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It was my love for artistic silk fabric (Paithani) which inspired me to visit a district called Aurangabad in Maharashtra, India. Here I perceived a blend of saga and innovation. I am yet to choose whether to call it a tourist destination or an industrial amalgamation.
Paithan, located around 50 km from Aurangabad airport (Chhatrapati Sambhaji Maharaj Airport), finds it allusion in the famous first-century Greek book- ”Periplus of the Erythraean Sea”.
Home to saints of all faiths, blessed with forests and mountains- a settlement of medieval era, Aurangabad and its surroundings have a lot to offer for tourists. Amongst the places to visit are two World Heritage Sites, viz. Ellora and Ajanta caves for those who admire legacy. Other historical monuments such as Bibi Ka Maqbara, Panchakki, Daulatabad Fort, will make you want to look up history to find why this place was sought after by every ruler time and again.
In the year 2010, Aurangabad came into the limelight for the prosperity of its residents when a group of young entrepreneurs bought as many as 150 Mercedes Benz cars in one day. The transaction worth INR 65 crore was the biggest car deal to have taken place ever in India.
Many firms in the sectors of automobile and auto components (Audi India, Skoda & Bajaj Auto to name a few), pharmaceuticals and breweries, consumer durables, plastic processing, aluminium processing, agriculture, and biotech have their manufacturing bases in Aurangabad. Wockhardt has the largest biopharmaceutical plant, while the Aurangabad-Jalna belt has some of the largest seed companies in India. Siemens, Wipro, Garware, Hindalco are amongst many other big names that are attached to this place. The city boasts five MIDC areas.
DMIC (Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor) / AURIC (Aurangabad Industrial City)- an ambitious project of Government of India and Japan, once completed, Aurangabad will be known as the Industrial Capital of Maharashtra.
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Aurangabad’s strategic location in the geographical map of India makes it an all-time important hub for trade and commerce. It has witnessed the rise and fall of imperials since time immemorial. I call it ‘Forever Agile’ because it embraces the best of art, culture, food, textile, architecture, sculpture, paintings, poetry and literature of all who lived here and conserved them all within. To flourish and prosper is its philosophy forever.
After I visited the place, I acquired ample more than my requirement of the most beautiful hand-woven silk sarees with golden borders. Ease of connectivity by road, rail as well as air, and a large choice between renowned hotels on offer at Aurangabad will enrich your holiday. It would be on you, how deep you could fall in love with the heritage, silk, and cuisine here!