India is replete with wildlife sanctuaries and national parks. Hundreds of tourists visit these parks and sanctuaries; as such these contribute a lot to the rapid growth of Indian tourism. Among all these, there are a handful of sanctuaries that are marked for their flora and fauna and pristine beauty as well. One such sanctuary is National Chambal Sanctuary on the River Chambal that houses a number of rare and endangered Ganges River Dolphin and Gharial.
This sanctuary in Uttar Pradesh in Northern India constitutes a large eco-reserve co-administered by the states of Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Rajasthan. This is also known as National Chambal (Gharial) Wildlife Sanctuary. The National Sanctuary in Chambal is protected under India's Wildlife Protection Act 1972. It is administered by the Department of Forest.
National Chambal Sanctuary
One of the interesting fact regarding the park is the natural Chambal River is able to quench the thirst of a wide variety of wild animals and birds. This river originates in Kota in Rajasthan and merges with the river Yamuna at Bhareh.
The sanctuary was established in the year 1979, thus adding a new dimension to the fame of the area which otherwise hit the headlines because of the activities of colorful figures like Phulan Devi, Man Singh and Nirbhay Gujjar. Today many developments are made to promote eco-tourism.
To protect the animals from the ever-increasing harmful effects of modern civilization and hi-tech society and also to check the extinction of the rare animals, this sanctuary was set up.
Area and location:
Spreading over an area of 340sq. km, this sanctuary is located in Etawah in Agra. The transparent lake of the sanctuary stretches over 400 kilometers supports many faunal species.
As mentioned earlier, Ganges River Dolphin (Platanista gangetica) and Gharial (Gavialis gangeticus) are the main attractions of the National Chambal Sanctuary. You would also be amazed while watching the simple life of Magar, Marsh Crocodile, Smooth-Coated Otters and six species of Terrapins or Turtles.
Glimpses of Indian Skimmers would allure you. The Indian skimmers are great source of entertainment for the birdwatchers. You can take glimpses of these near bah. Other beautiful birds like Indian Courser, Pallid Harrier, Black-bellied Terns, Bar-headed Goose, Sarus Crane, Great Thick-knee, Pallas's Fish Eagle, Red-crested and Ferruginous Pochards, Greater and Lesser Flamingos, Darters, and the last but not the least the resident Brown Hawk Owl would surely impress you. More than 250 species of birds can be found here.
Besides the above-mentioned, the park also houses Alligators, Nilgai, Wild Boar, Chinkara, Wolf and Sambar.
The flora of the adjacent regions bears hard wooden trunks used for furniture making.
Best time to visit:
The moderate climate of the park allows you to visit the park at any time of the year.
Where to stay?
You can check in any of the forest houses in Etawah, Baiwan, Chakar Nagar, Bah or Sarson. Otherwise there are a lot of tourist hotels and lodges in Agra like- luxury hotels such as Hotel Taj View, Hotel Jaypee Palace, Hotel Amar Vilas; first class hotels like Hotel Clarks Shiraz, Hotel Loward Park Plaza; budget hotels like Hotel Ganga Rattan, Hotel Sunrise, etc.
How to reach the park?
- The nearest airport is at Agra that is 70 km away from the sanctuary
- Agra is also the nearest airhead
- The nearest town is Agra. You can take private cars or buses from Agra
What else do you get?
If you visit the park, don't forget to pay a tribute to one of the world's seven wonders Taj Mahal in Agra, an epitome of love. You can visit Agra Fort, Fatehpur Sikhri, Jama Masjid, Ram Bagh, etc. that are the popular attractions in Agra. You can plan a one-day trip to all these spots including the wildlife sanctuary.
With so much to see and enjoy, you surely can't miss a visit National Chambal Sanctuary. Learn the mysteries of nature; connect with nature and enjoy in the lap of nature- all in this renowned sanctuary in Uttar Pradesh.