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Chambal Sanctuary

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1/4 Indain Skimmer nest in large numbers in the Chambal Sanctuary
Indain Skimmer nest in large numbers in the Chambal Sanctuary
2/4 Gharial basking in the sun on the banks of the Chambal River
Gharial basking in the sun on the banks of the Chambal River
3/4 Bar-headed geese in the Chambal Sanctuary
Bar-headed geese in the Chambal Sanctuary
4/4 Sarus Crane can be found in wetlands not far from Chambal
Sarus Crane can be found in wetlands not far from Chambal

Once a hideout for dacoit bandits the maze of intertwining mud cliffs and tropical dry scrub vegetation along the Chambal River shelter numerous mammals, reptiles and birds

Once a hideout for dacoit bandits the maze of intertwining mud cliffs and tropical dry scrub vegetation along the Chambal River shelter numerous mammals, reptiles and birds. Not much more than an hour’s drive from Agra and the Taj Mahal the area has a rugged charm and offers the opportunity to view some rare wildlife species.  

The riverine sanctuary was established in 1979 to protect a 425km length of the Chambal River and the ravines to either side so that it now it supports the country’s largest population of gharial crocodiles. The sanctuary is one of just a few places it’s also possible to spot Gangetic dolphins (though you need a keen eye to see them) as well as fresh water turtles and river otters. Blackbuck, Indian striped hyena, jungle cat, golden jackal, Indian wolf and fox can sometimes be spotted while on a foot or jeep safari.

Chambal is also a bird watcher’s paradise with 320 resident and migratory bird species recorded including brahmini duck, bar-headed geese, cormorant, lapwing and flamingo  and large number of nesting Indian Skimmers. Sarus crane can also be found in wetlands about 30km away.

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Evening at Chambal Safari Lodge

Chambal Safari Lodge

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Andrea Hulme’s travel experiences could fill a small novel; from a bit-part in a Tamil movie, to leading expeditions in Kyrgyzstan and negotiating landslides along the Karakoram highway.

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