Gautala autramghat sanctuary
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Gautala autramghat sanctuary

  • Location : Aurangabad in Maharashtra

  • Coverage area : 26,061.19 hectares

  • Main attraction : Leopard, Nilgai, Sloth bears, Wild boar, Jungle cat

  • Best time to visit : January and March

  • Nearby excursions : Patna Devi , Gautalasanctuary

  • Nearby cities : Aurangabad


One of the most common questions people asked - mountain or sea? There's seldom when people get asked about their love for forest or jungle safari. To get going from the buzzing routine life, one of the most peaceful and serene destination is in the lap of nature. Located at a distance of only 10km from Aurangabad in Maharashtra, The Gautala Wildlife Sanctuary is a beautiful wildlife reserve which is known for its dense vegetation.

It lies in the Satmala and Ajantha hill ranges of the Western Ghats and is administered by the authority of Aurangabad District and Jalgaon District. Established in 1986, the wildlife sanctuary covers a total area of 26,061.19 hectares (64,399 acres) of which 19706 ha of Reserved Forest Areas is in Aurangabad and 6355.19 ha in Jalgaon.


Climatic conditions

Gautala Autramghat Sanctuary has strong summers when the temperature ranges between 37 degrees and 21 degrees Celsius. The summer months remain between the months of March and May. Temperatures fall to a minimum of 10 degree Celsius in the winter season that remains from November and February. Monsoons see extensive rains and stays in the months of June and September. Rainfall varies from 9.0 to 693 mm/month and the average rainfall recorded is 725 mm annually. This is when the vegetation gets a chance to rejuvenate and propagate.


Best time to visit

Visitors find the months between January and March as the most perfect time to visit the Sanctuary. The winter is at its peak and the climate is moderate during this time. Longer excursions are often held during this time for the students.


Types of animal in park

Fauna

The forest in the sanctuary provides the perfect habitat conditions for a variety of birds and animals. There are at least 54 species of animals and 230 species of birds that has been recorded till date in the sanctuary. Major wild animals are Leopard, Nilgai, Sloth bears, Wild boar, Jungle cat, Bats, Chinkara, Leopard cat, Civet cat, Barking deer, Wanderoo, Monkey, Fox, Jackal, Langoor, Hare, Bats, Grey Langur, Dhole, Wolf and more. Among the bird species, most notable ones are Storks, Cranes, Ibis, Pochards, Spoonbills, and many other species of Waders. Peafowl has much dominance in the area along with the ground birds such as patridges, quail, Jugale fowl. Reptiles includes snakes-Cobra, Keel backviper, Python, Krait, Rat snake are seen. Monitor Lizzard is also commonly spotted in this sanctuary.

Flora

The area is clearly dominated by dry deciduous forest and has stunted tree growth. Major tree species that are prevalent in the area includes Anjan, Dhawada and Khair. The tree heights are on an average less than ten meters. Hills top regions in the sanctuary have sparse vegetation and the slopes are covered with Euphorbia spp. River valleys support the moist zone species such as Arjun and Chandan valleys but have got diversified vegetation.

In the past, efforts were done to do afforestation through various plantation schemes along with intensive soil and water conservation works. Grass lands at hill tops, plain growth have good growth of grasses and it is necessary to preserve them. Thus, the diversified vegetation scattered intermittently throughout the sanctuary supports the rich faunal diversity. This habitat is particularly good for sloth bear habitat and exceptional for the resident birds as well as for the migratory species.


Distance from major cities

  • Pune , 260 km

  • Mumbai , 293 km

  • Ahmadabad , 401 km

  • Nagpur , 405 km

  • Hyderabad , 480 km

  • Goa , 585 km

  • Bangalore , 867 km

  • Delhi , 931 km

  • Chennai , 976 km

  • Chandigarh , 1156 km

  • Kolkata , 1376 km


How to reach the national park ?

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Nearest airport

Aurangabad airport is the nearest airport to this sanctuary. The distance between Aurangabad airport and Gautala Wildlife Sanctuary is 75 km and there are transfers available from the airport.

Rail station

Mumbai-Nagpur rail line (Chalisgaon to Kannad 55 Km) is the connecting rail network. Jalgaon and Aurangabad are the two cities that have the close by railway stations to the sanctuary. Pachora station and Chalisgaon station are the nearest railheads and are respectively 27 km & 29 km away from the sanctuary.

Road accessibility

Buldana (8 km) and Khamgaon (20 km) are the two nearby towns to the sanctuary.

Accommodation facilities

The forest guest houses at Bhambarwadi and Puranvadi are available on prior booking. Some of the other preferred stays include Hotel Kailas, Ellora Heritage Resort, Pace Hotel, Vivanta Aurangabad, Hiranya Resorts, The Meadows Resort and Spa and 7 Apple Hotels Aurangabad.

Nearby attractions

An ancient temple dedicated to Parvati, called Patna Devi attracts thousands of devotees especially during Navratra and Chaitra festivals. Maintained by the Archeological Survey of India, the temple is one of the most touristy places nearby.

Gautala sanctuary also has some Buddhist cave temples which attracts visitors across the nation. Hidden in the lower side of the Satmala ranges, Pitalkhora, or as the cave temples commonly known as, are the oldest examples of rock-cut caves in western India. The Pitalkhora or 'Brazen Glen' is located in Bharmarwadi village in Aurangabad district of the state. Being about 40 km west of Ellora caves, this place offers an interesting series of caves that makes the natural beauty look spectacular. To see the caves properly, which are located high up on the hill, one need to climb steep steps to access these 14 Buddhist excavations. They are mainly monasteries and the ideal time to visit is during the monsoon.

Antur Fort is one of the important monuments near the sanctuary that is located about 2,700 feet high. It was built by the Marathas in the 15th century and is known for the remains of the fortification. There are doorways and a dargah along with a carved inscription dating back to the period of Nizamshan is something to be cherished.

The sanctuary offers activities such as rock-climbing, trekking, and nature study camps for adventure lovers. Jungle survival camps are also organized for the students. For this, one has to take prior permission from the forest officers and take a guide who is familiar with the area and seek information from him. Littering and lighting of camp fires is prohibited.


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