Bibi ka Maqbara or the Tomb of the Lady was built by Aurangzeb as a memorial for his wife Dilras Banu Begum. She was the chief wife of the emperor. The structure of the tomb is same like that of Taj Mahal and so it is called Dakkhani Taj or the Taj of the Deccan. Aurangzeb did not build many monuments as he had no interest in architecture.
Aurangabad was established by Malik Amber in 1610. The city is popular for Ajanta caves, Ellora caves, Bibi ka Maqbara and other structures. The city got its name after it was captured by Aurangzeb. The original name of the city was Khadki and Malik Amber made it his capital.
He was the prime minister of Murtaza Nizam who was the Shah of Ahmednagar. The name of Khadki was changed to Fatehnagar when Fateh Khan succeeded Murtaza Nizam. Finally, the city was captured by Mughals and Aurangzeb named it as Aurangabad.
The tomb is opened for the public from 8:00am to 8:00pm. The tomb is opened on all the days of the week including the public holidays. It takes around one to two hours to visit the tomb.
The tourists have to pay an entry fee to visit the tomb. The cost of tickets for domestic tourists is Rs. 10 per head and foreign tourists have to pay Rs. 250 per head. Children below age of 15 have free entry.
The period of June to March is the best time to visit the Bibi ka Maqbara and Aurangabad as the climate is very pleasant. In the remaining months of April and May, the temperature is very hot and the climate is unsuitable for visiting the tomb.
There are more than 200 hotels in India and tourists can enjoy their stay according to their budget. The hotels available in the city range from inexpensive hotels to expensive five-star hotels. Some of these hotels are as follows −
VITS Hotel located at Station Road
Welcom Hotel Rama International located at Chikhalthana
Ambassador Ajanta located at Cidco
Vivanta by Taj Aurangabad located at Rauza Bagh
Hotel Silver Inn located Seven Hills Flyover, Jalna Road
Hotel Platinum Inn located at Cidco
The Meadows located at Mitmita
Lemon Tree Hotel located at Chikkalthana
Hotel Windsor Castle located at Cidco
Hotel Krishna Inn located at Khadeshwar
Hotel New Bharti located at Station Road
Hotel Girnar located at Adalat Road
Hotel Kohinoor Plaza located at New Samarth Nagar
Hotel Ira Executive located at Samarth Nagar
Budget or Two-Star Hotels
Hotel Atithi located at Jalna Road
Hotel Darshan Executive located at Manjeetnagar
Hotel The Leaf located at located Besides HPCL, MGM Road
Hotel Preetam located at Station Road
Hotel Shiv Tej Residency located at Padampura Road
Cheap or One-Star Hotels
Hotel Shangrila Executive located at Mayanagar
Hotel Tourist Ashoka located at Station Road
Hotel New Ludhiana Dhaba located near Kangar Chowk
Hotel Morya Palace located at Station Road
Hotel Holiday Era Lodging located at Disha Nagar opposite Railway Station