Gautala Wildlife Sanctuary



Barely a two-hour drive from Aurangabad, Gautala Wildlife Sanctuary lies in the Satmala and Ajanta hill ranges of the Western Ghats. Established in the year 1986 as a protected wildlife reserve, Gautala is home to more than 230 birds and animal species. It is said that Gautam Buddha spent several years fasting in the forest before reaching enlightenment.

For all the history buffs, you can explore some of the oldest specimens of rock-cut cave temples of India. Pray at the Mahadev Temple or the Patnadevi Temple situated inside the Pitalkhora Caves. Take a walk in the lap of nature as you spot several different bird and animal species and explore the Sita Khori waterfall and the Gautala Lake. Visit in the winter months for the best experience at Gautala!


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Get closer to nature and try out these unforgettable activities to make the most of your trip.

  • Visit the Sita Khori Waterfall
  • Visit the Mahadev Temple
  • Visit the Patnadevi Temple
  • Visit the Pitalkhora Caves
  • Birdwatching
  • Nature Walk
  • Visit the Gautala Lake

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