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Sukhna Project Near Aurangabad A Birder's Paradise On Earth Must Visit Once

This is a medium type of project located at Garkheda in Aurangabad tahsil. Its head works were completed on 31st January 1967 at a total cost of Rs. 107.69 lakhs. The length of this earthen dam is 11600'. Its right flank canal is 14 miles in length. It will irrigate an area of 6200 acres. The irrigation was started in 1966-67. Known among the birders and photographers for its potential for the respective fields,the dam is around 25mins of journey from the town.

There are good views of the entire reservoir from the embankment. Also a good place for a picnic. Fortunately it is not too frequented by the urban tourist, so it is quite pristine. Unfortuately, the access road is hardly a road. To get here from Aurangabad, travel towards Beed on the NH211. As you reach a small town called Chitepimpalgaon, take the first left (towards Peepri). This stretch of road is decent and after travelling for about 1.5-2 kms you will find a board of the development authority on the left pointing to the dam and the project. Take this road. This road is just a mud road that can be very bad in the rains or if there have been a lot of farm equipment on the path. If you go by car you may have to park it by the side of this road. Make sure the road is wide enough for any farm wquipment using it. The road narrows down ahead and you may not be able to turn it around. Most two wheelers should manage the path. As you continue on this path for about a kilometer, the road parts at several places to the left.

You can take any of these paths on the left, but I would suggest you continue on the path till you see the path on the left rising in level and then take a later turn off. If you get on the path on the left and continue the trees break up and give a splendid view of the reservoir. It is best to visit the dam after the monsoon and before summer sets in (September to February). The path can be lonely and treacherous, so avoid going there in bad weather or in the dark. Also, if you plan to spend the day, the area surrounding the dam is not inhabited, so carry sufficient food and water.

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