Chikalthana is an area of Aurangabad city, famous for the mausoleum of Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb’s wife, in the western Indian state of Maharashtra. As the area is a mere 5 km away (8 minutes’ drive away) from Aurangabad, it can be rightly described as a suburb of the city. The nearest major urban agglomeration, Pune, is at a distance of 210 km.
Places to Stay
Aurangabad as a city has a lot of budget-friendly hotels. Some of the options which are worth trying are Lemon Tree Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 500), Panchwati Hotel (Tariff – Rs. 600), Ambassador Ajanta (Tariff – Rs. 700), Hotel Panchavati (Tariff – Rs. 1,000) and others.
The official language of the region is Marathi. Urdu and Hindi are also widely spoken and understood.
The important festivals of the area are the fasting month of Ramadan, the two Eid(s), Holi in March, Ganesh Chathurthi in August-September and Diwali in October-November.
Places of Interest
Some of the places which are worth visiting in the city are the Bibi-ka-Maqbara (burial place of Emperor Aurangzeb’s wife, Dilras Banu Begum) , located at a distance of 3 km; the 12 Buddhist caves, popularly known as the Aurangabad Caves, located at a distance of 5 km from the city; Salim Ali Lake and Bird Sanctuary; Dattatreya Mandir and others.
How to Get There
Aurangabad Airport is the nearest airport at a distance of 3 km.
The nearest railway station is the Aurangabad Railway Station at a distance of 10 km.
Both state-transport as well as private buses have services to the city. Dolphin Travel House is one such private operator. Ticketgoose.com enables you to book bus tickets without any hassle.