Chambal valley located in the southern end of Agra is well known for both positive as well as negative reasons. The area was once distinguished for its ravines which were majorly inhabited by dacoits. However, in recent areas this stunning valley has evolved for all positive aspects.
Delight in an amazing outback adventure sports in Chambal! Enthrall in the beauty of stunning known and diverse bird population. For a bird watcher, this place is certainly a paradise enjoy the spell-bounding beauty of Cranes, Indian Skimmer and various other such exotic species. Apart from these stunning diversifies birds, Chambal River is also known for its rich population of alligators and other beautiful reptiles.
Also known for its beautiful temples, while here, enthrall in the awe-inspiring beauty of Bateshwar temples which is set against the bank of the Yamuna River. Spend some silent moments while exploring the architectural beauty and the natural beauty of the temple and river respectively. Delight in this amazing outback adventure experience, Chambal with friends and family!
Adventure Birding in Chambal:
Although better known for the gharials, Gangetic dolphins and alligators, the Chambal sanctuary is also an emerging birding destination. The river Chambal originates from the Central Vindhya Mountains and meanders its way through the Kota district of Rajasthan, Morena and Bhind districts of Madhya Pradesh, and Agra and Etawah districts of Uttar Pradesh, finally making its way to river Yamuna. Chambal Sanctuary is listed as an important bird area. With more than 330 species of resident and migratory birds to its credit, the sanctuary is fast gaining reputation as the destination of choice for birding in India. Autumn and winter months are the best time for some excellent adventure sports in Chambal. During these months, apart from the resident birds you can also see the altitudinal migrants from the higher Himalayas and Palaearctic region. The sanctuary is the destination of choice to see the Indian Skimmer and other birds such as white-rumped vulture, the Indian vulture and the greater spotted eagle.
Adventure Camel safari in Chambal:
A camel safari is a perfect way to search and spot the wildlife that has made the ravines of the Chambal Sanctuary their home. The camel safari will take you through long forgotten trails and pathways, along the river banks, the ravines, the neighbouring villages and Fort Ater. A camel safari along the banks of the river will give you the opportunity to spot the endangered gharials and alligators. If you are lucky, you may also spot the Gangetic dolphins. En route, you can spot several birds such as Indian Skimmer, Common Pochard, Ruddy Shelduck, Lesser Whistling Teal, Yellow-wattled Lapwing, Comb Duck, Pied Kingfisher, House Swift, Yellow-footed Green Pigeon, and Spot-billed Duck. The safari will also take you to the ancient temple complex at Bateshwar on the river Yamuna. The complex consists of more than a hundred temples dedicated to the Hindu God Shiva.
Adventure Chambal Safari in Chambal:
The Chambal Safari takes you through the Chambal sanctuary, which is administered by three states, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh. Established in 1979, the sanctuary encompasses the 400 km stretch of the Chambal River and covers an area of 1235 sq km around the river. The Chambal Sanctuary is also known as the National Chambal Gharial Wildlife Sanctuary and serves as the protection area for the endangered gharial (crocodile). Chambal River is one of the most pristine rivers in India. It has remained unpolluted largely because its origin is considered ‘unholy.’ Legend has it that the river originated from the blood of thousands of cows that were sacrificed by King Rantideva. This has kept the people well out of the way leaving the waters for reptiles and birds. The Chambal Sanctuary is also a listed sanctuary for birds and attracts more than 330 species of resident and migratory birds and the number of birds keeps increasing every year.
Adventure Jeep safari in Chambal:
There are several ways to explore the adventure sports in Chambal Sanctuary. You can opt for a camel or jeep safari. The Jeep safari takes you through a network of trails crisscrossing the ravines, river banks, areas of shrub vegetation, laid-back villages and the Ater fort. En route the journey, you will get an opportunity to see the crocodiles, alligators and the Gangetic dolphins that live in the river. The sanctuary is also a major Birding destination with more than 300 birds to its credit, and the number seems to be growing every year. Apart from the resident birds, you can also see a fair share of migratory birds from Siberia, altitudinal migrants from the higher Himalayas and Palaearctic region. In fact, the sanctuary is listed as an important bird area, IN122. The jeep safari also takes you to the ancient temple complex at Bateshwar on the river Yamuna. The complex consists of more than a hundred temples dedicated to the Hindu God Shiva.
Adventure River Rafting in Chambal:
The Chambal Sanctuary is best explored on boats. River safari on the Chambal river provides the perfect opportunity to view the wildlife of the region. River Rafting is the most exciting adventure sports in Chambal. The boatmen are particularly adept at manoeuvring the rafts as close to the animals and birds as it is possible. Trained naturalists along the trip provide interesting information about the varied flora and fauna of the sanctuary. The rafts cruise along the river passing by ravines giving way to rolling hills. Along the route, you can see reptiles basking in the sunshine along the banks or dolphins, usually in pairs, frolicking in the river. The pristine surroundings are dotted with small whitewashed shrines clinging atop the ravines. You can see the goats chewing away every blade of grass that the ravine seems to produce. You will also notice the watermarks along the highest ravines these indicate the power and force of the river during the monsoons.
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