National Chambal Wildlife Sanctuary

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National Chambal Wildlife Sanctuary Tourism

Just a 1 hour drive down from Agra, this is a perfect destination for the wildlife enthusiasts. It is a habitat of some of the most endangered species, but the main attraction here are, Gharial, Red crowned turtles, Gangetic Dolphins, Indian skimmers, among others.

The beautiful sanctuary is surrounded by the Chambal river, known to be one of the cleanest river of India. It provides you a combination of a unique and unpolluted habitat, abundant wildlife and amazing landscapes, medieval temples and magnificent ancient ruins, animal fairs and naga sadhus, far far away from the chaos of the city. Tourists usually rent a motorized boat and go up and down the river as it flows through the ravines which makes for a serene experience. The boatmen are excellent at maneuvering as close to the birds and animals as possible without disturbing them to give you the opportunity to sight beautiful animals.
Trained wildlife experts can also accompany visitors and provide expert information on the wildlife. Walks around the river and ravines are also organized which makes for an exciting yet serene experience especially during mornings and evenings. 
It is not only a wildlife lovers' and a birdwatcher's paradise, but also the perfect place to go to to take a leisure break.

Along with the normal jeep safari, this national park offers you with river safari, bicycle ride, camel safari, horse safari.

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National Chambal Wildlife Sanctuary Highlights

1. Fort Ater

Fort Ater
The Ater Fort was built by Bhadauria kings Badan Singh, Maha Singh and Bhakat Singh during 1664-1698. You should definitely check out the great Khooni Darwaza, Raja ka Bangla, hathiapor etc.

2. Bateshwar Temples

Bateshwar Temples
With a backstory that is ironic to the infinite calm that they offer, Bateshwar Temples is situated in the ghats of Chambal. It is believed that some of the most infamous and sought after dacoits of t (Read More)he Chambal Region had made it their hiding place. The complex was in a shoddy shape until the Archaeological Survey of India decided to take matters in their own hands and restored it in 2005. The location of the temples is a major landmark for tourists seeking spiritual getaways. The temple complex is made up of 200 temples and is situated deep in the rocky cliffs of Chambal, in Madhya Pradesh. The temples are dedicated to Lord Shiva or Bateshwar Mahadev and hence are called Bateshwar Temples.

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Chambal River Safari

The Chambal River Safari is the highlight of the sanctuary. The river safari is almost 3 hours long and is the best way to enjoy the view of the rare and endangered species. Chambal river is the lifeline of the forest and meanders its way across the three states of Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh. Boats with a seating capacity of few more than a dozen people are arranged by the Chambal Safari Lodge. These boats carry the people through the river, exploring the beautiful flora and fauna. Boats also have guides for the tourists.

The endangered Gharial and Ganges River Dolphin are the major attractions of the sanctuary. Other inhabitants of the sanctuary include Muggar crocodile, Bengal Fox, Indian Grey Mongoose, Smooth-coated Otter, Striped Hyaena and Indian Wolf. Chambal is also home to 8 out of 26 rare turtle species found in India. The park is also a haven for many migratory birds.

Suggested Itinerary for National Chambal Wildlife Sanctuary

Reach Chambal Valley. Rest at the Forest Department Guest houses or the Chambal Safari Lodge, which makes for a luxurious accommodation. The National Chambal Sanctuary is 35 minutes away from the Chambal Safari Lodge. Reach the sanctuary. Hire a boat or a jeep to explore the river. The river safari is 3 to 4 hours long. Head back to your accommodation.

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National Chambal Wildlife Sanctuary, Uttar Pradesh
Chambal Wildlife Sanctuary
Fort Ater
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FAQs on National Chambal Wildlife Sanctuary

What is famous about National chambal wildlife sanctuary?

Offers a perfect amalgamation of both, a natural and historical heritage of the Chambal valley. It is an abode to some of the country's endangered species including the Gangetic River Dolphin and the endemic fish eating Gharial.

What is not so good about National chambal wildlife sanctuary?

Due to the construction of dams and other water harvesting projects, the riverscape has suffered immensely. This has further risked the lives of the already endangered species.

Who should visit National chambal wildlife sanctuary?

A perfect destination for wildlife enthusiasts and nature lovers. The beautiful flora and fauna captivate the attention of youngsters and children alike.

What is the best time to visit National chambal wildlife sanctuary?

The place witnesses wide variations in climatic conditions. Being in North India, the region experiences hot and dry summers. Winters make for the ideal time. Monsoons are not advisable as undertaking the boat ride becomes risky.

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What is the local food in National chambal wildlife sanctuary?

Being a forest reserve, there aren't a lot of fancy options available here. Most of the options are confined to the lodges and hotels and it is advisable to have meals there and keep some packed food with you during your excursion
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What is the best way to reach National chambal wildlife sanctuary?

Agra is almost 60 km away from Chambal. You can take a flight or a bus to Agra and then hire a taxi to Chambal. Agra and Dholpur make for the nearest railway stations. Stop for trains coming from Delhi, Mumbai, etc.
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What are the places near National chambal wildlife sanctuary?

The top places near to National chambal wildlife sanctuary are Agra which is 109 km from National chambal wildlife sanctuary, Jaipur which is located 315 km from National chambal wildlife sanctuary, Nainital which is located 306 km from National chambal wildlife sanctuary, Delhi which is located 280 km from National chambal wildlife sanctuary, Mathura which is located 156 km from National chambal wildlife sanctuary

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Q. Is the Chambal wildlife park more about amphibians or other birds and animals as well?

Kovid Kapoor

3 years ago
There's a boat safari on the Chambal river, wherein you can see the River Dolphin and gharials. You can also see small predators like the Indian wolf and the striped hyena and smooth coated otters.

National Chambal Wildlife Sanctuary Reviews

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Shreyas Kapoor

3 years ago
- Be careful with the animals and try not to disturb them from their natural habitat
- The accommodation may be a problem as the place is not very popular amongst tourists. Try to find out in adva (Read More)nce about the accommodation if not staying in the Chambal Safari Lodge
- The prices for the safari may vary depending where do you take it from. The Chambal Safari lodge has separate boats and the safari here is expensive compared to the other government organizations
- Do not try to venture alone into any parts of the river Chambal as it is infested with crocodiles
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