Are you a wildlife enthusiast? Do you like to explore Nature and her bounties? Wild animals are some of the true wonders that reside in forests and are sometimes disturbed by the human interference. In order to stop the conflict between animal world and human instincts, wildlife sanctuaries are set up to protect and conserve the wild animals. Nayagaon Mayur Sanctuary is one of the oldest sanctuaries in Maharashtra. This sanctuary houses a number of wild animals and thus contributes in maintaining the ecological balance in nature.
Area and Location:
This sanctuary is also known as Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary. Located in the Beed District (earlier known as Champavati nagari) in Maharashtra the sanctuary spreads over an area of 29.90 sq km. It extends to 11 sq km. in the Vidharba Region. The sanctuary is in the hilly forest areas lies in Patoda Taluka of Beed district.
It was established in the 18th century and has been the refuge of a large number of birds in Maharashtra. Today it houses almost 60% of the bird species of the state. The island in the Vidharba Region where the sanctuary is situated is known as Malonder which was used as a refuge from the raiding Pindaris in the past.
Flora and Fauna:
Nayagaon Mayur Sanctuary has an enriched biodiversity. The floral species of the sanctuary is really remarkable. Shrub forests, plantation blocks and grasslands cover the forest area. Jamun, Tendu, Chinch, Sitafal, Sandalwood, Neem, Ficus Species and Chinch are the common vegetation found. Shrubs include Lokhandi, Karwand, Bor, Lantana, etc. Thickets of Glyricidia are found here and there in the sanctuary.
The faunal species is also diversified. Black Buck Porcupine, Palm Civet, Nilgai, Wolf, Jungle Cat, Fox, Pea Fowls, Hyena, Hare, Bison, Sambar, Tiger, etc. are spotted in the sanctuary. The main attraction here is the Pea Fowl which exist in large numbers.
The winged creatures have always baffled us with their amazing skill to fly. As the name of the sanctuary suggests, there are a number of birds here. Many tropical birds, residential and migratory birds are sighted here. When snow covers up the peaks in the North, these birds fly from there to take refuge here.
When to visit?
June to October remains the best period to watch the wildlife. Bird watching can best be pursued during the winter.
Where to stay?
You can accommodate in any hotel in Aurangabad or Beed according to your preferences. Lemon tree hotel, Taj Residency, VTS Hotel Aurangabad, etc. are some hotels in Aurangabad and Surya Hotel, Hotel Sri Sai Murli, Hotel Sai Palace, etc. are some good hotels in Beed.
Barsi at a distance of 98 km from the sanctuary is the nearest railway station.
Aurangabad is the nearest airport. It is almost 155 km from the sanctuary.
The sanctuary is well linked with the major places. It is only 20 km from Beed.
Some other places to look for:
Beed is a historical city situated on the bank of the Bindusara River. There are a lot of historical places in and around the city that can be viewed once you come to the Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary. Parli Vaijinath, Jata Shankar Temple, Chakarwadi, Kille Dharur, Navagan Rajuri, Purushottam Puri, etc. are some of the important tourism destinations.
There is a watch tower erected inside the sanctuary from where you can take the best views of animal life and the surroundings. You can enjoy a lot while going for a jungle safari. So come you must to the Nayagaon Mayur Sanctuary. Breathe in some fresh oxygen of nature far away from the poisonous carbon-di-oxide of the city life.