Jayakwadi Bird Sanctuary

Location: Aurangabad District, Maharashtra
Main Attraction: It's A Bird's Paradise
Best Time To Visit: October to February

Jayakwadi Bird Sanctuary is situated in Aurangabad and Ahamadnagar district in Marathawara region. The presence of the Nathsagar Lake in the sanctuary, make the surrounding areas rich in aquatic flora and fauna.

The aquatic vegetation included mainly the species of Chara, Spyrogyra, Hydrilla, Potamogeton, Vallisneria etc. Argemone Maxicana and Ipomea Fistulosa are found in the surrounding area. Nearby areas are agricultural irrigated fields and the habitat has high potential and rich productivity of aquatic flora and fauna.

This area has attracted many species of resident and migratory birds. Nearly 200 species of birds are in this area, which includes more than 70 species of migratory birds out of which 45 major species are of international migration. Some individual species of migratory birds are more than 15,000 in number. Notable amongst migratory birds are Cranes, Flamingos, Brahmany Duck, Pochards Teals, Pintails, Wigeon, Shovellar, God Wit, Shauces, Glossy Ibis, etc. It is a habitat for resting of local resident birds. There are nearly 50 species of fishes also found in the area.

"Sant Gyaneshwar Udyan" spread in 124 hectares is set up on the line of famous "Vrindavan Gardens" of Karnataka, "Pinjore Gardens" of "Haryana" and "Shalimar Gardens" of Kashmir. In the park area large number of many species of trees have been planted.

"Nathsagar Lake" created nearly 25 years back in an extensive water reservoir including 26 Island is shallow saucer type water body with nearly 450-km long shoreline.

Air: Nearest airport is Aurangabad at 50-km from sanctuary.

Rail: Nearest railway station is Aurangabad at 50-km on South Central Railway line.

Road: Jaikwadi is nearly 50-km from Aurangabad and 75-km from Ahmadnagar, and both the towns are well connected with regular bus services.

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