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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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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.

Restaurants and 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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One Day Itinerary

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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What's Great?

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's Not So Great?

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.

For Whom?

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

How 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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Shreyas Kapoor 11 months 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 advance 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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