Chambal River Safari
The National Chambal Sanctuary is a 400km stretch of the River Chambal, and a swathe of ravines on both sides of the river, covering an area of 1235 sq km. Granted Protected Area Status in 1979 to help revive the Gharial populations decimated by indiscriminate poaching, the sanctuary is today home to an amazing abundance of wildlife. The access point is about 30 km by road from the Chambal Safari Lodge (a journey that is interesting in itself, passing through a simple rural India that is rarely seen these days in other parts of the country). The calm and gentle waters of the Chambal River are best explored by boat and the River safari provides spectacular opportunities to view the wildlife. The Chambal boatmen are exceptionally skilled at cutting the boat engines and manoeuvering as close to the birds and animals as possible without disturbing them. Trained naturalists accompany visitors and provide expert information. The River Safari is a most relaxing, enjoyable and special experience.