Chambal is a small town known forits natural bliss. The area is named after the River Chambal, a tributary ofYamuna River and lies between the states of Uttar Pradesh, Rajasthan and MadhyaPradesh. The river remains one of the cleanest rivers in India and supportssome rare, endemic species of biodiversity, notably the gharial, along-snouted, fish-eating crocodile, and the mugger crocodile, the Gangeticriver dolphin, and also several species of turtles and water birds.
The National Chambal Sanctuaryhas been created to protect the wildlife. During the winter months, from Octobertill March, the Wetlands of Chambal act as a temporary home to a myriad specieswhich migrate from the suburb areas of Europe, China, Serbia and Mangolia. Birdwatchersand photographers’ haven, the sanctuary is blessed. An impressive list of over330 species of resident and migratory birds are found here. The Indian Skimmer,which is classified as endangered is spotted in Chambal and is one of the mostreliable places to see the bird species along with Northern Pintails, ChineseCoots, Forest Wagtails, and Flamingos among others. The sanctuary is also hometo eight rare species of turtles, out of the 26 found in the country. It isalso one of the few places to spot the Platanista Gangetica (GangeticDolphins), only to be spotted with a sharp eye. Indian Striped Hyenas andGolden Jackals amongst others can also be spotted at this sanctuary.
Tourists to the Chambal sanctuarycan opt for motor boats rides on the Chambal River provided by the ForestDepartment of Madhya Pradesh. As far as boat safaris goes, it is one of thebest kinds. Serene, historic and offbeat, the Chambal Valley has much to offer.Tourists can enjoy its breath taking landscapes, a variety of wildlife, ruralvibe, untainted nature, fascinating ruins and legendary exploits. BateshwarTemples is a famous congregation of 108 temples dedicated to Lord Shiva. Stayin Chambal is a getaway from cities into the heart of nature’s bliss. Onceknown for outlaws, now the land is known for peacefulness.
How To Get There
Delhi International Airport is the closest at a distance of 270 kms.
Agra station is 70 kms, Etawah 45 kms and is connected by frequent trains from Delhi and other parts of the country.
Chambal is an easy drive from Delhi, Agra and other major cities of India.