With a rich heritage stretching back many millennia the Chambal Valley has much to offer and the Chambal Safari helps visitors discover the many facets of this ancient land. Accompanied by experienced local guides and naturalists, guests may explore the Chambal Valley at their own pace: on boats, jeeps, camels or on foot.
The River Safari
Set against a stunning backdrop, framed by the ravines and sandbanks, the calm waters of the Chambal River are best explored on boats. The gentle pace of the River Safari is designed to provide spectacular sightings of the gharials, muggers & turtles basking in the sun; the many migratory and resident birds flying sorties; the occasional glimpses of the Gangetic river dolphins breaking surface.
The National Chambal Sanctuary is 22 km – 35 minutes drive from the Chambal Safari Lodge.
The Camel Safari
The Chambal Ravines hide many a secret within their folds, and camels are the ideal means for seeking them out. Be transported back in time as these haughty beasts carry you along long forgotten trails and pathways leading to the citadel of Ater.
Once a valued stronghold and at the forefront of numerous battles between the Rajput, Maratha and British armies, the magnificent ruins of Ater bring alive the romantic glory of a bygone age. The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has embarked on an ambitious project to restore the Fort. Visitors can see the work in progress, as they wander unhindered through the many fine pavilions and courtyards. The Ramparts afford some breathtaking views of the Chambal valley.
Ater is 2 km across the River from the Chambal Safari Base camp at the National Chambal Sanctuary. There is no bridge over the River, and access is via boat crossing.
Jeep Safari-Sarus Trail
The Sarus Crane Conservation Reserve starts around 30 km from the Chambal Safari Lodge, extending to about 100 km. It is a widespread wetland area, interspersed by cultivated fields, where large numbers of the Sarus Cranes breed. Although not a protected area, since 1999 the Supreme Court of India, recognising its importance as a habitat has designated the area a reserve with restrictions on development. Several species of wetland birds and raptors are also found along the course of this safari.
The Blackbuck jeep safari heads southwest towards the countryside between the Chambal and Yamuna ravines, for excellent sightings of Blackbuck deer and numerous dry land birds including the Indian Courser. It is also a fascinating journey through remote hamlets and habitations; a world that is strangely as connected as it appears removed from modern India.
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