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Chambal is known for being India’s fist riverine sanctuary. The Chambal River originates in Madhya Pradesh, Central India and makes its way through Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh. The sanctuary was set up in 1979 and since then has helped protect several endangered species that have been killed by poachers. There are several species of birds and the sanctuary has attracted lots of birdwatching activities. In 2015, the first Pradesh Bird Festival was planned and resulted in the discovery of several unknown species of birds. Other animal one can find are crocodiles, otters, the Ganges river dolphin, red-crowned roof turtle, striped heyena and the Indian wolf.  Chambal is not only known for its diverse fauna but also has long history and culture. Travel via camel to Fort Ater or to the Bateshwar temples in the banks of the Yamuna.


Chambal is a land of mystery and flourishing natural beauty, but it is threatened by environmental issues such as overfishing, pollution and habitat loss. This is why in 2010, the government announced the formation of a Tri-State Management and Coordination Commitee to plan strategies to reinforce protection of the Sanctuary.


Chambal is a short two hour trip from the Taj Mahal or a 60km drive from Agra. You can stay in Mela Kothi – Chambal Safari Lodge in Jarar. We recommend going anytime between October and April.

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