Aurangabad was the last Mughal capital during the reign of Aurangzeb. Like any Mughal capital, it had a palace and gardens. It is difficult today to imagine the splendour of the city of 17th century, as the city grew and transformed.
There are still some places where one can glimpse this historical past. One of these places is Himayat Bagh. This green lung in the middle of Aurangabad was the personal garden of Aurangzeb.
Located next to the gate of Delhi, this Mughal garden has become a nursery and a plant research centre. It is also a ideal place to escape from heat and noise of the city while staying in it.
The front door:
The entrance door, which is erected at the end of a small road, used to be a beauty of this place but remained as shadow only. Still you may have an idea of how it was in the 17th century.
The irrigation system and the summer palace
Like any Mughal garden, the Himayat Bagh has an irrigation system and hydraulic canals. Even today, you can admire two of its canals that are arranged on each side of the summer palace. This arrangement made it possible to pass water through the summer palace, which refreshed the building.
Moving a little further from the nursery, you will come across a small mosque that is on top of small mountain. The building itself is not the most interesting but it allows access to a superb view of the Bibi ka Maqbara and the caves of Aurangabad.
To reach the garden:
From Delhi gate, there is a gate on left accessible only by two wheeler or on foot. One more way is in 500 meters, you will see barriers on the right to access the irrigation system and the summer palace. If you continue straight you will arrive at the small mosque.