Valley of the Sufi Saints
Valley of the Sufi Saints
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t1nkud
London, UK3,440 contributions
Sep 2014 • Solo
Surprised that this place has such a weak presence with Tripadvisor reviews. The place deserves a visit on it's own, rather than be forever overshadowed by the magnificence of the Ellora caves.

This was the most important center of Southern Chisti sufism in India ever since Nizamuddin Aulia sent ZarZari Zar Baksh from Delhi to set up a sufi center here. Although separated by at least 7 centuries, ZarZari Baksh has influenced the thinking of Shirdi Sai Baba (well according to Meher Baba, the Parsi guru). Other very important sufis include Burhan al-Din Gharib and Zayn al-Din Shirazi, the latter being the supposed guru of Emperor Aurangzeb, who chose to be buried close to his guru.
Aurangzeb, who has always fascinated me with his contradictions, has the simplest of tombs for the last of the Great Mughals, probably the richest individual in the world then. Also buried nearby is Asaf Jah 1, the founder of the Nizam dynasty of Hyderabad.

Away from these famous tombs, amongst the sprawling green meadows of Khuldabad, I found the smaller mausoleums and dargahs of smaller saints, in a very evocative setting. Peeling away gently over time, they just blend in seamlessly in the rolling meadows, as if on an artists's easel. I was accompanied by my driver and friend,
Mirza Taqui Hussain, a local, who said that he will take to his favourite Dargah - one of
Raju Qatal Hussaini. A smallish Dargah, Mr. Taqui took me inside and he gently meditated touching the tombstone - he says that it gives him a lot of inner peace.
I watched in silence. We visited the caretaker in a room nearby - an elderly man not keeping well healthwise.

I was lucky to have a local's insight through the presence of Mr. Taqui - you can get his services too through capitaltoursind@gmail.com - he has a few well maintained Innovas and is a fountain of local knowledge - he also has a PH.D. in Agriculture.

In those rolling meadows, one of the evocative buildings is the tomb of Malik Ambar.
He was an Abyssinian slave who set up a mercenary cavalry/force in the neighbourhood which you could hire for money. This force defeated both Emperor Akbar and Jehangir's Mughal forces on two occasions and Jehangir used to call Malik `the black slave' in anger. Malik Ambar, later, attained a lot of fame in becoming the military guru of the early Marathas - he taught them guerrilla warfare. He also set up the original city of Aurangabad (calling it Khadki) and his small kingdom around it - he is a hero of the Siddi community (Gujarat and Karnataka and Karachi).

Thoroughly recommended - this valley of the sufi saints where more than 1400 saints are buried.
Written April 13, 2015
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Alice M
India201 contributions
May 2015 • Couples
Khuldabad is the resting place of the last Mughal Emperor Aurangzeb, the first Nizam of Hyderabad Asif Jah, the last king of Golconda Tana Shan and many famous Sufi Saints. So much history in the town. It is anybody' s guess which tomb belongs to which famous person. No sign boards, no directions or write up about the tombs. All these monuments are protected by the Archeological Survey of India or by the Maharashtra State Government. It is best to visit the town in evening since most of the attractions are outdoors and requires walking around. It is only 3 kms from Ellora Caves and one can visit the town in the evening after the trip to Ellora caves. Keep at least 2-3 hours to see then town and recollect a part of Indian History.
Written September 4, 2015
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MUSHARRAF F
1 contribution
Jul 2016 • Family
Soul has purified , Spiritualy satisfied ....
Nan khaliya was so famous dish at Khuldabad.....very tasty...
Written July 30, 2016
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vvalker
Baku, Azerbaijan159 contributions
Jan 2016 • Couples
A lesson of humbleness from Emperor Aurangzeb. His tomb is more modest than his saint teacher's. The men in the mosque are ready to show and tell about the relics and tombs. Small donations are expected at each of three tombs and for the relics sanctuary.
Written January 14, 2016
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Sarang D
Ajanta, India21 contributions
Dec 2015 • Friends
Khudabad village is abode of many Sufi Saints. The place has many Dargah (the abode places of Sufi Saints). People who are interested in spiritual tours should not miss the opportunity to visit this place. If possible try to engage Mr. Likayat Ali a tour guide who is well versed with Sufism and is a local resident of the place. His company can make the tour a memorable one. His phone number is (+91 98903 02292)
Written May 8, 2016
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ShvRm_Traveller
Goa, India585 contributions
Nov 2019
It is an Islamic Religious place belonging to Sufi sect, where tombs of some Sufi personalities are located. From the tourist point of view the place is only significant because it houses the tomb of last of the famous and powerful Mughal ruler Aurangzeb.
Written March 29, 2020
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Sundeepgupta
Gurugram (Gurgaon), India729 contributions
Nov 2017 • Family
This is a wonderful place in Aurangabad. The place is in remembrance of sufi saints and here has name on same.
Written December 25, 2017
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Vikas Singh
Ghaziabad, India4,061 contributions
May 2015 • Solo
Few people venture out to Khuldabad where Aurangzeb's tomb is located. Also located here is the Mausoleum of Aurangzeb's guru Sayyed Zain ud din Shiraizi, Dargah of Shaikh Burhanuddin, Grave of Aurangzeb's son Azam Shah and his wife. You enter the city from the Nararkhana gate, the pest preserved of the five city gates.
Written November 18, 2015
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Amigos247
Mumbai, India132 contributions
Sep 2015 • Couples
Had learnt so many stories in History about Aurangzeb...and was left amazed on how simple he is resting after life. Everyone in town .....just says Aurangzeb last wish was that he should be buried in simple way......under open sky. Amazing to know.
Written October 14, 2015
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srvbaksi
Kolkata (Calcutta), India48 contributions
Sep 2015 • Family
Its just beside the tomb of Aurangzeb.it was suggested by Mr.Taqui and we really find it worthy to pay a visit.
Written September 9, 2015
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Valley of the Sufi Saints, Aurangabad