Mayureshwar Wildlife Sanctuary

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Mayureswar Wildlife Sanctuary
Entrance to the Mayureshwar Wildlife Sanctuary forest office
Entrance to the Mayureshwar Wildlife Sanctuary forest office
Map showing the location of Mayureswar Wildlife Sanctuary
Map showing the location of Mayureswar Wildlife Sanctuary
Location within Maharashtra
LocationMaharashtra, India
Nearest cityPune
Coordinates18°20′6″N 74°22′15″E / 18.33500°N 74.37083°E / 18.33500; 74.37083Coordinates: 18°20′6″N 74°22′15″E / 18.33500°N 74.37083°E / 18.33500; 74.37083
Area5.14 km2 (1.98 sq mi)
EstablishedAugust 1997[1]

Mayureswar Wildlife Sanctuary is located in Tehsil Baramati in Pune district in Maharashtra, India. It is 72 km from Pune and 35 km from Daund.

Chestnut-bellied Sandgrouse
Chinkara
Indian Wolf
Short-toed Snake Eagle

History[edit]

The area was declared as a sanctuary from 19 August 1997 as per the Wildlife Institute of India.[2]

Flora and fauna[edit]

Mayureshwar Sanctuary is mostly made of dry deciduous scrub forest of Acacia catechu (Khair), Acacia sp. (Hivar), Dalbergia latifolia (Sisoo), Ziziphus mauritiana (Ber), Carissa opaca (Karwand), Alysicarpus bupleurifolius, Cyathocline purpurea, Eriocauion diane, Merremia emarginata, Cucumis melo, Cyperus kyllingia, Striga densiflora, Mareilea minuta trees and interspersed grasslands.Furthermore, the flora of Bramati constitutes a total of 994 taxa belonging to 938 species with 42 varieties and 14 sub-species, 577 genera and 136 families of flowering plants recorded and described [3].

It is also home to a variety of birds including: Indian roller, black-winged kite, grey hornbill, grey partridge, Eurasian collared dove, white-throated kingfisher, ashy-crowned sparrow lark, shrike, laughing dove, blue-cheeked bee-eater, Indian silverbill, Gray Francolin, Red-wattled Lapwing, Yellow-wattled Lapwing, Common Hawk-Cuckoo, Short-Toed Snake Eagle, Bonelli's Eagle, Rufous-fronted Prinia, Indian Bush-Lark, Bay-backed Shrike, Southern Gray Shrike.

Migratory species like European Roller and Montagu's harrier can be seen in Winter season

The main animal species found in the refuge are the Indian Gazelle (Chinkara), Striped Hyena, Indian gray wolf, Indian Jackal, Indian fox and Indian Hare (black-naped hare).

Information[edit]

Mayureshwar Wildlife Sanctuary is not only popular for its birds and wildlife population, but also it's natural environment.[citation needed] It is possible to see the Indian gazelle.[citation needed] Tourists are allowed to drive their vehicles inside the sanctuary as well as on foot.

The forest department has two tents within the sanctuary area.[4] Accommodation options available in the vicinity are in Supe, outside the sanctuary. One may also stay in the Hadapsar area in Pune and drive to the sanctuary in the morning or evening.

The best time to visit is from late August to February when the weather is not very harsh. Summers are hot and humid and there is heavy rainfall during monsoon.

Travel[edit]

  • Pune – 74 km
  • Baramati – 41 km
  • Mumbai – 220 km
  • Satara – 88 km
  • Ahmednagar – 111 km
  • Beed – 198 km
  • Solapur – 211 km
  • Nashik – 265 km
  • Kolhapur - 205 km

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