It has a never ending rush of vehicles on either sides, with frequent honking, yet it’s one of the few “largely unspoiled” places in Aurangabad.

Named after the great ornithologist, naturalist, and the “birdman of India” Salim Ali, Dr. Salim Ali Sarover is a rare and rich biodiversity spot within the city.

Locked, and so far spared from outsiders, the pristine beauty of the lake becomes a breeding ground for many migratory birds, popular of which are Flamingos🦩

I occasionally visit in the evenings and spend a peaceful time sitting on one of the walls that guards the lake. The view of reflection of lights from the nearby houses is one of the awe-inspiring things on the lake.

The outer side of the wall is painted with some random pictures and messages about “Save Environment” n all, and to the inner side, that’s facing the lake, is a view of discarded plastic and other wastes along the banks, and the smell of untreated waste water released directly into the lake!

Giving an iconic status to the lake is a 17th century garden known as Himayat Bagh, located on the other side of the road, that now houses the Fruit Research Station and a nursery, and is sprawled over 300 acres of land. The Himayat Bagh was acknowledged as a Mughal garden in olden days.

The Google map view of the lake together with Himayat Bagh clearly identifies the location as the only patch of nature left surrounded by the concrete jungle.

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