National Chambal Wildlife Sanctuary
Location : Etawah, Agra (Uttar Pradesh)
Area : 635 sq. kms.
Species : Crocodile, Alligator
The National Chambal Sanctuary is famous for the rare gigantic dolphin. The sanctuary was founded in 1979 and is part of a large area co-administered by Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh. Apart from the gangetic dolphin, the other inhabitants of the sanctuary include magar (crocodile) and gharial (alligator), chinkara, sambar, nilgai, wolf and wild boar.
The main attraction of the sanctuary is the rare gangetic dolphin. The park is inhabited by crocodiles, alligators, chinkara, sambhar, nilgai, wolf and wild boar. There are also a large number of terrestrial and aquatic animals.
National Chambal Sanctuary on the River Chambal is a refuge for the rare and endangered Gharial ( Gavialis gangeticus) and Ganges River Dolphin ( Platanista gangetica). The 400 km stretch of crystal clear water also supports Marsh Crocodiles, Smooth Coated Otters, 6 species of Terrapins/Turtles plus 250 species of birds.
The Chambal river originates in Kota, Rajasthan and merges with the Yamuna at Bhareh. The river passes through sandy ravines which are famous for its dreaded dacoits. The river can be approached for birding near the town of Bah, Uttar Pradesh where Chambal Safari Lodge provides accommodation and has boating arrangements. Bah is a 5-6 hour drive from New Delhi via Agra
How To Get There
Air : The nearest airport is at Agra, 70 kms.
Rail : The nearest railhead is at Agra, 70 kms.
Road : The sanctuary is 70 kms from Agra and 5 kms from Etawah.
Places To Stay
Forest rest houses are available for accomodation at Etawah, Bah, Baiwan, Chakar Nagar and Sarson.