Just a few hours’ drive away from the Taj Mahal, there lies the Chambal Wildlife Sanctuary, also known as National Chambal Sanctuary, - an oasis of surreal tranquillity and exotic wildlife. Sprawls over a massive area of 5400 sq km, Chambal Wildlife Sanctuary is a tri-state protected area in north India. Situated on the River Chambal, this popular wildlife sanctuary in India was earlier declared a part of Madhya Pradesh. However, as per its geographical location, lies near the tripoint of Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh, and hence, later constituted under a long narrow eco-reserved which is co-operated by all three states. In the state of Uttar Pradesh, the sanctuary is located near the city of Etawah, which is 120 km from Agra. The exquisite river of Chambal flows from the sanctuary through gorges and hills. The ecosystem of Chambal Wildlife Sanctuary consists of Kathiawar-Gir dry deciduous forests. Some common plants that can be seen at Chamba Wildlife Sanctuary include palas, ber, churel, and khair.
Chambal Wildlife Sanctuary is home to numerous vulnerable as well as endangered species. Hanuman langur, Bengal fox, rhesus macaque, common palm civet, Indian grey mongoose, wild boar, nilgai, sambar, jungle cat and blackbuck are some wild animals in Chambal Wildlife Sanctuary that are of less concern. On the other hand, Indian wolf, smooth-coated otter, mugger crocodile and striped hyena are popular endangered species that tourists can expect to see at Chambal Wildlife Sanctuary. Not just this, the critically endangered red-crowned roof turtle along with Gangetic dolphin and gharial crocodile also reside in this sanctuary. Along with that, as much as 8 species of rare turtles can also dwell in the sanctuary. Indian narrow-headed softshell turtle, crowned river turtle and three-striped roof turtle, are some big names that make Chambal Wildlife Sanctuary a popular tourist destination in Uttar Pradesh for an amazing wildlife tour.
Furthermore, the Chambal Wildlife Sanctuary is also touted as an important bird area. It houses more than 300 species of residential and migratory avifaunal species which includes some popular names like black-bellied terns, ferruginous pochard, red-crested pochard, Indian skimmer and lesser flamingo. A not-to-miss thing in Chambal Wildlife Sanctuary is the boat ride in the river. Chambal is one of those wildlife delights in the country where tourists can explore a wide range of wildlife, which is essential for that indelible wildlife experience.
Throughout the year, the place receives different weather conditions. However, the best time to visit the sanctuary is the winter season. As compared to other seasons, it is more relaxing and comfortable go on a wildlife safari in Chambal Wildlife Sanctuary in the winter because of the favourable weather conditions.
Tourists can find a number of forest houses around Chambal Wildlife Sanctuary. These forest houses come with decent facilities and amenities that are enough to proffer tourists a comfortable stay. However, a better option can be availed in the areas of Jarar and Bah where you can find deluxe and standard hotels and resorts. However, Agra is the nearest city that offers a wide range of luxury, budget, standard and deluxe hotels and resorts.
The sanctuary of Chambal can be easily reached by all the means of transport, whether rail, road or air. However, the best way to reach is by railway. Because of the vast rail network, railway proffers better connectivity as compared to the other two means. The airway is also an ideal way to reach Chambal Wildlife Sanctuary for those who are travelling from far destinations and prefer time over money.