Jaikwadi Wildlife Sanctuary
Jayakwadi Bird Sanctuary in the Aurangabad and Ahmednagar districts of Maharashra is one of the most fascinating bird sanctuaries. Sprawls across the backwaters of Nathsagar reservoir, it houses variety of flora and fauna. A wide range of resident and more than 70 species of migratory birds and resident birds can found in the vicinity. Jaikwadi was notified as a sanctuary in 1986.
Located in the Paithan village, it’s biodiversity owes much to the Jaikwadi dam alias Paithan dam which was constructed over the sacred river Godavari in 1973. It is the major source of water supply to the Aurangabad city. With the10 kms long dam barrier, it boasts to be the largest earthen dam in Maharashtra. It is a shallow saucer type water body with nearly 450-km long shoreline. Jayakwadi dam offers scenic and panoramic view of Paithan and is a magnificient treat for the bird watchers.
Inside the sanctuary there is a large garden known as Sant Gyaneshwar Udyan . Spread over 124 hectares, it is the largest garden in Maharashtra. Similar to the famous Brindavan Gardens near Bengalaru, it has colourful flowerbeds, hundred thousand trees, forty thousand fruit trees, vast lawns and musical fountains. Besides these attractions, the park provides a children’s play area, swimming pool and boat rides which all make this spot ideal for a weekend picnic.
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