Tourist Destination / Place
Soneri Mahal is a 17th century Palace constructed by Mughal nobles from Bundelkhand. The palace
(Mahal) gained its importance after a painting in the palace. According to legend, it was once painted in
gold. During the festival season, the Mahal is used as a venue for the musician and dancers to perform.
Aurangabad District, Maharashtra, India.
Unique Features / Exclusivity
Soneri Mahal has a great name because of the painting of the walls. Soneri Mahal was constructed between 1651 and 1653 by Pahar Singh, a Bundelkhand Chief. Much is not known about him. Pahar Singh was a wealthy man who showed his wealth to people. He painted the walls of the Mahal with paints based on gold. The gold is called sona in Marathi/Hindi hence, it is named Soneri Mahal.
There is a massive door enclosed with the wall. It is the area in the palace known as Hathikhana that means the place of the elephants. The large, main door has modern modifications to convert the palace into a museum.
It is famous for its paintings. The hall in the Palace is used for the dancers and singers for their performances. There are sculptures and other antiquities kept on display in the Museum. The ground floor serves as an administrative office. The Palace is on the campus of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Marathwada University, at the foothill.
It is at the foothill of the Aurangabad Caves in the Paharsingpura area.
The region of Aurangabad has a hot and dry climate. The summers are more extreme than winters and monsoon, with a temperature up to 40.5 degrees Celsius.
Winters are mild, and the average temperature varies from 28-30 degrees Celsius.
Monsoon season has extreme seasonal variations, and the annual rainfall in Aurangabad is around 726 mm.
Things to do
One may go through the museum and admire the beauty of the monument and its architecture.
Nearest tourist place
- Grishneshwar temple (35 KM).
- Daulatabad Fort (35 KM).
- Bibi ka Maqbara (1.8 KM).
- Ellora Caves (29.9 KM)
- Aurangabad Caves (1.5 KM)
- Panchakki (2.6 KM)
- Gautala Autramghat Sanctuary (70.4 KM).
How to travel
How to travel to tourist place by Rail, Air, Road (train ,flight, bus ) with distance and required time
- Airways: Aurangabad Airport (12.8 KM)
- Railways: Aurangabad Railway Station is the nearest station at a distance of 6.4 KM. Cabs and Private Vehicles are available to hire from the station.
- Roadways: Both MSRTC Buses and Luxury buses are available. Two bus stations, Central Bus station and CIDCO, are 6 KM apart.
Special food speciality and hotel
Aurangabadi food includes Mughlai Or Hyderabadi cuisine. Naan Qualia is the dish associated with Aurangabad. The local food is a mixture of Mughlai and Hyderabadi flavours.
Accommodation facilities nearby & Hotel/ Hospital/Post Office/Police station
There are various accommodation facilities available there.
Century Multispecialty hospital is the nearest hospital there at distance 5.7 KM
City Chowk police station at 4 KM nearest police station.
MTDC Resort nearby details
MTDC Aurangabad Resort is located at a distance of 6.8 KM
Visiting Rule and Time, Best month to
Timings: 9:00 A.M to 5:00 P.M. Closed on Monday.
Entry fees: Indian tourists-10RS. Foreigners-100RS.
Language spoken in area
English, Hindi, Marathi.