Gautala Wildlife Sanctuary
The Gautala Wildlife Sanctuary located at a distance of only 10km from Aurangabad in Maharashtra. It lies in the Satmala and Ajantha hill ranges of Sahyadri.
Flora : The Gautala Sanctuary has dry deciduous forest with rich natural vegetation. It has some draught resistant trees like Anjan, Khair, Dhawada. There are many plant species in the sanctuary that have medicinal and commercial values.
Fauna : The Gautala Wildlife Sanctuary is the shelter for a good number of wildlife species like the mammals, reptiles and birds. The mammals seen here include Panther, Nilgai (Blue Bull),Sambar, Barking Deer, Wild Boar, Bear, Wild Dog, Wild Cat, Bison, Chital, Peacock, Monkey, etc. There are more than 230 species of birds, including some migrants like Cranes, Spoonbills, Storks. Among the reptiles the Cobra, Krait, Keel black viper, Python, Rat snake are seen.
The Aurangabad Airport and Chalisgaon Railway Station are the nearest accessible points to reach the sanctuary. The nearest towns are Chalisgaon (12 km) and Kannad (3 km).
The ideal time to visit the sanctuary is from August to February. The Gautala Wildlife Sanctuary is a must see once in a life time to experience the closeness with Mother Nature.