Aurangabad: Jewel of the Deccan

Paper Type: Art Paper (matt) | Size: 192 mm x 170 mm
52 photographs and 3 Illustrations
ISBN-13: 978-93-91125-54-7


Aurangabad: Jewel of the Deccan is a simple guide book that recounts for the lay tourist, briefly and accurately, the architectural and cultural splendour and history of the ‘Walled City’—Aurangabad. Malik Ambar, known as the founder of the city of Aurangabad, was a great supporter and patron of the arts and architecture. There is information on the fifty-two gates leading to the walled city. Some of these gates barely exist and others are in a state of repair by the Archaeological Survey of India with generous corporate patronage.

This slim volume presents in chronological order the UNESCO World Heritage sites of Ajanta, Ellora and nine Aurangabad Caves. The nine ancient caves in the city centre reveal rock-cut architecture of the highest possible standard and quality, depicting Buddhist ‘Jataka’ tales and other stories based on India’s diverse religions. Bibi-Ka-Maqbara portrays Islamic architecture. The population of Aurangabad consists of Hindus and Muslims living in peace and harmony from time immemorial

Rashmi  Jolly
Rashmi Jolly

Rashmi Jolly has over forty years of experience as an Executive Director overseeing the public relations and export activities of the Jolly Group of Companies, Mumbai. She is now Vice-Chairperson and Executive Director of Jollyboard Ltd. An Honorary Consul of the Czech Republic for Mumbai, Maharashtra and Goa, she has been promoting Czech art, culture, fashion and music for the past ten years.

An English Literature graduate from Lady Shriram College, University of Delhi, Jolly has done her Post Graduate Diploma in Asian Art from the British Museum, London. As an avid collector of contemporary Indian art for over forty years, she has been published several times in the Times of India and other leading publications. A keen environmentalist, Mrs. Jolly is also known to encourage and promote young and upcoming artists.