Dnyanganga Wildlife Sanctuary
The Dnyanganga Sanctuary is situated 28 km from Buldhana and 20 km from Khamgaon town of Maharashtra. It is in Buldhana District, near the Dnyanganga River. There are two lakes within the 205 sq km sanctuary. Leopards, sloth bears, barking deer, blue bulls, spotted deer, hyenas, jungle cats and jackals along with tigers give more attraction. About 150 species of birds are there. The ideal time to visit the sanctuary is from January to June. Wild animals are best sighted from February to May. The terrain is undulating, interspersed with hillocks having gentle slopes.
Managed by the Office of Field Director- Melghat Tiger Reserve, Maharashtra Forest Department, The Sanctuary is a natural habitat for various animals and bird species of which many were seasonal that came from different parts of the country.
Botha gate of Dnyanganga Wildlife Sanctuary is reachable by road from Khamgaon on the Khamgaon- Buldhana road.
Khamgaon is the nearest (20kms) railway station, on Nagpur-Mumbai main line.
Accommodation- Accommodation is available at Botha where the forest department has dormitories and 4 rooms. This can be booked online at www.magicalmelghat.com. There are a number of guest houses, lodges and Hotels in Khamgaon which is 20kms from Dnyanganga (Botha gate). They offer satisfactory lodging facilities at moderate rates.
katepurna wildlife sanctuary
Katepurna Wildlife Sanctuary is situated in Akola district around the catchment area of Katepurna reservoir. This is one of the popular wildlife sanctuaries in Maharashtra.
The vegetation at Katepurna Sanctuary is southern tropical dry deciduous forest. There are over 115 species of plants at this sanctuary such as Behada, Dhawada, Moha, Tendu, Khair, Salai, Aola, Teude, etc.
Katepurna Wildlife Sanctuary is renowned for the four-horned antelope and barking deer. Other animals that you can see at the sanctuary include black buck, leopard, wolf, wild boar, hyena, hare, nilgai, jungle cat and monkey. Among the birds, Peafowl is the common bird spotted by tourists. You can also view several species of common grassland and wetland birds here. The Katepurna water reservoir attracts many water birds.
You can reach Katepurna Sanctuary comfortably by air, rail, and road. The closest airport is the Sonegaon Airport in Nagpur, located 292 km away. The Akola Junction Railway Station, situated 40 km away from Katepurna on the Mumbai-Nagpur rail route, is the closest railhead. Akola is well-connected by an extensive network of roads to all the major towns of Maharashtra.
The entry gate of Katepurna Wildlife Sanctuary is through Wagha gate which has 6 rooms and dormitories which can be booked online through the website www.magicalmelghat.com