National Chambal Sanctuary
Uttar PradeshAs you glide quietly down the powering Chambal River, you are mesmerised by the deep ravines that envelope you on both sides, formed by continuous soil erosion of monsoonal floods over countless millennia. They form a maze of entwining cliffs of ancient mud and dry scrub forest – home to various species of mammals, reptiles and birds. National Chambal Sanctuary is named after the river, one of India’s cleanest and longest rivers and covers an area of 1,235 square kilometres. It was declared a Protected Area in 1979 in an effort to protect the forest and river ecosystem, as well as the largest wild population of the endangered gharial crocodile. The Sanctuary is also listed as an important birding area and is a proposed Ramsar Site. Ancient Indian texts refer to the Chambal as the Charmanyavati - originating from the blood of thousands of cows sacrificed by the Aryan King Rantideva. The river is a lifeline for both the people and the forests that border it. Its waters origi...nate from the Singur Chouri peak in the Vindhya range in Madhya Pradesh and meander their way through Rajasthan, entering Uttar Pradesh and finally draining into the Yamuna to become part of the Gangetic plains. The Sanctuary is home to the critically endangered gharial crocodile, the red-crowned roof turtle and the very endangered Ganges river dolphin. There are public vehicle entry points to Chambal Sanctuary at Pinahat, Nandagon Ghat, Sahson and Bhareh
How To Book
Safaris can be booked through your lodge or tour operators
It is open throughout the day. The park is closed from June to September due to heavy rains in the region.
Getting Around the Park
Boat cannot be hired at the park entry point and needs to be pre-booked through Lodge or tour operator. There are no naturalists stationed at the Park entry points. Boat charges range from Rs. 2000 to Rs. 3000 + 5% tax per person inclusive of entry tickets and naturalists fees. Naturalists charges are Rs. 1000 for walking tours, and jeep tours are in the same range as boat charges (2000 - 3000 per person + 5% tax) inclusive of entry tickets and naturalist charges.
R 50 for Indian Nationals R 600 for Foreign Nationals Small Vehicle entry charge Rs. 100
By Air: Agra (70 km). You may hire a cab or drive your own vehicle.
By Road: The Sanctuary is about 270 km from Delhi and attracts many travellers who enjoy road trips. The journey can be covered in about 5 to 6 hours by road
Eco-friendly properties in the area
Ram Pratap Singh and his wife Anu have turned their run down inheritance, Mela Kothi, into a lovingly restored homely lodge nestled in 35 sprawling acres of scenic woodlands.
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