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Chambal River Safari

Discover amazing wildlife and exquisite landscapes, ancient forts and ruins, sacred temples and enthralling mythology at the renowned National Chambal Sanctuary

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The National Chambal Gharial Wildlife Sanctuary is home to the critically endangered gharial, the red-crowned roof turtle, and the Ganges river dolphin—the main attraction of National Chambal Sanctuary. You can take a camel, a horse, a 4WD-car, or explore sanctuary by foot. However, the river safari is the most impressive option. The landscape is comprised of the Chambal River crisscrossing through ravines and hills with many sandy beaches along the way.

Black Necked Stork
Black Necked Stork

Boat rides are available at several points along the river and offer good opportunities to see various water species and shore birds among a spectacular backdrop. Walking trails along the river and ravines also let visitors explore the fauna and flora of the sanctuary. Other inhabitants of the sanctuary include magar (crocodile) and gharial (alligator), wolf, and wild boar.

Gharial (alligator)
Gharial (alligator)

Other attractions include Black-tailed Terns, Red-crested and Ferruginous Pochards, Indian Coursers, Pallas's Fish. The Chambal Sanctuary is open from Mid-October to mid-June, but tourists have to visit it from November to March. During monsoons, the water level rises and the river becomes difficult to navigate.

You will need to travel almost 300 km to the National Chambal Gharial Wildlife Sanctuary from Agra, but the experience is worth it.

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