KHULDABAD

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Location : 3-km From Ellora
Built By: The Valley Of Saints
Houses: The Tomb Of Aurangazeb And The Tomb Of Moinuddin Chishti
Considered: Holy By the Muslims

Khuldabad is located at a distance of about 3-km from Ellora. It is called the "Valley of the Saints" because of a large-scale Sufi migration to this spot. In the 14th century, several Sufi saints of the Chishti order chose to reside in Khuldabad or the "Abode of Eternity". This walled city is the Karbala town or holy shrine of the Muslims and houses the tomb of Aurangazeb, the last great Mughal emperor. Before his demise, the emperor himself had the crenulated wall built around the town, which was at that time, an important centre.

Tomb Of Moinuddin Chishti

The Dargah, or tomb of Moinuddin Chishti, the spiritual guide of the Mughal emperor, Aurangzeb, is within this sacred complex. Aurangazeb's tomb rests nearby. His simple tomb remains an eloquent testament to the staunch faith and Spartan lifestyle of this pious Muslim ruler. As per his instructions, the tomb was built only with the few rupees he had earned by stitching cloth caps. On his tombstone is inscribed in elegant Persian calligraphy: "No marble sheets should shield me from the sky as I lie there one with the earth."

HOW TO GET THERE

Khuldabad in MaharashtraAurangabad is the nearest airport and Jalgoan is the nearest railway station. There are regular buses between Aurangabad and Ellora. From Ellora Khuldabad can be reached by private taxis. Khuldabad is a part of the MTDC tour to Ellora.

WHERE TO STAY

Accommodation is available at the hotels in Aurangabad.





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