeans ended up getting soaked anyway.

By the time we arrived at the mall, it was raining so hard that all we could think about was getting out of the rain and into the mall. We had completely forgotten to go through the mall’s metal detectors outside! One of the security officials came into the mall and told us that we had to go through the metal detectors. We went back outside and went through them. After that, we made up a joke for that occasion: Dad did say that the mall was across the street, but he didn’t say which street it was across.

Here is a little information about the historical sites we visited:

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Bibi Ki Maqabar:
Constructed between 1651 and 1661, the Bibi Ki Maqabar is a beautiful mausoleum possible built by Prince Azam Shah in memory of his mother, Rabia-ul-Daurani, also known as Dilras Banu Begum. The mausoleum lies in Aurangabad Maharastra, India. Bibi Ki Maqabar was supposed to rival the Taj Mahal.But even though it does not rival the Taj, the two buildings definitely look similar. Because of the obvious similarity to the Taj Mahal, the Bibi Ki Maqabar earned the name “Mini Taj” by tourists visiting Aurangabad.

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Ellora Caves:
The Ellora caves are ancient Buddhist, Jain, and Hindu cave-temples. They were named for the small village of Ellora which lies 30 km ( 18.6 mi ) from the city of Aurangabad, Maharastra. There are 35 caves in total, with many of them being dug out of the vertical side of the Charanandri hills. There are twelve Buddhist caves, seventeen Hindu caves, and five Jain caves.