As I strolled the grounds, I admired the delicate latticework and the general peace and quiet. The cool breeze stirring the leaves on the trees seemed to whisper these very words. I am sure Mr. Branch heard them, too.
If You Go
Tourism Ministry of India
The Maharashtra Tourism Development Corporation (MTDC), a state government-run company conducts tours to Aurangabad and has a resort in Aurangabad. www.maharashtratourism.gov.in
How to get there
By train: Two trains depart from Mumbai to Aurangabad daily. The Devgiri Express is an overnight train, which reaches Aurangabad in the early morning. The Latur CSTM Express leaves in the afternoon and reaches Aurangabad late evening.
Departing times are always subject to change.
At the Chatrapati Shivaji rail terminus in Mumbai (or Victoria Terminus as it is popularly called) there is a separate queue for foreign tourists to purchase tickets.
By air: Most domestic airlines operate daily flights from Mumbai and other cities.
By road: Various private operators provide air-conditioned coaches from Mumbai to Aurangabad. Packaged tours are also provided by the MTDC. Queries can be directed to the tourist offices. www.maharashtratourism.gov.in/mtdc/Default.aspx?strpage=Contact_us.html
Where to stay
MTDC Resort, opposite Aurangabad railway station.
Phone: 91 (country code)+ 02432 (city code) + 2331513 or 2334259
Further details can be made available from MTDC offices in Mumbai. The maximum tariff for a double room is around Rupees 1,500 per day (US$ 35).
Tariff starts at Rupees 2,500 upwards for a double room (US$ 58)
Phone: 91 (country code)+ 02432 (city code) +2381006-10
Where to eat:
Apart from restaurants attached to various hotels, including the MTDC Resort and the Taj Residency, local restaurant Angeethi is a good choice for an assortment of rich gravies.
Phone: 91 (country code)+ 0232 (city code) +2441988
Where to shop:
Fabrics with gold and silver thread embroidery, called Paithani fabrics, are now available not only as traditional saris (the wraparound traditional garment for women) but as stoles, cushions and bedcovers. Also look for leather goods such as sandals and purses.
Try the government-run shops such as:
Cottage Industries, Shahgunj Road, Aurangabad
Government Emporium, Station Road, Aurangabad
Best time to visit:
September to early March is the best time to avoid the hot summers and the monsoon rains.